The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Wasted Years

Title: The Wasted Years (Hillman 50-109)
Author: Jess Stearn
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1961

"You read about it in your newspaper but WHY did a pretty Texas teenager kill her brother 'just for kicks'? WHY did a 17-year-old say, 'I wanted to see how it felt for knife to dig into bone'? WHY did a clean-cut youth stomp a total stranger to death because he didn't like the tune he was humming?"

Categories: Hot Rods and Delinquents

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Very First Time

Title: The Very First Time (Dell D349)
Author: Richard Fisher
Artist: Mitchell Hooks
Year: 1960

"A shocking portrait of today's crazy mixed-up kids--trying love, trying life for THE VERY FIRST TIME"

Categories: Hot Rods and Delinquents

Run, Chico, Run

Title: Run, Chico, Run (Gold Medal Giant S1042)
Author: Wenzell Brown
Artist: Barye Phillips
Year: 1953

"Spanish Harlem, a no man's land in neon, where the kids are weaned on reefers, lead pipes and gang wars."

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cry Baby Killer

Title: Cry Baby Killer (Movie tie-in) (Avon T-230)
Author: Joseph Hilton
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1958

 "A tough new novel of juvenile delinquency with photos from the powerful motion picture." (starring Jack Nicholson)

Categories: Hot Rods and Delinquents

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sex Gang

Title: Sex Gang (NIGHTSTAND NB 1503)
Author: Paul Merchant (pseudonym of Harlan Ellison)
Artist: Unknown (likely W. H. McCauley)
Year: 1959

"Lust in the big-city jungles. . .  Violent stories of naked passions."

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sex Dagger

Title: Sex Dagger (STARDUST READER SR 104)
Author: Vince Clements
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1965

"Sizzler of sin. Scorched as it lay bare to make this sine even more evil. . . . She used every weird interplay of truth and falsehood to get her way. And she left her lovers with...violated passions."

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

So Violent, My Love

Title: So Violent, My Love (Brandon House 971)
Author: Clarke Hammond
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1966

"He was toying with dynamite--three lush, willing dolls! Which one knew the deadly secret?"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lust Feast

Title: Lust Feast (Midnight Reader MR 476)
Author: Don Holliday
Artist: Robert Bonfils (?)
Year: 1963

"Passion for everyone! The restless, seeking sin of the insatiable stud male, or the trembling, hopeful lust of a man who could plot for years to find one night's evil ecstasy under a woman's lash...."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Kink and Fetish

Friday, January 16, 2015

Wild Divorcee

Title: Wild Divorcee (Nightstand Book NB 1542)
Author: Don Elliott (aka: Robert Silverberg)
Artist: Unknown (likely: Robert Bonfils)
Year: 1961

"The wrong marriage had made her a wanton...She graduated to beatnik orgies where ten was not a crowd and everything went. There were also lesbians, pickups...this girl was out to ruin her life in a nightmare of sex!"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Naked Lovers

Title: The Naked Lovers (Chariot CB 103)
Author: Chuck Little
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1959

"The naked lovers exposes the pleasure-bent world of Hollywood in all its nude, seductive splendor."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Title: Notorious (MacFadden 75-466)
Author: Day Keene
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1964

"A beautiful blonde and a traveling tent show hit town the same day. Which of them brought murder?"

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Mystery and Thrillers

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Title: Meg (MIDWOOD No. 30)
Author: Loren Beauchamp (Pseudonym of Robert Silverberg)
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1960

"The unvarnished story of a beautiful woman's rise to stardom--and the price she paid."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Friday, January 9, 2015

Scourge of the Blood Cult

Title: Scourge of the Blood Cult (Epic 110)
Author: George H. H. Smith
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1962

"Baring their bodies to the lashes of cruel whips, the blood cultists incited the terrified townspeople to join them in spreading the mystic scourge over the whole nation."

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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Deliver Her to Evil

Title: Deliver Her to Evil (Domino 72-765)
Author: Sylvia Sharon (pseudonym of Paul Little)
Artist: Photo
Year: 1964

"Gorgeous, innocent, unsophisticated, she was the perfect prey for the vice ring that made her a Lesbian lust-slave."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA, Lesbians and Lesbiana

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Satan Was My Pimp

Title: Satan Was My Pimp (Playtime 660)
Author: Joe Castro
Artist: Robert Bonfils
Year: 1964

"This devil in lusting flesh dealt in bodies, not in souls."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA

Monday, January 5, 2015


Title: Hellbox (AVON 679)
Author: John O'Hara
Artist: Unknown
Year: 1955

"All of the passions, sacred and profane, etched in acid by one of the great virile authors of our time."

Categories: 1950s Sleaze and GGA, Hot-Blooded Classics

Friday, January 2, 2015

Harlem Harlot

Title: Harlem Harlot (NIGHTSTAND BOOK NB 1619)
Author: Don Holliday; Andrew Shaw (Frequent pseudonyms of Lawrence Block)
Artist: Unknown (likely either Robert Bonfils or McCauley)
Year: 1962

"Gutter tramp was what Sarah became the day her mother died in a Harlem slum. . . . Harlem sin was a fast slide to moral rot with no stops in between. . . . That was Sarah Jackson's life in the neon-blasted hellhole of Harlem's streets and dark-choked alleys."

Categories: 1960s Sleaze and GGA