The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

Books:
A timely craft project that lets you make your favorite book cover into protest protection gear (link via BookPatrol); Tolkien fandom historian Sumner Gary Hunnewell has compiled a series of thorough, year-by-year bibliographies of Tolkien material in fanzines up through 1968; Some reflections on the passion and mania of collecting from Comic Book Daily); the EXCEPTIONALLY NOT WORK SAFE blog of photographer Paul Johnson who worked in the golden age of the porn magazine, pioneering the glossy "one-story" format and "Point-of-View" mags with such legends as Juliet Anderson, Annette Haven and Nina Hartley

Film:
Artist Ed Harrington's Ikea instructions for assembling your favorite horror icons (link via AV Club); Retro VHS packaging for modern horror films (link via AV Club)

Music:
The rise and fall of "Cocktail Nation"--the 1990s swing/lounge revival--and the Squirrel Nut Zippers (whose Tom Maxwell has written a memoir about the band) (via AV Club)

Comics:
Diversions of the Groovy Kind offers up scans of the early issues of Astonishing tales featuring Wally Wood's take on my favorite Marvel character Dr. Doom! (earlier installments are here 1, 2, 3)

Video Games:
US Gamer gives a look into the tangled hardware, software and rights issues that get in the way of classic games being properly curated and offered up for play; A Do You Know Gaming video on the rich mythological, fictional and historical references in the Castlevania series (it starts off basic but goes deep)

Random:
Cool Tools recommends Hugo's Amazing Tape, a versatile material that's reusable, sticks only to itself and doesn't leave residue. Board and card game collectors love this stuff apparently and it seems promising for delicate books and ephemera; Jot101 presents a history of Pemmican, an early tinned, concentrated food that helped fuel 19th Century exploration; A beautiful selection of vintage poker / casino chips available from Dice702.com

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Passionville





Title: Passionville (Leisure Book LB 671)
Author: John Dexter
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1965

"She was love lost in a city of sin! Was she the victim of small-town gossip? Was she the product of a big city's degenerate ways? or did sadistic men or women of twisted desires make a trap for her in her own weakness? "

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Off-Limits World





Title: The Off-Limits World (Domino 72-902)
Author: Carla Josephs
Artist: (photo)
Year: 1965

"Normal men and women were not permitted to enter their realm of lust and passion gone wild."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

Books:
A collection of pigeon (aka: sky-rat) inspired bookplates (Link via Bookplate Junkie)

Film/TV: 
A beautiful trailer for The Mill at Calder's End, a Hammer-style horror movie made with detailed hand-crafted puppets (link via Twitch); A New York Times story on the thousands of abandoned/orphaned films at DuArt, longtime processors of independent films

Music:
Pitchforks's 100 Best Albums of the Decade (So Far); An NPR story on the troubling aging of CD archives and their erratic deterioration patterns; A professional violinist undergoes brain surgery while playing his instrument (link via Consequence of Sound)

Video Games:
Never Alone is a gorgeous platformer designed to expose children to Iñupiat and Alaska Native cultures; Five Nights at Freddy's is a Night Trap-inspired horror game where you play a security guard in a Chucky-Cheese style kiddy restaurant trying to keep an eye on the creepy animatronics (both links via Eurogamer); Bizarre Pokemon reggae (via NintendoLife)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Black Opium





Title: Black Opium (Berkley G-120)
Author: Claude Farrère
Artist: Robert Maguire
Year: 1958

"A forbidden world where human bodies find themselves possessed and driven by desires which consume them in the flames of hot-blooded ecstasy."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Drug Use

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kept Boy





Title: Kept Boy (Rapture RB 408)
Author: Ed Culver
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1964

"Warner Barclay was a well-known Interior Decorator, his Manhattan town house reflected his talent and his impeccable taste. But his cottage on Fire Island was a decorator's nightmare; at least to his young friend and companion Carl Miller."

Categories: Gay Male

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lesbo Spa





Title: Lesbo Spa (Evening Reader ER 792)
Author: John Dexter
Author: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1965

"They sated their twisted passions at this LESBO SPA! The sin resort that could cure or kill any sickness. . . any sickness except the wanton excesses that drove the guests straight to shame and degradation."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

Books: 
Scottish artist Katie Paterson's Future Library project is growing a forest to publish 100 new written works, none of which will be read until the forest is cut down and made into paper in 2114 (link via Book Patrol); The Vespasian Warner Public Library in Clinton, Illinois had a book bearing an inscription from Abraham Lincoln in general circulation for decades (link via Fine Books & Collections); Hard Case Crime is releasing a lost hard-boiled novel from film director Sam Fuller (in their usual gorgeous retro-pulp packaging); A horror story from the second hand book trade of an ignorant seller not giving sleaze paperbacks their due (link via Jot101)

Film/TV: 
Community, Season 6 bionic teaser!; Jack Chick's wingnut anti-D&D tract Dark Dungeons adapted to film (link via Twitch)


Music:
Underground Soviet-era "bone music" lps which were secretly cut into used X-Ray sheets (link via Consequence of Sound); Pitchfork published the long-form origin story of "Madvillain" the legendary underground hip-hop collaboration of Madlib and MF Doom; The Muppets drop some science on the Beastie Boys "So What'cha Want" (link via AV Club)

