The book covers of some of the earliest lesbian erotica
Image: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library/Yale University Library
“Pulp” magazines and novels were so named for the cheap wood pulp paper they were printed on, in contrast to more expensive “slick” magazines
Selling for as little as $0.35, pulp novels were usually exploitative genre works, with lurid cover art and tales of adventure, crime, murder, mayhem and sex.
Within this range of titillating subjects was the subgenre of lesbian erotica. Even during times when discussion of LGBTQ issues was considered taboo, readers eagerly consumed steamy stories of forbidden, “unnatural” temptations. Read more…