Campus Hellcat – David Challon aka Robert Silverberg (Bedside Books #973, 1960)

This is the last of the David Challon books Robert Silverberg did for Bedstand. The others:

Suburban Sin Club (#803, also The Wife Traders by Loren Beauchamp)

Campus Love Club (#808, also Campus Sex Club by Loren Beauchamp, and plagarized as Slaves to Sin by S.N. Burton).

French Sin Port (#820, also Rouge of the Riviera by Don Elliott)

Thirst for Love (#802, also Wayward Wife by Loren Beauchamp and Free Sample by Loren Beauchamp)

Suburban Affair (#961), unknown if ever reprinted/pirated.

Like Illicit Affair by Mark Ryan, this is a short story collection, mainly culled from men’s digests and pulps like Trapped and Manhunt, etc.

The cover states “eleven short novels and stories.”  There are no short novels in the 186 page book.  The title story is a 3,000-word tale about men dating the campus slut; most of the other stories have a crime element with twist endings, but they’re not as good as the stories in Illicit Affair. Many of the male protagonists have to deal with the aftermath of a mistress — in “Hit and Run,” a man married to a rich woman (with shades of Loren Beauchamp’s Love Nest) kills his pregnant mistress, but he’s being set up by his wife and their financial adviser; “One Girl Too Many” and “Clinging Vine” deal with females scorned by cheating men; “Spoiled Brat” is about what a rich girl with a sports car does to her rapists.  “Jailbait” is about a con sex game, later expanded in Don Elliott’s Flesh Pawns.


One must remember that Silverberg was spinning these formula yarns for a quick buck, much like all the books.

It’s not that bad a read, but if you’re looking for early Silverberg non-SF short stories, I would recommend Illicit Affair.

2 Responses to “Campus Hellcat – David Challon aka Robert Silverberg (Bedside Books #973, 1960)”

  1. DMcCunney Says:

    Silverberg wasn’t the only one writing porn for quick bucks. California porn house Brandon House/Essex house did a lot of them, with Philip Jose Farmer and Dean Koontz among the contributors. On the Koontz books, his wife Gerda did the first draft during the week, and he did the submission draft over the weekend. He got $650 a book, which kept a roof over their head and food on the table while he worked on more serious stuff. Wish I still had them – I can only imaging what the ones he put his real name on would fetch on eBay.
    _____
    Dennis

    • vintagesleazepaperbacks Says:

      Dennis — Do you know the pen name and or book titles that Koontz for Brandon House?

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