Title: Confessions of a Psychiatrist / The Woman He Wanted
Author: Henry Lewis Nixon / Daoma Winston [!!??]
Cover artist: Uncredited / Uncredited [but apparently signed "Uppwal..."]
Best things about this cover (where to begin!):
Confessions of a Psychiatrist:
- I love how the halo of light makes her look angelic, while the positioning of her hands ... let's just say that the less disturbing act she seems to be pantomiming involves strangling children.
- "You are getting sleepy ... hey, it's working!"
- Are they in a boudoir, or his office? Or does it matter anymore?
- What kind of bed is that? It's very low, and appears to consist only of a frame and a giant pillow.
The Woman He Wanted:
- Boobs! Blood! Yikes!
- LOVE the woman on the couch: "Best seat in the house! I'll just lie back here, cross my legs awkwardly, kick over my glass of whiskey, smoke a cigarette, and watch the brutality."
- "Daoma Winston" - I wanted to say that that is the ugliest, worst pseudonym ever, and yet ... "She" appears to have gone on to a long and successful career writing gothic / horror / fantasy stuff. Who knew? Notice how this bibliography of "her" work does not quite stretch back to The Woman He Wanted.
Best things about this back cover:
Copy writing at its histrionic, purply best:
- "Strange rite of nudity" - Nudity has its own rites now??? I am so behind the times.
- "Titillating treatise" = racy alliteration
- "Unblushing frankness" = code for sex sex sex - actually (a side note) "frank(ness)" is common in cover copy for books about all kinds of, let's say, "non-normative" sex-related behavior and conditions (e.g. gayness, transvestism, trans-sexuality, etc.). As I've said before, Kinsey gave this weird license to the publishing world to let loose with "educational" sex fiction.
- He works at a "filling station" ... and he's "a crude man" ... HA ha
- STELL!! STELL!! (shout heard in sex-reversed version of "A Streetcar Named Desire")
- In case you missed it, his name is .... Stell. WTF?
- "... taunting him to splurge his passion on one of his other women" = too "frank" for my taste