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Marriage at the Crossroads
(Wilhelm Stekel, MD)  Essays about
the state of modern marriage from the
renowned analytic psychiatrist. One of
the earliest works published by
Godwin. This was a translation of a
German work, also a trend for this
Anjea Infanticide, Abortion
and Contraception in Savage Society
(Herbert Aptekar) Another very early Godwin academic work. The
title is somewhat deceptive. This is not so much a condemnation of
infanticide as it is a description of ritual practices followed by
aboriginal peoples of Australia in devotion to the deity Anjea. Like
Southern Mills Hills, a sociological work.
Weirdly, the conservative line also spawned a mini series of modern horror books set in the clandestine world
of the abortion doctor. (Illegal Doctor and Birth Clinic.) Some of the other novels have Conservative sentiments,
if not themes. Godwin’s final unusual subgenre was in the offering of…
Books for African-American Fiction Readers

Thanks to the hands-on Sam Curl, Godwin had a fairly good idea of who was visiting Commuter Libraries. This
is not so much intended as a reaching a new audience as it was gaining share of the existing consumer base.
Deep River
(Clement Wood) Early racially themed novel of an inter-racial marriage
between "Eldon Pickett, world's leading Negro Baritone, to Fran Sturtevant,
a sensitive, social registrite; of the obstacles encountered from whites and
blacks alike, and of even greater obstacles resulting from inherent racial
differences. Fran Sturtevant, whose family tree could be traced back to the
time of Peter Stuyvesant, was bored with the idleness of Newport, and the
social inanities of Palm Beach; and, until she heard Eldon Pickett sing Deep
River, no man had ever succeeded in awakening her to a realization of the
fullness of life. Eldon Pickett was the son of a former slave, who happened
to have the advantage of Tuskegee and Howard, and who happened to
have an almost unparalleled singing voice.”
Skin Deep (Harmon Bellamy) A black man  pays for a potion to lighten his skin, falls in love with a
golden-haired heiress and is endlessly extorted by the voodoo doctor who provided the drug.
Perhaps the first
science fiction offering of this imprint.
Taken as a whole, the Godwin brand seems a bit confused. This listing is not overly representative. 80% of
Godwin’s offerings were either Streamlined Romance or erotica. The firm grew out of the printer’s previous
academic orientation, which is where they picked up Hillman in the first place. As time went on, the Godwin
trademark diverged, becoming the home for anything that didn’t somehow fit under the more defined Arcadia
House brand. The firm also took cracks at the literary fiction market. This willingness to experiment may be
more reflective of the publisher’s aspirations than its actual reach.

This would change.

Publishing is an extremely competitive business. In the manner of such things, the editor whose books sell the
best winds up calling the shots. In 1935 Alex Hillman was appointed president of both Godwin and Arcadia
House. A third division, half owned by Alex Hillman and Sam Curl, was then formed. Whether
Hillman-Curl was
created to cut the firm’s top two executives into ownership, halt the dilution of the Godwin erotica imprint, or out
of a desire to have it seek business beyond the group’s traditional areas is unknown. Hillman-Curl became
Godwin’s pirate ship—free to publish what it wanted, as long as it brought back the swag.

Hillman’s first act as the new head of the Godwin imprint was to cancel the importation of books from White &
Brown. This may have been because of poor sales. Or it may have been due to Hillman’s objections to the anti-
Semitic and pro fascist themes these English books were loaded with. In either case, no one else picked up the
Hillman-Curl’s mainstay was its line of branded Streamlined Romances. Other than setting and
presentation, they aren’t that much different from those offered by Arcadia House. Both lines drew
from the same stable of writers.
Too Smart For Love
(Kathryn Culver) This Streamlined
Romance was actually written by
Davis Dresser, who wrote the Mike
Shayne stories under the pseudonym
Brett Halliday. Too Smart for Love
was his first book. Many of the books
written for the Commuter Library
market were penned by authors who
made their livings in the pulps. It isn’t
known what Hillman-Curl’s rates
were, but the industry standard was
half the pulp magazine rate—1/4 cent
per word. For this reason, many of
the Commuter Library novels were
expansions of stories which had been
previously published in pulp
Not the same book with two different titles, but rather two different books
sharing a cover illustration.
Wake Up and Love by June Jennifer was
released in 1937 and is the story of a young woman who breaks an
engagement for another man.
And then—Goodbye by Barbara
Hedworth may have been the last hard bound book ever produced by the
Hillman-Curl imprint. Normally Hillman-Curl didn’t recycle art. This may
have been a rush job brought on by the disorganized dismemberment of
the company.
Green Eyes for Jealousy
(Joan Blair) "Jealousy, the
green-eyed monster whose
nostrils breathe the twin
flames of conspiracy and
tragedy, entered the huge
store when Elspeth Brodie
met Isabel Anderson.
Unfriendly from the start,
Isabel's attitude quickly
changed to hatred as
Elspeth found favor in the
eyes of Reggie, Isabel's
former lover. But the
dangerous fires of her
aroused passions did not
come into open conflict with
the cold flame of Elspeth's
courage until Fate plunged
another figure into the
dramatic vortex - a figure
that Elspeth could not and
would not take lightly.”
(Promotional Material.)
Chaperoned (Virginia Sullivan) Romance novel set on a luxury cruise liner.

Love Can Wait (Jeanne Bowman) A woman must go into seclusion for a year and wonders if her beau can
withstand the attentions of the exotic Dr. Rowena Rowan.
Clue Club Mysteries.

At the enthusiastic insistence of Sam Curl, the firm launched the Clue Club mystery imprint line.
Murder on Every Floor
(Ann Demarest) "Strange figures slipping about dark hallways . . hear,
threatening whispers in the darkness . . . more crimes while police stood
guard. There was monk, on every floor? Into the Greenwich Village
apartment house with its seemingly respectable atmosphere, Christine
Howarth moved one winter afternoon. She was running away from a
marriage which offered security without love. That very night the
devastating succession of crimes started. Strange secrets of supposedly
circumspect people were swiftly uncovered. There were dozens of
suspects, and an amazing lack of alibis. Christine. an innocent intruder
on the series of horrifying events, found her own life endangered before
the killer was found. But out of the nerve-wracking. terrifying series of
events came love for Christine and, for the reader. a thrill-packed. hair-
raising mystery story which runs the gamut of suspense and moves
swiftly on to a dramatic and unforeseen climax." (Paraphrased from
enthusiastic old bookseller’s hype.)

These were introduced at a time when the genre was starting to fade in pulp magazines. This is something of
a pattern with Alex Hillman as a publisher. At the time Hillman-Curl was the only hard bound publisher in this
Rocky Road to Jericho
(Frank Chester Field)
Probably the most interesting entry
into this genre was this Mormon
themed western, written by a
Mormon convert. As you might
imagine, it takes the Mormon’s side
of the historical narrative. Features
polygamy, covered wagons, Indian
attacks and the great trek west.