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THE UNASHAMED Hastings. Easy to confuse this with the
similarly titled UNNATURAL (above), especially when Rader
uses the same models on both covers. Although Midwood used
the standard publishing trick of having men write lesbian
books using female pen names, they also are to be credited
for publishing real lesbian stories by lesbian writers, like
UNNATURAL and UNASHAMED
LANA Joan Ellis. This was one of my friend Lance Casebeers
favorite Rader covers, and I never appreciated it until Lance
took the time to explain its charm to me. The first of many
Ellis-Rader Midwoods. A perfect marriage of author and artists
styles. Our auction copy is signed by the author.
21 GAY STREET Lord. Rader would recycle this art for
Bee-Line 235, FORBIDDEN WOMEN, which gives us more of the
original art than the Midwood did. >
THE BLONDE Peggy Swenson. Peggy was the pseudonym of
Richard E. Geis, a still-prolific writer of everything from
softcore stuff like this to porn to science fiction. The pin-up
as cover art.
SABRINA AND THE SENATOR Vendor.
A TWILIGHT AFFAIR Harvey. This brunette-blonde couple
seems to get around. I think thats them again on the
ALL THE WAY Avallone.
shown. See 34-627 for a look at the same cover art.
SALLY Marshall (2nd printing). Not shown. Reuses
cover art from Midwood 22.
THE UNFORTUNATE FLESH Randy Salem. According to Midwood
gossip from Gil Fox, Randy Salem was March Hastings
MILLION DOLLAR MISTRESS - Clyde Allison. Pseudonym of William
Knoles. Back when I did my Clyde Allison catalog the obvious
choice for our cover book was one of his 0008 books. But I
fell in love with this cover art and used Midwood 64 instead.
Blocks of abstract colors surround the titular heroine, each
gently leading into the next. A perfect cover for one of the
NURSE CAROLYN Loren Beauchamp. The last of Raders
27 or 28 covers for Midwood in 1960, an incredible output
averaging a cover every two weeks for the entire year. Rader
would later recycle this cover for All Star 135, MATERNITY
WARD, eliminating both the nurses bra and her beau.
LIZAS APARTMENT Ellis. 1961.
SIN ON WHEELS Beauchamp. A classic bit of American
trailer trash, this cover has been reproduced on a popular
postcard. See also F276.>
A WOMAN Elliott. For now unknown reasons, the staff
at Midwood changed the title of ALL WOMAN after the cover
had already been printed. They sprayed some silver over the
LL & spine, and shipped it out. Excited to
find someone selling ALL WOMAN on eBay, I bought it. What
I found was that someone had scraped the silver paint off.
THE PATH BETWEEN Jay Warren. Pen name of Ron Singer.
CONNIE Beauchamp Says Third Big Printing,
so Midwood 18 must have gone through two printings. New
cover art. >
WIFE Kramer. At least one collector doubted this was
Rader, but his signature is on the cover, almost impossible
to see, in red on a red background
PLEASURE GIRL Joan Ellis No signature. Mrs. Rader
told me Paul signed every painting, but sometimes the art
dept. would crop it. >
RESTLESS VIRGIN Paul V. Russo. Pen name of Gil Fox.
A swirl of color suggests shadow and light.
THE JEALOUS AND THE FREE Hastings. How do I feel about this
cover? When I did a catalog on the first 50 years of paperback
originals, I tried to choose a perfect book for each year.
This was my choice for 1961. >
THESE CURIOUS PLEASURES Sloane Britain.
had all kinds of tricks to suggest nudity without blatantly
presenting it; here he does it with shadows. Im not
sure if real shadows have cleavage, but they do here. Interestingly,
this novel is told in the first person, and the lesbian
narrators name is Sloane Britain. The real-life Sloane
Britain worked for Harold Shorten, in the book her bosss
name is Harold Happy Broadman.
DRIVE-IN GIRL R.C. Gold. In Raders bizarre vision,
our drive-in girl rises like a 50-foot woman lit from below
like a movie monster, or maybe Allison Hayes.
THE WEEKEND (not shown) This unsigned cover was once
attributed to Rader, but I ran a bunch of these covers past
Rudy Nappi. He says its a Nappi
94. THIS YIELDING FLESH Russo. >
GAY INTERLUDE Carol Clanton. 7 years later Rader recycled
this cover painting for THE SEXECUTIVES by David L. Westermier
(Private Edition 457). This book became hot when it was learned
that the author was a pen name for Ed Wood. . >
DESIRE UNDER THE SUN McGee. Not shown. (Too unattractive)
Nobody bats .1000.
