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 Pendulum Books Catalog
 
   
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The story of Pendulum Books bears resemblance to other sleaze and later "adult" publishing ventures with the notable twist that its founder and original mastermind, Michael Thevis, was later convicted of murder and presently can be reached in federal prison.  Thevis was an Atlanta-based newsstand operator in the early 1950s, struggling to stay ahead of the bill collector and keep his family from poverty.  Simple market-research showed him that men's magazines were far and away his most lucrative item, so at a time of particular desperation, he decided to venture quietly into the men's magazine world by publishing his own no-budget no-frills men's magazines -- made from photographs begged, borrowed or in some cases stolen from other publishers -- alongside texts of a similar pedigree.  It wasn't long before he was on his feet and his magazine empire was flourishing.  In 1967, with a booming well-oiled distribution network, Peachtree Books, going at full throttle, Thevis branched off into book publishing following a similar model -- first putting out license-free "public-domain" texts (mostly European erotica with untrackable ownership links).  After proving profitable, the Pendulum enterprise moved West where the books and magazines were written and edited by writers under contract, notably Edward D. Wood. Jr., Charles ("Norman Bates") Anderson, Dennis Rodriguez and others.  In a brief time, Pendulum diversified its book lines and the core editorial staff of Rodriguez, Wood and Anderson produced the Gallery Press, Calga, and SECS book and magazine lines.  These late 60s publications rank among the best works of the West-coast hippie-porn era.

To cash in on the enormously popular Liverpool Library Press brand, Thevis developed an almost identical book line known as The Little Library Press which had a limited print run of less than a hundred titles.

Check out this interesting Ed Wood Pendulum reminiscence essay

Be sure to cross-check the "Writers" and "Artists" and "Themes" areas also!  

New books will be added as they become available.  

   

Here is the ever-growing catalog selection of Pendulum books and mags.  Books and mags currently available are noted by their price tag.  Haven't read any of these, so please send in your thoughts, plot summaries and any background info!   Thanks!
 
CRUEL LIPS

Marcus van Heller
No ## (1967)
FINE MINUS/UNREAD
$22
buy!
THE MASTER PIECE

Plus
A Trip to Heaven
No ## (1967)
VERY GOOD PLUS/UNREAD
$10
buy!
ABANDON

Bernhardt Von Soda
No ## (1967)
VERY GOOD PLUS/UNREAD
$10
buy!
THE BEATEN AND THE HUNGRY

Bernhardt Von Soda
No ## (1967)
VERY GOOD PLUS/UNREAD
$10
buy!
A DANDY

P. Murry
070 (1968)
VERY GOOD PLUS/UNREAD
$10
buy!
SECRET LETTERS with PUBERTY

J. Le Nismois
071 (1968)
VERY GOOD PLUS/UNREAD
$10
buy!
THE PUSHERS

Kenneth Harding
072 (1968)
NEAR FINE/UNREAD
$20
buy!
MOLESTED VIRGIN

Ron Jarell
0-165 (1969)
FINE MINUS/UNREAD
$16/SOLD
buy!
HAROLD HUGE

Steve Damon & Montague Smith
0-168 (1970)
VERY GOOD
$10
buy!
MADE WITH CLAY

Carl Driver
0-431 (1970)
NEAR FINE
$15
buy!
TRADE SECRET

James Insley
0-445 (1970)
FINE MINUS / UNREAD
$20
buy!
MAINDECK SWAPPERS

Hugh Thomas
6920 (1970)
VERY GOOD PLUS
$12
buy!
THE FLOWER CHILDREN

Eric W. Doanes
281 (1969)
FINE MINUS / UNREAD
$20
buy!
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