Leiber began writing this, (what would have been his his third) novel in January 1943. He expected that it would be about 40,000 word long and that it would be sold for publication in “Unknown”. However, “Unknown” was to be discontinued shortly. With no other outlets, Leiber stopped working on the novel.
After the second World War, Leiber resumed work on the novel, hoping to sell it to William Sloan Associates. Frits expanded it to 75,000 words but William Sloan Associates had discontinued publishing fantasy due to poor sales. Leiber sent the (longer) novel to the editors of “Fantastic Adventures”, who agreed to buy it only if Leiber could cut it to 40,000 words. Leiber set the 75,000 word manuscript aside, went back to his original 1943 versionfor a 40,000 word short novel and recreated it as a parallel text. It was published by “Fantastic Adventures” in July 1950 as “You’re All Alone”.
The 75,000 word version was eventually published by Universal Publishers and Distributors in 1953 for publication as one half of a paperback double (with Bulls, Blood and Passion). Due to the contract, the publisher could make any changes it wanted. The result was the “The Sinful Ones”. In addition, the publisher added “sexed up” chapter titles like “The Strip Tease” and “Bleached Prostitute” and “sexed up” a few love scenes in the book.
In 1972, Ace reprinted the 40,000 word (Fantastic) version slong with other stories (Four Ghosts in Hamlet and The Creature from Cleveland Depths) in a collection also titled “You’re All Alone”. In the late 1970s, Leiber repurchased the rights to the his longer version and it was reprinted by Pocket in October 1980. Fritz left in the 1953 titles, but restored the mangled text from memory since the original manuscript had been lost. He also rewrote the sex scenes to bring the language up to date.