Title: Rocket to the Morgue
Author: H. H. Holmes [Anthony Boucher]
Description: Stated first edition, being the first paperback edition. Spine cocked. Covers are worn; older tape reinforcements to head and tail of spine. The first dozen leaves' bottom corner-tips are chipped. Interior is unmarked. [xii], 180 pages. 6.3 x 4.5 inches.
1942 locked room mystery novel by Anthony Boucher (1911-1968), published under his other pseudonym, H. H. Holmes. Rocket to the Morgue portrays the Southern California science fiction scene of the time, with thinly veiled portrayals of Robert Heinlein ("Austin Carter"), L. Ron Hubbard ("D. Vance Wimpole"), literary agent Julius Schwartz ("M. Halstead Phynn") and rocket scientist/occultist/fan Jack Parsons ("Hugo Chantrelle"), and has minor characters appearing with actual writers' pseudonyms, including those utilized by John W. Campbell and Heinlein, and one with the author's real name, William Anthony Parker White.
Binding: Soft Cover
Publisher: A Phantom Mystery
Keywords: mystery, fiction, locked room, southern California, science fiction,
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