Hindi Pulp Cover Art by Shelle
For nearly four decades, Mustajab Ahmed Siddiqui, a.k.a. "Shelle", has been painting lurid, action-packed covers for thousands of Hindi pulp novels--thrillers, social dramas, detective fiction, horror. They're the ones you find stacked up in bookstalls at railway stations throughout North India, written by the best-selling authors in the country: Surender Mohan Pathak, Ved Prakash Sharma, Anil Mohan, Ranu, Colonel Ranjit, and many more. This book of oversize postcards takes you on a journey into Shelle's dangerous world of steely detectives, ruthless criminals and bombshells in distress.
About the artist
Shelle started his career as an art teacher. He began painting book covers in 1971, and soon became the Hindi pulp fiction industry's best-known and most prolific cover artist. He lives in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh.
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