The Road to Kandahar

November 15 1927

I hate not knowing what story this cover is illustrating. If you know, please tell me.

[UPDATE] Jim writes to inform us:

It illustrates part of the Harold Lamb novelette “The Road to Kandahar.” I just read it a few days ago. It takes place in 1619 in the middle east. The story follows a warrior turned physician who travels to Kandahar. He joins with Moguls who become allies with a Pathan tribe who attack a Persian camp outside Kandahar. A princess he encounters in Kandahar turns out to be a Persian spy. The leader of Kandahar disguises himself and poses as a prophet to extract gold from the Pathans. The cover appears to depict the surprise attack on the Persians by the Mogol and Pathan forces that averts the takeover of Kandahar. I was struck by the similarity of the places and tribes to the continuing strife in the middle east today.

The “Road to Kandahar” is included in a collection of Harold Lamb stories called Swords from the Desert published in 2009. He infuses the story with cultural, geographic, and tribal details. I read that Harold Lamb served in the OSS during WW II and later was an advisor to the State Department suggesting that he had extensive knowledge of the area. I wonder how the U.S. policy toward the middle east might be different if it were informed by such history of tribes that have been at war for 400 years.


The Sign Of The Serpent

All Detective Magazine - January 1935

This was the final issue of the title, but it featured Doctor Death, which continued as its own title.


The Innocent One

Popular Library 598, 1954

She Fell For The Wrong Man
“Really believable study of a sex murderer”


Woman’s Doctor (1963)

Dell Books, 9642, 1963


Sky Bride

SKY BRIDE by Bogart Rogers - 1932


College for Sinners

Nightstand Book # NB1534, 1960 thumbnail
Book NB-1534 1960 thumbnail
Nightstand Book # NB1534, 1960
Book NB-1534 1960

Meet The Depraved Ones — Students Of Sin!
The shocking passion game of big-city collegians in a secret lust club…

via via

Off Limits

Bedside Book #1202, 1961

They were the most talented bad girls who ever ruined a man!


Trailer Trollop

Nightstand Books NB1703 - Trailer Trollop (1964) thumbnail
Nightstand Book # NB1553, 1961 thumbnail
Nightstand Books NB1703 - Trailer Trollop (1964)
Nightstand Book # NB1553, 1961

Four Wild Girls — Out To Ruin Men!
They Lived In A House Of Sin — On Wheels!

via via

A Girl Called Honey

Midwood Book #41, 1960

When Honey Loved, She Held Nothing Back A Most Unusual Story About A Most Unusual Harlot


Brother and Sister

Monarch Books #199, 1961

A Tender, Compassionate Novel Of Incestuous Love