THE LIFE, WORK AND CHRONICLES OF JEFF KOYEN: REFORMED ITINERANT, OCCASIONAL WRITER AND FRIEND TO ALMOST ALL DOGS

Lesbian Pulp Fiction
Edited by Katherine V. Forrest
Sure, today, the titles suggest porn, but imagine Return to Lesbos or These Curious Pleasures on sale at a Midwest bookstore back when grandma was a kid. These new-fangled cheap, disposable books offered glimpses into a forbidden lifestyle, and could be kept from parents, neighbors, maybe even husbands.
A compilation of lesbian pulp fiction could be humorless, academic. As edited by Katherine V. Forrest, this one is whimsical and charming. Take this exchange from Summer Camp, which occurs after a surprisingly detailed sexual encounter wherein "fingers cunningly slid and stroked":
"God!" intoned Peggy, limply falling back on the bed.
"Leave God out of it," whispered Beth. "This is devil's work, pure and simple."
Devil's work on not, the writers of this fiction deserve a place of pride alongside their pulp contemporaries. This book goes a long way to achieving that.