The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Chase of Passion

Title: Chase of Passion (Coach Volume CV 104)
Author: Les King
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1964

"The wanton turnover of sin was too much."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Lost and the Damned

Title: The Lost and the Damned (aka: The Hunt) (Berkley 375)
Author: Warren Carrier
Artist: Charles Copeland
Year: 1952

"A young and beautiful girl finds herself trapped in a lonely cabin high in the Rockies with two men--her murdering fiance and his evil brother."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gay Brother

Title: Gay Brother (French Line FL 43)
Author: James Harper
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1968

"Roy was condemned by small town gossips but his gay life was more honest than the secret intrigues of his accusers."

Categories: Gay Male

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Bible Unmasked

Title: The Bible Unmasked (GREENLEAF CLASSIC GC305)
Author: Joseph Lewis
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1968

"The most frightening fraud of all time."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Diary of a Dirty Old Man

Title: Diary of a Dirty Old Man (Classic Publications CP 538)
Author: Richard Bernard
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

"The incredible, confiscated diary of a man who made his life a sexcapade of seductions."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Fetishism: A Study of Abnormal Sexual Stimulation

Title: Fetishism: A Study of Abnormal Sexual Stimulation (LATE-HOUR LIBRARY LL765)
Author: Dale Gordon, Ph. D.
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1968

"Panties, miniskirts, fur, leather, shoes...Dr. Dale Gordon's taped interviews shed new light on such sex symbols and what can be considered normal and abnormal responses to them."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Set

Title: The Set (BEACON B532F)
Author: Arthur Adlon
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1962

"A blazing novel of a young girl caught in a web of perversity....A shocking expose of strange women with stranger lusts!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Lusty Librarian

Title: The Lusty Librarian (Private Reader PR3333)
Author: Mark Jacobs
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1975

Categories: 1970s Sleaze and GGA

The Female Aggressor

Title: The Female Aggressor (WEE HOURS CLASSIC 550)
Author: Lou Condor
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1967

"The lusts of the dominant female. Married or single, the sado-masochistic female turns her partners into warped slaves of carnal lust. This scientific, documented volume presents case histories of a female flagellant, spanking wife, masochistic husband and many others."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Window Swapper

Title: The Window Swapper (Companion CB 646)
Author: Gavin Hayward
Artist: Robert Bonfils
Year: 1970

"He was a peeping tom with an urge to join the action"

Categories: Gay Male

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Bigamist

Title: The Bigamist (BEACON SIGNAL B597F)
Author: Ken Barry
Artist: Darcy
Year: 1963

"Politics and passion make poor bed-partners! A sex-filled novel about smoke-filled rooms!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Longjohn's Lust

Title: Longjohn's Lust (Evening Reader ER 786)
Author: J.X. Williams
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1965

"Johnnie didn't have a gimmick, and he wanted to break into the lucrative world of fraudulent Pop Art. The he found himself with Tamara, covered with paint, tossing the sheets in abandoned degragation"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sin Hotel

Title: Sin Hotel (Nightstand NB 1518)
Author: Don Holliday
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1960

"Every room reeked sex. Miami, pleasure spa of the south...lesbianism, seduction, larceny, assault and PASSION GONE BERSERK!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Song of the Loon

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Title: Song of the Loon: A Gay Pastoral (Greenleaf Classic GC213)
Author: Richard Amory
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1966

"A gay pastoral in five books and an interlude...A mystical blend of elements from Hudson's Green Mansions, J. F. Cooper's Leatherstocking tales, and the works of Jean Genet. What evolves is unique and unforgettable fantasy. It will leave no reader unstirred, for everyman knows, secretly, that he can indeed hear the haunting cry that is...The Song of the Loon."

Categories: Gay Male, Westerns

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fruit of the Loon

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Title: Fruit of the Loon (GreeRicardo Armory (aka: Richard Love)
Author: Ricardo Armory (aka: Richard Love)
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1968

"A novel in several turgid books and a few frantic interludes."

