late 1800’s – mid 1950’s
Hank Janson is both a fictional character and a pseudonym created by the English author Stephen Daniel Frances who died in 1989.
Hank Janson was the most popular and successful of British Pulp Fiction authors of the 1940s and 1950s.
His books were violent "pseudo-American” thrillers sold in paperback editions featuring erotic cover art, and it is estimated that some five million copies were sold by 1954.
For the most part, Janson's books cover illustrations featured a dame, blouse ripped, skirt hitched up to her thighs, struggling sweetly against chains, often tied to a chair, wide-eyed in terror at something just out of sight.
For ten years he churned out one Pulp Fiction book a month, loaded with all the creamy breasts and glistening thighs a man could want — 300 altogether, with sales of more than 13 million. “I felt more like a factory than an author,” Janson said.
Hank Janson was the man who taught a generation
about sex: His luridly salacious thrillers were
every British schoolboy's guilty secret.- Colin Dunne