We’re Low-Key Obsessed With These Ridiculously Fun, Trashy Gay Pulp Novels
Ryan Richardson is an awesome pop culture archaeologist. He’s collected and posted the entire archives of the ’70s/’80s punk magazine Slash. And if that’s not enough, he’s got a lot of other archives, too. Two of the best are Fanzine Faves, which collects punk fanzines, and Star 1973, compiling all five issues of the groupie-culture teen magazine Star. You could spend years poking around all the stuff Richardson has scanned and linked from his website, including a large collection of gay pulp novels.
And perhaps the most fun is Gay on the Range, a collection of cover art from gay-themed pulp erotica from the 1960s. We’ve excerpted a mere sampling of the best gay pulp novels below, but we urge you to go check out the entire collection!
Here are 21 of our favorite gay pulp novels and their deeply hilarious covers:
“Like a true nature’s child, we were born, born to be … gay?
I FEEL SEEN.
Warning: This is not a scratch and sniff. Don’t ruin your phone’s screen trying.
My personal motto after a few vodka Red Bulls.
It’s our new favorite color.
My nickname while I was backpacking across the country.
But it could still def be gayer.
We’ll read anything starring Dingo Stark.
People were saying I needed a more professional sounding name.
It’s homophobic that ABC passed on this for Boy Meets World instead.
Everyone’s favorite Christmas tune.
I think I took a class at the New School about this.
When a threesome just isn’t enough to sate your desires.
Fifty shades? Nah, I want all of them.
Swish, swish bish.
As if the straight ones matter …
Story of my life.
Satin chaps are the new ass-less chaps.
Have you seen any of these gay pulp novels before? Which is your favorite title? Let us know.
This article was originally published on July 12, 2015. It has since been updated.