Widow in White

The Defenceless Target Of A Mysterious Intruder

It began on a rainy Saturday afternoon as Margo was entertaining her new neighbours at a small housewarming party. A car ran into one of the trees on her property, and an injured man was soon installed in her guestroom.

But the smashup, Margo soon learned, was no accident. The handsome, ruthless stranger was after something in the house, and nothing – not even Margo herself – was going to stand in his way of getting it.

Copyright 1973 by Morris Hershman. First Avon printing, January 1973. Cover art Walter Popp. (Thanks Ruben!)

The goddess of all gifts second-hand has been very good to me recently, with at least one lovely gothic a day picked up at the local charity shops this week. Monday’s acquisition was the very fair of face Widow in White and oh, how I love this cover!

One thing I’ve noticed about my Avon gothics though – the cover art is usually stunning but the covers are particularly vulnerable to wear and tear. Quite often the artwork is almost completely scuffed off. This one is in very good condition for an Avon gothic – well, for one found on this side of the Atlantic anyway.

Here’s a taster from the inside cover:

Morris Hershman (born 1926) wrote under several pseudonyms, including Sara Roffman, Janet Templeton, Lionel Webb and Jessica Wilcox. And it’s his Evelyn Bond persona that looks to be the most prolific, with at least twenty gothics published in the 60’s and 70’s.

Here’s a short biog on the author, taken from the Browne Popular Culture Library page:

Morris Hershman was born on January 31, 1926. He attended New York University. On September 6, 1969, he married Florence Verbell, a writer and editor, though they are now divorced.

Hershman writes under the pseudonyms: Evelyn Bond, Arnold English, Sara Roffman, Janet Templeton, Sam Victor, Lionel Webb, and Jess Wilcox. He also writes under various other private pseudonyms. A member of the Mystery Writers of America, Morris Hershman resides in New York City.

And some more information, with scans of all his lovely gothics, can be found over at Fantastic Fiction HERE.

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  1. Now THAT is a fantastic cover. And for once the lady in her nightie is inside the house instead of running away from it.

    • She’s running away from something though! And I love the dramatic angle it’s painted from.

  2. I was going to say the same as the other comment — what a fabulous cover, it’s very beautiful.

    • Hi Morella, yeah it’s become one of my favourites. I particularly love the detailing of the candles, with those gorgeous tiny candleflames and wisps of smoke,
      sara

  3. It’s been too long since I’ve had a look see around here. :) Gorgeous covers! And I love that title: Dark Dowry.

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by!
      best,
      sara

  4. Hi Sara. This lovely cover is by Walter Popp.

    • Thanks Ruben! I have a couple of Ace paperback gothics featuring his artwork, as well as some more recent (1980’s I think) gothics published by Zebra books, and they’re great too.
      best
      sara


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