The book that damned an entire town... Fern Fulton - ''I’m the only friend Gloria Wealdon has in this town. How could she write those dreadful things about me and my husband and our daughter?" Virginia Fulton, age 15 - ''Mrs Wealdon’s a stinker and I’d like to murder her and write a sequel to her book. I’d call it Population 12,359.'' Dr. Jay Mannerheim, psychologist - ''Gloria Wealdon has simply touched off unpleasantries that in many cases would have exploded sooner or later anyway.''
Spring Fire was the first lesbian pulp novel ever published. The original 1950s cover blared: "A story once told in whispers now frankly, honestly written." Shameless and seductive in an era when lesbian lives were hidden from view, Spring Fire chronicles the story of Leda and Mitch, two sorority sisters at a Midwestern university who stumble into a forbidden love affair.
"Asume crash positions"
The moment of truth... Mary Drew knelt down on the rug. She leaned forward, her mouth within an inch of Martha’s. "l love you," she said. "I’ve loved you from the very moment we met. But I won’t kiss you. I’m so close my lips are almost on yours, but I won’t kiss you." Martha looked deeply into the other girl’s eyes for a very long time. "l love you, too," she said. Then hungrily they fed on each other's lips. Martha grasped Mary Drew’s hand. "Love me, will you? Not just kisses. Not any more."
One rode the 5:45 to Westport and was met at the station by his charming wife who dressed in impeccable tweeds and mixed a wicked martini. He also had a long-legged, lovely daughter whom he admired. He was second in command of a vast publishing house and, what’s more, he got there without being a hatchet man. Everybody had respect for him; almost everybody liked him. That was one side of Charlie Gibson. The unhappy side.
Joseph Meaker was a shy, dedicated scholar. To his brash wife, Maggie, and her advertising friends, he was a cipher, easily dismissed. But behind his gentle facade he carried the seeds of violence, subtle and understated. Until the day his pet cat was accidentally killed by a neighbor’s car. Joseph’s desire for revenge became an obsession that could only be satisfied by a ''punishment'' so gruesome it makes the skin crawl.
It all started innocently enough in New York’s Gramercy Park district. Archie Gamble, a Gemini, is writing a TV special on astrology under the expert but irritating tutelage of Anna Muckermann. The show’s success depends on Archie’s finding a set of astro-twins - two persons born at the same moment in approximately the same vicinity. So far, no luck and no astro-twins. The studio deadline is scorching Archie’s neck, and, as Ms. Muckermann kindly explains to his wife, the fault is in Archie’s stars. His signs are bad. Nothing but trouble can be anticipated.
Gober Gonzalves is the leader of a teenage gang known as the "Kings of the Earth". This week he is planning to rumble over a girl he no longer cares for. Red Eyes de Jarro is a member of the gang, as is Tea Bag Perrez. Red Eyes writes song lyrics and dreams of a better life. Tea Bag shoots heroin and just dreams. They are Gober's lieutenants, ready to follow him anywhere.
Flat Head Pontiac is the leader of a rival gang called the Jungles. Flat Head has a dream as well: a dream of glory. He's the one who has forced the rumble on Gober, giving him no choice - you don't punk out when someone makes a pass at your girl.
The Damnation of Adam Blessing is the story of the strange, private world built by a man of many faces and as many distorted passions. And it is the story of the women who dared enter that world....
On their first night Carrie had been nervous, and Slater had tried to think of some way to make it easier for her, to show her how fine and free it could be. But the moment they’d stepped into the cabin, she had undressed, matter-of-factly, a cigarette dangling from her lips. Her body was white and incredibly lovely, and Slater had felt desire engulf him. He had held her, hungrily, and hardly listed to the one thing she’d said. ''I don’t think I’ll be much good at this.'' She had been so cruelly right. And that, in a way, was what had killed her. That, and a beautiful woman named Jenny....
"I really wanted to like it..."
Paradise, Georgia, USA: where black and white have lived together, and - in secret - loved together for 300 years; where the white man knows that the dark-skinned man is his blood brother and hates him for it; where the white woman looks on the dark-skinned man with secret lust and longing.... Out of this shared and silent intimacy, compounded of fear, hatred, sexual guilt and carnal knowledge, springs this starting novel which lays bare the secrets behind the violent deeds of the South.
He was 16 the summer he killed the girl - a brown-haired boy painfully aware of beauty and in search for it. The trouble was, he had a kind of adoration for Jill Latham’s cool beauty and her mysticism. So when she revealed to him her secret and terrible life, it shattered him. It was as if by killing her, he restored his shattered goddess to himself.
A murder begins and ends this story of scandal and tragedy in a college town. You'll meet some memorable characters here - most of them hair-raising - as novelist Vin Packer spins out a sinister excursion with the cool, campy kids of Far Point College, New York. It's a wild, wild joyride - from Thunderbird to Bluebird, from classroom to Cheetah, with stops on the way at rent-by-the-hour motel rooms. You’ll watch in horror as the Pucci-Plantagenet crowd burns up the roads, heading for that inevitable crash.
Somehow he’d ended up with someone else’s coat...and that act could end Robert Bowser’s life before it started. His hand trembled as he answered the phone. ''Mr. Bowser?'' ''Yes.'' ''Mr. Bowser, my name is Harvey Plangman.'' ''Yes, Mr. Plangman. I have your wallet, and jacket, too, I believe.'' ''And I have yours.'' ''Why don’t you drive over here? I could offer you a drink and we could reclaim our things.'' ''Mr. Bowser, were you planning on going to Brazil?'' Was this really how the world ended?