Doctor Coffin: The Living Dead Man


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by Perley Poore Sheehan
Introduction by John Wooley

Doctor Coffin: The Living Dead Man by Perley Poore Sheehan [THRILLING DETECTIVE 06/32]
The Murdered Wife by Perley Poore Sheehan [THRILLING DETECTIVE 07/32]
Dead Man Blues by Perley Poore Sheehan [THRILLING DETECTIVE 08/32]
Seven Seconds To Die by Perley Poore Sheehan [THRILLING DETECTIVE 09/32]
Horror House by Perley Poore Sheehan [THRILLING DETECTIVE 10/32]
Hollywood Ghost by Perley Poore Sheehan [THRILLING DETECTIVE 11/32]
Manhattan Monster by Perley Poore Sheehan [THRILLING DETECTIVE 05/33]
Small Town Stuff by Perley Poore Sheehan [THRILLING DETECTIVE 09/33]

The lid of the coffin was heavy.  Yet it shook, it yielded.  It might have been moved not so much by living muscle as by some blind but deathless will.
The lid rose.  It slide aside.
What appeared brought a contraction to the throat of the man watching.
The movements of the thing in the long box were groping, broken, disarticulate, as if a clotted ragラa crushed and shapeless massラwere crawling into life.
Out of this moil and much of what had once been a human being, a gaunt and bloody hand appeared at an inhuman angle, then a disheveled and misshapen head.
It was a horror.

Doctor Coffin must rank as one of pulpdom’s strangest denizens.  He’d been the famous actor, Del Manning, before faking his own death.  He returned as the mysterious Doctor Coffin, proprietor of a chain of Hollywood mortuaries by day, crimefighter by night.  From 1932-1933, Thrilling Detective featured him in a series of novelettes by Perley Poore Sheehan, veteran fictioneer and Hollywood screenwriter.  Collected here are eight of Doctor Coffin’s exploits, including the first six.

See him transform the actors’ mastery of disguise into a potent force for justice.  See him haunt the City of Stars.  See him turn his life into the greatest masquerade of all.

Features an introduction by John Wooley, world foremost authority on Hollywood detectives.

  • 6×9
  • 180 pages
  • Published: 03/07
  • Off Trail Publications

Additional information

Weight .7 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .5 in