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John Harrison
Biographical Information

Author of Hip Pocket Sleaze

A freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia, John Harrison grew up obsessed with the pop fantasies of comic books, old amusement parks, glam rock and horror movies, all offset with a grim fascination for the seedier things in life that came out of growing up in the suburb of St Kilda, at the time one of Australia’s major hubs for crime, prostitution and drugs (not to mention a thriving punk music scene).

Aside from contributing to the true crime volumes Death Cults, Bad Cop Bad Cop and Guns, Death, Terror, Harrison has written for such publications as Fatal Visions, Cult Movies, Is it Uncut?, Filmink, Headpress Journal, Scary Monsters and Bachelor Pad, as well as penning reviews and liner notes for many DVD and VHS releases from Something Weird Video.

An obsessive archivist (read: hoarder), Harrison’s extensive collection of vintage sleaze paperbacks, 1960s monster model kits, James Bond memorabila and Charles Manson artefacts was featured on the national Australian television series Collectors. His stash of old 8mm stag films (including a print of Anal Dwarf) was, however, strangely omitted from the show.

Harrison is currently working on his first novel, a violent crime thriller set in the 1980s, with a nod to the classic noirs, titled Kill Me, My Love.


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Hip Pocket Sleaze: The Lurid World of Vintage Adult Paperbacks by John Harrison charts the rise of sleazy pulp fiction during the 1960s and 1970s and reviews many of the key titles, The book takes an informed look at the various genres and markets from this enormously prolific era. More about this item


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