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Hard Cold Whisper by Michael Hemmingson

Posted in crime noir, noir fiction, pulp fiction with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2011 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

We highly recommend Michael Hemmingson’s new crime noir novel, Hard Cold Whisper, out from Black Mask Books.

The back cover copy states Hemmingson wrote the book in a flurry of homage style like Gil Brewer’s Fawcett Gold Medal books.

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Synopsis

David Kellgren is a process server, a job where everyone wants to kill the messenger and things can get a little bit dangerous and out of hand. David is attacked when trying to serve legal papers to a gang member and an angel comes to his rescue: nineteen-year-old Gabriella Amaya, trapped in a large dilapidated house, caring for her dying aunt. This elderly aunt has money, diamonds, and real estate, promised to Gabriella when the aunt dies. Is there any way the sultry caregiver can get her crafty hands on that wealth sooner? And share it with her new lover, the unsuspecting process server who starts to wonder if he’s become a patsy in a elaborate murder plot, or if he simply cannot allow himself to trust any woman who says, “I love you.” Set in San Diego, Chula Vista, and Tijuana, Hard Cold Whisper is Michael Hemmingson at his finest, most terse and torqued prose in the crime genre.

Recommended: Judas Payne: A Weird Western by Michael Hemmingson

Posted in pulp fiction with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

Wildside Press Double #11, back to back with Don Webb’s Webb’s Weird Wild Wersterns

Order it from the publisher here.

Or at Amazon.

Shabby Town by Michael Hemmingson (Black Mask Books, 2010)

Posted in Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction with tags , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

Black Mask has put out my vintage-influenced short novel, Shabby Town, that is set in the 1970s and is an homage (some may call it pastiche) of Raymond Carver — if Carver had ever written a novel (I include hints to Carver’s fragment for a novel called Augustine)

You can order it here.

Next: Black Mask will issue my homage/pastiche of Orrie Hitt, The Trouble with Tramps.  Here is the photo on the cover:

Thoughts on Eye-Catching Book Covers

Posted in Midwood Books, Nightstand Books, Robert Silverberg, Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2009 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

The great art found on 1940s-60s bools — not just sleaze, sex, and sin, but all paperback genres — were meant to catch the eye: when a customer saw the cover on the newsstand or bookstore, they would pick it up out of great curisoity: is the cover as good as the story inside?  Sometimes people bought the books on covers alone, just as collectors do today (collecting Bonfils or Rader, they don’t care about the text).

I never heard of these two books below, for instance, or the writers, and have no idea what they are about, I just now got them on eBay because I liked the covers:

Beacon - Twisted

deadlu desire

Look at those bosoms on that Bonfils art!  Push-up 50s bras!

And Twisted — the cover seems to hint at incest.  From a Beacon?  I don’t know yet, but I have a feeling the cover is misleading, that the girl’s father is strict and mean and she takes off and rebels, and not that her father is the man on the cover wanting to prove that incest is best in some sort of gutter laden lust of shame!

I am often annoyed when the cover is indeed misleading, if the girl on the cover does’t match the main character.  Bonfils always illustrated a scene in a Nightsand book, unlike Midwoods where Harry Shorten would buy art and have writers compose something around it, or just attach art to a book that doesn’t quite fit the story, like Mel Johnson’s Instant Sex.

In the 1970s and 80s, sex books started to use photos of real people models, believing that is what customers wanted.  Perhaps they did, and perhaps paying a model a few dollars was cheaper than commissioning original art.  I don’t care much for photo covers, and they tend to not fit the stories either.  This is true for today’s erotic books — at Blue Moon Books, sometimes the Avalon art dept. just randomly slapped some photo they had in stock (sometimes even putting the same one on two books); and they would put modern age women on Victorian novels.  Some of my Blue Moon covers I hated, like The Dress

The DressThe dress in the novel is short and black, and the female character is blonde  — the other female is a red-head.  So who the hell is this on the cover supposed to be?

(Note: The Dress is being made into a sexy art film in New York soon, after three years of development, and is available in ebook format at Olympia Press, or you can get it used online.  I wrote it as a novella in 1996, published in The Mammoth Book of New Erotica (edited by Maxim Jakubowski) in 1997; I then expanded it as a full novel in 2001 for Blue Moon.  Of all my erotic books, this one has made the most money, mainly from the film option.)

Some covers I really liked, such as The Rooms

The Rooms

I actually saw the cover before completing the book so I wrote a scene that describes the cover.

For Amateurs, I took my own cover photo —

The amatuers

This was a girl who lived nextdoor, she was from Argentina.  She had a website where she sold pix, and sometimes videos if her having sex with her boyfriend.  I was happy when she agreed to grace the cover of one of my books, just as another female friend appears on the cover of one of my Dr. Mundinger-Klow books:

Klow - Swap

But…they just don’t make paperback or hardcover covers like they used to in the 1940s-60s.  Some imprints imitate the look, like the Hard Case Crime books, and they are cool, but they are just retro — they have the look but not the spirit and the feel.

Here are some other covers that are great, worth the price of admission  alone, but tend to not reflect the actual novel — posted here for your eyeball’s fancy, because I know you’re reading this blog because you dig these nifty covers a much as any other vintage book fan does…

Teen Brides

Lustful Ape

Williams - Bayou Sinners

Rader - Teacher's  PetDykes on BikesNovel Books - Don't Touch My Broad

Wall Street WantonElliott - Flesh BoarderHitt - Sheba

Lord - Husband Chaserbeauchamp - anoyher night another love

G. Klow - Sex Under SixteenAllison - Flesh is My UndoingEllis - teenage Hideaway

Hudson - Gang GirlEllis - Gang GirlHastings - Heat of the Day

Midwood - Penthouse Party