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The Guides are an encyclopedic work whose aim is to, as a minimum, list all non-gay porno (XXX/hardcore) videotapes that are or were available in the United States at some point in time. Fetish movies and movies in which a known porno star appears, non- explicit movies (glamour, Playboy-type, etc) plus MPAA X movies are included if the information is available. Regular Hollywood movies and "art" particularly foreign) movies that may present an erotic interest are also included.

Movies listings (informational entries) include name, cast, producer/director, year, distributor, a guide to the type of movie (compilation, segment, etc) the likely audience (touchie-feelie, raincoater, etc) and scene indicators (includes anal, incest, etc) plus a synopsis of the movie's story (if any).

Movies are chosen for review based on the likelihood of the movie being erotic. The review includes all of the informational entry items plus the author's description of the activities in the movie and his evaluation of it's erotic and other qualities. Volumes I through IV only include reviews.

For those familiar with the mainstream guides, an informational entry is like Maltin minus the opinion plus a full cast and a review is like Pauline Kael plus the factual information.

Informational entries are derived from manufacturer's publicity (ad, box, slick, catalog, etc) as well as reviews by other persons (contemporaneous magazines, etc). Reviews of course come from personal viewing.

All volumes are approximately 600 pages in trade paperback format (6 * 9) but volumes V and VI are in a much smaller typeface and each contain considerably more material than volumes I through IV. Each volume contains a small photo insert of the current stars plus introductory material describing the recent changes in the industry.


The Star Index is an offshoot of the guides and aims to list all porno stars (persons who have performed sex on videotape) together with their roles and in some cases, their physical description and biographical data. It also is about 600 pages in trade paperback format.


Guides I through VII plus the Star Index are in print and available from any regular bookstore such as Barnes & Noble and Waldenbooks. In the event your local bookstore or branch doesn't carry them or is out of stock they can be ordered by the store in exactly the same manner as any other book, usually at no extra charge. The retail price of each book is approximately $20 but due to sales tax etc you should check directly with the reseller at the time of purchase.

All volumes of the Guide and the Star Index can also be ordered directly from the publisher:

Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Dr
Amherst NY 14228-2197
Tel: 800-421-0351 or 716-691-0133

For bulk orders contact Daniel Wasinger at 716-691-0133.

The books can be ordered on line from (at least) Amazon Books. Point your browser to http://www.amazon.com and search (the easiest) by author.

For orders from the UK and Europe you can either contact Prometheus directly (credit card preferred) or try their representative:

Michael Hutchinson
Lavis Marketing
73 Lime Walk
Headington Oxford OX3 7AD
e-mail: 100023.2355@compuserve.com

For the rest of the world (e.g. Japan) Prometheus books are handled by Baker & Taylor International; they have a web page with addresses and phone #'s or you can call them at 908-429-4037.

The author does not sell books personally.


The X-Rated Videotape Star Index III

by Patrick Riley ISBN 1-57392-689-2. The consummate guide to the world of sex stars on film, with all the latest movies, hottest newcomers, spicy statistics, and Riley's essential personal observations. Published May 1999. Stacy Valentine (?) on cover.

The X-Rated Videotape Guide volume VII

With thousands of new releases to choose from, this is expert advice on what's hot and what's not. In this jam-packed seventh volume, featuring an extimated 6,000 titles, author Patrick Riley covers the latter half of 1996 through the present. In addition, he revisits more than 200 "oldies", dating back to the 1970s.

The X-Rated Videotape Star Index II

by Patrick Riley ISBN 1-57392-168-8. In the jam-paced second edition of this popular guide, Patrick Riley brings his successful book up to date with the latest tantalizing information, including star names, alternate names, physical descriptions, biographical data, spicy personal tidbits, movie titles, video distributors, production dates, and more. 31,000+ films. Published October 1997. Jenna Jameson on cover.

The X-Rated Videotape Guide volume VI

by Patrick Riley--background photo of Jen Teal on the cover. ISBN 1-57392-102-5. Black spine with red lettering. Published September 1996 by Prometheus Books. Covers 1995 to mid 1996 with about 1000 reviews including 200 from the seventies time period, revised cast of some volume I and volume II reviews and about 5000 additional synopses of 1995/6 movies. Index to prior volumes.

The X-Rated Videotape Guide volume V

by Patrick Riley ISBN 0-08975-950-X. Black spine with red and peach lettering. Published 1995 by Prometheus Books. Includes 1000 reviews of tapes from 1993-1994 plus informational entries for 12,000 additional movies not reviewed or included in this or the prior volumes (1971 through 1994).

The X-Rated Videotape Star Index

by Patrick Riley ISBN 0-087975- 916-X. Black spine with red and white lettering. Published 1994 by Prometheus Books. Lists 10,000 performers, their 2,000 alternate names, and their 80,000 roles. Biographical detail for many.

The X-Rated Videotape Guide volume IV

by Robert H. Rimmer and Patrick Riley ISBN 0-87975-897-X. Black spine with red and green lettering. Published 1994 by Prometheus Books. Includes 1100 reviews from 1992-1993.

The X-Rated Videotape Guide Volume III

by Robert H. Rimmer and Patrick Riley ISBN 0-87975-818-X. Black spine with red and purple lettering. Published 1993 by Prometheus Books. Includes 1000 reviews from 1990 to 1992.

The X-Rated Videotape Guide Volume II

by Robert H. Rimmer ISBN 0- 87975-673-X. Black spine with red and blue lettering. Published 1991 by Prometheus Books. Includes 1200 reviews from 1985 to 1991.

The X-Rated Videotape Guide "Revised and Updated"

by Robert H. Rimmer. Blue cover with pink and white lettering published 1986 by Harmony Books (Crown). Includes 1300 reviews of movies from 1972 to about 1985. This is referred to as Volume I. Reprinted by Prometheus Books with a black spine with red and yellow lettering ISBN 0-87975-799-X.


This section is included for those who have one of Rimmer or Riley's prior works.

The X-Rated Videotape Guide

by Robert H. Rimmer: purple cover with white and gold lettering--published 1984 by Arlington House (Crown)--650 reviews from 1972 to about 1983--no longer available because the reviews have all been incorporated in the "Revised and Updated" Volume I.

Bob Rimmer's Adult Videotape Guide

by Robert H. Rimmer--gray and red cover with black lettering--published 1989 by Sundance Associates--printed with "Volume III" on the cover but this is not Volume III of The X-Rated Videotape Guide--750 reviews from about 1985 to 1988. No longer available because all were reprinted in Volume II of The X-Rated Videotape Guide.

The X-Rated Videotape Interim Edition

Xerox format with a plastic spine and pink cover--published 1992 by Challenge Press in MA. No longer available because all the reviews have been incorporated into The X-Rated Videotape Guide Volume III.

The X-Rated Videotape Review

magazine with white cover. Published 1993 by Challenge Press in NY. No longer available. All reviews were incorporated into volume IV.

Patrick Riley
November 10, 1996