Archive for October, 2010

Hot Blood (Chariot Books, 1961)

Posted in Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, sleazecore, vintage sleaze books with tags , , , on October 20, 2010 by orriehittfan

This nifty one from ol’ Orrie starts out with the usual young woman Hitt heroine who is naive about the ways of men and the world: Linda. She’s in her home with her auto mechanic boyfriend, Carl, and she gives in and lets him have her body. Then her father shows up, and accuses her of being a whore like her mother, who left him for another man when Linda was young.  He kicks Linda out. She goes to lives in a rooming house that Carl’s mom runs, and this way they have more access to each other.

Linda thinks it’s love: soon there will be marriage and their own place. OIne day she comes home early and finds Carl fucking another female boarder, Shirley, a bra and girdle model for a local store. Carl tries to cinvibce Linda that it means nothing but she won’t buy it,  and moves out to another rooming house.

She works as a secretary at a collections agency, run by a shifty, sensual player named Eddie Wilton.  Here Orrie Hitt does what he does best: giving minute detail of small business operations.  When Hitt has written about the inner workings of insurance agencies, door to door sales, food distribution, and hotel management, we know Hitt has drawn on his personal experience.  Hitt also tackles some social issues here about credit, spending, and how past due accounts are handled in collections.

The way Eddie collects money may have been fine mid-20th Century, such tactics are illegal now.  Eddie harasses people endlessly on the phone and in person, even resorting to threats and blackmail.  He has employed a woman who owes, Marla, in exchange for her debt wiped clean, she uses her female wiles to get into private offices or homes of men with large bills owed, then Eddie threatens them to have the woman cry rape, destroying their reputations and possibly marriages.

Shirley winds up leaving her modeling job and doing this, and Eddie wants Linda to do it too.  Linda has moved in with Eddie, first as a guest then lover, and this doesn’t make Carl any happy. Carl wants to take Eddie down, expose his blackmailing ways.

This is a very readable and informative book from Hitt, and while it has one of those silly moral endings, the explicit detail of the the collections racket makes you shudder. Forget the title.

On the Hitt Scale, a 9.2.

Rotten to the Core (Softcover Library, 1968)

Posted in Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, sleazecore, vintage sleaze books on October 2, 2010 by orriehittfan

British Softcover Library edition, with editorially-added graphic sex scenes.

Libby Sin (Chariot Books, 1962)

Posted in Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, sleazecore, vintage sleaze books with tags on October 2, 2010 by orriehittfan

The titles ol’ Orrie did for Chariot Books (and later New Chariot Library when the outfit moved to Los Angeles) tended to be mediocre, manuscripts he probably was unable to sell to Beacon or Midwood…or they were revised versions of other books about hotel managers, nudie pic models, and tough guys.

Libby Sin is about a 22-year-old voluptuous stripper who acts like she loves men on stage, but loathes them off, preferring the sexual interest of women only.  This mostly has to do with her two bad experiences with men when she was younger: one a rape and one a broken heart.

But that could change with Harry Gordon, the owner of a club that’s hired her traveling act for a longer stay.  He’s a lonely, wealthy man whose wife contracted polio and is bedridden, almost comatose, having had two heart attacks.  He is too noble to have turned his wife away to a home or nothingness.  This touches Libby, and she thinks she could go straight with him, until the night she gives herself to him and he flips out, calling her a whore, a tramp, everything else for “seducing” a married man and being easy…

Now she knows why she prefers women…one is a new girl that Libby is training to be a stripper and sharing Libby’s motel room, then bed…although the girl is confused about the third sex…

Not one of Hitt’s best, but not his worst either. He does spend some quality prose time getting into the head and motivations of Libby.

One cool aspect of the Chariot Books is that they often included interior photos of models…