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I miss my floozies…

I have a friend, George, with whom I’ve sometimes watched films noir. He has an endearing habit of saying, “Here’s the floozy music,” whenever the music on the soundtrack obviously indicates the entrance of a so-called tramp or femme fatale.

Well, I don’t need music to know when I’m in the presence of a floozy. I use the term affectionately, meaning to me “a woman of the demimonde.” Strippers are my chief floozies, although in my time I’ve known some nice hookers too. But with the decline of the adult magazine business in which I worked for more than 40 years, and the greater difficulty of making a buck as a porn writer online, I just don’t have the disposable ca$h to spend time with “floozies” much anymore.

That’s one reason why I enjoy noir films and noir novels…I get to spend time with floozies without going over my budget. ūüėČ (Can you tell I drank a 24 ounce can of ready-made margaritas before writing this post?)

While I drank the margaritas I watched Joan Bennett in 1948’s Hollow Triumph on TCM’s Noir Alley series, although in this film Joan is not particularly floozy-ish. I love Joan Bennett, her tart affectionate dames are just my cup of tea, and I’ve known a few in my time, especially barmaids at the old Times Square strip clubs like the late lamented Club 44 on Eighth Avenue near 44th Street. I sometimes have a gloomy disposition, after all I am a kind of noir guy myself; and one of the Club 44 barmaids, a older Brazilian lady named Elizabeth, used to try to cheer me up by giving me clippings to read, in a plastic baggie, of humorist and toastmaster Joey Adams’s joke columns from the New York Post.

Anyway, I digress. Here are a couple of recent novels I’ve read that had their happy share of floozies…

This cover scene is actually in the 1952 book, as a streetwalker tries to pick up the detective hero at 51st and 6th Avenue, a location I know quite well. But although a nice interlude, the sequence feels inserted into the story simply to justify the cover; it’s not pertinent to the plot, which is a pretty good one about political corruption in NYC.

 

This is a really tense 1954 novel about two gay drifters who kidnap a narcotics agent as he drives out to Los Angeles after a undercover job on the New Orleans docks. It has two well-drawn floozy portrayals, one of an affectionate stripper involved with the agent in the Big Easy, and the other of a not-too-bright but good-hearted female drifter from Tennessee who gets swept up by one of the male drifters, who is bisexual.

 

When I wolfed down these fun books, I got to enjoy the company of classic-style noir floozies. You can easily meet the two dames in Death Hitches a Ride by checking out the double-novel reprint at Sinister Cinema’s Armchair Fiction line here. It’s a really well-done story, and in fact I read it twice for the way it builds character and tension; the only flaw is that the ending is a bit too abrupt. But the characterizations are terrific. I wonder whatever happened to author Martin L. Weiss‚ÄĒa very talented fictioneer indeed.

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Femdom stories written, and noir books read!

Hello again. It’s been awhile since my last post. Much of my energy and time is taken up looking for new freelance clients in a strange new landscape of commercial erotica. In the last couple of months, almost all the sex magazines I worked for have stopped publishing, driven out of existence basically by Internet competition; several¬†of my editorial contacts have lost their jobs; and almost everything in porn is now online, where writers are often asked to¬†create copy¬†for low¬†wages that make fast food worker salaries seem princely in comparison. It is, quite frankly, a sad, difficult time for somebody like myself, who made a decent living for decades writing sexy stories, doing porn star and stripper and dominatrix interviews, assembling and supervising national newsstand magazines, directing and commissioning pictorials and cover shoots, and editing hundreds of thousands of photographs into layouts that¬†I feel¬†were some of the best in the business.

Nonetheless I persevere. No choice but to¬†keep going: “CRANK TILL YOU CROAK!” has always been my motto. In my irreverent moods, I like to call writing “cranking” sometimes, so I don’t start feeling or sounding self-serious about it. Well, there are¬†websites and publishing companies out there run by people who appreciate my work, and we gradually find each other.

In the meantime, even as I look for new clients, I continue with my erotica writing and self-publishing. Just in the last two months I have released three new ebooks:

A tale of humiliation and financial domination as Sorceress Selikka takes control...

