I've never had the pleasure of meeting the man, but I still enjoyed all of his work. And he will be missed. I have several books autographed by him to me and I do treasure them. It is a sad day.
Mr. Townsend died on July 29, 2008 due to complications from pneumonia. He passed quietly with family members by his side at Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was 77.
"Larry Townsend was the pseudonymous author of dozens of books including Run Little Leather Boy (1970) and The Leatherman´s Handbook (1972) at pioneer erotic presses such as Greenleaf Classics and the Other Traveler imprint of Olympia Press. Growing up as a teenager of Swiss-German extraction in Los Angeles a few houses from Noel Coward and Irene Dunne, he ate cookies with his neighbor Laura Hope Crews who was Aunt Pittypat in Gone with the Wind. He attended the prestigious Peddie School, and was stationed as Staff Sergeant in charge of NCOIC Operations of Air Intelligence Squadrons for nearly five years with the US Air Force in Germany (1950-1954). Completing his tour of duty, he entered into the 1950s underground of the LA leather scene where he and Montgomery Clift shared a lover. With his degree in industrial psychology from UCLA (1957), he worked in the private sector and as a probation officer with the Forestry Service. He began his pioneering activism in the politics of gay liberation in the early 1960s. In 1972, as president of the `Homophile Effort for Legal Protection´ which had been founded in 1969 to defend gays during and after arrests, he led a group in founding the H.E.L.P. Newsletter, the forebear of Drummer (1975). As a writer and photographer, he was an essential eyewitness of the drama and salon around Drummer in which his novels were often excerpted. His signature "Leather Notebook" column appeared in Drummer for twelve years beginning in 1980, and continued in Honcho to Spring 2008. His last novel, TimeMasters, was published April 2008." This new thumbnail biography, approved and updated by Larry Townsend, is reprinted from the leather-heritage book Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer which, published June 20, 2008.
The silver jubilee edition commemorating the 25 anniversary of the leathermans handbook.
The leathermans handbook 11
The sexual adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Masters Counterpoints: the classic gay suspense novel.
Master of Masters.
Dream Master and other SM stories.
A slaves gambit.
The Hounds of Hell and other SM stories.
The Long Leather Cord.
The scorpius equation.
Kiss of Leather
Leather Ad: M.
One for the Master two for the fool. A Bruce MacLead mystery.
Run little leather boy.
The case of the severed head.
Beware the Gog who Smiles
The Faustus Contract.
Run little leather boy and companion sequel Run no more.