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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. 😉 (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—a very talented fictioneer indeed.

 

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Dr. Jekyll and his foot fetish sins!

After publishing three brand-new femdom novellas from late September into November—DARVA CHAN: CRUELTY QUEEN OF THE PIANO; RULE BY CLEAVAGE; and HIS URGE TO SERVE— I decided to reprint in ebooks a couple of my favorite magazine stories from the Leg Show and Leg Action days. How I miss writing for those magazines, it was a constant flow of fun assignments and I was given a free hand to create the stories that were itching to get out of my fetishistic brain… 😉

Today I want to call your attention to the first of these new reprints, THE SINS OF DR. JEKYLL.

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When it was published in the late 90s in Leg Action, this short story was titled “Jekyll and Thigh” by the editor; a clever title, yes, but I felt a little too cute for the tone of the tale. My original choice was “The Lusts of Dr. Jekyll.” After re-reading and tweaking the manuscript a little for this reprinting, I think THE SINS OF DR. JEKYLL is the most accurate.

My yarn tells what I imagined as the “backstory” of how the good doctor is driven by sexual guilt to his disastrous discovery of the power to unleash the evil in people. He has a foot fetish, and a taste for streetwalkers in the seamy slums of Victorian London; and his inability to accept such “sin” leads him to the follies for which he would one day become world-famous through Robert Louis Stevenson’s immortal novella and the zillions of films and tv shows it has inspired.

So give it a try, it’s sinful yes but saucy and sexy in the way of those fun old 50s and 60s Hammer horror films with their bosomy wenches in corsets and lingerie being eyed by lusty townsmen and vampires alike!

You can find THE SINS OF DR. JEKYLL on Amazon US here and Amazon stores worldwide.

 

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The terrific cover photo of my ebook is by fotolit; see their portfolio here.

 

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