Gay stud's trip


The selection of gay pulp fiction from the collection of Ian Young bring us back to a period when gay and lesbian writing came out of the shadows to influence a generation of readers in North America and Europe. Gay and lesbian pulps unite text and image in a mixture of sensational, lurid covers marked by shocking tag lines, vivid images, and bright colours. Between the late 1940s and 1950s, early gay pulps and pioneer novels like The City and the Pillar (1948) and Giovanni’s Room (1956) saw numerous paperback editions with recurring motifs alluding to the homosexual experience. From coming out stories to sexual adventures, and tales of straying into a world of forbidden passion, what truly makes gay and lesbian pulps a particular genre is their cover art treatment of significant themes to the development of gay and lesbian past and present identities.

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