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Sex-Movie Queen – Monte Steele (Bedside Book #1251, 1963)

Posted in pulp fiction, Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks with tags , , , on April 10, 2010 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

This little novel has an implausible premise but it is written well enough that you almost believe it.

Paul Nagel is a serious, studious college  student with a needful libido. After a quick encounter with a girl, he goes into a bar to get a drink.  In the men’s bathroom, he reads on the wall: “Eve Sloan–hot stuff, call anytime.”  What the hell, he calls, and a woman’s sultry voice tells him to come on over.

So he does, and she is hot stuff, a former Hollywood starlet down on her luck, she says.  They have a romp and Paul feels dirty but satiated.

He meets a nice girl in the dorms, Julie. She likes him and she’s a virgin and thinks it’s time for her to lose her cheery and gives Paul the honor.  After that it looks like love; Paul is happy to have finally met someone he can feel for, and no longer has any desire to go visit Eve.

Eve doesn’t seem happy, and she informs Paul she will ruin him if he does not do her bidding.  She shows him photos and 8-mm film of their sexual sessions; she tells him these photos will go to his parents and to the school officials, who will surely expel him on moral grounds.

What doe she want?  For him to “act” in stag reel films with porn actresses and other college girls roped into this blackmail game.

Seems like an elaborate way to get out of paying people to “star” in adult films.  Eve tells him the same happened to her — her legitimate acting career was ruined in Hollywood when she got herself caught up in the racket, and now she does the same thing to people — with her hood husband — as revenge and a way to make money.

A quirky story but worth the read, and, as I found with Atomic Blonde, Monte Steele, whoever he was, is a cut above the rest of his contemporary sleazemesiters, in league with Silverberg,  Block, Westlake and Hitt.

Atomic Blonde – Monte Steele (Playtime Book #639, 1963)

Posted in crime noir, noir fiction, pulp fiction, Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks with tags , , on April 2, 2010 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

So my first Monte Steele read wasn’t a bad one — it’s a quick 35,000 word read of tongue-in-cheek tough guy, murder, and lots of sex.

The narrator of Atomic Blonde is Johnny Stone, an insurance fraud investigator in Desert City, Nevada, who happens upon a platinum blonde bombshell with a flat tire and a pink Caddy.  He offers to help fix the flat but she keeps telling him no but, being the ladies man and gentleman he is, with the possibility of getting some blonde pussy, Johnny doesn’t listen to her — and when he opens her trunk to get the jack, he finds the stuff dead body of a man and a diamond head rattlesnake.

The blonde takes off in his car.

Then two thugs try to kill him — they keep trying to kill him throughout the book, which takes place in 48 hours.

In that 48 hours, Johnny has sex with half a dozen women, from maids to whores to the blonde and his own girlfriend, Carol, who has no idea what a pussyhound he is — or does she?  She does get him to marry her in the end.

Atomic Blonde is  mindless entertainment but well-written, you can tell whoever is behind this pen name knows his stuff so I am going to assume it was/is a name writer.  It falls into some genre cliches but now and then are gems of sentences scattered about the prolonged sex scenes and moments of hardboiled violence.

Monte Steele — Who Was He?

Posted in pulp fiction, Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks with tags , , on April 2, 2010 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

I have been picking up titles here and there by one “Monte Steele,” who mostly published in Neva/Playtime, Gaslight, and Brandon House.  Someone told me he was a good read.  But who the hell was he?  Another obvious pen name.

Monte Steele seems to be a town in Canada.

This website lists Steele’s books:

Edge of Evil, 1962

Golden Goddess, 1962

Jungle of Lust, 1962

Atimic Blonde, 1963

Bachelor Apartment, 1963

Clipjoint Cutie, 1963
Million Dollar Tramp, 1963
Passionate Cheat, 1963
Sex-Movie Queen, 1963
Sucker Bait, 1963
Small Town Chippie, 1964
Campus Chippies, 1964
Love Champ, 1964
Sex Swindler, 1964
Take It Off in Trade, 1964
Unwilling Lover, 1964
Naked Cargo, 1965
Hillbilly Haven, 1966
Beach Bunnies, 1967