The Naked and the Fair — a Hitt?

Beacon - Naked and the Faiir

I’m lead to understand that this is an Orrie Hitt-penned novel under pen name “Hal Moore.”  Orrie Hitt has blurbed it at the bottom of the page.  Some online sellers have it listed as Moore, some at Hitt — the Moores are listed cheap, the Hitts higher.  Several online sellers have it listed as a Hitt book so there must be some collector’s bibliography info on this novel.

It’s not unlikely that Beacon wanted Hitt to use a pen name, if they had too many titles by him a given season…and I have known authors to have blurbed their own psedonomynous works, or dedicate the books to their real name (which I have done myself with pen name books).

And there does not seem to be other Hal Moore books.

It’s a tawdry tale of a stripper — Hitt territory. I  have ordered a copy and will look at the writing style and report back.

11 Responses to “The Naked and the Fair — a Hitt?”

  1. J. Wellington Thorpe Says:

    You said, “Some online sellers have it listed as Moore, some at Hitt — the Moores are listed cheap, the Hitts higher.” That’s a tip-off right there. I’ve also seen this copy for sale, and I think the seller or sellers claiming it to be a Hitt are full of shit. (God, I just can’t avoid rhyming with Hitt’s name; it’s not even intentional.) I can’t even tell you how many sellers have listed books as written by Dean Hudson, Don Holliday, and others, and charged incredibly inflated prices, stating, “Clyde Allison may have written under this name.” Allison is one of the other sleaze authors who knew how to write. He’s hilarious. Very episodic, and doesn’t really get into the narrative until 2/3 of the way through his books, but he writes some of the funniest scenes I’ve ever read. And his “0008” series are big with collectors and sell for between $100 and $250 dollars. These sellers are just trying to scam people, and it pisses me off. For Allison, sleaze historians like Lynn Munroe and editor Earl Kemp list books they know to be Allison’s, and they’ve either done the research or hav the experience (Kemp was Allison’s editor) to prove it. Anyone else–they’ll have have information beyond stating, “Book MAY have been written by Clyde Allison” as a justification for selling the book for $60-$80. They’re pirates, matey. Aargh! They’re pirates.

    Also, Beacon had common subjects that their writers wrote about. Look at the end pages, after the story, and you’ll see any number of books written by different authors about strippers, nudist camps, suburban swapping, juvenile delinquents, lesbians, “camera clubs”, etc. One of my Beacon’s (I don’t remember which, offhand) actually lists certain subjects like I listed above, then asks the reader to write a check mark next to the type of stories they most want to see and mail their responses back to Beacon.


  2. J. Wellington Thorpe Says:

    Also, you might want to try emailing James Reasoner and asking him if he’ll provide a link to your Orrie Blog on his site. From my email correspondance with him, he’s an incredibly nice guy, and willing to help anyone who wants to further the cause of reviewing and critiquing the work of too-little-known authors.

  3. orriehittfan Says:

    You could be right on this, I was thinking maybe the sellers got confused with the Orrie Hitt blurb on the bottom of the cover with the authorship, but since several booksellers have this, I’m inclined to think there may be something to it. We’ll see when I get a copy.

    There are crooked booksellers but some of them, I have found, just don’t have all the information. They may think Hal Drenser wrote all the Don Hollidays or Lawrece Block all the Andrew Shaws, when that is not the case. Two sellers recently had THE SINS OF SEENA by Don Elliott as ghosted by Donald Westlake, but when I asked Robert Silvberg about this, Silverberg told me Westlake did not ghost that book, that it was his.

  4. orriehittfan Says:

    Oh, and yes, I know Lynn and Earl kemp well — see SIN A RAMA for my interview with Kemp. The Fall 09 issue of SCIENCE FICTION STUDIES will have my article on Silverberg at Nightstand Books, and a future issue of THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SF will have an article I wrote about Greenleaf and court cases. Kemp can be cranky at time, but he’s a good guy and a wealth of info.

  5. J. Wellington Thorpe Says:

    By the way, this is Brian Ritt, fellow Orrie fanatic and writer of “Sleazy Side of the Street”. James Reasoner emailed your site to me, and I figured that since it was a site devoted to sleazecore, what better way to leave comments than by using a pseudonym? At first I thought about using a sexual play-on-words, but then I decided to go in the opposite direction and make up a proper-sounding British name. A name you might hear in a W.C. Fields movie. Besides, once I thought about it, the ’50s and ’60s sleaze writers didn’t really use sex-oriented names. The only name I could think of offhand was “Les Behan”. Anyway, since you started the Orrie blog and I’m now checking it and commenting regularly, I figured I might as well drop the pseudonym. Glad to see you’re a loyal subject in the Kingdom of Orrie!


  6. vintagesleazepaperbacks Says:

    J. Wellington Thorpe is a great pen name! If I ever write a cozy mystery, I may borrow it. 😉 Or perhaps a porn novella for Olympia Press? (I have many pen names over there.)

  7. Brian Ritt tipped me about your site. I’ve enjoyed your postings. I have read a half dozen Hitt titles and enjoyed them all, though the first one i read — and the first book that Hitt wrote — is my favorite: I’ll Call Every Monday. A Midwood book, The Cheaters, was a cut-above, too. Based on your review, I am going to try to find a copy of From Door to Door. I look forward to your future postings.

    • orriehittfan Says:

      I think Love in the Arctic may have been the first book — either way, that one and Monday came out the same year in hardcover from Red Lantern Books, an imprint of Vantage Publishing.

      Have you noticed that the narrator of Monday, Nicky Weaver, also penned two Hitt books for Kozy?

  8. Yes, i noticed that Hitt used Nicky Weaver as a pseudonym. In fact, i bought one of the books – Love Blood and Tears. His attempt at a P.I. story. It was not very good. I think Hitt was out of his element and his passion. It does show that he must have felt some special attachment for Nicky Weaver, one of his earliest creations. OR, he simply liked the name!

  9. Which book featured Kay Addams as a character, and is it one of Hitt’s better books, in your opinion?

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