brian cassidy bookseller: november 2019

Odd as it may be, we're squeezing this mostly safe for work (not not safe?) list in before Thanksgiving. And in this season of gratitude, I should note mine for BCB cataloguer extraordinaire Zoe Selengut, who is single-handedly responsible for the spot-on descriptions below. If you catch yourself chuckling at any point in reading this list, that's entirely her doing. And finally, in more seasonally appropriate news, be on the lookout in the coming weeks for the obligatory holiday list/gift guide. Happy Thanksgiving.

Fear-mongering (with appropriately horror-inspired cover) glimpse into the harrowing future New York of 1992, where terrified male outlaws take to the sewers and the underground and armed Feminists patrol the night in severe grey suits. Nineties kids remember.



Energetic feminist manifesto, in the publisher's characteristically flashy and opportunistic packaging. With liberal quotations from Lenin and Betty Friedan and vicious asides regarding Hugh Hefner.



A young man in Hollywood must choose beween money and love. Gay pulp erotica by the prolific and genre-crossing Victor J. Banis, writing as Victor Jay.


Sleaze pulp featuring the spike-heeled, leather-corseted Superintendent of a girls' reformatory: "Julie was so strangely impressed by her weird patent leather shoes that she couldn't speak." Cover art by Eric Stanton.

From the back cover: "[F]or this forbidden desire she was called a LESBIAN WITCH!" The witchcraft is metaphorical.



Sentimental pulp noted as a "well-written and sensitive portrait of lesbian life in the 1950s" (Jaye Zimet, Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction). A milestone in the genre.



Essential pulp erotica from a highly prescient author who foresaw the way we live today with remarkable accuracy. "Scenarios" include: Advanced Computer Perversions; Erotic Brain Transplants; Four Dimensional Sexual Cinema; Reward Planets for Heroes; and The Disintegration of the Old Religions and the Rise of Dionysian Alternatives. As the introduction notes, "One of the most important books of this or any other decade."


Tale of a young woman whose life spirals downward after meeting Gerry, a freelance writer with a lot of story ideas. "'I've got a degree in sociology,' Gerry explained."  Gene Bilbrew's cover art ably depicts a woman in white go-go boots catching her friend, who has fainted at the sight of an artist in flip-flops.

Gay pulp romance, with a protagonist tempted away from dutiful love for a woman by Ronan, an actor who models "for a magazine called The Gods. It's the top physique magazine in the country." In a perfunctory gesture at renunciation, the hero nobly and unconvincingly redirects his desires towards the "functional" female body of his girlfriend. Oddly disguised by a cover suggesting lesbian themes.



Jean Marie Stine's late-'60s science fiction novel, positing involuntary gender transition in a futuristic legal system. Awestruck and overecstatic postscript by Harlan Ellison. An important milestone in the genre's still-evolving treatment of gender and sexuality.


The rise and fall of January Vonne, ex-chorus girl and gang leader of the Leskits, who allowed her girls "no dope. Not even a marihuana cigarette, nor a goof-ball, nor benzedrine...Wine, within reason. Sex and wine." Brent, a prolific film actor through the 1930s and '40s, turned to writing gay-themed erotica and adventure pulps in the '60s. 



Early lesbian pulp with a rare happy ending. Originally published in 1939 as DIANA: A Strange Autobiography; republished in this 1955 paperback edition with back-cover praise for "add[ing] to the understanding of the lesbians in our midst."



"A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Book!" Sleaze pulp featuring a "stunning and domineering socialite," a "crude millionaire," a "shy lesbian theatre director," and many more.



Sleaze pulp involving the sexual exploits of a piano player, with a plot not even the publisher dared summarize.


Lurid early-'60s suburban swinger sleaze, featuring hidden cameras and an initiation "into the flaming rites of Lesbos." Plot and themes heavily suggested by the remarkably detail-filled Eric Stanton cover illustration.

Fairly standard psuedo-scientific interracial sleaze, but in counterculture exploitation clothing. Hugo, "the man of a thousand pseudonyms," was notoriously prolific. He was alledged to have written over 700 books, almost all of them smut. A scarce title (OCLC does not locate it), in exceptional condition.




Toni, call girl and "latter-day Zuleika Dobson," impresses her girlfriend by demonstrating her eidetic memory on Baron Corvo's History of the Borgias (Modern Library Edition); sadly, duty calls her to entertain a man "who knew no more about the art of love than he did about the binomial theorem or the Pareto curve."  By the author of EXECUTIVE LESBIAN.


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