|Vintage Pulp||Aug 31 2009|
Lost in this maskerade.
It’s a particular joy of pulp hunting that we learn about personalities we never heard of before. Fatale Maskerade, which we found Friday in a bookstore in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam, was written by Inez Haynes Irwin, aka Inez Haynes Gilmore, who was well known as a political activist, co-founder of the National Collegiate Equal Suffrage League, and member of the National Advisory Council of the National Women’s Party. All news to us. As a writer, she created a popular mystery franchise known as the Maida series, and one of her short stories won the O. Henry Award for fiction in 1924. Gilmore died in 1970, but her books have become collector’s items, according to the online sources we consulted. That means we possibly could have turned a small profit on Fatale Maskerade, but instead we made a gift of it after unexpectedly being invited to a birthday party. Easy come, easy go.