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By Frederick G. Eberhard


Here at Ramble House we have three of the best bookscouts a publishing house could want: John Pelan, Richard A. Lupoff and Gavin L. O'Keefe. Their job, among many others, is to find the most intriguing old books  and stories that have been forgotten by modern publishers. John is THE expert on all the old pulps and their writers and anyone who's read one of his Dancing Tuatara Press titles knows what to expect. Dick Lupoff and his Surinam Turtle Press titles show what a lifetime in fandom, journalism and writing can produce and Gavin O'Keefe, while maintaining his identity as mild-mannered bookstore guy and artist, lives a secret life as Bookman! and you would be quite surprised by how many of the Ramble House titles sprang from his late night book carousing.

Let's welcome Jim Weiler to the crew. He's a man of no known history who reads odd books on his Kindle and if he thinks they're outre enough, sends them to me as well-edited DOCs. That's how I was introduced to THE SECRET OF THE MORGUE. It was written in 1932 and while it deals mainly with murder and forensic science there is an undercurrent of malaise that's driven by Prohibition.

We've left the research up to you, but if you want to know where we may be heading with our current prohibitions, this swift-moving book shows you how the old prohibitions fit into society. We've already made 50 years of mistakes; maybe we can avoid more.

Available Editions 

  $20 Trade Paperback 6" x 9"


  $25  Ramble House A6 paperback with dust jacket, 4.13' x 5.75"


  $35  Hardcover with dust jacket, 6" x 9"


  $45  Hardcover with dust jacket, with bookplate, signed by John Pelan, 6" x 9"


   $6   Ebook by e-mail (epub or mobi)

This book is available at Amazon and the Create Space store but I can offer you a discount and free shipping if you call or e-mail me with your order. fender@ramblehouse.com 228-826-1783