THE UTAH KID by Roe Richmond

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A violent, fast-moving, western classic, back in print for the first time in 70 years

“A saga of swift, violent action, clear, raw courage, and a tribute to the pioneer emigrants who opened up the great American west,” Vermont Caledonian-Record

A gunman fleeing his past in a whisky-gorged, lawless Missouri town joins a wagon train in a brutal journey across the plains and over the perilous Rockies, to a dusty, dying speck of desert hell in Utah, where he faces a vicious, bullwhip-wielding enemy.

Originally published in 1949 as Conestoga Cowboy, it was the first, break-through novel by Roaldus “Roe” Richmond (1910-1986). His many other westerns include The Wild Breed, Montana Bad Man, Death Rides the Dondrino, Crusade on the Chisholm, Mojave Gun, Lash of Idaho, the Lashtrow series and a novelisation of the Henry Fonda TV series The Deputy. During the Depression, Richmond traveled across Vermont for the Works Progress Administration, interviewing over a hundred miners about their lives and struggles, articles that were later collected in the 2004 book Men Against Granite.

THE SHERIFF OF SAN MIGUEL by Allan Vaughan Elston

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A rip-roaring, action-packed, western classic, back in print for the first time in over 70 years. “A splendid historical novel of the old Santa Fe trail and the coming of the railroad.” Los Angeles Daily News

Ex-buffalo hunter and former lawman Kirk Calloway is searching for a woman he briefly met on the trail in Kansas…a romantic quest that takes him into a violent corner of New Mexico, where the railroad has brought in rustlers, bushwhackers, spoilers, cowpunchers and cattlemen all hoping to find their fortune amidst by the sweat, tears and bloodshed of the savage, crimson mesas. And it’s where Alfredo Baca, the fearless young aristocrat and cattleman, wears the lawman’s badge and thrives perilously on the risk and danger…and will either become Calloway’s friend or deadly enemy.

“A less skillful writer would lose readers by the number of interesting characters in this epic, but Elston makes you feel that you know every one of them. An ‘A’ western.” Los Angeles Daily News

MONTANA MAN by Paul Evan Lehman

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“A thrilling saga of old Montana and a range-land whodunit. Stellar entertainment.” Los Angeles Daily News

Ex-Marshal Joe Raiford wants to settle down to a quiet life…and is scouting for the right spot for his ranch…when a wounded man, running from two gunmen, staggers into his camp and embroils him in a conspiracy involving cattle rustlers, a crooked lawyer, blood-thirsty killers, and a string of murders that could spark a range war.

“The story gets more urgent by the page, with plenty of lead poisoning and a shooting climax.” The Daily Oklahoman

“The plot is high above average for horse operas. The book moves like a hurricane.” The Long Beach Press-Telegram

THE FREEBOOTERS by Robert Wernick

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A long-lost, World War II literary classic in the dark, satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, though it pre-dated those landmark novels by decades. When The Freebooters was released in 1949, it was greeted with widespread acclaim, the San Francisco Chronicle declaring it “the best American war novel to arise so far.” Now it’s finally back in print.

Three GIs are “Task Force Sisyphus,” a special WWII intelligence unit assigned to eradicate and report on any remnants of fascism still lingering in the battle-scarred aftermath of Allied military victories. But their behind-the-lines reports are largely ignored by the pompous brass, so the off-beat trio use their mission as an excuse to find romance, profit and amusement as they follow the onward march of war from North Africa to France…and to an unexpectedly harrowing conclusion.

“An extremely well-written, brilliant, book….set against the background of army conniving and corruption.” The Saturday Review

“Wernick shows considerable talent and a penchant for human understanding that may take him much further on the literary trail.” Cincinnati Inquirer

“Here is the war in satire, handled imaginatively by an extremely capable writer.” New York Times

“You’ll like Wernick. It would be hard to find a match for his originality. The story wings away into realms of wild imagination, where real and unreal overlap, where what is actually hilarious is not a laugh at all.” Ottawa Citizen

“Wernick has an interesting and vivid style, a perceptive approach to his material, and a tremendous skill in creating colorful and bizarre scenes.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“An atmosphere of harsh humor, of mad incident, of cruel truthfulness. Episodic, anecdotal, this is doubtless rooted in reality.” Kirkus Reviews

“A bitter, hilarious novel.” Pasadena Star-News

“The first war novel I ever read that was really funny was a mordant book called The Freebooters, on hand years before Catch-22. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“One of the most unusual novels to come out of the last war…extremely well-written, particularly at the end.” Windsor Star (Ontario, Canada)

“The bizarre, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately bitter experience of an unusual trio.” Miami Herald

“An extravagant, high-spirited account of the adventures of three American soldiers. Although it contains some fantasy, and a good deal of robust humor, it’s intended as a serious interpretation of the more incongruous aspects of modern war.” The Observer (London)

DEVIL’S DOORSTEP by Paul Evan Lehman

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“A highly recommended western, well-written, skillfully-plotted, and fast moving.” Chicago Tribune

The corrupt town of Calder, known as The Devil’s Doorstep, is brutally run by Mayor Monk Malone as his personal domain and as a haven for gamblers, swindlers, rustlers and outlaws…to the horror and dismay of the local newspaper and the town Reverend, who are virtually powerless to stop him. But then a stranger named Borden rides into town, playing all the factions against one another. It’s not clear whose side he’s on…or if he’s only looking out for his own, mysterious interests. All anybody knows is that he’s the fastest gun in the territory and is not afraid to use it.

“There is enough action here for any taste.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

GANGSTER JAZZ by Tom Ardies

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An epic family saga of the jazz age, when bathtub gin flowed, flappers were everywhere, and organized crime ruled the streets

Greg Meister was a farm boy who went off to war…and when he came back, everything was different. He meets Tandy Crain, a rich girl gone bad, in a Harlem jazz club, and falls in love. Together, they build a family and an empire, their lives dangerously entwined with music, the stock market and a ruthless mobster named Al Capone. It was a love built on dreams in a country built on promise. But when that promise is violently broken, Greg and Tandy must fight for their family’s survival in a brutal new country.

Previously published under the title By Friends Betrayed under Ardie’s pseudonym “Richard O’Brien.”

GOLD BRICK RANGE by Allan Vaughan Elston

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Somewhere on a God-forsaken, dusty ranch is a lost billfold containing $60,000…in this western classic, back in print for the first time in 80 years.

The money belonged Stan Cogswell, but a swindler named Milt Prowers tricked him out of it… then someone stole it from the Prower…and then the thief lost it among the brambles on the endless mesa. If Stan doesn’t find it, he’ll lose his ranch…but he’s got to battle a horde of treasure hunters who are willing to kill for it.

Allan Vaughan Elston (1887-1976) was an incredibly prolific author of western short stories and novels. His work also included episodes of the anthology TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars

THE LUSTFUL THREE by Tom Harland

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Their morals were flimsy and weak…and when the barriers gave way, these three fiery women were plunged headlong into a swift undertow of sex, money and intrigue that drew them into one man’s bed. A pulp noir, romance classic, back in print after sixty years!

In this balmy cove a fishing fleet calls home, three woman are pros at catching men. And they all want Mike, for one reason or another. There’s Holly, a newlywed fleeing her drunken husband and the control of his rich father. Is she looking for escape in his arms? There’s Carla, a woman hired to seduce him…but doesn’t know by whom or why. And there’s Mig, an unhappily married waitress who wants to get out of town…and so much more. Finally, there’s brawny Mike, targeted by all three women…what drives them to risk everything to be in his arms? And what’s his secret…and what will happen when it is revealed?

UNNATURAL by Sloane Britain aka Sloan Britton

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A vivid novel of forbidden love, a lesbian pulp fiction classic, back-in-print after sixty long years

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…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sloane Britain aka Sloan Britton was the pseudonym of Elaine Williams, aka Elaine H. Cumming (1932-1963), who was an editor at Midwood-Tower and a ground-breaking author of lesbian pulp fiction. She was killed in a car accident in Red Hook, NY on December 23, 1963, after attending a party. She left behind behind a husband and four children.

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