It’s A Swamp Girl Thang
Elizabeth Shore will be publishing a contemporary erotic romance with Wild Rose Press in the next year or so. All I know is that it has snakes in it–a lot of snakes. It’s also set in the Deep South and it’s super sexy. A hot swampy snake-packed Deep South got me looking online and what I found were all these pulp novels from decades ago that played off the swamp woman motif.
Now, these novel covers ended up having nothing to do with Elizabeth Shore’s novel, but that didn’t prevent me from pouring over the images with a sort of perverse relish. They were horrible-awful-forbidden. Like urban legends, these books play up the worst stereotypes of the 50’s. The predominate themes of an uninhibited woman/girl who “confuses lust and love” and mixes them together in a kind of proto-erotic romance.
So here they are — note how the text is your basic misogyny mixed with a dash of awe. Themes dwell on outlaw or untamed female sexuality, innocence, and fearsome power. (Isn’t it weird, and gross–and yet totally interesting?) We’ve come a long way, my fellow femmes.
And maybe Elizabeth will post on her upcoming book, setting us straight on how it’s so NOT this. ;>