I own a copy of 21 Gay Street, but with a different cover. If I remember, I'll dig it up and scan it.
Where did you find these? Superb!
You mean '21 Gay Street' went through more than one edition? That's astounding!I've been collecting these covers for a while--two good sources are Trash Fiction and Pulp of the Day(linked in the sidebar), and others come from places like 'If Charley parker Were a Gunslinger There'd be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats' (tsutpen.blogspot.com/), a site in which you can lose yourself for hours, as well as www.vintagepbks.com, www.strangesisters.com and www.gayontherange.com
Glorious stuff, JRSM. I knew Kerouac belonged among that lot. I particularly like Abnormals Anonymous and I seem to remember that Guy N. Smith was an inspiration (along with Shaun Hutson and the like) for Garth Marenghi.
I forgot to look for it last night - but yes, it had a slightly less lurid cover. I picked it up at the flea market a few months ago.
I'd not heard of Gareth Marenghi before: thanks for the link. This is a show I'd like to see. From 'Night of the Crabs': 'He wasn't going to leave Pat Benson on her own, crabs or no crabs.' A true gentleman.A less lurid cover for '21 Gay Street'? That seems a wasted opportunity!
Weren't the 50s fantastic? I wonder if it was part of the same McCarthy syndrome that produced "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and was terrified that SOCIETY WAS GOING TO HELL IN A HANDCART - DRUGS, HOMOSEXUALITY, PROMISCUITY, THOSE COMMIES ARE POISED TO JUST WALK IN AND TAKE OVER!!!!!! However I LOVE the look of "Homo Hill". Absolutely nothing there to offend even my gayest friends. I will be buying them all copies to remind them what a menace to society they are...
I love the way ephemeral trash like 'Homo Hill' gets seriously catalogued in libraries: in this case, for example, it comes under the following helpful sections:Cruising. Hustlers. Rough trade. Gays and the police. Gay community - Los Angeles. Psychiatry and homosexuality. Medical constructions of homosexuality.More than Matt Bradley ever intended, I suspect.
Okay, I found my book, but I was wrong. It's actually a copy of 69 Gay Street. My, Gay Street was a lively place.
It really was. I made the mistake of doing a Google Image search for "69 gay street" to see what that book might look like. It was not successful, and the images I DID get back have damaged my brain. I do not recommend it!
I would love to read some of those! I loved 'Abnormals Anonymous' as well.Thanks for sharing the links to those websites; I love vintage covers.
My pleasure. I love the way the artist for the 'Abnormals Anonymous' cover was obviously struggling to show just how abnormal the characters were: the man is... KNITTING! (Gasp!) The woman is smoking... A CIGAR! (Scream!)
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