Girls Afire by Jan Hudson (Boudoir #103)
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.