lesbian pulp fiction that were around during the 50s and 60s. Back then, you could get them at supermarkets, I thnk? But I know you could get them at a regular bookstore.
What? you might say. Yep. Believe it or not, they were common during the repressive 50s and early 60s, right before everything was about to explode in the hippified mid-late 60s. These lesbian pulp novels were mostly written for men, and had a heterosexual slant to them, so most of them didn't have happy endings. For the most part, the cover was much more interesting than the novel itself. Plus, the text and content in those novels were very reflective of the times, so most of what you read will be very outdated. You'll probably moan and groan at how the people react to the news of lesbianism in the story. Or, you'll get quite a few chuckles out of the numerous use of outdated slang, such as "cool cats", or "daddy-o" or "dig it" or "what's cookin'"... You get the idea!
The Bob Montana-style fan art of Betty and Veronica were used, because I felt it was perfect for the era it portrayed. The fan art was strongly influenced by the cover of a lesbian pulp fiction called "Alone at Last" . and I chose this one over a few others, and he stated to get to work on it. We had planned this for over a month, so I'm glad that it's finally out. Also, a lot of these novels tends to have the publisher's logo on them. So, I decided to have my very own, Sapphire Desire Publications. XD. It was originally a black triangle behind a heart-shaped sapphire gem , but changed it to the familiar gay rainbow flag colors, and I thought that was better.
As I said, most of them were depressing. However, there were a few there were good out there, like Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon . She is considered the queen of "twilight love stories", though she only did a few.
If you really want to know more about this fascination piece of gay/lesbian history, you can check out the lesbian pulp and the lavender universe. Also check out this one, and another one.
There are books devoted to this time period, such as this one. and a few others. There is also a documentary on this, called Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives. You can get it here
And finally, let me leave you with a Pinterest link that has a lot of these campy, yet delicious book covers of the somewhat-dark period in LGBT history.