Today, during our fifth look at PEC (Publishers Export Company) French Line books, we will see yet another shift in the cover designs. This is a rather dramatic shift; suddenly the back covers become the front! I have no other explanation for this, quite frankly, hideous turn of events. You will long for the days of Carl Corley and his ornate, futzy art work.
A brief recap:
Little is known about the company, for censorship laws at the time made secrecy a necessary component when publishing books of this nature; only the most brazen operators left a paper trail. Operating out of San Diego, CA, the PEC French Line books were published from 1966-1971, though the company itself was active, publishing several imprints starting in (at least) 1965. Although, in 1969, it seems, based on one source I found, they relocated to El Cajon, CA - 21 minutes to the east of San Diego (staying one step in front of the po-po?) (Could be.)
The French Line series includes 101 titles, several of which - I keep having to update this number due to the fact that when I find a 'missing' title - it turns out to be a reissue of a former title - are reissues of previous titles in the series, and ends in 1971 (as, apparently, did the company).
I tracked down what covers I could. Turns out, they reissued more than a few titles in their history, and the second generation covers are not to be found via Google.
Here are the next dozen covers in the series:
From The Back Cover:
"He loved, or thought he loved. Yet there was always another man, another thirst to quench."
Preaching to the choir! Sigh.
All those guys who pass me over? Maybe I should simply write them off as 'fickle', rather than assume they have good taste? Actually, those of us who have experienced rejection (repeatedly), know the difference - all too well. It's that look in their eyes. Disdain? Revulsion? Indifference? What difference does it make? In the end... they ain't gettin' any of 'this.' And 'this' is pretty damn good... so their loss. Right?