The Hang Fire Books Blog

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

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Wild Honey

Title: Wild Honey (Midwood F236)
Author: Don Karl
Artist: Paul Rader
Year: 1963

"Jim sipped the wild honey of infidelity in the arms of his neighbor's wife."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, September 26, 2014


Title: You...Fetishist (Documentary Classic DC 513)
Author: Arnold Astin
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

"A strange journey into the frantic libidinous realm of the fetishist. . . . The bizarre search for new ways to satisfy unusual sex drives."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Girl Habit

Title: The Girl Habit (Private Edition PE 391)
Author: Henry Appelton James
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1966

"A two-way street. Bunny had come to a crossroads in her life. . . . Her decision had to be made fast, for she had already strayed too far, and it was to be final--for there was no way back once she set her course for hell."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lust Country

Title: Lust Country (Adult Book AB415)
Author: John Dexter
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1968

"The storm raged and he knew that the two girls would be killed by its fire--or by the river's."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sex Sorority

Title: Sex Sorority (Raven RB 718)
Author: Robert Bledsoe
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1963

"They played a game of wierd [sic] lesbian and...unnatural love"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

Jot101 offers a 1907 dust jacket containing an early (or perhaps the first) use of the publishing term "Blurb"; Alcarol offers beautiful wooden bookshelves that preserve the bark and moss of the original log frozen in resin Jurassic Park-style (link via BookPatrol)

Watch this crazy sumbitch beat Dark Souls' toughest fight using a Guitar Hero controller (link via Polygon); in further Souls news, Bloodborne has a release date and a grimly lush new trailer (link via Eurogamer)

Listen to Neko Case on Super-Ego in a hilarious Goon Show/Firesign Theatre-style skit about a country duet recording session that keeps dipping into the blue (link via AV Club); A new face for smart watches gives you the James Bond watch from N64 GoldenEye (link via Eurogamer)

A Star Trek fan has used some digital trickery to stitch together shots from classic Trek in gorgeous widescreen/panoramic vistas (link via AV Club); A Gorey-esque cartoon from CollegeHumor featuring a chipper skeleton detailing all the things that will kill you (in rhyme!)

A collection of tobacco-themed kid toys from Jot101; The Bowey Boys NYC-history blog offers these desolate 1970s landscapes of stripped and abandoned cars

Cast a Wistful Eye

Title: Cast a Wistful Eye (French Line 41)
Author: Carl Corley
Artist: Carl Corley
Year: 1968

Categories: Gay Male

Thursday, September 18, 2014