Sunday, February 13, 2005


Sin-A-Rama is another fine publication from Feral House, and I read it so Vince Keenan wouldn't have to. Most of the introductory material is reprinted from other sources, but if you didn't get the copy of Letters to Penthouse with Robert Silverberg's fine essay entitled "My Life as a Pornographer," then that alone is worth the price of this book. Of course no one's really interested in the introductory material, though. It's the pictures of the book covers that count, adn that's where the book delivers. If you don't have the books, you can now feast your eyes on the covers of such classic titles as Ape Rape, Burlesque Jungle, Satan was a Lesbian, Her Private Hell, and, well, you get the idea. You're either interested in this kind of thing or you're not. If you're not, you quit reading this back at the first sentence. If you are, you probably have your copy already. It belongs on the reference shelf of anyone who loves old paperbacks. Posted by Hello


Ed Gorman said...

"My Life as A Pornographer" is one of the most entertaining and authentic pieces ever written about full time writing in th lower depths--lower depths in terms of creative freedom and recognition--but not lower depths in terms of money. All that hard work made Mr. Silverberg a wealthy man. I don't think there's ever been a pro's pro like Silverberg, in fact. He was able to do an enormous amount of money work and still create at least four or five novels that changed science fiction forever. And he's still, after nearly fifty years (!) of reading him, one of the most reliably entertaining writers around.

Vince said...

Thank you, Bill. You're a gentleman and a scholar. But on the basis of your review (Burlesque Jungle?!?), I'll be reading it anyway.

Unknown said...

If BURLESQUE JUNGLE were advertised on eBay, the seller would surely include the phrase "spanking cover." Nuff said.