Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Lethal Library: "Mr. Madam," by Kenneth Marlowe
Kenneth Marlowe was an active homosexual, a female impersonator, a male whore in an all female cathouse, and the "madam" of a homosexual whorehouse that "serviced" an exclusive Hollywood clientele.
He was kept in bondage by the Mafia and escaped. He was drafted into the army, then raped by fourteen men. He was a mark for every form of sexual atrocity, the lumberjack's darling, the sailor's pet, and "B-Girl" who could be had, the object of sordid curiosity for tourists who could later shock the folks back home by saying, "I danced with a man in woman's clothing!" This was Kenneth Marlowe as he was.
Today Kenneth Marlowe is older, more mature, and can look back upon his life with remarkable objectivity. He can look back upon a bizarre world of love-hungry homosexuals, whores, pimps, queers, sexual degenerates, libertines, orgies -- and he can write about it with shocking candor.
As opposed to a ... passive homosexual? Oh, God Save the Queen! Imagine my delight when I found this gem the other day at one of my local used bookstores (and my delight that there still are local used bookstores.)
Just look at the cover! Of course it has an intro by a "Doctor."
Here's Kenneth in action. There's more pix in the book which I'll be scanning soon, but I wanted to get this posted as soon as I could!
Note the "my insurance didn't cover homicide" bit ...
Here's the 1973 British reprint edition: