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Dope Menace: The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks 1900 - 1975

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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. 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.

Author: Stephen J. Gertz
Artists: Various
Publisher: Feral House, 2008
Number of pages: 220
Format: Soft Cover; Full Colour illustrations
Size: 7" x 9" (170mm x 225mm)
ISBN: 9781932595345

Price:  19.99
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