Friday, December 26, 2014

alumnus of sin

Happy Boxing Day everyone!

While I don't observe this particular holiday, or any holiday during December for that matter (unless our annual New Year's Eve party for two counts), I have been enjoying a relaxing few days off while leisurely tying up some year end loose ends.

Which brings us to tonight's topic, the final naughty novel in this pile of sleazy pulp fiction, Alumnus Of Sin by Dean Hudson. Possibly aka Evan Hunter, aka Ed McBain, and aka Salvatore Albert Lombino. (Among others. The latter being the name the author started life with.) Although there is some question about the credit, according to his Wikipedia page.

For those who don't feel like clicking on the link...

" ...Hunter has long been rumored to have written an unknown number of pornographic novels for William Hamling's publishing houses as "Dean Hudson". Though Hunter consistently denied writing any books as Hudson right up to his death, apparently his agent Scott Meredith sold books to Hamling's company as Hunter's work, receiving payments for these books in cash. However, Hunter—if he did write the novels—never dealt with the publisher directly, and no records were kept by Meredith or Hamling of these cash transactions (presumably to avoid paying taxes). As well, Meredith may have forwarded novels to Hamling by any number of authors, claiming these novels were by Hunter simply in order to make a sale. Because of all these factors, it is impossible to do more than speculate as to which specific Hudson books may be Hunter's work. Ninety-three novels were published under the Hudson name between 1961 and 1969, and even the most avid proponents of the Hunter-as-Hudson theory do not believe Hunter is responsible for all 93."

So while no one can say for sure whether Hunter / McBain / Lombino is responsible for writing this book, I think there's one thing we can all agree on: it has a pretty great, albeit also technically uncredited, cover.

And on that note I am off to enjoy the rest of the year in pretty much the same way I spent Christmas. I hope you all had / have a festive holiday season! As always, thanks so much for reading down this far / continuing to humor me and I hope to see you back here in 2015.


Friday, December 19, 2014

flesh trap

Next up, and next to last in this stack of paperbacks, is Flesh Trap by Jon Dexter.

The third in the pile credited to the pseudonym and the second I have no credit for. (The latter is also true of the cover. Although it is a bit Robert Bonfils-esque.)

Friday, December 12, 2014

the wife-swappers

Picking up where we left off last week, aka working our way through this pile of pervy pulp fiction, tonight's entry is the second in the stack credited to Andrew Shaw, The Wife-Swappers.

In case you missed the first, although I'm sure the name is not so uncommon there could be a man named Andrew Shaw who was / is a prolific writer, in this case it's a pseudonym used by several men who wrote for Greenleaf's assorted imprints in the '60s. (A couple sources credit this novel to Lawrence Block, who did employ the nom de plume during his tenure, but his personal website wasn't one of them so I can't say for sure.)

Cover by Harold McCauley

As for the cover, I'm pretty sure the credit to Harold McCauley is correct. (Although it does appear to stray a bit from his normal style.) Interested parties can read more about this prolific artist here & see more of his work here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

baptism in shame

Next up in this stack of sleazy paperbacks is Baptism In Shame by John Dexter, a pseudonym used by several Greenleaf authors; in this case Harry Whittington. (Who, interestingly, is known to have employed several pseudonyms over the course of his career.)

Cover by Robert Bonfils

Apparently this is one of a group of books penned by Whittington in the mid-'60s that became known as "the missing 38" among fans after he made a brief, somewhat curious, reference to the group in an essay on his experiences as an author. I would elaborate but I certainly can't tell the story better than this elaborate article does, so interested parties should definitely check it out.

Friday, November 28, 2014

sin camp

Continuing our slow stroll through this pile of pulp fiction, tonight's entry is another saucy story by Anthony Calvano, aka Tony Calvano, aka Thomas P. Ramirez, this time paying a visit to a place where sadism and lust ruled men's lives, Sin Camp.

(Unlike, say summer camp, where sadism and lust rule prepubescent, adolescent and teenage lives.)

As is often the case in the After Dark series, I have no credit for this cover but, as is always the case on the blog in general, if I find one I will add it in.

Friday, November 21, 2014

sin kids

Next up in our survey of this stack of adult oriented paperbacks is a tale of campus wantons on a holiday of shame, Sin Kids by Tony Calvano. (One of a few pseudonyms employed by Thomas P. Ramirez during his Greenleaf tenure.)

Cover by Robert Bonfils

Interestingly, while adult oriented material has changed quite a bit since 1963 when this was published, it would appear the habits of horny college students have remained pretty much the same.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Continuing our stroll through this stack of sleazy pulp fiction, tonight's entry takes place at a lakeside summer hotel where wife swappers cavort, stenos ply their stored-up passions with the kitchen help and mealtime is... Sintime by Andrew Shaw.

Much like our previous entry, I'm not sure who is responsible for the cute redhead on the cover and the author's name is a pseudonym. Although it's possible this was written by Lawrence Block, William Coons, Hal Dresner or Donald Westlake; all of whom used the name during their Greenleaf tenure.

