Hades & Hocus Pocus by Lester Dent

By Lester Dent

Two vintage noir novellas approximately younger males who locate treacherous jobs in the course of the nice melancholy .
In Hades, Alexander Titus, a former Olympic decathlon superstar, involves Hollywood trying to find paintings. He and his good friend Haw Gooch are right down to their final greenback once they locate jobs as bodyguards for erratic movie manufacturer Roger Quinlan. Quinlan turns out really paranoid, claiming that he's being stalked through a demon and that he stumbled on Hades in a cavern in New Mexico. the tale sounds loopy, but if Titus is framed for homicide, he realizes
Quinlan's alleged hell may be the single position the place he may also locate the reality. In Hocus Pocus, penniless touring magicians reply to an advert for a brain reader. A psychology professor hires them to infiltrate a bunch of evangelists who comprise brain interpreting into their preaching. Cal 'Marvelous' Merton and his assistant, mind's eye Daly, will research the evangelists' tools and document again on even if their brain examining is actual. yet as Merton and Daly subscribe to the recent Apostles, the air of possibility is palpable, and questions come up approximately their supplier and what precisely they're investigating.

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There is no praise from strangers to be got here,” Senora Teresa said tragically. “Avanti! Yes! That is all he cares for. To be first somewhere—somehow—to be first with these English. They will be showing him to everybody. ’ ” She laughed ominously. “What a name! What is that? Nostromo? ” 20 Nostromo Meantime Giorgio, with tranquil movements, had been unfastening the door; the flood of light fell on Signora Teresa, with her two girls gathered to her side, a picturesque woman in a pose of maternal exaltation.

Then Signora Teresa, all in black, issuing from another door, advanced, portly and anxious, inclining her fine black-browed head, opening her arms and crying in a profound tone— “Giorgio! thou passionate man! Misericordia Divina! In the sun like this! ” At her feet the hens made off in all directions, with immense strides; if there were any engineers from up the line staying in Sulaco, a young English face or two would appear at the billiard room occupying one end of the house; but at the other end, in the café, Luis, the mulatto, took good care not to show himself.

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