The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wild Sea Bender



Title: Wild Sea Bender (Royal Line RL 102)
Author: Torkel Kane
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1964

"Orgy phone calls brought the group together...and more revealing was the intimacy that her new acquaintance, Carol Shole offered her."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Born to Be Bad



Title: Born to Be Bad (Midwood No. 14)
Author: Sheldon Lord (pseudonym of: Lawrence Block)
Artist: Paul Rader
Year: 1959

"Rita Never Knew Her Father. How Could She When Even Her Mother Didn't"

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, December 6, 2013

Lesbian Queen


Title: Lesbian Queen (Playtime Reading #666)
Author: Jane Sherman
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1964

 "Crowned campus queen, she chose to rule a small, hot female realm of off-beat lust. . . . How do they recognize eah other? The twilight lovers? By a burning look, a touch that scorches the heart, that turns the blood molten? oh, yes!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Friday, November 22, 2013

Plain Brown Wrapper Book Club


I love to find advertising material and ephemera that reveals some of the underground marketing of the sleaze paperback era.

These ink store stamps from "Rudy's Adult Books, Redondo Beach, CA" advertised an adult book exchange service in which $1 would get a "book just like the one you have just finished" sent to you "in a plain wrapper."



These stamps were inside a circulating copy of Sex in Prison (which I have to imagine was a disappointing title, most of the recipients being already over familiar with the practice).

The given address: 1505-1511 1/2 Aviation Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 shows a block of plain wrapper store fronts out of which Rudy might still be operating.

Find this book and more in my Vintage Paperbacks: Lesbian / Lesbiana catalog which has received a lot of recent additions (with more to come).

Monday, January 7, 2013

Standing Desk

My New Year's resolution for 2013 is to get right with my back, so yesterday I converted my workstation into a standing desk.


It's tough to see without me for scale (and with the monitor and sunny window blowing the contrast) but I used this cheap Ikea-hacked solution (<$30) which rests atop my previous Ikea Frankendesk.

I'm looking into a gel mat to soften the tile floor a bit but currently I'm just wearing running shoes.

So far I've listed a box of books and here I am writing a blog post so it seems like standing is working out so far.

This actually brings me back to my early bookselling days when I stood all day--sporting a name tag and worn out khakis--and fetched gift books for the barely literate. That has mixed appeal obviously but I choose to focus on the memory of being limber, relatively skinny and in my early 20s.

I'm not going to lie, I am 100% looking forward to sitting down with a movie over lunch but the contrast will add some zing to my day.

And because I can't let anything stay healthy and productive for long, my next project is to pick up a PC arcade stick and turn my desk into a Sinistar emulator.