Killer Sharks in Men’s Adventure Magazines
Edited by Robert Deis & Wyatt Doyle
# new texture
With apologies to
Peter Benchley, just when you thought it was safe go back into the Mam’s pulp
library comes “Maneaters.” This is a collection of sixteen over-the-top tales
of deadly shark encounters as offered in various Men’s Adventure Magazines
during the 1960s, to include two wonderful cover photo and illustrations
galleries. In all, these stories exemplify the horror thrills associated with
these deadly sea predators and each entry provides more than enough blood and
guts gore to engender some truly colorful nightmares and keep one from ever
venturing out into the sea ever again.
Now we’ve all come
to expect this kind of exploitive excellent from Deis and Doyle, but what
elevates “Maneater” a notch above their previous titles is the afterwards
provided by actual marine biologists who wonderfully debunk the various myths
associated with sharks while at the same time offering factual data about these
incredible fear inducing creatures.
“Maneaters” is a one kind of book that both applauds the imagination of Mams writers while at the same time demonstrating the dangers such fiction inspired. Today many species of shark are on endangered lists threatening to irrevocably upside the natural ecosystems of oceans around the world. A tip of the fedora to Deis and Doyle for both a fun read and a much needed warning that we must protect these magnificent beast from total extinction. Now that would be a real horror.