Lesbian Pulp Fiction
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.
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":
intoned Peggy, limply falling back on the bed.
God out of it," whispered Beth. "This is devil's
work, pure and simple."
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.