Sex Fiend by L.T. Woodward, M.D. aka Robert Silverberg (Monarch Books, 1961)

We have wondered if these fake sexual case histories were ever used in research papers, or caused anyone to believe there were actually real people out there as found in the plethora of these type of books that were churned out in the 1960s-70s.

Robert Silverberg composed about a dozen of these as L.T. Woodward, M.D., covering topics such as the virgin wife, sex techniques in marriage, sex in the army, sex in college, lesbians, etc.

Sex Fiend covers sex crimes, often sex that leads to murder, such as the chapter called “Teenage Thrill Killers” and “The Peeping Tom Murders.”  Nympho,mania, lesbiana, and ;psycho doctors are also found.

Basically, this is a collection of sort stories around a theme, framed as case histories lacking academic methodology, clinical ethics, theory, and all the other stuff one finds in true case history studies.

But so what? This is entertainment, a breezy cheap paperback that shows us publishers then and now will print anything if there’s profit…

One Response to “Sex Fiend by L.T. Woodward, M.D. aka Robert Silverberg (Monarch Books, 1961)”

  1. “Socio Porn” is a word I sometimes see used on eBay to describe these pseudo scientific case study collections. Even the famous VELVET UNDERGROUND paperback (which named the group) was just a collection of fake case histories. Ed Wood also wrote a bunch of them, which by the 1970s seemed to be an excuse to print hardcore nudie pics (the text used a filler, in other words; much as Vonnegut describes Kilgore Trout’s work as being published [in BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS])

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