Books by Charles Nuetzel
Author - Publisher - Packager - Editor
These six long out of print novels are but a few of
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A Small Sampling & The Spicy Set
ADAPT OR DIE SWORDMEN OF VISTAR
DIMENSIONS: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
THE ERSATZ EPIC DIALOGS OF MHYO
The NOOMAS CHRONICLES
POCKETBOOK WRITER: Confessions of a Commercial Hack
IMAGES OF TOMORROW JUNGLE JUNGLE LAST CALL FOR THE STARS
QUEEN OF BLOOD WHODUNIT? HOLLYWOOD STYLE MURDER TIMES 4
SciFi Anthology edited by Charles Nuetzel:
IF THIS GOES ON
Now released as
TORLO HANNIS OF NOOMAS
the first part of
From WARRIORS of NOOMAS [Pocketbook Edition] back cover:
In his first thrilling
adventure, Torlo Hannis wakes up on the planet of Noomas without memory
of any past life,
yet aware that he comes from a vast inter-galactic
Torlo Hannis pits himself against the Diano warriors, battles his way out of slavery at the hands of theRaiders of Noomas and again meets with the mysterious Muties in his desperate attempt to return his Princess to her people.
"In this book you'll find Torlo Hannis' continued adventures with the Proctoress of his adopted nation even more chilling than before...for in the end, when full memory returns, the reader will react as if thrust through the heart with a naked blade!" -- Morris Chapnick.
The two books were really one novel cut into two parts, and someday I would like to see them published as "Torlo Hannis: Warrior of Noomas" or something like that. They are very much Edgar Rice Burroughs type of fiction. I had planned on doing several sequals, but, sadly, it never happened.
* Cover art and illustrations for both Noomas books were done by Louis DeWitt (my uncle). At the time Dad was dying of cancer and was not up to doing any more covers. Even then Dad and I actually did some repainting on the "Warriors" cover while Bill Hughes did a little revamping on "Raiders."As Mr. Nuetzel said in the Epilog of the first Noomas book, "The silence is deafening for it leaves many questions unanswered."
IMAGES OF TOMORROW
The cover was painted by Albert Nuetzell [my father] and is the last an best cover he did. Forrest J Ackerman, my agent, did a very nice Introduction to this collection. It has a book which has some of my sci-fi stories. Generally I consider this my best book, and it pretty much presents a good example of my writing at the time.
This is a collection of 13 sci-fi stories and satire, one a novella "The Ersatz.*"
* Originally published as "Lovers: 2075" by Charles English, it was also reprint in the Dutch sci-fi magazine APPLLO, under my own name.
From IMAGES back cover:
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED...What would happen if androids could be used to serve man as an outlet for their hates, frustrations and violent impulses for murder?
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED...If maybe a super mechanical brain were able to totally control your life to the point of predicting, in advance, your every wish? Would we be Men or something less?
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED...What might happen when Mankind came in conflict with a race of aliens with superior power and the President of the United Planets hard-lined the human race almost to extinction?
THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK HAS DARED TO ASK THESE AND MORE PROBING QUESTIONS, WITH FULL AWARENESS THAT THE ELEMENTS ARE IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY--AND HAS COME UP WITH A SERIES OF ANSWERS THAT WILL STARTLE AND AMUSE THE READER.
SWORDMEN OF VISTAR
Cover by Albert Nuetzell. An ERB/Conan type romantic adventure. It was going to be reissued as "Thoris: From 30,000 BC," but the publisher went under before it was released, though a copy of the cover by Bill Hughes was printed for publicity reasons. I have a copy of the cover.
From SWORDMEN back cover:
This is the cover of the unreleased reprint of Swordmen of Vistar. The cover was designed and painted by Bill Hughes for Powell Publications, who planned on making a series out of the Thoris of Haldolen character. It would have been fun to continue the adventures of Thoris and Illa; but no further manuscripts turned up. Of course it could have been that the hard times which hit the nation as a whole in the early 1970's was responsible for the demise of Powell Publications. Though I like to believe that the disappearance of Illa and Thoris had something to do with the evil Wizards of Haldolen and the Internet's WWW--thus the reason for Haldolen Universe.
SWORDMEN OF VISTAR now
released on the net. Check
this out! .
This is a reprint of two books I did years before: "Lost City of the Damned" [for which my father did his first pocket book cover] and "Jungle Girl" [cover by Dad]. Bill Hughes did this cover and came up with the title "Jungle Jungle" on the logic it was graphically interesting and that the rhythm of the double use of the same word was commercial--for some reason which I have forgotten by now. And interesting item concerning this cover is that after it was published the artist noticed, and pointed out to me, that the man's hand, holding the gun, had five fingers...and a thumb. Imagine that!
