Richard E. Geis
Richard Erwin Geis was born on July 19, 1927, in Portland, Oregon, where he continued to live most of his life as a legendary recluse. He is best known for his involvement in science fiction fandom, winning the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 1982 and 1983. Geis produced the fanzine Science Fiction Review, which won the Hugo in 1969, 1970, 1977 and 1979; as well as The Alien Critic, which also won for Best Fanzine in 1974 and 1975. Geis won 13 Hugos in all. He also published 114 books, most of them soft-core porn written during the 1960s while living in Venice, California. Geis eventually returned to Portland, where he died on February 4, 2013.
William R. Coons was born February 8, 1934. He only wrote one novel under his own name — based on his experiences serving time in Attica for selling LSD in 1969 — and is better known by his pseudonym "Dell Holland." As Holland, he wrote six novels for sleaze publishers Bedside Books and Neva Paperbacks. He also took over writing some of the "Andrew Shaw" sex books for Lawrence Block during the early 1960s. Coons unfortunately drank too much and had a drug problem, and was in and out of trouble with both the law and his wife, who eventually divorced him. He died December 24, 2001.
Bonnie Golightly was born June 23, 1919, in Illinois, and raised in Tennessee. After moving to Manhattan"s East Side in New York City, she worked as a folk singer, a bookstore owner, and was an active member of the Beat subculture. She is perhaps best known as the possible inspiration for Truman Capote"s character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany"s. She sued Capote and his publishers in 1959, but lost the suit. Golightly went on to write many books set in the Beat world as well as some movie novelizations, most of them published in what is now known as the sleaze market. She died on October 11, 1998.
- A Beatnik Trio: Like Crazy, Man – Richard E. Geis / The Far‐Out Ones – Dell Holland /Beat Girl – Bonnie Golightly
- Three wild and crazy novels from the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s. "These books don't have any literary pretension of defining what the beat movement was, but rather they reflect the places and period in which beatniks were prevalent." — Jeff Vorzimmer from his introduction. November 2020.