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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

A timely craft project that lets you make your favorite book cover into protest protection gear (link via BookPatrol); Tolkien fandom historian Sumner Gary Hunnewell has compiled a series of thorough, year-by-year bibliographies of Tolkien material in fanzines up through 1968; Some reflections on the passion and mania of collecting from Comic Book Daily); the EXCEPTIONALLY NOT WORK SAFE blog of photographer Paul Johnson who worked in the golden age of the porn magazine, pioneering the glossy "one-story" format and "Point-of-View" mags with such legends as Juliet Anderson, Annette Haven and Nina Hartley

Artist Ed Harrington's Ikea instructions for assembling your favorite horror icons (link via AV Club); Retro VHS packaging for modern horror films (link via AV Club)

The rise and fall of "Cocktail Nation"--the 1990s swing/lounge revival--and the Squirrel Nut Zippers (whose Tom Maxwell has written a memoir about the band) (via AV Club)

Diversions of the Groovy Kind offers up scans of the early issues of Astonishing tales featuring Wally Wood's take on my favorite Marvel character Dr. Doom! (earlier installments are here 1, 2, 3)

Video Games:
US Gamer gives a look into the tangled hardware, software and rights issues that get in the way of classic games being properly curated and offered up for play; A Do You Know Gaming video on the rich mythological, fictional and historical references in the Castlevania series (it starts off basic but goes deep)

Cool Tools recommends Hugo's Amazing Tape, a versatile material that's reusable, sticks only to itself and doesn't leave residue. Board and card game collectors love this stuff apparently and it seems promising for delicate books and ephemera; Jot101 presents a history of Pemmican, an early tinned, concentrated food that helped fuel 19th Century exploration; A beautiful selection of vintage poker / casino chips available from

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Title: Passionville (Leisure Book LB 671)
Author: John Dexter
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1965

"She was love lost in a city of sin! Was she the victim of small-town gossip? Was she the product of a big city's degenerate ways? or did sadistic men or women of twisted desires make a trap for her in her own weakness? "

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Off-Limits World

Title: The Off-Limits World (Domino 72-902)
Author: Carla Josephs
Artist: (photo)
Year: 1965

"Normal men and women were not permitted to enter their realm of lust and passion gone wild."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

A collection of pigeon (aka: sky-rat) inspired bookplates (Link via Bookplate Junkie)

A beautiful trailer for The Mill at Calder's End, a Hammer-style horror movie made with detailed hand-crafted puppets (link via Twitch); A New York Times story on the thousands of abandoned/orphaned films at DuArt, longtime processors of independent films

Pitchforks's 100 Best Albums of the Decade (So Far); An NPR story on the troubling aging of CD archives and their erratic deterioration patterns; A professional violinist undergoes brain surgery while playing his instrument (link via Consequence of Sound)

Video Games:
Never Alone is a gorgeous platformer designed to expose children to Iñupiat and Alaska Native cultures; Five Nights at Freddy's is a Night Trap-inspired horror game where you play a security guard in a Chucky-Cheese style kiddy restaurant trying to keep an eye on the creepy animatronics (both links via Eurogamer); Bizarre Pokemon reggae (via NintendoLife)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Black Opium

Title: Black Opium (Berkley G-120)
Author: Claude Farrère
Artist: Robert Maguire
Year: 1958

"A forbidden world where human bodies find themselves possessed and driven by desires which consume them in the flames of hot-blooded ecstasy."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Drug Use

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kept Boy

Title: Kept Boy (Rapture RB 408)
Author: Ed Culver
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1964

"Warner Barclay was a well-known Interior Decorator, his Manhattan town house reflected his talent and his impeccable taste. But his cottage on Fire Island was a decorator's nightmare; at least to his young friend and companion Carl Miller."

Categories: Gay Male