The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sin Planner


Title: Sin Planner (Saber SA-152)
Author: Drew Palmer
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Immorality in Three Dimensions


Title: Immorality in Three Dimensions (Saber SA-90)
Author: Drew Palmer
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1965

"Marcie's planned seduction of young Harry was working perfectly. His view of her nearly exposed breasts and her bare legs was more than enough bait."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Sex-Girl Friday


Title: Sex-Girl Friday (Herald Reader HR 104)
Author: Claude Richards
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1964

"They gave their love freely...to men and to each other."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Passion Ready





Title: Passion Ready (Mask Reader MR 103)
Author: Art Danglon
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1964

"Lust fools and wild chicks..."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Orgy Club


Title: Orgy Club (Pillar PB 8336)
Author: Tony Calvano
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1964

"Perverted kicks could be obtained at the cost of her total submission to all the cruelty hell itself could devise."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Executive Stud Sinners


Title: Executive Stud Sinners (Dragon Edition DE 120)
Author: Monte Rappe
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1966

"High level executives taste of low level perversions....By day she was an untouchable lady executive, by night the lust fires of her voluptuous desirable body could not be controlled."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pleasure Bound


Title: Pleasure Bound (After Hours AH 115)
Author: Ron Horton
Artist: Eric Stanton
Year: 1966

"A crew of perverts, a female captain who delights in dominating virile men and seducing young girls...Female mastery on the open seas."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish, Lesbians and Lesbiana, Sports,

Camp For Sinners


Title: Camp For Sinners (First Niter FN 107)
Author: Jon Parker
Artist: Eric Stanton
Year: 1966

"Reverse passions in Twilight Camp..."

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

Bizarre


Title: Bizarre (First Niter FN 109)
Author: Ivan Tarpoff
Artist: Eric Stanton
Year: 1964

"Invitation to a 'Tea' party in notorious Greenwich Village where passions run wild, where men love men, and women love women, where leather heels and velvet clothes hold a special appeal."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGADrug UseLesbians and Lesbiana,

Vixens Delight


Title: Vixens Delight (After Hours AH 110)
Author: Ivan Tarpoff
Artist: Eric Stanton
Year: 1965

"MALE RAPE, cries George as he wants to escape this punishing domination, but he is a helpless slave of domineering women in leather, silk and satin."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGAHot Rods and DelinquentsKink and FetishLesbians and Lesbiana,

Friday, September 16, 2011

I Prefer Girls





Title: I Prefer Girls (Monarch 381)
Author: Jessie Dumont
Artist: Robert Maguire
Year: 1963

"A strange story of twilight love, jealousy and hatred... My name is Penny Stewart and I'm a lesbian. I didn't know that's what I was until I moved to Greenwich Village..."

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

The Love Pirate


Title: The Love Pirate (Midwood 32-455)
Author: Alix York
Artist: Paul Rader
Year: 1965

"She used her body for bait...and she had all four of them on the hook!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Satan Was My Pimp

Title: Satan Was My Pimp (Playtime 660)
Author: Joe Castro
Artist: Robert Bonfils
Year: 1964

"Women let themselves be sold to the highest bidder of either sex, for whatever erotic ritual evil could devise."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, September 9, 2011

Paperback Review: The Real Cool Killers and The Hustler

A few months back I reviewed The King in Yellow and promised to add a vintage paperback review every few weeks. I had the best of intentions but my next two installments were both read over vacation, and then backburnered as I caught up with work. At this point my memory of the books is fairly hazy but better a couple of short, impressionistic reviews than nothing at all.

First up: The Real Cool Killers


This is the second title I've read from Chester Himes but the first featuring his popular series characters Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones (the characters debuted in the earlier For Love of Imabelle aka: A Rage in Harlem).

The novel opens in a Harlem nightclub that is about to explode in violence. This is how Himes sets the scene:
Big Joe Turner was singing a rock-and-roll adaptation of Dink's Blues. The loud licking rhythm blasted from the jukebox with enough heat to melt bones.

A woman leapt from her seat in a booth as though the music had stuck her full of tacks. She was a lean black woman clad in a pink jersey dress and red silk stockings. She pulled up her skirt and began doing a shake dance as though trying to throw off the tacks one by one.

Her mood was contagious. Other women jumped down from their high stools and shook themselves into the act. The customers laughed and shouted and began shaking too. The aisle between the bar and the booths became stormy with shaking bodies.

Big Smiley, the giant-size bartender, began doing a flat-footed locomotive shuffle up and down behind the bar.
This passage--and the extremely chaotic violence that follows--immediately made me think of the Fleischer Brother's Betty Boop cartoons that were set to the music of Cab Calloway; the characters all bouncing in rhythm as one surreal event follows another.

Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones, named for their fearsome reps, are Mike Hammer brutal, with hair trigger tempers. Coffin Ed is the more methodic "good cop" (by a notch or two) while Grave Digger--rage-filled and paranoid after an earlier case left his face acid scarred--is likely to attack anyone around him, whether or not they're involved in the crime.

Himes' portrayel of 1950s Harlem, and his very pulpy characterizations, makes for a fun read but this wasn't at all what I expected after the sombre, realistic and semi-autobiographical If He Hollers. I'd like to read a biography before speculating, but I'm curious if Himes was deliberately writing these for the Mickey Spillane popular audience?

Next up an even less detailed review of The Hustler by Walter Tevis:


My main takeaway from the book is that the 1961 film starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason is a very fine adaptation indeed (which I need to rewatch immediately).

A few things from the book that didn't come across in the movie: the detailed, tactile descriptions of a pool hall in the early morning that make it sound like a cathedral. Also the side characters are fleshed out enough that you sense they've all tried to take down Minnesota Fats (or their own personal Fats) and the place they are now in life is exactly where they fell and will remain. Lastly the book ends on a much more ambiguous, Borgesian note than the film. Eddy has won but is tied to a vicious fixer and he's now a stationary target for every fast pool hustler who wants to destroy him. His triumph and his doom are cut from the same green cloth.

The Hustler was Dell 3940, a movie tie-in paperback from 1964 and Real Cool Killers was Berkley Medallion F1262 with a Harry Bennett cover from 1966.