The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wild Honey

Title: Wild Honey (Midwood F236)
Author: Don Karl
Artist: Paul Rader
Year: 1963

"Jim sipped the wild honey of infidelity in the arms of his neighbor's wife."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, September 26, 2014


Title: You...Fetishist (Documentary Classic DC 513)
Author: Arnold Astin
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1969

"A strange journey into the frantic libidinous realm of the fetishist. . . . The bizarre search for new ways to satisfy unusual sex drives."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Girl Habit

Title: The Girl Habit (Private Edition PE 391)
Author: Henry Appelton James
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1966

"A two-way street. Bunny had come to a crossroads in her life. . . . Her decision had to be made fast, for she had already strayed too far, and it was to be final--for there was no way back once she set her course for hell."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lust Country

Title: Lust Country (Adult Book AB415)
Author: John Dexter
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1968

"The storm raged and he knew that the two girls would be killed by its fire--or by the river's."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sex Sorority

Title: Sex Sorority (Raven RB 718)
Author: Robert Bledsoe
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1963

"They played a game of wierd [sic] lesbian and...unnatural love"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

Jot101 offers a 1907 dust jacket containing an early (or perhaps the first) use of the publishing term "Blurb"; Alcarol offers beautiful wooden bookshelves that preserve the bark and moss of the original log frozen in resin Jurassic Park-style (link via BookPatrol)

Watch this crazy sumbitch beat Dark Souls' toughest fight using a Guitar Hero controller (link via Polygon); in further Souls news, Bloodborne has a release date and a grimly lush new trailer (link via Eurogamer)

Listen to Neko Case on Super-Ego in a hilarious Goon Show/Firesign Theatre-style skit about a country duet recording session that keeps dipping into the blue (link via AV Club); A new face for smart watches gives you the James Bond watch from N64 GoldenEye (link via Eurogamer)

A Star Trek fan has used some digital trickery to stitch together shots from classic Trek in gorgeous widescreen/panoramic vistas (link via AV Club); A Gorey-esque cartoon from CollegeHumor featuring a chipper skeleton detailing all the things that will kill you (in rhyme!)

A collection of tobacco-themed kid toys from Jot101; The Bowey Boys NYC-history blog offers these desolate 1970s landscapes of stripped and abandoned cars

Cast a Wistful Eye

Title: Cast a Wistful Eye (French Line 41)
Author: Carl Corley
Artist: Carl Corley
Year: 1968

Categories: Gay Male

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sin on Wheels

Title: Sin on Wheels (Nightstand Book NB 1516)
Author: Don Elliot (aka Robert Silverberg; Loren Beauchamp)
Artist: W. H. McCauley
Year: 1960

"They taught sex in this driving school... Meet Fred Ryan, one of the conscienceless stud males who infest the Learn-to-Drive racket. Their prey is wealthy, love-starved women, their fee all the traffic will bear."

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Sex Syndicate

Title: The Sex Syndicate (Candid Reader CA948)
Author: Hoke Jackson
Artist: Robert Bonfils
Year: 1969

"Margo's climb to favor in the mob's vice operation proved that she had more proficiency than most whores, but violence, sadism and murder kept getting in her way."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Mystery and Thrillers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Erotic Nympho

Title: Erotic Nympho (Regal RN 1123)
Author: Bob Levis
Artist: unknown
Year: 1967

"He spurned his wife's passions for a sin-hungry nympho. He was a contented married man...until he met an undulating, voluptuous, bewitching doxy of a sex cat"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Title: Dial-A-Swap (PEC Giant G-1162)
Author: Carl Harris
Artist: unknown
Year: 1969

"The rich, young housewife paced the floor as she watched it. It sat on the table--shiny black, obscenely quiet. It had changed her life. She was sleeping with strangers, having affairs with strange men who had bizarre tastes. She was hooked. Her hands trembled as she reached for it, felt its black, coolness pressing against her palm. She hated that thing in her hand--the telephone"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Wanton

Title: Weekend Wanton (Domino 72-719)
Author: Ian Gordon
Artist: unknown
Year: 1964

"She had a part-time husband--and a full-time urge"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

A Melville fan's review of Moby Dick: The Card Game that has me looking to pick up a set (link via Eurogamer); A promising AV Club review of Dr. Mütter’s Marvels, a biographical portrait of the eccentric and pioneering surgeon who founded the Mütter Museum

Soothing sounds for baby with these lovely piano lullabies from classic 8-Bit Nintendo games (link via Polygon)

A Horrorpedia entry on El Sombrerón, a folkloric Mexican/South American goblin who braids the hair of the unwary, has backwards feet and lures young girls to join him in death; An NPR story on a print-and-fold microscope that costs less than $1 to make and uses a drop of glue for a lens

Clouded Passion

Title: Clouded Passion (Fabian Original Z-150)
 Author: Arthur A. Howe
Artist: unknown
Year: 1962

"Despite Sam's cautioning, Zelda continued to pour the whiskey down her throat like a pro..."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Way Out Rush of Passion

Title: Way Out Rush of Passion (Target Novel TN 104)
Author: Guy Le Blanc
Artist: unknown
Year: 1964

"She faced the world square and bare..."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Sports

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Outerspace Sex Orgy

Title: Outerspace Sex Orgy: The First Sex Science Fiction, Illustrated Edition (Barnaby Press BP110)
Author: Arthur Faber
Artist: photo
Year: 1970

Categories: 1970s Sleaze and GGA, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Street Rod

Title: Street Rod (Bantam 1437)
Author: Henry Gregor Felsen
Artist: unknown
Year: 1956

"An eye-opening novel about the street rodders--the ones who build and drive the stripped-down, souped-up bombs on wheels. 'They don't want to die--they just don't believe they can get killed!'"

Categories: Hot Rods and Delinquents