Many decades before the internet began providing the word with a cornucopia of sleaze, paperback books were a favorite among adult smut connoisseurs. The sheer number of sleazy reads published during the 1960s and 70s is nothing short of amazing – all supplied by a variety of publishers more than willing to meet the demand for trashy paperbacks.
We’ve covered the infamous Liverpool Library, with their bizarre cover illustrations which seem family-friendly at first glance, but upon closer inspection are anything but. Today, let’s have a look at another brand of risqué reads – Playtime.
The Playtime books were more run-of-the-mill, with lurid (but often terrible) cover art to match their often hilariously bad titles. They’re certainly tacky, but not anywhere near x-rated by today’s standards…. still, a lot of fun to peruse. Enjoy.
“Then, almost nude, she exploded like a sex bomb in a frenzy of lewd and sensuous motion.”
You’ll note the “Playtime” logo on each book – I presume the silhouette of a wild and crazy chick. Sometimes it’s yellow, sometimes red. I don’t know if there is a significance to the color.
“The dark world of lesbian love held her captive. Could she ever be normal again?”
For more vintage lesbian paperbacks, see: Abnormal Tales: 33 Vintage Lesbian Paperbacks From the 50s And 60s
“as a lush ‘sauce’, and a hophead his stuff, Ralph craved SEX… any slut will do.”
Sounds like the Thrill Hungry girl could just use a sandwich.
Let’s hope Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty don’t turn up in this Golden Girls novel.