The New Yorker book blog celebrates the Stonewall riots with a showcase of book covers from pre-Stonewall gay and lesbian pulp fiction. They are appropriately fabulous. My favorite (pictured below) is apparently now a rare and coveted collectors item.
Late last year I read through a bunch of Ruth Rendell novels: I always thought she was one of those elderly English murdered-clergy-in-the-vestibule writers but most of her early work is psychological and rather gritty – like a UK version of Jim Thompson. Anyway, you can buy classy looking reprints of all her books in the chain stores but the original novels were published with lurid pulp covers similar in tone to that of Satan Was a Lesbian and these can be purchased in the second hand stores for a couple of dollars – they are, to my mind, the superior editions. My copy of Burroughs’ Junky also shows a picture of a sleazy guy ravaging a helpless girl on the cover, which is nice and ironic.