Muscle Boy by Bud Clifton, Ace #D-330.
Cover art by Robert Maguire.
“They got their kicks from forbidden feats of strength.”
This address book features steamy and hilarious gay and lesbian pulp covers on each tab and includes revealing reviews of the racy novels! Like the pulp novels featured inside, these softcover address books have gilded edges. This is a must-have item for anyone fascinated with gay cultural history, or delighted by wicked, funny camp.
From Chronicle Books, $12.95
Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969 by Jaye Zimet.
From the Publishers Description: A vivid, sexy, and titillating journey into the steamy underworld of the dime novel.
In the scandalous world of pulp fiction in the 1950s and into the 60s, detectives, gangsters, and mad doctors were joined on the racks by bad girls, dissolute youths, drug-crazed beatniks, and other assorted miscreants and misfits. Where romance met with soft porn there was also a surprisingly large population of butch brunettes pursuing and seducing blond femmes. This was an alternate universe of erotic pulp fiction where gals and dolls were exploring the illicit pleasures of lesbian love—much to the delight of a largely male, heterosexual readership. Before the sexual revolution of the 1960s, these books offered a thrilling peek into the deviant underworld of wild passion and scandalous sex.
Strange Sisters is a collection of the cover art of these wildly wicked novels. The women who writhe across the covers of books such as Strange Lust (“She Wanted a Woman—Then She Met Another Woman Obsessed by the Same Burning Hunger”) and Women’s Barracks (“The Frank Autobiography of a French Girl Soldier”) sizzle with sexual energy and freedom—in a high-camp defiance of the prudish, conservative 1950s. Bold, kitschy-colorful, and fraught with sexual tension, the covers of Strange Sisters are a siren call to the retro-groovin’ man, or woman, in your life.
The Strange Path:Torchlight to Vahalla by Gale Wilhelm, Lion #121
“Her choice: Normal marriage or lesbian love?”
She seems to be in the middle of going for a shorter haircut, so we all know what that means.
The Devil is Gay by Frederick Colson; Brandon Books.
69 Barrow Street by Sheldon Lord, (c)1959.
Cover art by Paul Rader.
“Their love was right! But their sex was wrong.”
“A Startlingly Frank Novel of Love in the Shadow World of the Third Sex.”
The terms ‘third sex,’ ‘twilight love,’ and ‘shadow world’ were all euphemisms for gay/lesbian literature [although with this book no subtleties are needed].
Dykes on Bikes, Alan Marshall, Pleasure Reader #148.
“There’s no hell on wheels like…”
As a female, I’m distracted by the fact that riding a motorcycle without a bra/shirt looks like it would be very uncomfortable at high speeds. Just saying.