Straight Pulp

It is easier to see the lesbian motifs when the lesbian pulp covers are compared to pulp fiction books with straight themes. In the following examples, the placement of the women on the covers and how they relate to each other signal their lesbian relationship, especially when compared with books by the same author that do not contain lesbian themes.


Melissa Sky. “Cover Charge: Selling Sex and Survival in Lesbian Pulp Fiction” in Matthews, Nicole, and Moody, Nickianne. Judging a Book by its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers, and the Marketing of Fiction. Ashgate, 2007.

Young, Ian. Out in Paperback: A Visual History of Gay Pulps. LMB Editions, 2007.

Zimet, Jaye. Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction, 1949-1969. Viking Studio, 1999.

Straight Pulp