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Library of Shame ’73: A Look at the Year in Bad Books

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Before you is a library of the worst 1973 had to offer.  Granted, I’d probably enjoy reading most of these – the sleazier and tackier the better.  But then, I have issues.  So, grab a can of cheap beer, shift your Barcalounger into the horizontal position, and enjoy a stack of awful 1973 reads.


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Who would’ve guessed these two were a couple of drug addicted, sadistic prostitutes capable of murder?  They seemed so cute together.


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This, 1973 sci-fi paperback featuring a psyborg knight traveling by flying scallop definitely has a place in your shelf of ill repute.


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(L) That’s a cocker spaniel dancing in front of a giant skull….. we’re both seeing this, right? It’s not just me?

(2) Not just naked violence, but nude and naked violence.


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The Unchosen certainly look glum – it doesn’t feel good to be ignored by the boys.  Might I suggest a certain book by the name of The Erotic Mouth?  I predict your popularity will soar.


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Self-help books were big in the 1970s.  Yes, they’re still big today, but I’d argue the 70s variety were wildest and most diverse.  The Boomers were discovering themselves in ’73, and all kinds of batshit crazy notions wound up in print.


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Sharing: A Novel About Group Sex by Robert Young (AKA Dean Koontz…. yes, that Dean Koontz!)


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(L) What tacky library is complete with a 1973 edition of the homo-erotic classic, Cockshy?  (R) I would say that a stampeding giant alien rhinoceros definitely qualifies as “a world of trouble”…. and one of the lamest sci-fi covers I’ve ever laid eyes upon.


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“How permissive is the permissive society?”  Well, it’s 1973, so I’d say it’s highly permissive, infinitely so.

“Can a man love two women?” Well, it’s 1973, so I’d say most definitely, yes.  Three being the low end of the spectrum.


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(L) ’73 was a good year for sweaty tales of blood, boobs and badasses.  For more on this: Guns, Babes And Testosterone Tales: 1970s Manly Action Paperbacks

(R) “You too can learn the positive powers of modern witchery  – and you don’t have to sell your soul to Satan!”  Whew! That’s a relief!


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From the Preface:

Playboy’s Magnificent Seven aren’t gunfighters – they’re girls.  But some of them are more dangerous than history’s deadliest pistol packers.  You’ll meet the whole sexy septet in this book:

Truth be told, of the Magnificent Seven, I’m most interested to learn about Marcianna and her chiles rellenos recipe.


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File this under Strategically Covered Nudity.  (Boomers were “getting in touch with their bodies”, the sexual revolution was in full swing – lots of nudity to be had in ’73)


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This may be the most insane thing I’ve ever seen.   I want this airbrushed on my custom van.


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Book 32 in the Coxeman series.  Still waiting for the Peter Jackson film adaptation.


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Only in the 1970s would you get a wide release paperback based on a hardcore porno.  It was a special time.


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Okay, the two planets are this woman’s boobs?  Really? I think this is where we get off folks.  Until next time.

  • NGO

    I can’t be absolutely positive, but I think the “man” with the Erotic Mouth may very well be a visitor from the Planet of the Apes.

  • timdub70

    Dibs In Search Of Self actually came out in 1964, it may have been a 1973 paperback printing. My Mom has the Readers’ Digest Condensed Book version.

  • Wow. Just, wow. There’s some crazy covers here. Just 10 years before this the Beatles and long hair weren’t even on America’s thought waves.

  • Spuddie

    I actually read one of those!!!

    Mickey Spillane’s Last Cop Out. Typical Spillane. Heavy on violence, nookie and a barely sympathetic hard headed hero.

  • Scott S.

    “‘Slaughterhouse-FIve’ . . . ‘Dune’ . . . and now – ‘On Wheels’!” Yup, I know that third one is still much-talked about 40+ years later like the first two. AD COPY FAIL.

  • ellen finan

    I doubt the Robert Young pseudonym for Dean Koontz. I checked an “official” list of his pen names and it wasn’t one of them. Plus, it doesn’t sound like anything he has written. Perhaps you have a definitive source? Otherwise, you should correct this.

  • jic1

    Due to poor trigger discipline, Ed Noon is about to shoot off his right big toe.

  • Zimriel

    The guy with wheels for hand, about to get buggered by a phoenix, was bad enough. But I truly lost it at “airbrushed on my custom van”

  • Dusquene Whistler

    The World Swappers cover looks like a MAD Magazine fold-in.

  • josephistan

    I firmly believe that God was working on his “Plan B” during the 1970s.

  • SineWaveII

    I owned a copy of “man and woman”. I was always careful about how I arranged the books on my shelf so my mom wouldn’t notice it when she cleaned my room. I can’t remember where I got it.

  • I want to read the John Jakes one. He could really write the sex and the old ultraviolence.

  • Petronella

    Those hippies in “Sharing”….I had nightmares about those sorts of adults as a child in the 70s.