From JUNGLE JUNGLE back cover: Two Thrilling
Adventure Novels! JUNGLE SAFARI takes the
into the depths of the Amazon jungle in a search for the lost treasure
of a forgotten civilization.
These two stories were based on earlier editions of the novels, for which my father did the cover art. "Lost City of the Damned" was not one of Dad's favorite covers, in fact he actually disliked it. Yet it was liked enough by the fans to have been reproduced as a Post Card by PC Jeffrey Luther of PC Design (PO Box 782 Palo Alto, CA 94301). The cover for "Jungle Nymph" was one of my personal favorites. This was the story of a female "tarzan" type character. It was a fun book to write because it was very ERBish, though more current in its romantic involvements. I let my jungle nymph do what came naturally--and more realistically, perhaps, than the more famous Tarzan of the Apes. Times change; and in the last half of the 20th century men and women were more open about their sexual habits. In "Jungle Nymph" (and JUNGLE SAFARI) I attempted to draw a "realistic" version of a person who has been isolated in a jungle at a very young age. In this case the nymph was more open and free in her relations with my main hero, Bob Lake.
released on the net. Check
this out! . .
WHODUNIT? HOLLYWOOD STYLE
This was assigned to me by the publisher. I had 6 weeks to research and write it. My father was supposed to do the cover, but he wasn't feeling too well, so I ended up putting this together, after their format style. I not only wrote the coverlines, picked the type face, but got the pictures and did the paste-up. Dad did some airbrushing on the photos; the rest was up to me. I was in a position at that time to offer to write the cover lines and flyleaf copy--and did so. Reprinted as: "Hollywood Mysteries."
From WHODUNIT back cover:
The author, Charles Nuetzel, knows Hollywood, has lived in the town
of his life, and written half a dozen books--under pen-names--revealing
the truth as he has seen it! Now he dares to come out with a shocking
which exposes the town for what it really is!
The book was published in Dutch and French editions with two other of my books in one volume (hard cover editions).
And now it is released in an
exciting new, expanded,
undated edition for 21st century readers!
SOFTLY AS I KILL YOU
From SOFTLY back cover:
CONSIDER YOURSELF DEAD
From CONSIDER back cover: What does the average person do when faced with immediate death?
The author has revealed a depth of understanding of the human soul and stripped it bare in two startling portraits of average people in a life and death struggle for survival!
The people in these two books are face with just such a nightmare! Unarmed, they must find a way out of the hellish trap that has squeezed around them. Without weapons, experienced or hope--other than their will to live and guts to try anything in a desperate attempt to escape death--they face their night of terror...knowing it will not end until death strikes!
QUEEN OF BLOOD
From QUEEN back cover:
From the flyleaf:
LAST CALL FOR THE STARS
The British hard back reprint of the original US edition. And the Italian pocket book edition
From the book flyleaf:
* The Author's last word: A newly revised, updated version ADAPT OR DIE with all the missing parts in place, plus totally new material, is now released on the net. Check this out! . .
IF THIS GOES ON edited by Charles Nuetzel
This was a collection of sci-fi stories written by some of the top writers in the field, including: Isaac Asimov, Fritz Lieber, A. E. van Vogt, Fredric Brown, Marion Zimmer Bradley. A Ray Bradbury story, supposed to be included, was not, as a result of a printer/publisher mistake, though it is listed on the cover.
The Introduction was written by: Forrest J
The cover art was done by Albert Nuetzell.
From IF THIS GOES ON back cover:
Here is a series of Science Fiction stories by some of the top masters of the field, all taking a sober, close look at our world of today and asking what will happen "if this goes on?"
There is the machine which predicts all crime, and then suddenly predicts its own murder.
There are the humanity killers who would take over the world.
There is the world of no television and radio, a world where man finds himself thrown into a madhouse.
There is the interstellar flight which returns after many generations to find a world which has rejected science in favor of art.
There is YOUR LIFE IN 1977, a close, realistic look into the near future, by Willy Ley.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR YOU, IF YOU HAVE EVER ASKED, "WHERE IS THE WORLD GOING?" THIS BOOK HOLDS SOME OF THE ANSWERS, SOME OF THE POSSIBLE RESULTS OF MODERN DAY TRENDS WHICH COULD LEAD US TO UTOPIA OR HELL.
These two covers are of the Spanish and French Editions.
Some other notable books were:
These are releasede by Borgo Press, and you can get them as Print To Order books directly from the publisher:
released under my own name...
GOLDLUST by Albert Augustus, Jr
THE SLAVES OF LOMORRO by Albert Augustus, Jr
NIGHTMARE by George
You can order them on line in both e-book and Print To Order editions::
Check them out out here!
THE SPICY SET
This "set" is devoted to some of the books I did for the so called "sex" market of the sixties and later. By 90's values, rather prudish and mild. Women's romance novels are far more graphic than we could get away with back then. For the most part these were simply pulp fiction stories, slightly "spicy" and a grand way to develop a beginning author's ability to tell an interesting tale. It was, also, a great way to simply tell a story!
BODIES FOR SALE
by John Davidson
A book which I did early on in my writing career, I think it was my third or fourth book. I originally started with a short story titled "Frozen Smiles & Glad Hands" which I'd written the year before. I changed only the last part of the story so it would work in the book. This was about show business and the gangster world of prostitution.
SEX IS MY BUSINESS
This book was written in "two parts," which means I started it at one time, lost interest and then continued it much later. I had worked on it after having finished four books in a very short period of time. I was burned out for the time being, so it rotted in my files. But a few days after getting married I got a call from David Zenter, one of the major publishers in Los Angeles, (who had bought my first book, "Hot Cargo"). He needed a book in a hurry. I remembered this manuscript and said, "Sure." I finished "Sex is My Business" and had it in his hands by the agreed upon deadline.
This byline was one of my first pennames, and the name I used for my first book (Hot Cargo). The book was written, at top speed, with three other books; one after another, without stop for anything other than sleep and food. When writing a book I'd first simply set up a plot-idea, a point from which the story would begin. In "Passionate Trio" a man gets beaten up for making it with a young lady. This starts him out on a path that leads to a gangster infested world. I originally called it "Syndicate Woman" but ... editors seem to like to change things.
book told about a rather charmingly, nasty young woman who had the
to capture the attention, if not the heart, of most men she came
She was "one part angle and 3 parts evil," according to the cover
And that was probably fairly much the truth. It was done for Pike
Bob Pike, the editor/publisher phoned and asked for a book. Bob, being,
also, somewhat of a photographer, did the cover photo, as he did for
a few of the Pike books.
by Stu Rivers
As the title suggests, this was about the Hollywood movie industry and the habit many execs had of using the couch to cast films, something that is...er...well never done today! Of course not! Actually it probably never was done with any real success--except for some special exceptions. Success, that is, for the starlet who was willing to throw her bod into the arms of any power boss she believed would give her a part, or a lift up in her career. There were, of course, in ShowBiz, as with all industries, people who took advantage of their power positions to use those eager young people climbing their way up the ladder of success. There is nothing new about that. The book was later published in Dutch, and in the Copyright page there was a notice saying that the book was a translation of "The Casting Crouchers"--which I thought was a rather funny mistake--if not to the point.
Now out in print edition, almost doubted in length.
This became the first of some 20 books done under the Carson Davis byline. It was a rather interesting series of books to write because it was possible to fill them with "messages" in a very direct manner. This book set up the style of this series. A six volume hard cover set of the "Best of Carson Davis" was published in Holland, both in Dutch and French, as a give away for joining the publisher's Book Club. I actually got so interested in putting that set together that I wrote quite a bit of special material, making it more than just a reprint "Best of" type project.
as part of THE CARSON DAVIS FILES
She was a female "tarzan" type woman who was more "loose" than Tarzan of the Apes. She did what came naturally--in a manner that seemed more realistic to me. No "fates worse that death" were experienced in this book. I was basically interested in exploring the idea of what would happen if a young girl managed to survive in the jungle alone? Would she be asexual or consider sex as nothing more than a normal part of life? I enjoyed writing it, though there were some difficulties involved in putting the book together. For some reason it was one of those half finished manuscripts which lay around in my files for some time before getting finished. Then one day I needed a book, fast--and this turned out to be an obvious solution. By then it was fresh and I was inspired, probably by deadline. So I finished it and presented it for publication on time to meet the deadline.
WANTONS OF BETRAYAL
The first and only of a series of "James Bond" type stories, which never went beyond this opening book. I found it difficult to write, simply because it bored me to death. I think I was going through one of those periods writers many times experience: the dreaded "dry spell"--and had to use every trick I knew to finish the book. Yet it was reprinted elsewhere, and was, actually, not all that dull. Writers can never tell which books are good and which are bad. What bores them at the time of writing turns out better than expected; those they love are really a bloody bore.
Changes last made on Feb. 2008
Author - Publisher - Packager - Editor