Dope Menace, the Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks, 1900-1975

Dope Menace, the Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks, 1900-1975

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"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

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. We mustn’t forget the gonzo paranoia brought on by Hunter S. Thompson in the ’70s, when anything was everything.

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.


The lurid glories of twentieth-century pulp drug literature.


Publisher: Port Townsend, WA : Feral House, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781932595345
1932595341
Branch Call Number: 741.6409 GERTZ
Characteristics: 219 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

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