Sunday, December 14, 2008
Fun Gift Book
Beautifully designed by Bill Smith, this gorgeous oversize quality paperback from Feral House (the folks who brought you FRATERNITY OF SHAME and THE MOLOCH OF MARIHUANA) is a hoot and a stumble down memory lane. While we now enjoy this exploitative genre for its campy kitsch, gloriously bad writing and outlandish misinformation, drug paperbacks were once an important medium with a perversely seductive quality. This book collects hundreds of fabulously lurid covers, from 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.