Monday, March 22, 2021

Paperback Warrior - Episode 83

On Episode 83 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we discuss the evolution of sexual content in genre paperbacks. Also discussed: Carter Brown, Adult Westerns, Ardath Mayhar, John Kildeer, Frank Cannon, Sam Spade, Wade Miller, Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake, Jonathan Craig and much more! Listen on your favorite podcast app, at or download directly HERE 

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  1. Great episode. At a later date, you should do a deeper dive into the Greenleaf books. There's a whole 'nother world out there.

  2. That was a really good episode, thank you. I was interested to hear about publishers of softcore paperbacks being sent to jail, as the same thing happened in my native England in January 1954. The biggest name in the British post-war pulp paperback boom was Hank Janson, a house name originally used by Stephen Frances. These were pretty standard fake American crime novels which were blessed with great cover art, salacious titles and a somewhat undeserved reputation for being very hot stuff. Millions of copies of Hank Janson titles were sold up to the mid-1950's at which point the publishers were put on trial under the obscenity laws and sent to jail. For publishing crime novels! Stephen Frances only escaped prosecution because he lived in Spain.

    This always annoys the heck out of me, as nobody in the liberal establishment (a phrase I rarely use) of the time was willing to stand up and defend publishers of popular fiction. When Penguin Books were prosecuted for publishing DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover only a few short years later it was a different matter, because that was 'literature'. The principal should have been the same.

  3. Great show. Have you considered showing the covers you talk about in the podcast, and maybe links to the books for sale? I realize it is extra work. Thanks for the great podcast

  4. Hamling and Kemp went to prison for selling a book with photos of child porn and beastiality, not softcore paperbacks!