Strange Sisters: The Art Of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969

Strange Sisters: The Art Of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969

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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.

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