1935-1958: Lesbian Pulp Fiction Chris May 31, 2011 1930-1939, Books & ephemera 30 CommentsFavourited 1536 times Add to favourites - 30 Responses Fuzzyman June 1, 2011 Did anyone notice that the cover for “Warped” is a reversed and modified version of the one for “From Other Women”? Or vice-versa, depending on which came first. Reply hellraizer77 June 1, 2011 U r absolutely rite!!!! How I wish I could read these books!!!!These r absolutely awesome especially “Warped”,”Anything Goes” and “The dark side of Venus”.Any idea how to get these books? Reply Jimmy A June 1, 2011 Retronauts craving a revival of the genre could do worse than: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Book-Lesbian-Horse-Stories/dp/0758202547 Don’t ask me how this was brought to my attention. Reply Sarah June 1, 2011 I was surprised to not see any of the The Beebo Brinker Chronicles or Satan Was a Lesbian. Reply Fuzzyman June 2, 2011 I did a little research… “I am a Woman” is a part of a series of books in which Beebo Brinker plays a part, if not the main one. Some of the books (Meg, I am a Woman, probably others) are available on Amazon as $1 Kindle titles. I’m curious to find out what these books were really like. Theodora Keogh, author of Meg, was the grandaughter of Teddy Roosevelt. The book is supposed to contain some autobiographical elements. http://januarymagazine.blogspot.com/2008/01/theodora-keogh-dies.html Reply phil_agap July 2, 2011 I dont have any of those above, but found 15 ebooks of the same type and era in mobi and epub formats: A collection of 15 classic Lesbian pulps from the early days, plus a Sapphic bonus. Contains the following: Beebo Brinker Chronicles 1 – Odd Girl Out – Ann Bannon Beebo Brinker Chronicles 2 – I Am A Woman – Ann Bannon Beebo Brinker Chronicles 3 – Women In The Shadows – Ann Bannon Beebo Brinker Chronicles 4 – Journey To A Woman – Ann Bannon Queer Patterns – Lilyan Brock Strange Sisters – Fletcher Flora Three Women – March Hastings Girls Dormitory – Orrie Hitt The Lion House – Marjorie Lee The Price Of Salt – Claire Morgan Spring Fire – Vin Packer Chris – Randy Salem One Hundred Lyrics – Sappho Odd Girl – Artemis Smith The Girls In 3-B – Valerie Taylor Womens Barracks – Tereska Torres epub & mobi format Code: Select All http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YSQ20RA3 or https://rapidshare.com/files/3431957641/PulpL.zip Reply Ken Armstrong July 2, 2011 I want to read ‘Prison Girl V Female Convict’ …please? Reply marumaru July 5, 2011 This is probably a long shot, but… Does anyone have the slightest idea who the photographer responsible for the cover of “Spring Fire” might be? I must admit, I was smitten by this picture. Reply Kathleen the Great July 10, 2011 That “Lion House” cover, if it were a photo, would be much like a modern fashion editorial. Reply David B July 18, 2011 Last time I was in Waterstones I noticed they have a small lesbian pulp fiction section with re-issues of books like these Reply IgotBupkis October 10, 2011 I suspect the readers of these will find mostly florid, overwrought writing that tiptoes around descriptions of actual sex, much as many romance novels do or at least used to do. The main target for these are still women, and the style is going to be much the same whether the object of affection is named “Leslie” or “Beaujohn”. Reply Dianne Brown January 12, 2012 @Igotbupkis– “I suspect the readers of these will find…” Yup. Tell us what you suspect about books you haven’t read. Because your opinion is, like, really important. Especially when you’re pontificating on a topic you admit you know nothing about in order to broadcast your prejudices. “The main target for these are still women, and the style is going to be much the same whether the object of affection is named “Leslie” or “Beaujohn”.” ‘Cause women are all the same. Them and their ladeebrainz. Or so sez Igotbupkis, who obviously doesn’t know any women outside his immediate family. For obvious reasons. Retronaut: Would you publish a comment that displayed such contempt and bigotry for any other group? (Honest question; I don’t know your comment policy.) Reply Dee March 14, 2012 I find nothing offensive about the comment. I read it as an intelligent comment by a woman. May June 18, 2012 I agree with Dee. There was nothing offensive about the original post–simply a clear commentary