Dirk Vanden


Dirk Vanden (Richard Fullmer) was one of the heroes, the pioneers of the gay pulp movement. Between 1969 and 1971, he published seven novels—works that were viewed seriously enough to cause them to be listed by Ian Young in his great bibliography and by two different contributors to Claude J. Summers’s Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage.

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Exile in Paradise
By Dirk Vanden
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 53,170. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012 by Lethe Press. Category: Fiction
When sympathetic alien visitors intervene in a Fundamentalist dystopian Earth, a thousand gay/bi/queer men, are “rescued” from a concentration camp by being teleported to an earth-like planet, many light-years from home, free from religious persecution, but with only the most rudimentary supplies and no information—or warnings—about the planet or the life already there. Can they build a new world?
It Was Too Soon Before… The unlikely life, untimely death, and unexpected rebirth of Gay Pioneer, Dirk Vanden
By Dirk Vanden
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 77,740. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012 by Lethe Press. Category: Nonfiction
It Was Too Soon Before… is the autobiography of Richard Fullmer who wrote under the nom de plume Dirk Vanden. He was a serious novelist in the early days of the development of the gay literary genre. The book tells the story of his life from his upbringing as a devout Mormon to his discovery of sexual realities to his move to the gay meccas of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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