The Most Outrageous
Okay, this is obviously a very opinionated page, but here are some of what I consider to be the most outrageous titles, covers, copywriting (a book's "advertising" comments about itself), pseudonyms, subject matter, and more.
I would separate these into two categories: books that are outrageous because they were INTENDED to be, and those that just sort of wound up being that way. In the first case, most of the books are adult-oriented spoofs. I enjoy the second type the most, but of course, they're fewer and farther between.
If you'd like to nominate a vintage paperback for this page, email me. Please include a scan if the book isn't already in the BookScans Database.
I'll be adding to this section in other "Updates."
Ember 367 Late-Hour 756 Pleasure Reader 148
Ace D-579 Uni 43 Dell 259
Companion 544 Late-Hour 750 Manor 15190
(courtesy of Tom Daniels)
Sundown 540 Late-Hour 743
Smoke 'Em if 'Ya Got 'Em!
WNC 59 Pocket Book 943
(Don't stop rolling a cigarette just because you're in the middle of a gunfight!)
(And, what's the first thing YOU would do on another planet?)
Worst Use of Perspective by a Cover Artist
Late-Hour 824 Holloway House 126
Greenleaf Classic NS514
(Look it up.) Nightstand 1833
Novel Book 7N725 back cover
One of the possible urban legends surrounding Greenleaf is the concept that the publishers often wrote the copywriting first, then contracted an author to write a novel to "fit" it. Innuendo was the name of the game.
Bantam 93 inside cover
Most of the first hundred Bantams sported inside-cover art.