The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Return to Lesbos

Title: Return to Lesbos (PEC French Line FL 2)
Author: Ann Toward
Artist: Doug Weaver
Year: 1966

"She was unusually young for a high school principal...but Lori's entire life was unusual. The step-daughter of a famous motion picture star and an heiress, she was tortured by desire for her own sex."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yesterday's Virgin

Title: Yesterday's Virgin (Midwood F221)
Author: Jason Hytes
Artist: Paul Rader
Year: 1962

"Peggy came of age early, for she lived in the jungle world of the street gang. She used the only asset she had--her ripe young body--to nail the leader of the gang for herself."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Auntie Maim

Title: Auntie Maim (VICEROY VP 336)
Author: Jack Owen
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

"Actual first hand case histories dealing with corporal punishment!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Bunny Yeager's Art of Glamour Photography

Title: Bunny Yeager's Art of Glamour Photography (The Modern Camera Guide Series)
Author: Bunny Yeager
Artist: Bunny Yeager (photographer)
Year: 1962

Glamour photography tips and strategies from one of the best cheesecake photographers of all time. Pictured models include: Bunny Yeager; Bettie Page (9 shots); Julia Saxon; Chris Mara; Lisa Winters; Nadine Ducas; Carol Blake; Vicky Shoos; Millie Baxter; Diane Weber (3 shots); Susan Jones (Miss Scotland 1961); Lana Bashama; Dodie Mitchell; Lisa Winters; Nikki Wyatt; Lacey Kelly; Maria Stinger; Tee Tee Red; Yvonne Menard; Warrene Gray; Carol Singleton; Sheila Malone; Gunella Knutssen (Miss Swdwen 1961); Charlene Mathies; Carol Jean Lauritzen; Ursula Andress; (and more uncredited)

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lover Boy

Title: Lover Boy (Belmont 240)
Author: John B. Flint
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1961

"The unashamed story of lonely women in a little New England (Vermont) town...and the man who wove a net of passions around them all."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Black Satin Jungle

Title: The Black Satin Jungle (previously published as: Indiscretions of a French Model) (Zenith ZB-44)
Author: Bart Frame
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1960

"The story that strips the garment industry right down to its naked fangs and claws."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Mystery and Thrillers

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lust Lodge

Title: Lust Lodge (Merit 509)
Author: Arnold Marmor; Betty Brosmer (model for cover)
Artist: Robert Bonfils
Year: 1960

 "Contralto, a wide open town, had everything. From the big gambling joints to the dives where one could indulge in the lowest form of perversion. The Club Inferno had gambling upstairs and stripping downstairs. The joint was wide open. They had some of the best strippers in the country appearing there to please the customers in every possible way."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Midnight Orgy

Title: Midnight Orgy (PRIVATE EDITION PE 342)
Author: Herman G. Globin
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1965

"They knew when to stop their carnival of lesbian lust...but never did! Explores the myth of the YWCA."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Home to Harlem

Title: Home to Harlem (Avon 376)
Author: Claude McKay
Artist: Ray Johnson
Year: 1951

 "Love was cheap and life was high in the torrid zone of 'Little Old' New York!"

Categories: African-Americana,  Hot-Blooded Classics

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Strange Fruit

Title: Strange Fruit (After Hours AH 113)
Author: Richard Allen
Artist: Eric Stanton
Year: 1965

"Twilight Girls in New York's bizarre Greenwich Village. Let's watch Brenda, a butch dyke as she cruises then propositions Gloria, a femme. The two go up to Brenda's apartment for a lesson in lesbos love."

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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Each Won Two

Title: Each Won Two (Fabian Original Z-101)
Author: Marsha Bates
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1959

"With Florine pouring the drinks and Cathy egging them on. Jim and Clide warmed to the drag like veteran impersonators. Now they were dancing."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Gay Male, Kink and Fetish

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Boy Gang (AKA: The Pecking Order)

Title: Boy Gang (previously published as: The Pecking Order) (Perma M 3006)
Author: Mark Kennedy
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1953

"A scalding story of a gang of Negro boys in Chicago"

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Hot Rods and Delinquents, African-American

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

0008 Meets Gnatman (Sadisto Series)

Title: 0008 Meets Gnatman (Sadisto Series) (Leisure LB 1140)
Author: Clyde Allison (pseudonym of William Knoles)
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1966

"The G-Bomb--30 million megatons of TNT--would atomize Gothic City and blow the planet to bits unless SNIDE's suicidal teen-age swingers were stopped dead! In desperation SADISTO called in the Cloaked Crusader, unaware what lust-jammed adventures would occur when...0008 MEETS GNATMAN."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Science Fiction and Fantasy