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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Station-Wagon Wives





Title: Station-Wagon Wives (Beacon B 293)
Author: Janet Pritchard
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1960

"The intimate story of Ruth Gordon, whose reckless body made a sin resort out of a fashionable country club!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Diary of a Nimpho (Nympho)





Title: Diary of a Nimpho (Nympho) (Late Late Book LL 201)
Author: Margaret Kelly
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1966

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Escape Into Vice





Title: Escape into Vice (Playtime Reading #611)
Author: Fletcher Bennett
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1962

"The city was wide open--as only a border town can be.....Sex circus shows were run as wide open as a Sunday School picnic."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Monday, July 21, 2014

Never Enough





Title: Never Enough (Evening Reader ER 781)
Author: John Dexter
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1965

"No matter how much they sinned it was NEVER ENOUGH"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sex on Fire





Title: Sex on Fire (Anchor WL 109)
Author: John Davidson
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1965

"When a man and a woman are thrown together in a jungle of emotions, animal desire boiled over to form a living volcano of lust."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Motel Girls





Title: Motel Girls (Beacon B 314)
Author: Orrie Hitt
Artist: John Willis
Year: 1960

"Cleo was young and fresh from the farm; Julie made the beds--and used them; Ruby knew what a motel could offer"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

Books:
Bookish stained glass windows (link via Book Patrol); the bookplate of Charles Stewart Rolls (co-founder of Rolls Royce) complete with a night-time classic auto race, a full moon, and ballooning (link via Jot101); Canadian public service info-graphic on the health and societal benefits of reading (via Book Patrol); 1913 photos of children on New York's Lower East side having fun (!) and my intro to the proto-pog street game "Skully" (link via The Bowery Boys)

Music:
Neko Case and Kelly Hogan's musical ribbing of nerdy man culture "These Aren't the Droids" (link via Consequence of Sound)

Games:
A behind the scenes of 1980s classic sf film, The Last Starfighter (link via i09); What if Nintendo's Metroid was a Saturday morning Hanna-Barbara cartoon (link via NintendoLife); Outside Xbox on why old video game manuals always told you a character's blood type

Random:
Greenpeace tweaks the Lego company's relationship with Shell by making a a slowed-down version of "Everything is Awesome" showing your favorite Lego toys drowning in oil (link via Onion AV Club, and find the Greenpeace petition here); Artist, Justin Lawrence DeVines's eerily-right mashup of Twin Peaks and the Muppets (link via AV Club); Oliver Wetter's Ancient Kaiju Project inserts giant monster into classical landscapes in a style matching the original paintings (link via AV Club)

That's all I got.

I'll be off the grid for a solid two weeks of reading and swimming. Here's my carefully planned (though admittedly overambitious) bookpile.



I've queued up entries for the Pulp Fiction Cover Gallery for the next two weeks so you'll hardly notice I'm gone.

The Seed of Violence





Title: Seed of Violence (Crest s182)
Author: Williams Forrest
Artist: Barye Phillips
Year: 1957

"Trapped by an insatiable fiend--caught in a torment of lust"

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Mystery and Thrillers

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014