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in Brooklyn, New York.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Body Snatchers





Title: The Body Snatchers (DELL FIRST EDITION 42)
Author: Jack Finney
Artist: John McDermott
Year: 1955

Categories: Hot-Blooded Classics, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Friday Link Roundup

Books:
In Every Book Ever players try to guess the correct first line of an obscure book from a selection of sentences mostly composed by other players (and then you can watch the writing process as it happened in real time) (link via Polygon); The British Library is offering the exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination until January 15, included is an Oct. 26th panel discussion by Queen's Brian May on Diableries or hellscapes created for stereoscopic viewers (the proto-View-Master)

Film/TV:
Watch this compulsively watchable collective fan made shot-for-shot remake of Star Wars and Empire Strikes back; Check out this formidable fan-made work-in-progress The Annotated MST3K

Music:
A reunited Sleater-Kinney has released a new single "Bury Our Friends" as a teaser for a 2015 album!; Listen to this absolutely shredding cover of Slayer's "Angel of Death" on banjo

Videogames:
Derek Yu is writing a book for Boss Fight Books on the creation of the simple but deep, compulsively playable game Spelunky

Random:
Pulque--the Mexican working class tipple of fermented agave sap--is making a craft brew-style comeback

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Whirlpool of Thunder





Title: Whirlpool of Thunder (NEWSSTAND LIBRARY U174)
Author: Warren Caryl
Artist: Robert Bonfils
Year: 1961

"This is the story of a New York-to-Miami con-man getting his fingers caught in a sex-trap, when hiding in the Vermont hills."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Mystery and Thrillers

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Return to Lesbos





Title: Return to Lesbos (PEC French Line FL 2)
Author: Ann Toward
Artist: Doug Weaver
Year: 1966

"She was unusually young for a high school principal...but Lori's entire life was unusual. The step-daughter of a famous motion picture star and an heiress, she was tortured by desire for her own sex."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yesterday's Virgin





Title: Yesterday's Virgin (Midwood F221)
Author: Jason Hytes
Artist: Paul Rader
Year: 1962

"Peggy came of age early, for she lived in the jungle world of the street gang. She used the only asset she had--her ripe young body--to nail the leader of the gang for herself."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Auntie Maim





Title: Auntie Maim (VICEROY VP 336)
Author: Jack Owen
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

"Actual first hand case histories dealing with corporal punishment!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Bunny Yeager's Art of Glamour Photography





Title: Bunny Yeager's Art of Glamour Photography (The Modern Camera Guide Series)
Author: Bunny Yeager
Artist: Bunny Yeager (photographer)
Year: 1962

Glamour photography tips and strategies from one of the best cheesecake photographers of all time. Pictured models include: Bunny Yeager; Bettie Page (9 shots); Julia Saxon; Chris Mara; Lisa Winters; Nadine Ducas; Carol Blake; Vicky Shoos; Millie Baxter; Diane Weber (3 shots); Susan Jones (Miss Scotland 1961); Lana Bashama; Dodie Mitchell; Lisa Winters; Nikki Wyatt; Lacey Kelly; Maria Stinger; Tee Tee Red; Yvonne Menard; Warrene Gray; Carol Singleton; Sheila Malone; Gunella Knutssen (Miss Swdwen 1961); Charlene Mathies; Carol Jean Lauritzen; Ursula Andress; (and more uncredited)

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lover Boy





Title: Lover Boy (Belmont 240)
Author: John B. Flint
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1961

"The unashamed story of lonely women in a little New England (Vermont) town...and the man who wove a net of passions around them all."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Black Satin Jungle





Title: The Black Satin Jungle (previously published as: Indiscretions of a French Model) (Zenith ZB-44)
Author: Bart Frame
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1960

"The story that strips the garment industry right down to its naked fangs and claws."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Mystery and Thrillers

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lust Lodge





Title: Lust Lodge (Merit 509)
Author: Arnold Marmor; Betty Brosmer (model for cover)
Artist: Robert Bonfils
Year: 1960

 "Contralto, a wide open town, had everything. From the big gambling joints to the dives where one could indulge in the lowest form of perversion. The Club Inferno had gambling upstairs and stripping downstairs. The joint was wide open. They had some of the best strippers in the country appearing there to please the customers in every possible way."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA