Vintage Pulp Aug 15 2023
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So let it be written, so let it be read. We said we'd get to Whore from Maupin Street and here we are. Of course, that was three years ago, but you know by now that these things take time. Allan Horn, aka Allan Horne, conjured up this intriguingly titled sleaze outing for Vega Books sometime in the mid-1960s. We read it in electronic form and there was no copyright, but Horn's other efforts are from 1966/1967, so this is probably no different.

The book is about an ambitious woman named Barbara Sanders who's determined to marry rich and is engaged to a suitable prospective meal ticket. But she's from the wrong side of the tracks and there's a man from over yonder who's sampled her wares repeatedly and won't let her get on with the business of digging for gold. Predictably, this villain from the past blackmails Barbara into continuing to appease him, then eventually others. She needs to somehow brew a plan to get this guy off her back—and front—before he ruins her engagement.

As always with these sorts of tales, the plot is less important than the eroticism, and Horn delivers explicit action, which is all you can ask for. Well, you can also ask for it to be well written. But you can ask for a Moroccan riad with a roof pool too. Ain't gonna happen. For its type, though, Whore from Maupin Street is enjoyable. The cover art is by Bill Edwards, and we shared it before as part of a collection of his work we put together a while back. Look here.
 
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Vintage Pulp Jun 11 2020
RUN OUT OF THE MILL
30 minutes or less? Great— Uh, actually cancel that. I'll pick it up. I just realized I have to head that direction anyway.


Above, the cover of Sin Mill, by Robert M. Duffy, for Vega Books, copyright 1967. The art, which is by Bill Edwards, suggests far more than what happens in the story. While the main character Lucy does go into the Three Nickels brothel to use the phone—wearing a full winter outfit, not a coat over a nightie—and is mistaken by a naked customer for a prostitute before sprinting from the place, Sin Mill isn't really the sleaze novel it appears to be. Duffy wrote this with serious intent, a mostly uninspired examination of a poor country girl's attempt to get through college and into a better life. If there's one thing we hate it's false billing. When you sign up for a sleaze novel you should get a sleaze novel.

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Vintage Pulp Jan 19 2019
ROOM WITH A VIEW
When you say "enormous", what you mean is he’s really overweight, right?

Our American vacation continues as we leave Denver behind and head to San Francisco. In the meantime here’s a random sleaze paperback we spotted yesterday, a little something from Vega Books called All for One. Author Arnold Marmor worked during the ’50s and ’60s, producing titles such as Boudoir Treachery, Abnormal Desire, and Lust Lodge. He also wrote a couple of books in the Nick Carter series. This particular effort, with its voyeur-themed cover art by unknown, appeared in 1962.

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Vintage Pulp Oct 12 2018
DEVIL IN THE DETAILS
Stop calling me that. It's Stan. My name is Stan.


Satan in Malibu came from Vega Books via the brain and typewriter of Frank Cannon, and it deals with a man who tries to solve his brother's murder. He learns of the death when a telegram arrives, but is the woman who sent it to him really trying to help, or is there more to her story? The hero's investigation takes him to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Southern California, and when he gets there he runs across a band of satanists who may have done the killing.

We last ran across Frank Cannon when we shared a cover for his 1964 effort Hide in Hell. The hell in that book was figurative. The hell in Satan in Malibu is a slightly less so, since the villains actually believe in it, but the reason for the murder is rooted firmly in the mundane world. We don't know who painted the cover art, but for Vega Books it's not bad. The copyright on this is 1961. 

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Vintage Pulp Jul 8 2017
QUICK ON THE DRAW
It was fun. Next time just try to remember that being a fast shooter is only good for gunfights.


Above, cover art for War at Bluestem Basin by John Nemec, the prolific author behind books such as Naked in the Night, The Spy Who Came to Bed, and The Case of the Naked Nympho. This one is about two brothers who end up on opposite sides of a land war, and the copyright is 1962 for Vega Books. The art is signed Chesnutt, but we have no info on who that might be.

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Vintage Pulp Nov 25 2016
BILL COMES DUE
Bill Edwards paperback art gains new recognition.

Bill Edwards' profile as a paperback illustrator has risen considerably in recent years. Like others who painted for sleaze imprints, it is not so much his technical ability that has garnered the attention, but rather the subject matter and a strong style. Edwards is a guy whose work you can identify in a millisecond. His women almost always have sharp cheekbones, ski jump noses, and a prominent beauty mark. The cover above for Rick Rand's New Girl in Town shows you all three elements up close. Edwards was also prolific like few other painters, which makes finding his work easy. Below are many more illustrations, some for novels with subject matter well beyond the pale, and we have other Edwards pieces populating Pulp Intl., for example here, here, and here.

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Vintage Pulp Sep 15 2016
A FOOL AND HIS HONEY
Hi, babe, I'm back early from— Aw, shit. Not again.


Twice a Fool was published by Vega Books, above, and by Fabian Books, a version that was identical in every way except the company logo. That's because both Fabian and Vega, along with Saber Books, were owned by Sanford Aday, as we've mentioned before. Bunny Strand was in reality sleaze author Bernie Strahn, who also wrote such highbrow classics as Reaching High, The Bedroom Imposter, and Sex Party: The Rape of Lori Grant. Info on him is scarce, but we'll keep digging. Twice a Fool is copyright 1960 with uncredited cover art. 

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Vintage Pulp Dec 29 2015
AN ARROW MARGIN
These between-the-legs shots are safer with you than with my previous partner. He was something, lemme tell you.


Above, the cover of Stella Gray's lez sleaze classic The Naked Archer, for Vega Books, 1966. We haven't read this one—it sells for way too much money. But the cover blurb gives the gist, and typically, because the readers were mostly male, lesbians in these books didn't stay lesbian for long, so we're pretty sure we know how this one goes. The art is by the underrated Bill Edwards. 

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Vintage Pulp Oct 24 2014
DON'T FORGET TO ZIGZAG
Come here, baby. You sprint out there and draw his fire while I cover you from back here.

We love Vega Books. Nearly everything they released was patently terrible, but the cover art was sometimes quite funny. You can thank Bill Edwards for that. 1961 on this. 

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Vintage Pulp Oct 1 2014
ROAD TO HELL
Trust me, this is the last place they’ll look for us.

Above, a Vega Books front for Frank Cannon’s Hide in Hell, with art of a fugitive and his female companion, who’s probably wondering why they can’t hide in the Bahamas or Bali. Cannon, by the way, also wrote Satan in Malibu, so apparently even the Prince of Darkness didn’t like spending time in Hell. 1964 on this, with uncredited art (but it's Bill Edwards).

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