Rare Erotic Books | Vintage Adult Books | Fiction Books
Covers topless at the lake arranged alphabetically by publisher. Click the group of books beginning with: I define "sleaze" adult using sensationalism to explore the borders of what is considered acceptable in the current literary environment. The closer a book, topic or cover gets to that line, the "sleazier" it is.
HOW the publisher accomplished the "Sleaze" image sometimes made all the difference. Many of these books published in the 50's and 60's might have been marketed as hardboiled mystery or romance novels, novels the publisher believed that the work could make a larger profit by packaging it as a sexually oriented work.
Adult & Erotic Books
I sort of put "Sleaze" into two categories. First is the type of publication used sex to sell adult that might otherwise be categorized as mystery or romance.
The second type of publisher wanted to sell "sex books" but couldn't because the U. Court System still had vintage very broad definition of "pornography," which was illegal. And so, they pressed the edges of that particular envelope very hard, and often had books questioned in court.
In the case of the first category sort of the "R-rated" sleaze books the largest publishers were Beacon and Midwood. The Beacon label would eventually give way to Softcover Librarystarting somewhere around B, novels it kept the same lighthouse colophon. Midwood was published by Novels Publications. Adult withvintage are identified as Vintage Tower Books.