While perusing Steven Reid Harbin's Facebook group "Pulp Magazine Authors and Literature Fans", one Patricia Boeckman posted about her husband's (Charles Boeckman AKA Charles Beckman Jr) now available collection of past pulp stories; SUSPENSE, SUSPICION & SHOCKERS. I asked if she wouldn't mind posting more info about Charles' work and Mr. Boeckman himself generously gave us some biographical history:
Charles at his website had this to say about one of the stories in the upcoming collection:
This excerpt is from a story entitled, “Eddie Builds His Mouse Trap,” from my anthology of short stories that I wrote beginning in 1945. The style of some of the stories in the collection is crisp, biting, and and punchy. Short sentences. Quick observations. Brief descriptions. Some are more in the Alfred Hitchcock style, with longer sentences and psychological twists and turns.
EDDIE BUILDS HIS MOUSE TRAPIt was ironic. All the beautiful dolls Eddie Price had on his string, and a plain little mouse like Ginny Potucek finally hashes him up.
The morning he was going to kill her, she came out of the kitchen, her face flushed and damp from the heat of the stove. She was untying her apron. “Eddie, we’re out of bread. I’ll have to run down to the grocery store.”
“Oh?” Eddie said. Not that he was really surprised, having just tossed their last loaf out in the alley.
|SUSPENSE, SUSPICION & SHOCKERS|
A collection of 24 short stories by Charles
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But he wasn’t thinking about dames at the moment. His fingers were all thumbs, knotting his tie, and there was a sick pit of nausea in his stomach. In a few minutes he was going to kill his bride of two months, Ginny, in a very messy way. He wasn’t too enthusiastic about it.
You can read more about Patricia, Charles and more excepts from the new book at charlesboeckman.com