Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ed Wood Wednesdays: The Wood Collaborator Odyssey, Part Six by Greg Dziawer

Three Terminator novels credited to John Quinn, a pseudonym of Dennis Rodriguez.

Copyright listings for Dennis Rodriguez

Recently here at Ed Wood Wednesdays, we identified the pseudonymous adult paperback author Hudson Carr as Dennis Rodriguez, friend and associate of Ed's who worked with him at the Pendulum magazine office on West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles in the '70s. Rodriguez adopted other pseudonyms, and eventually broke out of the adult milieu (as did fellow mag staffer with Ed at Pendulum for a brief stint, Leo Eaton).

As we follow the work of Ed's associates on staff at Pendulum (and Calga/SECS Press/Edusex/Libra Press/Gallery Press/Art Publishers, Inc.), the milieu in which Ed worked becomes clear: a small cohort of writers and publishers situated in SoCal, churning out free-wheeling porn during the infancy of its existence as a mass cultural artifact. 

As Hudson Carr, Dennis Rodriguez wrote paperbacks for Brandon Books in the early '70s. An apparent one-off pseudonym, he also authored The Night Games for Brandon as Ralph Markfield. Other pseudonyms seem likely, and certainly in the fanciful Pendulum-family magazine story and article credited pseudonyms.

The Night Games cover
The name Dennis Rodriguez certainly rings a bell for you serious Woodologists. Quoted numerous times in Rudolph Grey's Nightmare of Ecstasy (his anecdote about Bride of the Monster's casting now a part of Wood lore shared in every other Ed bio since), Rodriguez is given only a birth year—1941—here. In NOE, the index entry for him mentions that he wrote action-adventure mass market paperbacks under the pseudonym John Quinn in the early/mid '80s, and alsot eleplays under his own name for action series' including Knight Rider, Hunter, and The New Adam-12. A current listing for Rodriguez' paperback Pachuco (1980) mentions that he spent over 20 years writing for television, presumably into this century. And that same mention giving his birth year—among the scant info available on Rodriguez—states that he worked for Ed Wood (wrong!). 

He worked with Ed, not only at Pendulum and its offspring imprints, but penning paperbacks for publishers Eros Goldstripe and Swedish House (a paperback line from Swedish Erotica). His work in the Pendulum-family mags remains largely undocumented. 

In 1982, Rodriguez broke through. Or better: broke out. Out of the dying world of the adult paperback, and into mass market paperbacks. Under the pseudonym John Quinn, Rodriguez wrote the Terminator series of five novels about CIA contract killer Rod Gavin, running through 1984. Gavin went on a hit mission in Central America, fought the Yakuza and Columbian drug lords and even crossed paths with a "hotshot Hollywood director."

Ed Wood wrote Diary of a Transvestite Hooker for Eros Goldstripe in 1974, under the pseudonym Dick Trent. And his last known work, TV Lust, also credited to Dick Trent from Eros Goldstripe, was published in 1977. 

To tie all of these strands together, there's a paperback whispered about in the remote corridors of Woodology. The Eyes Have It, published by Eros Goldstripe in 1973 (GFS-104/Goldstripe Fiction Series), details the voyeuristic adventures of a sex book novelist, "almost 50". While the near-constant (even at gunpoint) forced rapes are highly politically incorrect, everyone seems to like it and the tone is stridently comical, even cinematic. 

The Eyes Have It, a mis-Edtribution in case you haven't guessed, is credited to John Quinn. 

More to come about Dennis Rodriguez in future Ed Wood Wednesdays, including an annotated select bibliography and an overview of Rodriguez' work for a Los Angeles publisher who published his fellow Pendulum-family mag staffers Charles D. Anderson and, naturally, Ed Wood.

You'll find a heaping helping of images related to Dennis Rodriguez and all his pseudonyms over at the Ed Wood Wednesdays Tumblr.

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