Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ed Wood Wednesdays: The Wood Paperback Odyssey, Part One by Greg Dziawer

Some latter-day reprints of Ed Wood's many, many, many paperback books.

Note to readers: It's that time of the week again, folks, when I step aside and hand the reigns of Dead 2 Rights over to faithful contributor Greg Dziawer, who has graciously consented to continue the labor-intensive Ed Wood Wednesdays series for me. This week, Greg takes us deep into the heart of Eddie's career as a paperback writer and shows us how to separate the real gold from the fool's gold. Once again, some censoring of images has been necessary. Take it away, Greg. J.B.


The Wood Paperback Odyssey
The Key to Barclay House's Male Wives by Norman Bates

The story must be told!
A veritable cottage industry, the sale of rare Ed Wood works, artifacts and memorabilia is an increasingly pricey world. And if you had one of these items to sell, let's say a paperback, and it had somewhere been suggested or even implied that it was written by Ed, your asking price just increased 10x. Of course, what we really all want to know is if Ed really did have any involvement in this hypothetical paperback. While I, as much as anyone – out of hope and enthusiasm, I tell myself – go flush with the excitement of seeming discovery when I come across the occasional magazine short story or porn loop that seems plausibly to have a connection to Ed, my reason eventually overtakes my impulsive emotion and reminds me of the truth. A Janus-faced truth, which also states that there remain tons of unidentified work by Ed.

Let's investigate an actual paperback to make these considerations worth our while. Let's get at the unvarnished facts, the very haven of truth.

Barclay House: unlocking closed
Psycho-Sexual minds!
FACT: Male Wives was published in 1969 by Barclay House, North Hollywood, as Psycho-Sexual Study #7031, published under the pseudonym Norman Bates.

FACT: Barclay House was an imprint of Brandon House (and so was Essex House), all lines marketed as sociological non-fiction to evade legal scrutiny. Credited to Norman Bates, Teenage Pimp (1970) – a delirious title and cover – was Barclay House Psycho-Sex Study #7096.

FACT: The Library of Congress' Catalog of Copyright Entries Jan-June 1969 lists Male Wives' author as Charles Anderson. And elsewhere from the same volume: Bates, Norman, pseud. See Anderson, Charles.

FACT: Though not listed in Nightmare of Ecstasy or Muddled Mind, Male Wives is listed — credibly and authoritatively — here, a derivative of having been included at the incredible exhibit here. That translates to this. The cover alone may be worth it!

(left) Teenage Pimp: Every boy's fantasy.
(right) Male Wives: Gay pulp fiction masquerading as hippie-era sociology.

You get the point. Excepting the Norman Bates titles, Ed is nowhere credited at Barclay House. Charles D. Anderson held down dual roles at Pendulum from 1970 or so, as editor and staff writer. The gig overlapped with writing paperbacks for Barclay House. In an interview I've yet to locate, Anderson is reputed to say that all Norman Bates credits are written solely by him. That includes a ton of short stories in various Pendulum magazine titles, concurrent to Ed's insanely prolific work there. Of course, Anderson/Bates did, indeed, collaborate with Wood/Trent (in this case, as just one example) on Pendulum's A Study of Fetishes & Fantasies from 1973.

 Pendulum's Little Library imprint aped the look and feel of the popular Liverpool Library Press.

People: All going some-vere!
MORE THAN A FACT: Ed did not write, or collaborate on Male Wives, or for that matter, Teen-Sex Swapping, a 1970 Barclay House title by Norman Bates. Charles D. Anderson did write as, a fittingly evocative doppelganger, Marion Crane, penning Brother John and Sister Mercy in 1972 for Little Library Press, an imprint of Pendulum, under which Ed's To Make a Homo was also published in 1971.

And as trivia, not suggesting Ed's involvement, the cover of Barclay House #7406 – Satan, Demons & Dildoes by Eugene Richards from 1974 – is a still from Orgy of the Dead.

Caveat Emptor. Let the buyer be-vare.

Be-vare, take care. Be-vare....

More to come about Bates/Anderson, Pendulum/LLP/et al and real Ed paperbacks to come in future Wood Wednesdays.


That other Norman Bates regards that other Marion Crane in Psycho (1960).

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