Thursday, June 18, 2009

Paperback 243: Twilight Women / Les Scott (Beacon 156)

Paperback 243: Beacon 156 (1st, late 50s)*

Title: Twilight Women
Author: Les Scott
Cover artist: uncredited

*[dated 1952, but I don't think Beacon was even publishing then ... probably late 50s, probably first Beacon printing ... and a Gorgeous one at that; slight spine lean, but apparently unread]

Yours for: $25

Best things about this cover:

  • "This tree makes my pits smell awesome!"
  • If you are going to adopt a pseudonym for your first lesbian softcore effort, might I suggest "Les"?
  • They Worshipped at the Shrine of Passion — this either made them gargantuan or shrunk them to the size of a bonzai tree, I can't really tell.
  • Free Mini-Twilight Woman with every Twilight Woman purchase!

Best things about this back cover:

  • From the Unbelievable Names Department, we bring you ... Lakla! Aletha! and introducing ... Rance!
  • "But Lakla soon thrust upon him her adorable little companion Aletha" — So that's who the small woman on the cover is. Wow, they're not foolin' about "little companion." "You'll love her, Rance. She fits right in your pocket. You don't have any cats, do you?"
  • "Punishment by death for penetrating ..." — insert lesbian joke here.

Page 123~

On and on the quivering ship staggered blindly, strained to the limit of her brave endurance, the sea bellowing around her, threatening disaster, savagely wrathful.

Oh yeah, just what I want from my vintage lesbian paperback: Hot Nautical Action.



Ms Avery said...

Are you sure all that straining and bellowing isn't a metaphor?

Ms Avery said...

Well, not so much the bellowing, that might just be a straightforward description of bellowing. But 'quivering'? They're clearly teasing the reader.

Veronika said...

Wow. now I understand Cousteau:"A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it."

I wander if this book was the inspiration...

Anonymous said...

If Lakla is the big woman, and Aletha is the "little companion", could that mean that Rance is ... the tree???

Hey, I've read weirder stuff.

Dirt Diggler said...

* "Climbing to the dizziest heights of ecstacy" is probably why men still get, "Not tonight Honey, I've got a headache."

* I wonder if "Lakla of the white body and blood-red lips" is congruent to "Letterman of the late night time slot and the top ten list"?

* I, too, am "unashamed of her strange, sweet hungers". (Fresh kiwis and mangoes will do that to ya'.)

JamiSings said...

I often wonder if people who write books like these have ever had sex with anyone other then their own hand.

Alix said...

A quivering, staggering ship? What an odd little vessel...

Anonymous said...

i just stumbled upon this blog and am overjoyed to have done so. this is bloody fantastic. i'm really going to enjoy reading all of this! cheers!

Lyndee said...

What a convenient place for a tree branch to be! Betty Page is a lucky woman for finding such a strategically positioned branch while she's naked with a yellow towel in the middle of a...lawn? Field? Meadow?...wearing nothing but a gold arm cuff thing.