Monday, June 18, 2012

Femmes Fatales Classic Pulps

Not sure if you've seen this new series of classic reprints, but Femmes Fatales is a great imprint from the Feminist Press at the City University of New York. Femmes Fatales restores to print the best of women's writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From mystery to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, these rediscovered Queens of Pulp offer 'subversive perspectives' on a turbulent era.

The latest in the series is Mother Finds a Body by Gypsy Rose Lee with a foreword by Erik Preminger. This is the steamy sequel to The G-String Murders. I hadn't read it before, and I read it in one sitting. My kind of book.

I love the size, shape and covers of these paperbacks.. and, of course, the authors, content and titles. The books are available as paperback or eBook.

Already in the line-up:
The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee
Skyscraper by Faith Baldwin
Bedelia by Vera Caspary
The Blackbirder by Dorothy B. Hughes
Bunny Lake is Missing by Evelyn Piper
The Girls in 3-B by Valerie Taylor
Women's Barracks by Tereska Torres
Laura by Vera Caspary
Now, Voyager by Olive Higgins Prouty
In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes

Strangers on Lesbos by Valerie Taylor
Mother Finds a Body by Gypsy Rose Lee

By Cecile by Tereska Torres

1 comment:

Priscilla said...

This series is a treasure and I have them all so far. The most surprising was Vera Caspary. "Laura" was a stylistic surprise. Very avant guarde and not something publishers would accept today. Well worth reading---all of these.