The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Female Convict

Title: Female Convict (Pyramid 191)
Author: Vincent G. Burns (as told to)
Artist: Robert Maguire
Year: 1959

"Here is an uncompromising indictment of a vicious system that treats women like caged animals, and breeds degeneracy where it ought to breed reform."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Hot Rods and Delinquents

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Call Me Bad

Title: Call Me Bad (Beacon B 332)
Author: Orrie Hitt
Artist: Milo
Year: 1960

"Sherry was one of those dolls you list on your expense report."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, January 29, 2016

Rock 'N Roll Gal

Title: Rock 'N Roll Gal (Beacon B 131)
Author: Ernie Weatherall
Artist: Owen Kampen
Year: 1961

"Her Body was Blonde--Her Heart was Black. The sizzling world of real gone guys--and dolls on dope!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Hot Rods and Delinquents,

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Hot Beat

Title: The Hot Beat (MAGNET BOOKS MB 314)
Author: Stan Vincent
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1960

"A sizzling tale of unbridled passion in the untamed jungle of Hollywood night life."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dick Against Humanity

Moby-Dick is many things: a vivid sea adventure, an indictment of American capitalism, a Jobian argument with the cosmos, and one thing it definitely is is an 822-page (in the Rockwell Kent Random House edition) dick joke.

As my favorite book (that I have read 5x and am overdue for another) I'm always on the lookout for other media that takes on the book's ambitious themes. The direct film adaptations to date are generally botches (though Jaws' Quint is an ideal modern Ahab). There was a card game a year or so ago with really beautiful kit but I didn't find it very fun (this may have been due to my poor reading of the rules). Video game-wise there's the epic harpoon battle with a giant zombie catfish in Resident Evil 4, the mountainous, somber giants of Shadow of the Colossus and more recently the excellent ship-to-ship combat, sea chanteys and whaling missions in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.

But now Moby-Dick has found its perfect gaming expression through the free-associative, id-scraping mechanic of Cards Against Humanity.

Thanks to a friend for the extremely thoughtful gift of Dick! I've already been ordered to take my Dick off the table and to put my Dick back in the closet.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Song of the Whip

Title: Song of the Whip (BEACON B295)
Author: Barry Devlin
Artist: Robert Maguire
Year: 1960

"Here was a vicious contest between man and woman. Which was the crueler...more passionate...more twisted?"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Payoff

Title: The Payoff (Midwood No. F232)
Author: Max Collier
Artist: Paul Rader
Year: 1963

"An ambitious wife can corrupt everyone she touches, especially if she has no moral qualms about how she uses her body."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Third Lust

Title: The Third Lust (BEACON B586F K)
Author: George Simon
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1963

"The well-cared-for women in their well-tended homes had time on their hands--time to pursue the new community pastime...Lesbianism!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana