VINTAGE SLEAZE #1: 12 Forbidden Novels from the 50s and 60s

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TWELVE forbidden, racy novels from the 1950s and early 60s, out of print for decades, collected in one volume

These sexy, torrid paperbacks, with memorably racy and daring covers, were hot in the 1950s and 60s, despite often being banned, censored or labeled indecent. While there is plenty of sex in these books, it’s mostly mild by today’s standards, more turgid prose than turgid flesh. But many of these books were ground-breaking in their day, either by breaking taboos about same-sex or mixed race relationships, or by financing & launching the careers of exceptional writers who would later become famous under their real names.

The books included here, unedited and in their entirety, are:

By Flesh Alone by March Hastings
Carnival Girl by Max Gareth
Crack-Up by March Hastings
Kiss or Kill by John B. Thompson
Man Among Women by Randy Salem
Mimi by Lee Morell
Savage Surrender by March Hastings
Swamp Nymph by John Burton Thompson
The Bad Girls by Bud Clifton
The Fire That Burns by Mark Tryon
The Lustful Three by Tom Harland
Whip of Desire by March Hastings

Be sure to grab the other VINTAGE SLEAZE collections!

THE STUART JAMES READER

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Now, for the first time ever, three long-lost, relentlessly hard-boiled classics by noir master Stuart James are collected in one volume: Frisco Flat, Bucks County Report, and Judge Not My Sins.

“One way or another, all of his books are as strikingly memorable. Using words with manipulative skill, he paints portraits that are poignantly three-dimensional and compassionate. You’re about to experience the essential Stuart James.” David Spencer, from his extensive Afterword in this volume.

FRISCO FLAT
When his father is beaten-to-death, Korean War vet and ex-prize fighter Frankie Cargo returns to his home in the small, northern California waterfront town of Frisco Flat. Cargo has inherited his father’s fishing boat business and trouble from Sam Barlow, the vicious local cannery owner who rules the town with fear…and with the iron fist of the psychopathic and corrupt Sheriff. If that wasn’t bad enough, Barlow gets involved with the Sheriff’s lover, the voluptuous Tosca Sorrento, who wants more than any man can give. But Barlow won’t be pushed…and never backs down from a fight.

“Pretty darned good. Frisco Flat moves along well. The book is a little better written, a little more literary in places, than many of the hard-boiled novels from that era,” James Reasoner, Rough Edges

BUCKS COUNTY REPORT
The explosive, bestselling novel that lays bare the erotic frustrations of suburban couples in 1960s America with savage frankness and searing drama.

In the wake of the Masters & Johnson studies, exposing the surprising sex lives of Americans, came this fictional bestseller that explores what happens when a famous “sexologist” visits a small town to interview the idle wives of the rich and famous… sparking passions that have been ignored or suppressed, dramatically changing the lives of the residents.

JUDGE NOT MY SINS
The provocative story of a fierce, destructive affair… of a man who longs to love without restraint, to give up his wife and children to plunge himself into a consuming passion that threatens his world… and of a woman who is driven by desire, and tormented by the horrible knowledge that her voracious hungers will destroy the man she loves.

THE BIG BOLD WEST 2: FOUR FULL NOVELS

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Four hard-charging, action-packed western classics in one volume

WILD BLOOD by A.C. Abbott
Jim Dixon returns to the Arizona town he fled years ago after killing a man in a gunfight… the brother of the woman he loved. Now Jim’s father needs his help fighting a bloody range war sparked by that same rancher’s family, who are power mad and land-hungry. The dangers Jim faces are deadlier, than he ever imagined…and more than he can handle with just his grit, his guts and his Colt .45

“The author’s ability to create complex and interesting characters and spin this yarn in tough, very fast-paced prose lifts WILD BLOOD from a run-of-the-mill traditional Western to an excellent novel. I found it really entertaining and compulsive reading, ” James Reasoner, Rough Edges Blog

NAVARRO by Carse Boyd
In the mid-1800s, banditos swarmed into Arizona and Texas from Mexico, driven by the poverty and despair of a divided country, and terrorized homesteaders, ranchers and Indians, looting, burning, raping and killing. Navarro and his band were the worst of the banditos. No ranch, gringo or Indian was safe from his savage cruelty. But that changes when Navarro brutalizes and kills Sis Henshaw. Now her furious brothers are chasing after him, hell-bent on violent and total retribution….and Navarro is discovering what real terror feels like.

“For those who like them fast-moving and brutal. It’s excellent!” San Angelo Times

THE RANGEMASTER by Robert McCaig
Til Edmonton knew that the Dakota prairie he saw through his train window was every bit as bleak as his future. His brand was scattered, his wife and child murdered by marauders. And then a trigger-happy hardcase tries to kill TIl and a woman traveller he’s befriended. Now Til finds himself pitted in a brutal battle for the land, for justice, and ultimately for vengeance with an adversary known only as The Rangemaster…an enemy who won’t quit until one of them is in the dirt.

BRANDED by A.C. Abbott
Rock Kendall is a wanted man, framed for killing a woman, and is intent on clearing his name while being pursued for the big bounty on his head. He has to find Ash Carlton, who committed the murder and has sent killers of his own after Rock to make sure the truth never comes out. Along the way, Rock helps a young, female rancher battling rustlers…which not only complicates his pursuit of vengeance but puts his life in even more danger.

“If you like your books filled with roaring six-guns and continuous action, BRANDED will fill the bill.” Lansing State Journal

“Seethes with strife and killing, BRANDED is a lively western, culls the villain in pages of swift-moving plot that involves woman-killing, cattle-rustling, and romance.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette

LESBIAN PULP FICTION SUPERPACK: 12 Classic Novels

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Twelve bold, ground-breaking, long-lost and highly-collectible tales of paperback lesbian pulp fiction, out-of-print for over sixty years, now in one volume

Unnatural by Sloane Britain
The Third Theme by March Hastings
The Girls of the French Quarter by John Burton Thompson
Crack-Up by March Hastings
Mimi by Lee Morell
Veil of Torment by March Hastings
The Fire That Burns by Mark Tryon
The Demands of the Flesh by March Hastings
Twisted Love by Mark Tryon
The Outcasts by March Hastings
Obsessed by March Hastings
By Flesh Alone by March Hastings

LESBIAN PULP FICTION 3: Four Classic Novels

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Four lost, ground-breaking classics of lesbian pulp fiction, back in print for the first time in 60 years.

BY FLESH ALONE by March Hastings
This is the story of Lila, who has been married for some years…to a man who doesn’t seem to desire her. In frustration, and desperate for physical release, she leaves her husband, turning first to a woman who was once her lover. Her lesbian passions reawakened, she leaves her old lover and seeks new excitement, and a fullfilling relationship, with another woman, a bold, self-confident, moody painter. But to Lila’s surprise, despite her love and attraction to the passionate artist, she still feels a deep, emotional pull to her husband.

UNNATURAL by Sloane Britain
Allison loved Lydia. She loved her so much that sometimes she thought it was wrong. She felt that there must be something sinful about a love so strong it blotted out everything else. Lydia was Allison’s whole life… until one night, when she went to a wild, bohemian party and met Cal Staton. He certainly seemed interested… and everyone was always telling her to settle down… but Cal Staton was a man, and men had hurt her so much. Perhaps she would be better off staying with Lydia, who turned the world away when she took her in her arms. Lydia, who could make her melt with a glance… and climb to the peaks of ecstasy with just a caress…

THE OUTCASTS by March Hastings
Two couples join for a weekend of escape from New York…a getaway that becomes a cauldron of boiling temptations that would ignite their long-buried desires and shatter their lives. It’s the story of Leigh Whitman, a rich, married woman who has everything a woman could desire…and yet aches to indulge her repressed, compulsive desires, aroused now by Jennie Dunbar…a emotionally-torn woman trapped in a decomposing marriage and who now finds herself yearning for a different kind of touch, a different kind of love…

OBSESSED by March Hastings
A woman with an insatiable desire for sex seeks help from a psychiatrist… telling him her emotional story, hoping to end her unquenchable lust, find her true self, and live a normal life. But is it too late?

“March Hastings was the pen name of Sally Singer. Her works focused on the world of wealthy people and their psycho-sexual troubles. Her plots are convincing, style confident, characters unapologetically passionate yet believable, and dialogues top notch.” The Book Haven For The Retro Reader

LESBIAN PULP FICTION 2: Four Lost Classics

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Four bold, lost classics by March Hastings, aka Sally M. Singer, that broke new ground in lesbian pulp fiction…and that have been out-of-print for nearly sixty years.

THE THIRD THEME
Sharon Porter is a single, Manhattan book editor in the midst of a turbulent affair with her boss. But at a writer’s party, Sharon meets Leda, a married woman who is fighting her true, sexual nature. They immediately feel a powerful attraction, one that can’t be denied. It’s tormented bliss. But then Leda’s husband discovers their affair. So the women run off to Sharon’s home town, desperate to experience their passionate moment in time, to explore the possibility of a different kind of life, love in “the third theme,” before the world falls down on them for indulging their forbidden desires…

CRACK-UP
Karen is a woman trapped in a marriage to an impotent man…who finds the passion she craves with other men…and in the willing arms of Jean, a married woman who can never be satisfied by any man. It is the story of Karen’s emotional and physical torment as she seeks what her body craves… and the love her soul needs.