Friday, November 7, 2014

sex shop

Before we get to tonight's subject, my apologies to anyone who visited this page last week only to find much of it blank. Fortunately our technical difficulties seem to have worked themselves out so we should be good to go. (And if not, I'm moving this whole thing to tumblr.)

Anywhoo, as you may have already guessed, tonight we embark on yet another new journey through a stack of old paperbacks; kicking things off with a trip to a place where passion is the main product sold, AKA Sex Shop by John Dexter.

And, as you no doubt have already guessed based on the title and the spines seen above, we'll be spending the next few weeks visiting what I like to refer to as the red light district of our bookshelves, AKA where the porn goes.

PS: This and the other books seen above are in many ways a bit more innocent than what we have come to think of as porn. Which I suppose is the case with all mediums of adult entertainment.

PPS: Sadly I have no credit to offer for this cover and the author's name is a pseudonym. (One used by many authors published under the Nightstand imprint.) A theme which will probably continue through the pile.

Friday, October 24, 2014

the tattooed rood

Rounding out this stack of dusty paperbacks is two editions of The Tattooed Rood by Kyle Onstott with Lance Horner. A novel, as mentioned on all four of the covers seen below, penned by the author of Mandingo and, according to two of said covers, more terrible and more wonderful than it's predecessor. Not to mention shocking, lusty and romantic.

Cover by Stanley Zuckerberg

I suppose all of these things are in the eye of the beholder but I'm willing to take their word for it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

out of the sea

Next up, and next to last in this pile of pulp fiction, is Out Of The Sea by Don Smith. (Technically it's the next to next to last but since the last two books are actually the same book with different covers I'm planning on ganging them together in the next / final post featuring said pile.)

Anywhoo, I haven't read this one so I'm not a hundred percent sure if it's a romance themed novel with a contraband smuggling subplot, or an adventure themed novel with a romantic subplot. (Or, assuming the book was aimed at a male audience, a vaguely sexual subplot.) Either way, like a lot of books featured here over the years, it looks like a good vacation read. Now I just need to figure out a way to swing a nice long vacation so I can read them all.

Friday, October 10, 2014

uncle good's girls

Continuing our stroll through this stack of thrifted paperbacks, tonight's entry is Uncle Good's Girls by John Faulkner. (Not to be confused with his more famous brother, and the subject of one of his books, William.)

Cover by Barye Phillips

I have to admit I don't know too much about either Faulkner but according to the previously linked Wikipedia page, this is the second in a series of five books penned by the younger sibling that are "prime examples of Southwestern humor, detailing a cast of backwoods people who cannot comprehend the complexities of the 20th century." Which I can only assume means offensive by today's standards.

(Unlike the once saucy but still fetching cover, which is quite tame by today's standards.)

Friday, October 3, 2014

the delicate prey

Unlike the past three entries, tonight's subject, The Delicate Prey (and other stories) by Paul Bowles, is a book I've actually read. In fact, the husband and I each had a copy when we merged book collections oh so many years ago.

(Random side note: Mine was left over from a class I took in short story writing during my two semesters at Hofstra University. Out of it's seventeen, the only one we managed to discuss was A Distant Episode.)

So yeah. I suppose we didn't need another copy. But, what can I say. Except I suppose you can add pulp-y paperback editions of things now considered influential literature found at the thrift store to the list of things I have a hard time resisting.

Friday, September 26, 2014

the naked sword

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is The Naked Sword by Anthea Mitchell; an entry in the historical religious adventure romance genre? Honestly I have no clue what the deal is with this book. Nor do I know why / how it managed to follow the husband home. But it did.

As far as why I decided to include it here, it's got somewhat racy cover art and a title you can tee-hee over so why not.

Speaking of which, my attempt to find a credit for said art mostly turned up random porn stills - an outcome I probably should have expected from typing the words "naked" and "sword" into a search engine. (Especially since a similar thing happened to me just a few weeks ago when I found a groovy '70s maxi dress made by a company called Young Naturals. PS: Who knew Mitchell was such a popular pseudonym.)

Friday, September 19, 2014

cat man

Continuing our stroll through this stack of thrifted paperbacks, tonight's entry is Cat Man by Edward Hoagland.

I'm pretty sure the husband was hoping for something along the lines of Val Lewton's Cat People when he picked this up (and likely would have settled for something along the lines of the '80s version starring Nastassja Kinski) but from what I can tell this is not a particularly pulp-y novel based on the author's real life experience working behind the scenes at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the early '50s.

(For those who haven't seen either film version, meaning at no point does either of the people depicted on the cover turn into a cat when sexually aroused and kill the other; or, presumably, anyone else.)

Cover by Stanley Zuckerberg

Which I suppose would have been clearer if he had read the back cover but, as you can see, that wasn't an option.

Coincidentally - or not so coincidentally since this kind of thing happens all the time - today's research (i.e. google search) revealed there is another Zuckerberg cover further down in the pile. More on that in a few weeks.

Friday, September 12, 2014

rag top

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is Rag Top by Henry Gregor Felsen, a "powerful novel of the reckless rock 'n roll generation."

Cover by Mitchell Hooks

I have to admit youth fiction isn't normally my thing but, by the same token, I've always found the lure of reckless rock 'n roll (and good cover art) hard to resist.