KITTEN Dallas Mayo. The 2nd Midwood pen name of Gil
Fox. Raders signature is tiny, in the folds of the
MORALS CHARGE Hunter. >
69 BARROW STREET Lord. Not shown. 2nd pr. of #24.
CHILD BRIDE Al James. Compare cover art to RESTLESS
VIRGIN, #78, above. Although the cover model is nude, her
breast has been obscured here with hair. The original painting,
reproduced in black & white, appears uncensored on the
back cover of #F192. >
THE UNLOVED Swenson. Our auction copy has a name in
ink on the cover.
THIS GIRL Jason Hytes. Pseudonym of John Plunkett.
As pretty as a pin-up. >
THAT OTHER HUNGER Britain. Lesbiana. Darker than many
of Raders paintings. His signature is almost impossible
to find down in the dark right corner.
OF SHAME AND JOY Lord. 2nd printing of Midwood 29.
The two models appear to be the same as on Midwood 24. >
THE LOWEST SINS Castro. Raders signature appears
at the very bottom of the cover and is almost cut off on this
but not all, Rader collectors believe the unsigned POUND
OF FLESH by Hytes, #126, may be Rader. Not shown.
At this time there are a bunch of unsigned books (like FOR
VALUE RECEIVED #117) that no one agrees on. Its either
Rader, or Maguire, or a 3rd artist. I thought this 3rd artist
also did INTIMATE, but when Rader later recycled some covers
for All-Star, the INTIMATE art shows up on THE FIRES OF AUTUMN,
suggesting this might be Rader.
CARLA Lord. Not shown. Reuses cover from Midwood 8.
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK Avallone. A beauty. Each paperback
house had a logo. Midwoods was the Ace of Clubs.
HENRYS WIFE Mitchell. Not shown. This is the
2nd printing of Midwood 11 (IMMORAL WIFE) and uses the same
cover painting. Our auction copy is signed by the author.
LOVE LIKE A SHADOW Kimberly Kemp. 1962.
is the third of Gil Foxs Midwood pseudonyms. For the
next 7 years, Rader would do some amazing covers for Kimberly
Kemp lesbian novels, including this one.
WOMAN DOCTOR Britain. . This cover may not actually
make sense (how many psychiatric patients remove their dresses
for therapy?), but it is an eyeful nonetheless. The poor dear
has twisted herself around so much that both her breasts and
bottom are heaving out of her slip, and even the good doctor
is flashing a bit of stocking top and thigh.
STRANGE DELIGHTS Beauchamp. Silverberg shows he can
write a lesbian novel, too.
Rader fans list #151, JILL HARVEY, as Rader. Im just
not convinced enough to include it here, and its not
OFFICE TRAMP Porcelain. A pin-up style view of stocking
top and silks. >
SKIN DEEP Dyer. Miss Alabama appears to be chilly.
21 GAY STREET Lord. Not shown. 2nd printing of
Midwood 55 reuses same cover art.
THE BLONDE Swenson. Not shown. 2nd printing of
Midwood 56 reuses same cover.
THE DRIFTER Hastings. No way this sordid thing
could be Rader!, a member of the Rader panel
cried. I held out, though, and proof came from the back cover.
Midwood back covers often recreate the front art in black
and white, and sometimes they show the original painting before
it was retouched or cropped. The back cover of THE DRIFTER
very clearly shows some details that didnt make the
front some cigarette butts, an ashtray, an overturned
and Raders capital R signature.
RIPE Richards. Not signed, but were going with
GAY SCENE Ellis. Not signed. Both poses remind us
of other Rader covers. >
TENDER TORMENT Salem. In the book the lovers
fight becomes bloody, but there is no blood on the cover
except symbolically, with blood-red roses and a shadow that
seeps out from under a woman like a pool of blood. Vivid work.
LADDER OF FLESH Britain. This unsigned cover has not
been verified as a Rader, although I suspect it is his work.
The model in the rear stands in a pose we shall see again.
CHICOS WOMEN Hastings. The letter R.
PRISONER OF MY PAST Edie Fisher. R.
OPERATION: SEX Kemp. Amazing Rader: the dark strip
at the top of the painting blocking our view has a drawstring.
Its another window-shade, just like the one the peeping
Tom is looking through. In the act of looking at this cover,
we become voyeurs too. >
CAMPUS JUNGLE Ellis. What a kiss! (We will also be
auctioning a cover proof for this book, signed by the author).
Rader reused this for All Star 138, AWAKE TO LOVE, and if
you look closely you can barely notice the difference between
the two. >
A TWILIGHT AFFAIR Harvey. Not shown. 2nd printing of
Midwood 59 reuses same cover painting.
ALL THE WAY 2nd pr of #60 uses same cover.
PASSIONATELY YOURS, EVE Gregory.
secretary takes a letter wearing just her panties.
in Raders series on folks working in unusual outfits.