lesbian jungle

Vintage Paperback & Pulp Fiction Cover Art1966

“I don’t know why, but of all the girls I’ve had in my life, Renna has always been different … special … but I’m afraid things will never be the same between us. I’m a full-fledged butch, now, and I feel, at times, that it repels her”–Cover blurb.

Pretty had a large collection of lesbian vintage post cards in Bluestocking Books in the early 1990s, and one of them is now part of my little sandwich bag conglomerate collection of cards on my desk. Oh yes, I “rediscover” these gems periodically, and Lesbian Jungle is a favorite. Imagine.

Today I needed something fun to distract me from the Biden Administration’s recent disasters. Don’t get me wrong. I love Joe and the folks he has working for him but please don’t say drone s—-e, immigrants under b—-e in Del Rio, Texas. C—d anything. French ambassador r—-l. These words seriously make me cringe in horror today. You have to do better, Joe. Where is Kamala?

Instead, I bring you a cheerful picture of the cover of a lesbian pulp paperback published by Publishers Export Company in 1966. The cover artist was unknown, but Jeffrey Luther with PC Design copyrighted this post card of the cover in 1999. Thank goodness the French Line (see top left of post card) survives as hopefully my French followers who rank #4 on my international blog stats will, also. Please stay with me, Annie and Animal Couriers – what would we do without you?

I was interested to see that censorship of this particular literary genre in the 50s and 60s required the story to end unhappily for the lesbian heroine. There could be no happy homosexuals which probably explains the grumpy little girl in the picture frame next to the post card above. I know 100% she was too young to read lesbian pulp at the time she posed for this picture, but she already understood the endings.

It’s a jungle out there so stay safe, stay sane, please get vaccinated, and please stay tuned.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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8 Responses to lesbian jungle

  1. JosieHolford says:

    I don’t have the same faith in Kamala as you (what does she stand for? Although that said, she is great and I am a supporter, of course). I also don’t have the same level of distress with Joe. Given the odds, he has done some remarkable things (I always want more), and what a contrast with TFG! Yes, he has distressing limitations. Leaving Afghanistan was not one of them. What we actually need (imo) is a good dose of Elizabeth Warren all around and everywhere.

    OK – onwards. Responding to the pulp fiction. I have quite the collection – donated to me as allegedly “found on the street” in NYC (plausible). Anyway – I wrote about it here: https://www.josieholford.com/pulp-fiction-surprise/

    “Lesbian Jungle” is not in the collection. Shame!

    Many other classics are. What to do with them is the question.

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    • Josie, loved the pulp fiction blog!! Signed up to follow this minute – what a grand gift someone gave you – and I know you and Pretty still believe Elizabeth Warren should be steering the ship of state even today. She is brilliant.
      I hope she is working in the Senate to try to move the Biden bills forward.
      I am a Joe person, and I would truly like to forget Agent Orange but apparently 78% of Repubs won’t let me be.
      Thank you for the comments and particularly for the link!

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  2. Ed Madden says:

    Love pulp fiction! Regularly teach Ann Bannon’s Women in the Shadows! And I bring in some of my collection to talk about code words and audiences and imagery!

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • I actually thought of you today when I was writing this, Ed. I should have known you would teach Ann Bannon!
      I wish you would have been my teacher in college – but now you still are! I am an admirer of your work and your activism – you and Bert kept the faith. Thank you.


  3. Wayside Artist says:

    Do you remember that old quote I shared with you many moons ago? The Chinese curse? May you live in interesting times? We live in interesting times.
    The blonde in the blue dress!! Va, va voom! No story in any time period is going end well with that chick stirring up interest.
    Stay safe and be well!!

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    • We do live in interesting times, but thank you for reminding me of why.
      You made me laugh with the blonde in the blue dress “va,va voom!”
      Thanks, I needed that.
      I’m pretty sure I met that blonde in a bar one night many moons ago.


  4. Love the postcard! Wonder what the French line was… We have a number of great kitsch cards but would kill for this one 😀 The news isn’t painting Joe as well as we’d hoped but the ridiculous kerfuffle over the French submarines does make us chuckle. Toys out of pram kind of reaction.

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    • Happy you won’t get mad at us over the submarines – and yes, I love this card, too! Pretty had a boat load of these in her store, but I managed to rescue this one before it got sold in her antique empire of today.
      Don’t you just love it??!!

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