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DOPE MENACE The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks 1900-1975

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DOPE MENACE The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks 1900-1975

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Highly Recommended. By Stephen J. Gertz. While we now enjoy this exploitative genre for its campy kitsch, gloriously bad writing, and outlandish misinformation, drug paperback books were once a transgressive medium with a perversely seductive quality. Dope Menace collects together hundreds of fabulously lurid and collectible covers in color, from xenophobic turn-of-the century tomes about the opium trade to the beatnik glories of reefer smoking and William S. Burroughs’ Junkie to the spaced-out psychedelic ’60s. Occasional nudity. Mature Readers.

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While we now enjoy this exploitative genre for its campy kitsch, gloriously bad writing, and outlandish misinformation, drug paperback books were once a transgressive medium with a perversely seductive quality. Dope Menace collects together hundreds of fabulously lurid and collectible covers in color, from xenophobic turn-of-the century tomes about the opium trade to the beatnik glories of reefer smoking and William S. Burroughs’ Junkie to the spaced-out psychedelic ’60s. Occasional nudity.

And don't forget the gonzo paranoia brought on by Hunter S. Thompson in the ’70s, when drugs=sex=free love=anything goes. This is the best-ever collection of many of the most highly prized and collected vintage paperbacks ever. They are lurid, sexy, sleezy, shocking, silly, and great fun to see and read about.

"Dope Menace boasts hundreds of full color images from the wicked subgenre of drug-exploitation narratives... The covers that made these authors' books so easy to pick up are collected here for the first time, in all their seductive and transgressive glory."--Tucson Weekly

Author Stephen J. Gertz is a well-regarded authority on antiquarian books and contributor to Feral House’s Sin-A-Rama, an award-winning visual history of sleaze paperbacks from the sixties.

Annie Nocenti, longtime editor of High Times magazine, offers an informative foreword.

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Item Code DPE
Publisher Feral House
Publish Date 2008
ISBN 9781932595345
Adult Rating Mature Readers
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 220pg
Color Full Color
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