The Hang Fire Books Blog

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

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Take Me Home and Twilight Girls

Title: Take Me Home (MONARCH BOOKS 120)
Author: Fletcher Flora
Artist: Harry Schaare
Year: 1959

"An unconventional story of beautiful Ivy Galvin and her strange emotional involvement with two men--and a woman."

Title: Twilight Girls (GOLD STAR IL7-73)
Author: Sherry Dale
Artist: Harry Schaare
Year: 1965

"They paid a terrible price for their kind of love....Nikki Carr always prided herself on being 'well adjusted' to her lesbianism. Not for her was the man's shirt and tie. She was as feminine as any girl had a right to be."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Choice of Sexes

Title: A Choice of Sexes (MIDWOOD 34-974)
Author: Carol Caine
Artist: Paul Rader (?)
Year: 1968

"She took aim with her body and never missed the target!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Anything Goes

Title: Anything Goes (BEDSIDE BOOK BB 825)
Author: Joe Weiss; Ralph Dean
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1959

"The immoral story of a love-starved temptress and her insatiable desires!"

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Lesbian Honeymoon

Title: Lesbian Honeymoon (Honey-moon) (PAD LIBRARY 9510)
Author: Sheila Laffonde
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1967

"Both men and women wanted to share the ecstasies of this LESBIAN HONEYMOON"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Other Glass Teat

Title: The Other Glass Teat (Pyramid Ellison #5)
Author: Harlan Ellison
Artist: Leo and Diane Dillon
Year: 1975

"Apocalyptic teevee criticism mean as Drano martinis; packed with nutritious honesty and tough as hell!"

Categories: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Friday, June 19, 2015

Slum Sinners

Title: Slum Sinners (Midnight Reader MR 409)
Author: Andrew Shaw (pseudonym of Donald Westlake]
Artist: Unknown (likely Robert Bonfils or Harold McCauley)
Year: 1962

"They found gutter love with gutter tramps!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Seamy Town

Title: Seamy Town (NIGHTSTAND NB1799)
Author: J.X. Williams
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1966

"They broke laws written and unwritten in their mad scramble for ever new sensations."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Title: Shameless (Pillar Book PB 824)
Author: Don Elliott (aka Robert Silverberg)
Artist: Unknown (likely Robert Bonfils)
Year: 1964

"No passion too wild--No sin too great."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Pound of Flesh

Title: Pound of Flesh (Beacon B 287)
Author: Simms Albert
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1960

"A novel which at last tells the truth about those office girls whose chief business assets are their bodies."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

$20 Lust

Title: $20 Lust (Nightstand Book NB 1546)
Author: Andrew Shaw (pseudonym of: Lawrence Block)
Artist: Harold McCauley
Year: 1961

"The girl of his dreams was a gold plated nightmare"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, June 12, 2015

Part-Time Husband

Title: Part-Time Husband (BEDSIDE BOOK BB 1219)
Author: Louis Lorraine
Artist: Unknown (likely Bonfils or McCauley)
Year: 1961

"Which one was he married to...The virginal new wife or the wanton old one?"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lovely Fraud

Title: Lovely Fraud (Beacon B 148)
Author: Joe Weiss
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1957

"V...stands for Vanessa: Vanessa stands for...Vice"

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA