Vintage Pulp May 13 2024
NAVEL MANEUVERS
Hey, take it easy! If you keep that up you'll turn my innie into an outie!


Above: another cover from artist Robert Bonfils, this time for Richard B. Long's 1970 piece of fluff Swapper Power, which is about a woman who starts sleeping around to help her husband in business. Wait—didn't we just read one like that? Of course we did—it's a well worn plotline, and that's why we didn't buy this particular iteration. Plus we have several sleaze novels stacked up waiting to be read. Richard B. Long is an obvious pseudonym, likely used by numerous authors, but we don't know which ones. And they probably don't want us to find out, so it's all good. 

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Vintage Pulp Apr 25 2024
BEDLY SINS
My husband is clueless. He suspects I'm having an affair, but he thinks it's with a guy from his softball team.

Above: a nice sleaze cover from Greenleaf Classics' Nightstand imprint for 1960's lesbian novel Sin Girls by Marlene Longman. This has the look of a photo-illustration, but it's credited to Harold W. McCauley.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 10 2024
DOCTORISH ADVICE
I don't have my degree yet, so for now my recommendation for your sex addiction is to hire a good booking agent.

Above: Swap Psychiatrist, from 1968, with art by Robert Bonfils. The author, John Dexter, was credited with three-hundred and fifty books, according to the comprehensive website Greenleaf Classics Books. His name was used as a pseudonym by many, including Lawrence Block, Vivien Kern, Harry Whittington, and others. We have more than a few Dexter covers in the website, but our favorites are here and here

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Vintage Pulp Dec 30 2023
FAIR GAMES
Step right up! Step right up! See a sight that'll stun your eyes and electrify your loins!

We can't resist carny novels, even if they look as dubious as 1964's Carny Girl by “John Dexter.” The quotations are because Dexter was a pseudonym used by many authors, none of whom are attributable in this case. The book is about beautiful young Julie, who, when readers meet her one late night, is naked and fleeing along a Florida beach from an unknown terror, before taking refuge in a trailer belonging to a traveling carnival. She's found the next day and has no memory of who she is, nor what she fled. The carnies take her along with them and she proves to have an insatiable sexual appetite that leads to all kinds of trouble in their mobile enclave, particularly when she takes a job as one of their strippers. When her memory returns, what awful secrets are revealed? Several, though none that adequately explain why she's such a horny freak, we can promise you. No problem, though—Carny Girl is a sleaze novel, and horny freaks are stock in trade. Of its ilk, it was fine. 

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Vintage Pulp Nov 30 2023
A HANDY MAN
I've brought Madame's cocktails. Is Madame also ready for her daily full body massage and vigorous rear entry coitus?


This is, once again, Robert Silverberg hiding behind his usual pen name Don Elliott for 1965's Only the Depraved from sleaze imprint Greenleaf Classics. This is the second time we've seen a domestic staffer delivering his employer two drinks at once. That's how we order them too. The cover is uncredited. 

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Vintage Pulp Apr 9 2023
HELLION YES
She's great. But you know how they say dance like no one's looking? She can dance only when everyone's looking.

A few days ago we shared a book cover inspired by a 1948 Life magazine photo. We wanted to show you a more direct inspiration from that shot. Here you see Tony Calvano's The Hellions, from 1965 for Greenleaf Classics, published by its sub-imprint Leisure Books. Calvano was in actuality Thomas P. Ramirez.

The art on this is by Robert Bonfils, and he basically copied the dynamic figure in the Life photo, and did so brilliantly, making changes to her hair (more and wilder) and bikini (smaller and flimsier). The result is an illustration that's a real eye-catcher. You can scroll down a few posts if you want to see the Life shot in a larger size. It was part of a photo essay on a performative youth movement called Activationism, centered in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

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Vintage Pulp Apr 5 2023
THE WIFE WILL PLAY
Oh, look who it is—the neglectful husband I've been hearing so much about.

Above: a cover for Every Bed Her Own, by Don Elliott for Greenleaf Classics' imprint Leisure Books, 1966. Elliott, in this case, is actually sci-fi author Robert Silverberg, and the art is by Robert Bonfils, the titan of mid-century sleaze illustrators. This is another cover that fits with our collection of cheaters caught red-handed.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 24 2023
MIND READER
My diagnosis is that you're a nymphomaniac, but I'll need to run a few tests to be sure.


Psychiatrist sleaze novels are safe havens for us. Whenever we can't think of anything to post, we just grab one of these. They're ridiculous, and easy to riff on. John Dexter's Sin Psycho was published by Greenleaf Classics and it appeared in 1962 with unattributed art. We don't keyword for “therapy” or “psychiatrist,” so we can't point you to all the others in this style we've posted, but you can see most of them by starting here

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Vintage Pulp Oct 4 2022
BODY COUNTESS
Nicely done. Continuing upward, you may now kiss the royal inner thigh.


Above: Flesh Countess by J.X. Williams, a psuedonym for too many authors to name, and some that remain unknown, for Greenleaf Classics and Leisure Books. Having read many of these low rent sleaze romps, we'll go out on a limb and say the main character here isn't a real countess, but rather someone of great stature within the easy sex community. The art on this is by Robert Bonfils, and the copyright is 1964. 

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Vintage Pulp Apr 12 2022
DIAGNOSIS: INSATIABLE
Don't worry, I'm the best psychiatrist in the business. I guarantee results or your nymphomania back.


Above: a cover for Orgy Office by Bill Lauren for Greenleaf Classics' imprint Pillar Books, 1964, with unattributed art. Lauren also wrote such books as Blonde Danger, Burn Blonde Burn!, Fun Girl, Perverted Lover, and On the Prowl. They all sound lovely. We have a lot of these therapy covers in the site and you can see them all by starting here

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1924—Leopold and Loeb Murder Bobby Franks
Two wealthy University of Chicago students named Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks, motivated by no other reason than to prove their intellectual superiority by committing a perfect crime. But the duo are caught and sentenced to life in prison. Their crime becomes known as a "thrill killing", and their story later inspires various works of art, including the 1929 play Rope by Patrick Hamilton, and Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film of the same name.
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