THE DEMANDS OF THE FLESH
Ellen is a widow who pits the propriety of her social position against the awful torment of her desperate emotional and physical needs. For her, the demands of the flesh in particular have become overpowering. She enjoys physical satisfaction with the hedonist Raoul, but it leaves her feeling degraded. She gets comfort and sweet release with the lesbian Nita, and at least finds a tentative peace, but can she go on that way? Her answers may lie with Richard, a medic who helps lead her through the labrynth of emotional and sexual conflict that is threatening to tear her apart.

VEIL OF TORMENT
There’s the Ivy Sherwood the public knew: the actress, the glamorous, beautiful darling of the stage, living a storybook life of champagne and roses with her glittering future ahead of her. And then there’s Ivy off-stage, away from family and friends, prowling the streets, hardly recognizeable without make-up, her eyes shining with tension and craving, picking up any stranger, going into any dingy bedroom. She’s running furiously through her days, seeking escape, needing release, fighting the passionate demon which lives inside her, torturing her, wildly demanding more liquor, more men, more women, anything to sate her uncontrollable sexual desire.

This book was banned, deemed “unmailable” by the U.S. Postal Services, in 1960 and rated “indecent” in the U.S.A and Canada by the National Organization for Decent Literature. Now back in print for the first time in over sixty years.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

“March Hastings” was one of the pseudonyms (along with Laura Duchamp, Viveca Ives, and Alden Stowe) of Sally M. Singer, a lesbian writer born in 1930s and the author of more than 130 novels, across many genres. She is undoubtedly best-known for her string of ground-breaking, lesbian-themed, sexy pulp paperbacks in the 1950s and early 1960s, including The Outcasts, Three Woman, and By Flesh Alone. She wrote many other sexy novels as Hastings, not all of them with a lesbian theme. However, by the late-60s/early 70s, the “March Hastings” pseudonym was co-opted by her publisher and became a house name for many different authors penning lurid paperbacks, diluting and confusing her early legacy as an influential author of lesbian pulp and straight erotic fiction.

THE BEST PULP NOIR FICTION VOLUME SEVEN: Four Hardboiled Novels

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Four complete novels of raw, hard-boiled, pulp noir greatness by three masters of the genre, back-in-print for the first time in sixty years.

THE MURDER SPECIALIST by Bud Clifton * TWO DEATHS MUST DIE by Richard Himmel * THE CHEAT by Robert Dietrich * LET HIM GO HANG by Bud Clifton

THE MURDER SPECIALIST by Bud Clifton
Hal Williams is a specialist with one particular talent to sell: contract murders that appear to be accidents. He’s a professional who does his job with cool, calm, and calculated detachment…or so it seems. It’s all part of a long-term plan for ultimate revenge. But just when everything is coming together…he meets Unne, a mobster’s coldly sensual mistress, a kindred spirit with a dark, devastating secret of her own…and everything changes.

“A tight, lean, nasty little masterpiece of noir.. How is it possible a book this good, this timeless in its cruel brilliance, was unknown and out-of-print for so long? I loved it.” Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author

TWO DEATHS MUST DIE by Richard Himmel
A big movie star’s dark and sordid past in a stag movie comes back to haunt her — it’s up to two-fisted lawyer Johnny Maguire to keep it buried, without getting buried himself.

“Richard Himmel was an outstanding writer… likely to please readers of well-written hardboiled crime who are also comfortable with some romance and human drama in their stories.” The Paperback Warrior

THE CHEAT by Robert Dietrich
Robert Webster goes to Paris to find himself, and his creative soul, after doing hack-work as a Hollywood screenwriter. He finds Hildreath instead — rich, beautiful, dissolute, who fled to France to satisfy deep, carnal desires no American woman would dare admit to feeling. They begin an affair that’s comfortable and warm… until he makes a shocking discovery that reveals her raw, naked lust. There’s no love in what she’s doing. It’s coarse and cruel and undeniable…and it will shatter their lives.

“Dietrich knows his stuff and handles it well,” The Boston Globe

LET HIM GO HANG by Bud Clifton
An innocent man is tried for murder… and the real killer is on the jury.
“A stylistic virtuoso, matching on the typewriter the lightning flashes of such musical masters as Paganini on the violin,” The Chicago Tribune

THE LEDRU BAKER JR. READER: Four Full Novels

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Three unforgettable novels by noir master Ledru Baker Jr. in one volume

AND BE MY LOVE
The blockbuster, million copy bestseller in 1951, a beloved Gold Medal classic, is finally back-in-print to enthral a new generation with it’s raw, powerful description of a passionate love affair that had no limits. She belonged to one man…but she wanted another. They tried all the pleasures and they knew all the pain.

