Reading Shame Agent and knowing that it was an element behind the lankmark obscenity case Redrup v. New York, something any lawyer well-versed in censorship and the First Amendment knows, makes me amazed to think that this rather sexually tame and funny book was considered so offensive as to throw a man in jail for selling it — and had the feds known who wrote it, they may have gone after the author.
Archive for Don Bellmore
Jan Hudson was one of George H. Smith’s nom de plumes (his middle name Hudson) that he did a few books under, most notably the highly collectible Those Sexy Suacer People from Greenleaf Classics.
Smith also wrote many Nightstands as Don Bellmore, and some scince fiction titles. His stuff tends to be comic, playful, and whacky, such as this one.
This is Boudoir #103. The first, #101, was The Wife Traders by Loren Beauchamp, reviewed here in July. Boudoir was a short-lived imprint of Imperial Publishing aka American Art Enterprises, a shady Los Angeles outfit.
Girls Afire opens with protagonist Jeremy Fargo at a Venice Beach party that has been going on for three days. People are drunk, high, having sex, reading poetry aloud — they’re all beatniks too, proto-hippies in L.A., and they see Jeremy as a “sqaure” but he’s there.
Jeremy is a frustrated novelist, once a Madison Avenue commercial artist, following his dream to be a, um, writer of great Ameican literature. His first novel was published but the critics found it bleak and sales weren’t good, so his publisher has rejected his second novel and Jeremy doesn’t know what to do — maybe write a more commercial, upbeat novel?
He has left rainy San Francisco and move to sunny Los Angeles to write. He has rented a room out in a house. The landlady, a good looking woman whose husband is often away, suggests he might pay his rent in trade — that is, sex. He thinks it might work.
At the party, he meets a girl named Deirdre and takes her home. Deidre thinks he may be The One, even if he is a sqaure, but he is a writer. She’s going with a friend of his but he convinces the friend to dump her, that she’s no good; his friend does, leaving a clear path for him.
Then he meets her sister, Jean, and falls in love with her. As much as Jean tries to resist, she succumbs to Jeremy, much too Deirdre’s hurt and anger.
Giving in to his landlady’s reqest of sex for rent, the two are at it when her husband walks in and catches them — he wants to kill Jeremy, and so does Jeremy’s friend when the guy learns Jeremy took Deirdre as a lover, and now Deirdre wants to kill him for taking her sister.
So he has three people after his hide…
It’s funny and short. It’s okay. I’m not much into comic sleazecore. I prefer the serious and dark stuff.
I don’t think this Bellmore was written by George H. Smith, who had the Bellmore pen name, as well as Jan Hudson (and wrote some interesting SF books under his own name).
This is the first Nightstand/Midnight/Cornith I was unable to finish. I got about 60 pages in and tossed it aside it was that bad.
The narrator is a talent agent and a former client, a washed up but rich actress, offers to pay him good money to take her on as a client and re-vitalize her dead career.
Bad dialogue, bad writing…bad book.
Don Bellmore was one of the pen names for George H. White, whio qalso write as Jan Hudson and the Cornith/Greeleaf house name, J.X. Williams. As Hudon, he wrote the highly collectable Those Sexy Suacer People — like Harlan Ellison’s (as Paul Merchant) Sex Gang, this one will cost a few hundred dollars to a grand to get your hands on.
Bellmore, I take it, was or later became a screenwriter in Hollywood. In fact, on first glance, some of these books are set in the film industry, and are heavy on dialogue. As I get to them, I will talk about them more, but for now, some images to gaze on: