The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of an online bookseller
in Brooklyn, New York.

Epic battles in the Salvation Army

Homeric journeys to the post office

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cruising Horny Corners

Title: Cruising Horny Corners (Companion Book CB 546)
Author: Lance Lester
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1967

"Johnny had always been queer for peaches. Forgetting his nakedness, he climbed the wall of his host's back yard, reached into the neighbors tree, slipped and fell into a series of most embarrasing adventures..."

Categories: Gay Male

Captive in Lavender

Title: Captive in Lavender (Adult Book AB448)
Author: Marcus Miller
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1968

"Passion gave them the off-color blues!"

Categories: Gay Male

Thursday, April 9, 2015

V For Victoria

Title: V For Victoria (PEC Giant G-1153)
Author: Florin Du Shane
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

"Victoria may be too much, but that's not her problem. She's a turned-on woman who plays both ends against the middle...but it's a sweet middle."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Simone's Thing

Title: Simone's Thing (Greenleaf Classics GC380)
Author: Jay Trevor
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Diane and the Wonderful Box

Title: Diane and the Wonderful Box (Greenleaf Classic GC384)
Author: Jay R. Smithson
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

"A beautiful wayward nymphomaniacal girl who executes her compulsions with gusto!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, April 3, 2015

Madison Avenue Nympho

Title: Madison Avenue Nympho (Intimate Edition No. 703)
Author: Irving George
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1962

"During business hours, she was Alicia Peters--shrewd, self-possessed, hard-driving woman ad agency executive. Weekends, she was a tortured, sex-hungry redhead."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Executive Bed

Title: Executive Bed (Vega V-6)
Author: Linda Harvey
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1960

"From the look on CJ's face, Laura knew that her scheme for revenge would now have to include the executive bed..."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Office Wife

Title: Office Wife (Beacon B335)
Author: Richard Grant
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1960

"A candid story of two-timing--and pleasure before business!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

I, Libertine

Title: I, Libertine (BALLANTINE 165)
Author: Frederick R. Ewing (pseudonym of Theodore Sturgeon and Jean Shepherd)
Artist: Kelly Freas
Year: 1956

Originally a joke title mentioned repeatedly on Jean Shepherd's radio show--listeners were told to request the non-existent I, Libertine at their local bookshop--Shep eventually teamed up with science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon to write this 18th century-set bawdy novel.

Categories: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tramp Jokes

Title: Tramp Jokes: Monologues and Recitations, No. 1 (Wehman Bros. 126 Park Row, New York City)
Artist: "NCL"
Year: 1907

From my small collection of Hobo lit.

Some sample jokes:

Mrs. Hardcash--Why don't you work for a living?
Walker--I made a solemn vow, ma'am, fifteen long years ago, dat I never do anoder stroke'er work till women wuz paid de same wages as men."

A tramp asked "the lady of the house" for something to eat. She gave him a steak. After considerable effort to make a dent in it, he handed it back to her, saying, "Madam, I did not ask for work."

Friday, March 27, 2015


Title: Seduced! (MERIT 508)
Author: Damon Drake
Artist: "Sloan"
Year: 1960

"A love-starved blonde baits a sex-trap with an over eager redhead to satisfy her passion for men--and sadistic revenge!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, March 26, 2015