#12 - The Wailing Siren Mystery
Text by Franklin W. Dixon

Sampson Low / Collins / Armada Books: A, F, C, E / 1 Omnibus Edition

Sampson Low Hardback Edition  

The Wailing Siren Mystery (Sampson Low) The Wailing Siren Mystery (Sampson Low)

Red boards and spine.

Publisher: Sampson Low

First Printed: 1966 (March)

Cover Artist: Bill Gillies
Frontispiece Artist: Unknown
Internal Illustrations: None

SBN: 356-01369-3

Story version: Original text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Spine number: 37.
-- Frontispiece: same as 1951 US ed. (?)
-- Gretta orange 'tree' endpapers.
-- Blue spine
-- Retail price: 7/6d (7 shillings & sixpence).

Notes:
-- The first book in the series is referred to as Sinister Sign Post
-- The previous book is given as Haunted Fort, even though the plot description is clearly that of Lost Tunnel (as it is in US order)!
-- The next book is given as Wildcat (one word) Swamp.

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Collins Hardback Edition  

The Wailing Siren Mystery (Collins)

+ ZOOM COVER

Publisher: Collins

First Printed: 1972

Cover Artist: Peter Archer
Frontispiece Artist: Roger Hall
Internal illustrator: Roger Hall

ISBN: 0-00-160507-0

Story version: Revised text

First Printing Attributes:
-- Blue spine box with white text.
-- 12 titles listed on reverse cover.
-- Blue staining on page edges.
-- Gold price label: 45p.

Spine Art Description:
-- Joe tackles man

Notes:
-- The internal illustrations and frontispiece for this title can be viewed at the Series Book Art website.
-- A heavily cropped version of the cover illustration was used on the spine of the hardcover Collins 2-in-1 omnibus edition.

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Armada Paperback Edition  

The Wailing Siren Mystery (Format A)

+ ZOOM COVER

+ ZOOM ARTWORK

Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format A

First Printed: 1977 (-)

Cover Artist: Peter Archer

ISBN: 0-00-691021-1

Notes:
-- First printing back cover prices are as follows:
0.45 (UK), $1.35 (NZ), $1.25 (AU), Not For Sale In Canada.

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The Wailing Siren Mystery (Format F1)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format F (1)

First Printed: 1977

Cover Artist: None (TV tie-in)

ISBN: 0-00-691397-0

Notes:
-- This rare, white variant of the more commonly found red Format F paperback is a recent discovery. Curiously, the only copies that have surfaced thus far have turned up in New Zealand and Australia.
-- The cover photo is a still from the season one episode, The Mystery of the Haunted House

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The Wailing Siren Mystery (Format F2)

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Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format F (2)

First Printed: 1978

Cover Artist: None (TV tie-in)

ISBN: 0-00-691397-0

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The Wailing Siren Mystery (Format C)

+ ZOOM COVER

+ ZOOM ARTWORK

Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format C

First Printed: 1985

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-692514-6

Notes:
-- A 1989 impression of The Wailing Siren Mystery in this format exists without the C-number on the spine.

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The Wailing Siren Mystery (Format E)

+ ZOOM COVER

Publisher: Armada Books
Cover Layout: Format E

First Printed: 1992

Cover Artist: David Browne

ISBN: 0-00-692514-6

Notes:
-- David Browne's agent wanted a change of style, resulting in this colourful, almost psychedelic cover, which was produced in early 1992. (Source: the interview with British artist David Browne, conducted by Bob Finnan in 2003).

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Armada Paperback Omnibus Edition

Armada 3-in-1 Omnibus (Format B)

Publisher: Armada Books

Cover Layout: Format B

First Printed: 1983

Featured stories:
#1 - The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior
#5 - The Mystery of the Disappearing Floor
#12 - The Wailing Siren Mystery

Cover Artist: Unknown

ISBN: 0-00-692244-9

Notes:
-- First printing back cover prices are as follows:
1.95 (UK), $6.95 (NZ), $ (AU), Not For Sale In Canada.

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 UK Collins Order

 US Order

Harold Hill only titles:

HH 2. House On The Cliff
HH 14. Hidden Harbour Mystery

Collins titles:

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