An Orrie Hitt Homage — The Trouble with Tramps
The Orrie Hitt homage, a pastiche called The Trouble with Tramps, has been released by Black Mask Books and can be ordered from them or from Amazon.
Copy: Orrie Hitt was known as the Shakespeare of Sleaze, the Noir Poet of Vintage Softcore, during his salad days from 1957-1964. Then he slowly faded away, like many old paperback hacks did, but he was hardly forgotten. He influenced and warped the minds of many, back then and today, creating a cult following among vintage book collectors and fans. In this pastiche of Orrie Hitt, Michael Hemmingson pays homage to the vintage paperback heyday with a compulsively fascinating novel that walks in the used, old boots of the Shakespeare of Sleaze. . . Jack Card is a hard-working nowhere man who dreams of a better life. Whether he’s laying pipe, tending bar, or laying willing wanton women, he spends his free time writing short stories for the pulp magazines, proving he’s more than some hard-drinking, blue collar lug. Set in 1957 in a small American town, Jack juggles the favors of three women: Kay, his lush wife who cannot keep faithful; Lucy, his teenage hillbilly girlfriend who is now carrying his child in her belly; and Eve, the rich woman who promises him another life if he helps her murder the husband she hates. The Trouble with Tramps explores many of Orrie Hitt’s pet themes and obsessions: younger women marrying rich older men, peeping toms, backwoods swamp girls, alcoholism, jealousy and bad wives. We dare you to open at any page and see if you can’t put this exciting new novel down!