Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sticking It to the Man

It’s always nice to be part of a good project, and I’m glad I’ve been able to contribute to the second of the pulp history books edited by Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre.  Their first was Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1959-1980.

Now comes Sticking It To The Man: Revolution & Counterculture in Pop & Popular Fiction, 1950-1980. The book contains features, reviews & interviews about pulp & popular fiction covering civil rights and Black Power, the New Left, gay and lesbian liberation, feminism, and anti-war movements in the US, UK and Australia. It also has vigilante-driven fiction that echoed the Nixonian backlash and the coming conservatism of Thatcherism and Reaganism. It’ll have lots of really pulpy cover photos. Contributors include. Woody Haut, Gary Phillips, Michael Gonzalez, David Whish-Wilson, Brian Greene and many others. The thing I wrote for it is a 7,000 word piece on Chester Himes.  I talk about his Harlem Detective series from A Rage in Harlem through his unfinished Plan B as well as his non-series New York City novel about a black man stalked by a murderous white cop, Run, Man, Run.

It should be a hell of a book, and I’m looking forward to wading through all the pieces myself.

Here’s the cover:

PM Press is publishing the book in August, and it's already available for pre-order: 

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