Friday, September 5, 2014

shoot the works

Tonight we embark on yet another new journey through a stack of old thrifted / flea marketed (and otherwise procured) paperbacks with another in a long series of Mike Shayne mysteries to appear on the blog, Shoot The Works by Brett Halliday.

So long a series, I was pretty sure this particular Mike Shayne mystery had already been featured here when the husband stumbled upon it's water logged pages at a local estate sale. However, I was cranky and already focused on securing some sort of brunch situation - aka not in a mood to argue over 50 cents - and in the end I was glad I didn't protest too much. (Read: he was right.)

(On a semi-related topic, I admit this was my first estate sale experience but don't these things normally happen indoors? Plus is a plastic tarp really that costly?)

Cover painting by Robert Stanley

Stanley has also made several appearances on the blog, although not quite as many as Halliday; nor the blog's most frequently mentioned Robert, Robert McGinnis. Speaking of whom, interested parties can check out an alternate edition featuring a cover by the latter here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

cancel all our vows

Rounding out this pile of John D. MacDonald pulp fiction is a book the husband stumbled across in a thrift store years ago, possibly before either of us read our first Travis McGee novel, Cancel All Our Vows.

Those who know him in real life know he plucked this off the shelf based on the title alone but it does have pretty great cover art.

Unfortunately I have no idea who is responsible for said great cover art but, as usual, if someone tells me I will tell you.

And on that note: we'll return in September, aka next Friday, when we embark on yet another new journey through a pile of old paperbacks. Hope you all have a lovely & safe holiday weekend! (Those not in the States can just skip over the word holiday; the sentiment is the same whether it's a two or three day weekend.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

a flash of green

Next up, and next to last, in this stack of thrifted John D. MacDonald penned paperbacks is A Flash Of Green.

Cover by Robert McGinnis

It's also the last book in said stack featuring a McGinnis cover but surely not the last to grace the blog.

Friday, August 8, 2014

where is janice gantry?

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is Where Is Janice Gantry? by John D. MacDonald. Another non-Travis McGee novel and another one I haven't read yet but, unlike a couple of our previous entries, one I'm more likely to put towards the bottom of my reading pile.

I'm not sure if it's the title, artwork or back cover text but it feels a bit Lifetime movie-ish; and I've never made it through an entire Lifetime movie.

Cover by Robert McGinnis

On the other hand, I've never not made it through a MacDonald book so hopefully the universe will balance itself out.

Friday, August 1, 2014

please write for details

If you've been following along for the past few weeks you won't be surprised to learn tonight's entry is yet another novel by the man who gave the world Travis McGee, Please Write For Details by John D. MacDonald. (And if you haven't been following along... uh... welcome!)

I haven't read this one yet but it appears to be some sort of bawdy comedy set in a "mail-ordered Mexican art colony." Which sounds ridiculous, and probably would be under the helm of a different author, but somehow seems so perfectly MacDonald.

Cover by Robert McGinnis

The cover art is also pretty typical, for this Fawcett / Gold Medal series and an example of McGinnis' work in the '70s. While I would never speak ill of the work of one of my / our favorite artists, I must admit I like this cover by Mitchell Hooks just a teeny bit more.

Friday, July 25, 2014

deadly welcome

Continuing our survey of this stack of dusty non-Travis McGee related paperbacks, tonight's entry is Deadly Welcome by John D. MacDonald.

Cover by Robert McGinnis

PS: In case you were planning a trip there, from what I can tell Ramona Beach, Florida is not a real place. Unlike Fort Lauderdale where Travis McGee docks his houseboat, the Busted Flush, at the Bahia Mar Marina. (FYI: Just McGee and, presumably, the houseboat are fictional.)

PPS: While we're on the subject, interested parties can check out a Dell edition with an alternate McGinnis cover here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

the deceivers

Next up in our stroll through this pile of thrifted pulp fiction is The Deceivers by John D. MacDonald. I haven't read this one but, based on the back cover, it sounds like the plot of a TCM movie.

Cover by Robert McGinnis

Based on the front cover they kind of look like they would be in different movies (he looks like he's dressed for a party scene in Blow Up and she reminds me of Ali McGraw in that movie I've never seen where her character dies young) but, as we've learned from movies and pop culture in general, opposites attract. Then opposites often wind up spending the night at a cheap motel and usually things go down hill after the sex.

(PS: The Travis McGee book mentioned on the cover was the first MacDonald novel I read.)

Friday, July 11, 2014

a man of affairs

Continuing our stroll through this stack of non-Travis McGee related John D. MacDonald paperbacks, tonight's entry is A Man Of Affairs; "a novel that takes you behind the smiling surfaces of business life and lets you in on a closed door, dog-eat-dog fight for control of a corporation..."

Cover by Robert McGinnis

And, apparently, a novel whose main character looks kind of like a cross between Sean Connery era James Bond and Milo March. (Whose image was, in turn, based on James Coburn; see here and here.) Not entirely surprising as McGinnis is responsible for artwork associated with both.

Anywhoo, as much as I appreciate all of the things listed above, I must admit I like this Dell edition featuring cover art by Victor Kalin just a bit more.