Pre-orders open for Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980

Girl Gangs Jpeg

Here is the updated cover for the book I have edited with my friend, Iain McIntyre, Girl Gangs, Biker Boys & Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction & Youth Culture, 1950-1980. This beauty will be out through PM Press in October.

It is available for pre-order here.

Long terms readers of Pulp Curry may remember this book was originally scheduled to appear, with a different publisher and under a slightly different name, in late 2016. But the publisher concerned experienced finance problems which resulted in the book being pulled from their schedule.

Thanks to PM Press that project is a going concern again.

The book is the first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behaviour, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. From the juvenile delinquent gangs of the early 1950s through the beats and hippies, on to bikers, skinheads, and punks, pulp fiction left no trend untouched. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society’s deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves.

Girl Gangs features approximately 400 full-colour covers, many of them never reprinted before. With 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles from more than 20 popular culture critics and scholars from the US, UK, and Australia, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and—often overlooked—the actual words they wrote. Books by well-known authors such as Harlan Ellison and Lawrence Block are discussed alongside neglected obscurities and former bestsellers ripe for rediscovery. It is a must read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and subcultural style, and the history of postwar youth culture.

I’ll be updating my site with more details closer to the book’s release.

In the meantime, spread the word.


4 Responses

  1. I’ll be pre-ordering the second I get paid m8.

    BTW, Read a trilogy recently that you may like. The “Marid Audran” trilogy. It’s a three novel noir series written in the 80’s that is set in the future in the Middle East. It’s quite pulpy in a good way and the main character is possibly one of the funniest first person narrators I’ve ever read

  2. Ryan,
    Apologies for my belated reply to your message. I haven’t been doing much on the site for the last month or so while I meet some major deadlines. Thanks for your support re the pulp book. I do hope you enjoy it.
    I have not heard of the Marid Audran trilogy, but on your recommendation, I’ll check it out.

  3. It looks totally cool, considering the cover of my friend Harlan Ellison’s ROCKABILLY is on the cover. Far out! I will buy this book for sure.

    Mark Owens
    Little Ellison Wonderland

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.