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Being me, I chose to create a queer literary history website. My subject is Carl Corley, a gay man from Mississippi and Louisiana who wrote several dozen gay pulp novels in the Sixties and Seventies under his own name, which was super rare at the time. He also drew very NSFW sci-fi comics, although those were never published.
Gay pulp fictionor gay pulpsrefers to printed works, primarily fiction, that include references to male homosexualityspecifically male gay sexand that are cheaply produced, typically in paperback books made of wood pulp paper; lesbian pulp fiction is similar work about women. Michael Bronski, the editor of an anthology of gay pulp writing, notes in his introduction, "Gay pulp is not an exact term, and it is used somewhat loosely to refer to a variety of books that had very different origins and markets". Gay pulps are part of the expansion of cheap paperback books that began in the s and "reached its full force in the early s.
The links below will bring up catalog listings of all books in these two gay male pulp collections some overlap between lists. Additional titles may be found through the online catalog. Try browsing subject headings such as " Gay men - Fiction.
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Pulp fiction is a popular and cheap way to produce books of low quality for mass consumption. Beginning in the s, these pulp fiction books were sold in bus stations, newsstands, and general stores. Lesbian pulp fiction was far more popular than stories about gay men, due to their appeal to heterosexual men.
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Prior to the Stonewall riots of that sparked a gay liberation movement in America, LGBTQ folks in this country lived in the shadows. In the midst of this atmosphere of oppression, an outlet for queer expression and identification exploded during the s: gay pulp fiction. The number of these titles published in the United States rose from three into twenty-six byto inand in
But the university keeps almost 5, paperbacks in its gay pulp fiction archive. The archive preserves one way LGBTQ people made art, explored their identities and shared in community before it was accepted in the mainstream. Pulps were cheap paperbacks full of lurid and taboo stories, sold for just a few cents depending on the decade, says Cole.