A tale of humiliation and financial domination as Sorceress Selikka takes control…

 

A lighthearted very short story about a guy who likes girls to get aggressive with snowballs!

A lighthearted very short story about a guy who likes girls to get aggressive with snowballs!

 

A dominant "hot wife" gives her slave hubby the kind of treatment he sometimes resists, but always craves...

A dominant “hot wife” gives her slave hubby the kind of treatment he sometimes resists, but always craves…

 

All these new ebooks are available on Amazon US here, and at the Amazon stores worldwide.

One of the things which keeps¬†me going in times of stress is reading. I love to read. I love movies a lot too, but reading is the best. Just for fun, let me share¬†some of the books I’ve enjoyed in recent months.

These 1950s noir novels explore seamy passions and dark desires of greed & twisted love.

These 1950s noir novels explore seamy passions and dark desires of greed & twisted love.

 

These "domestic strife novels" from 50s and 60s deal not with crimes as much as messed-up relationships.

These “domestic strife novels” from 50s and 60s deal not with crimes as much as messed-up relationships.

 

These disturbing "dystopian novels" depict America under totalitarian rule.

These disturbing “dystopian novels” depict America under totalitarian rule.

 

It was fascinating to read two sides of much of the same story: father and son autobiographies.

It was fascinating to read two sides of much of the same story: father and son autobiographies.

 

True crime is both compelling & sad to read, but you learn much about human nature.

True crime is both compelling & sad to read, but you learn much about human nature.

 

I was lead to Condon's bizarre Prohibition conspiracy novel when I read America Noir.

I was lead to Condon’s bizarre Prohibition conspiracy novel by reading the scholarly¬†America Noir.

 

Noir is my fave genre, and Paperback Confidential tells us about essential noir novels like Black Wings Has My Angel.

Noir is my very favorite genre, and Paperback Confidential tells us about essential noir novels like Black Wings Has My Angel.

 

I enjoy moving from so called so-called "paperback" or "pulp fiction" novels like John D. MacDonald's to "literary" novels like those of Richard Yates.

I enjoy moving from so-called “paperback” or “pulp fiction” novels like John D. MacDonald’s to “literary” novels like those of Richard Yates.

 

Michael Avallone and Frank Kane provided great entertainment in their various paperback novels.

Michael Avallone and Frank Kane provided great entertainment in their various paperback books.

 

These are two books of very fine short stories that show how "noir" or "literary" are just labels--in the end, good tales should just be labeled GOOD!

These are two books of very fine short stories that show how “noir” or “literary” are just labels–in the end, good tales should just be labeled GOOD!

 

One thing that’s nice about reading is that it’s both my pleasure and a way of improving my skills. I read somewhat slowly, and carefully, as I hope to absorb mostly by osmosis the techniques that will help me write the best possible fiction myself. We never stop learning how to write!

 

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Just want you to take note of the terrific photographers whose work adorns the covers of my new ebooks. I find these images at 123RFStock Photography here.

SHE MADE HIM PAY, cover by subbotina, find the photographer’s portfolio here.

SUBMIT IN THE SNOW! cover by maridav, portfolio here.

HER FEISTY CUCKOLD, cover by ssuaphoto, portfolio here.

And of course, without the hard-working¬†memorable¬†models, there wouldn’t be covers at all! My appreciation to them all.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2016 in Erotica

 

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The dark nights of a stripper’s heart…

FATE OF A STRIPPER¬†is¬†a novel that takes you into the girlie¬†joints of New York’s contemporary Times Square (yes, such clubs¬†are happily still there despite the much-publicized gentrification); the hipster scene¬†of the New Burlesque (a little further downtown in the East Village); and into some¬†very dark recesses of the human heart…

In the tradition of the 50s noir paperbacks and films!

A story in the femme fatale tradition of 1950s noir paperbacks and films.

It’s available on¬†Kindle and many other mobile devices at Amazon USA,¬†UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, India and The Netherlands.

So please click ahead to¬†Amazon and explore¬†the free sample chapters, and then experience…

FATE OF A STRIPPER.

 

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