These Curious Pleasures
Digital Vintage Pulps
Publication date: May 2011
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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• First Digital Edition • Includes an Afterword on the history of pulp paperbacks • Grier Rating: A* Sloane works as a secretary to a New York television producer. She lives in the Village and enjoys cruising the bars at night for one-night stands with women she doesn't know. She has a few part-time lovers she sees on a semi-regular basis, but hasn't found the woman who would steal her heart... until she meets Allison, a young actress. Sloane's boss has hired the young woman to star in the pilot for a new television series. Sparks fly immediately between Sloane and Allison, the young actress having had experiences with women as well. Their relationship builds slowly, as Allison doesn't want to become too involved until after the pilot is shot. She is convinced the intensity of the relationship will distract her from her work. Sloane, who realizes she is close to falling head over heels, becomes extremely frustrated and vents that frustration by spending the night with one of her part-time lovers. At the end of filming, Sloane's boss throws a huge party at his mansion in the country to celebrate. They were celebrating the completion of the pilot... and Allison's debut as a star. The party was wild and drunken... and then it got out of hand, pushing both Sloane and Allison to the very edge of darkness. Would their fragile new-found love be torn apart? Or would they fight for that love, and overcome inner demons and the harsh glare of the television industry's lights for the chance at a life together? About Lesbian Pulp Fiction: In the early 1950s new sub-genres of the vintage paperback pulp novel industry emerged-science fiction, juvenile delinquent, sleaze, and lesbian fiction, for instance-that would tantalize readers with gritty, realistic and lurid stories never seen before. Mysteries, thrillers and hardboiled detective pulps were already selling quite well. Publishers had come to realize, however, that sex would sell even more copies. In a competitive frenzy for readers, they tossed away their staid and straightforward cover images for alluring covers that frequently featured a sexy woman in some form of undress, along with a suggestive tag line that promised stories of sex and violence within the covers. Before long, books with these sensational covers had completely taken over the paperback racks and cash registers. To this day, the "good girl art" (GGA) cover art of these vintage paperback books are just as sought after as the books themselves were sixty years ago. With the birth of the lesbian-themed pulp novel, women who loved women would finally see themselves-their experiences and their lives-represented within the pages of a book. They finally had a literature they could call their own. For lesbians across the country, especially those living in small towns, these books provided a sense of community they never knew existed, a connection to women who experienced the same longings, feelings and fears as they did-the powerful knowledge that they were not alone. We are excited to make these classic lesbian pulp novels available in ebook format to new generations of readers.