Categories: Gay Male, Westerns

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sky Eyes

Title: Sky Eyes (French Line FL-33)
Author: Carl Corley
Artist: Carl Corley
Year: 1967

"An epic of an American Indian's pastoral passion for his white brother."

Categories: Gay Male, Westerns

Scandalous French Doctor

Title: Scandalous French Doctor (BEDSIDE BOOK BB 815)
 Author: Jean Calvet
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1959

"The fascinating story of the loves and forbidden desires of a girl-hungry French doctor in Paris!"

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gang Girl(s)

Title: Gang Girls (Playtime 626)
Author: Rand Crawford
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1963

"She lied, plotted, gave her body freely to become the gang leader's Deb!"

Title: Gang Girl (Midwood 32-424)
Author: Joan Ellis
Artist: Paul Rader
Year: 1964

"She had her first sordid lessons in love on the dusty rooftops of rundown tenements"

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Confessions of a Ski Instructor

Title: Confessions of a Ski Instructor (PEC GIANT 1128)
Author: Philippe Blanchont
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1967

"Wine, females and skiing, this is the atmosphere I lived in for twelve years . . . the frenzy, carnal flesh and clean, frozen snow."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Sports

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crossroads of Lust

Title: Crossroads of Lust (Midnight Reader MR 427)
Author: Andrew Shaw (pseudonym of Lawrence Block)
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1962

"Abnormal passions were set to explode.... He killed his wife and found that killing was easy...Take these and more and mix well with sex and blood and pour the gore down the gutter of a town set for a--Lust Blast!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Big Night

Title: The Big Night (previously published as: Dreadful Summit) (Lion 41)
Author: Stanley Ellin
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1950

"Eight Savage Hours of Whiskey and Women!"

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Mystery and Thrillers

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Warped Desire

Title: Warped Desire (SOFTCOVER LIBRARY S75122)
Author: Kay Addams
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

"Boldly probes the problem of the frigid woman, forced by her own desperation into unnatural paths!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Road Divided

Title: A Road Divided (Fabian Original Z-109)
Author: Reese Hays (Hayes)
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1956

"When a woman took to the road during the depression it meant what?"

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rooming House

Title: Rooming House (Beacon B 103)
Author: Fred Malloy
Artist: Saul Levine
Year: 1954

"Too many men knew her too well...Strange evils took root in that fetid house"

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Scary Link Roundup

Tuck Me In, a chilling one-minute horror film (link via Dread Central); Classic and off-beat horror films re-imagined as titles in R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series (link via A.V. Club); A promising list of ten recent indie horror movies most of which I haven't heard of before (via Dread Central); A Pitchfork interview with Peter Bebergal, author of the recent Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll; Stanley Kubrick's 1940s photos of visitors to a Palisades Park, NJ haunted house attraction (via The Bowery Boys)

Happy Halloween!

Three on a Broomstick

Title: Three on a Broomstick (Adult Book AB404)
Author: Don Holliday (pseudonym of: Victor J. Banis)
Artist: Robert Bonfils
Year: 1967

"A gay cauldron of campy vamps. . . . Alvin suspected something was a bit different when he became a live-in writer . . . but he could never have dreamed up the antics of The Three Furies."

Categories: Gay Male, Kink and Fetish

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Sex Seance

Title: The Sex Seance (Sun Volumes SV 102)
Author: Franco Barricini
Artist: photo
Year: 1964

"Evil incarnate...Yet they couldn't resist his sexual powers."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Mask of Cthulhu

Title: The Mask of Cthulhu: The Arkham Edition of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 7
Author: August Derleth; inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1971

Title: The Mask of Cthulhu (Consul H.S. 1036)
Author: August Derleth; inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1961

Categories: Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Werewolf of Paris

Title: The Werewolf of Paris (Avon 354)
Author: Guy Endore
Artist: William Randolph
Year: 1951

"A weird novel about a monster-wolf in human form...In this shocking account are presented the details of one such human monster; of men found dead--with their throats ripped to shreds; of graves clawed open--and flesh torn from corpses..."

Categories: Mystery and Thrillers, Science Fiction and Fantasy

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

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)

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

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

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

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