Dope Menace: The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks

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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.

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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. Burroughsí Junkie to the spaced-out psychedelic í60s. 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.

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Author Stephen J. Gertz
Publisher Feral House
Page Count 220pp
Publication Size 6.5 x 10
Publication Notes Softcover, Color
Publication Date 2008
ISBN 978-1932595345

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