on the writing style typical of these novels. It was in no way contemptuous or bigoted, and never implied that all women are the same. Dar November 1, 2011 I used to collect these “Sleaze” paperbacks a few years back, including some lesbian ones. They tended to be surprisingly well-written, though often the lesbians were portrayed as deviant or confused. but the sex was often quite graphic. Reply Bruce Black November 14, 2011 Want to see a few more? http://bookscans.com/Publishers/special/special-zz-lesbiana.htm And as to the photograph above: Photo covers in vintage paperbacks were almost never attributed. This was probably done by one of Gold Medal’s (Fawcett’s) staff artists as a pose from which to create a painting, but turned out well enough to use as is. Reply LilyMarlene December 22, 2011 Far from being warped or degenerate, these women all look pretty happy from the covers! Reply Lil' Blind Batman Boy December 26, 2011 The horror… Reply White Camry January 12, 2012 Does Quentin Tarantino know about these? Reply dean a. fields January 23, 2012 707-255-7131 call for mail adress,interested in art and books Reply Sue V. February 4, 2012 Do you know pulp fiction got its name from the coarse ‘pulp’ paper (from wood pulp) it was printed on. I love the great painting for Prison Girl. You can see the artist’s signature “Maquire”. There’s a website about him http://www.ramaguirecoverart.com/about_artist.php Lavenderpulp.com sells these neat giftsets using the original lesbian pulps (not reproductions), I know they have Spring Fire (I have one!) http://www.lavenderpulp.com/ Reply G2B1983 February 20, 2012 I find it humorous that similar titles seem to be as popular today! Reply Troels February 28, 2012 @Dianne: I read Igotbupkiss’ reply more as a comment on the stereotyping that goes on in the publishing business, and not as a comment on women and their reading habits/intellectual capabilities… Try and read it again. Reply sprky777 March 13, 2012 covers from Other-520×836.jpg and Warped-520×856.jpg have the same woman mirrored. Reply tr July 29, 2012 What got me about the covers of these was the mainstream value statements such as forbidden love, deviant, and the notion that being lesbian is “experimental” then they get all caught up in it. Really? Were any of these books actually written by lesbians? Personally, these books smack of ignorance to me. Reply JohnDoe August 5, 2012 Five years ago there was a bookstore near me that specialized in this sort of thing – not really my thing but they are out there if you look. Comments I have heard and read suggest that most had endings intended to censure the described behaviour and harshly punished the “deviants” so reading one to the end may not be recommended. I doubt any lesbians were ever involved – most were probably written by men who had never met a lesbian. Reply Lydia October 9, 2012 When most of these were written, there were censorship laws in place that affected distribution, so companies publishing lesbian pulp novels tried to retain plausible deniability by packaging the books as morality tales or even studies. Many of the books were written by men for male readers (including some with female pseudonyms). But there were definitely lesbian authors writing lesbian pulp fiction. The books sometimes described ways to seek out other lesbians or fit in at lesbian bars, and helped women isolated from other lesbians feel less alone. I’ve heard you just skip the last chapter, or the last page. Reply Kim August 19, 2012 @Dianne Brown, there was nothing in IgotBupkis’ comment that was bigoted, or indicated that he or she had never read the genre. It looked like a pretty fair comment on the florid nature of much pulp writing, and depending on the book, a pretty fair observation on the lack of sexual description. It’s not even clear how you necessarily deteremined that this was written by a amn. Reply Jim August 30, 2012 I have read No Mans Land and it while not exceptionally great writing it is ahead of it’s time and not really a bad book. surprisingly good work and better writing than you usually get for pulp novels. you wouldn’t have much choice with that subject matter and even now it would not be in the mainstream. Reply bill October 5, 2012 i love the lurid covers and titles lesbian twins rule! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.