THE CHEATERS
A crime lord strong-arms Jack Griffith, a struggling musician, into spying on his wife Mardi, who he suspects is cheating on him…but things go very wrong when Jack falls for her himself.

This book was adapted into the 1990 Canadian TV movie Frame Up Blues aka Le Danse du Scorpion.

BRUTE MADNESS
Mark Mitchell is a playboy atomic rocket scientist who marries the wrong woman…and is betrayed in the worst possible way. He is quickly arrested, convicted of treason, and sentenced to life in prison. But that’s only the beginning of his nightmare in this lightning-fast, insanely unpredictable, brutal Cold War noir thriller.

THE COMPLETE RICHARD HIMMEL – All 12 Novels

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ALL 12 NOVELS by Richard Himmel, one of the greatest hard-boiled crime writers of the “Gold Medal” era, in one volume.

Throughout the 1950s, Richard worked by day as an interior designer and at night as a successful writer of paperback original crime novels. His first book, I’ll Find You was a massive, multi-million copy bestseller that almost single-handedly put Fawcett Crest’s famed “Gold Medal Paperbacks” on the literary map. He followed that book with four sequels in the “Johnny Maguire” series and four stand-alone novels.

I’ll Find You (Johnny Maguire #1) 1950
The Shame aka Soul of Passion & Strange Desires ) 1950
The Chinese Keyhole (Johnny Maguire #2) 1951
I Have Gloria Kirby (Johnny Maguire #3) 1951
The Sharp Edge 1952
Beyond Desire 1952
Two Deaths Must Die (Johnny Maguire #4) 1954
Cry of the Flesh 1955
The Rich and the Damned (Johnny Maguire #5) 1958

At this point, his career as an interior designer was exploding, making him a national (and soon international sensation), so he took almost 20 years away from the typewriter, before returning to print with a trio of big, sexy, global spy thrillers in 1977.

The 23rd Web 1977
Lions at Night 1979
Echo Chambers 1982

SPY GAMES 3: FOUR FULL NOVELS

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Four espionage thrillers by three masters of the genre on one action-packed volume

LIONS AT NIGHT * A TALENT FOR KILLING * CRY OF THE FLESH * BRUTE MADNESS

LIONS AT NIGHT by Richard Himmel
An undercover CIA agent living as a centerfold model and all-around hustler is the key player a deadly, global game of intrique and death where the players include a sexually-ravenous TV newswoman, a powerful Mafia don, and foreign assassins…. but who are actually the hunters and who are the prey for the lions at night?

“A taut thriller that builds to a blazing climax.” Publishers Weekly

A TALENT FOR KILLING by Ralph Dennis
Kane was a top CIA assassin until he suffered traumatic physical and psychological injuries in a mission that went horribly wrong. The Agency wiped his memory, gave him a new identity, and retired him to a life of mundane, anonymous domesticity. But his training, and his talent for killing, came back with a vengeance. He created a new life for himself as a killer-for-hire, righting wrongs for people who can’t find peace or justice any other way. He doesn’t know that his memories are fiction, or that he is always being watched, or that he’s been targeted for death by a rogue faction within the Agency.

“A breathless, lean noir thriller. Every line is razor sharp and without an ounce of fat. Jason Bourne fans will find a lot to like.” Publishers Weekly

CRY OF THE FLESH by Richard Himmel
Lazy playboy & lounge singer Buster Clayton, living in Italy on his ability to seduce wealthy women, is strong-armed by his brother, famous journalist Maxwell Payton, to help the daughter of a Russian diplomat defect with a cache of secret documents that will make an explosive story… and spark an international incident. But all is not what it seems, and soon Buster and the woman, a seductive and deadly cipher herself, are fleeing through Europe, running a gamut of sex, lies, betrayals, and certain death.

“A famous foreign correspondent with a story to get and a secret to hide, a fanatical girl communist who will stop at nothing to serve her cause, and a night club performer who gets way out of his depth add up to plenty of excitement,” Oakland Tribune

BRUTE MADNESS by Ledru Baker, Jr.
Mark Mitchell is a playboy atomic rocket scientist who marries the wrong woman…and is betrayed in the worst possible way. He is quickly arrested, convicted of treason, and sentenced to life in prison. But that’s only the beginning of his nightmare in this lightning-fast, insanely unpredictable, brutal Cold War noir thriller.