AIMEE & CHLOE by Valerie Grey (Olympia Press)
Olympia Press just reprinted as an e-book a collection of two novellas, Aimee and Chloe: Two Sordid Stories of Sin and Incest by Valerie Grey.
Also out in paperback here.
Where have I read the first one, “Aimee and Her Father,” before? It seems vintage but may be imitating the style, set in the 1920s, about a consensual affair between a young female writer and her father — sounds like the same set-up in Anais Nin’s memoir, Incest. The sex is pretty graphic, even with a dash of beastiality.
“Chloe” is set in the 1960s with incest as an experiemnt in free love. A strange tale with the father becoming a Christian and wanting to stop the affair but the daughter doesn’t want to stop, and they have a child together (no webbed feet).
Taboo topics done with grace and poetry. Incest was not really handled in bright lghts in the softcores until the 70s, when things got hardcore, even the covers were explict, as seen below.
One publisher, Suree House, from ex-Greeleaf employees and located in El Cajon, Calfornia, specalized in incest fiction, even with pedophilia. These were mafia-connected companies; the mob seemed to think there was a market for this smut, and indeed there was.
Today, incest is only “a hot seller” in memoirs, like that Kathryn Harris autobiography a few years back. Incest is always a topic for grand literature — from the Bible yo Joyce Carol Oates to seedy private eye yarns.
In some lesbian novels, incest (like rape) is often an impetus for the character to turn to women for the third theme of love.