Video Games:
Sony released a PS4 teaser for a horror game called "P.T." (which turns out is a collaboration between Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima on a new Silent Hill!); A Vancouver elementary school orchestra doing a gorgeous rendition of the Super Mario RPG soundtrack (link via Nintendolife)

Naked Holiday





Title: Naked Holiday (Nightstand Book NB 1512)
Author: Don Elliot (aka Robert Silverberg)
Artist: W. H. McCauley
Year: 1960

"They exposed their bodies and their hungry desires."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wild Fruit





Title: Wild Fruit (Beacon B 367)
Author: Joan Sherman (aka Peggy Gaddis)
Artist: "Milo"
Year: 1960

"Nora was fresh off the farm. Young-- Beautiful-- Passionate-- and so Impatient. She was ripe for the picking!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

Books:
Two titles worth a look from my summer reading pile

Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley: A fascinating study of the creation of Wonder Woman (by polyamorous, polygraph developer and bondage enthusiast, William Moulton Marston) and the character's evolution - and sometimes de-evolution - as a feminist icon over the decades. Hanley performs a very granular analysis of Wonder Woman comics - including counting bondage panels, noting the uptick in references to Sappho, and looking at the target audiences for the ads and supplementary material during different periods - that makes for an excellent cultural history.

Black and White and Blue: Adult Cinema from the Victorian Age to the VCR by Dave Thompson: The title feels like a bit of a misnomer as 90% of the book is focused on the stag or "smoker" era (with the premiere of Deep Throat as the final curtain), but this is fine by me as the porno-chic era is well covered elsewhere. Thompson does Studs Terkel level service to this hidden genre by collecting stories and anecdotes from surviving stag-era performers and producers and framing these personal stories with historical insights into underground film distribution, censorship, and the morality of the day. Two eureka moments in the book for me were the author's linking of the popularity of fraternal organizations with the need for access to porn; and the post-WWII explosion of stag films being due to cheap army surplus movie cameras. Thompson's notion of these pioneering dirty movies as proto DIY, punk rock film-making from the first enthusiastic amateurs is compelling (but I'm betting a bit rose-tinted) and his ground-breaking film scholarship makes this a great companion to Legs McNeil's, The Other Hollywood.

High-tech bookmarks for your old-fashioned dead-tree tomes that tweet at you if you haven't read in a while (which would quickly lead me to block and unfollow my entire library) (link via BookPatrol); A crowd-sourced project to document and index the Golden Age of Canada-produced comic books, Canada's Own Comics (link via Comic Book Daily); A goodbye from Seattle's Wessel and Lieberman Booksellers and a new hello to the relocated and redesigned St. Mark's Books

Film:
R.I.P Marilyn Burns, final girl from the classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre. As many times as I've watched TCM, I've probably heard her scream for a solid 8 hours (obit from AV Club); a cheap but charmingly gonzo trailer for Hellyfish (via Twitch)

Music:
An excellent (and frameable) infographic grouping rappers by their relative vocabulary size (which includes 2Pac Shakespeare and Melle Melville as reference points)

Random:
NPR on the marketing of cricket flour cookies and other edible insect foodstuffs; 33 odd and interesting facts about your facts about your favorite toys from Mental Floss (link via Polygon); A memorably bizarre collection of pre-photoshop porn adding the head of Mary Tyler Moore (and male characters from her shows) to hardcore photos (rescued and archived by Mitch O'Connell) (NOT WORK SAFE); A gallery of vintage photos from the catalog of Animated Display Creators a supplier of animatronic ghouls, witches and gorillas for the decoration of haunted houses (also from Mitch O'Connell's blog)



The Rambling Maids





Title: The Rambling Maids (Fabian Original Z-116)
Author: Betty Short
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1957

"A normal fee from a sucker stirred Gladys' passion, but it took a stack of three-diget notes to sex Verna Bright."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Look Homeward, Harlot





Title: Look Homeward, Harlot (Pleasure Reader PR171)
Author: Michael Scott
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1968

"Claire Warne's appetite for loving led her into degradations so low that even incest was a step up!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Male Virgin





Title: Male Virgin (Beacon Signal B883X)
Author: John Burton Thompson
- [AUTHOR LINK]
Artist: "Milo"
Year: 1965

"He was a challenge to every self-respecting co-ed! Which one would succeed in teaching him the facts of life."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bayou Girl





Title: Bayou Girl (Softcover Library B842X K)
Author: John Thompson
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1965

"It was mating season...ALL YEAR 'ROUND! A rawboned novel of primitive love in lusty Louisiana"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Monday, August 4, 2014

Gay Whore





Title: Gay Whore (French Line FL 19)
Author: Jack Love
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1967

"It all started that summer on Fire Island, where he met Bob. And now, Jack was one of the highest paid whore's in Mother Martin's GAY BROTHEL!"

Categories: Gay Male

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Unknown Tomorrows





Title: Unknown Tomorrows (Saber SA-20)
Author: Lora Sela
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1961

"Broke, hungry, friendless in a fast town, Judy was desperate when Vicki approached her. Until then, she'd never met a real prostitute..."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana