The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film

A History and Annotated Bibliography

By (author) Drewey Wayne Gunn

Hardback - £89.00

Publication date:

08 November 2012

Length of book:

442 pages


Scarecrow Press

ISBN-13: 9780810885882

In The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film (2005), scholar Drewey Wayne Gunn examined the history of gay detectives beginning with the first recognized gay novel, The Heart in Exile, which appeared in 1953. In the years since the original edition's publication, hundreds of novels and short stories in this sub-genre have been produced, and Gunn has unearthed many additional representations previously unrecorded.

In this new edition, Gunn provides an overview of milestones in the development of gay detectives over the last several decades. Also included in this volume is an annotated list of novels, short stories, plays, graphic novels, comic strips, films, and television series with gay detectives, gay sleuths of secondary importance, and non-sleuthing gay policemen. The most complete listing available—including the
only listing of early gay pulp novels, present-day male-to-male romances, and erotic films—this new edition brings the work up to date with publications missed in the first edition, particularly cross-genre mysteries, early pulps, and some hard-to-find volumes.

The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography lists all printed works in English (including translations) presently known to include gay detectives (such as amateur sleuths, police detectives, private investigators, and investigative reporters), from the 1929 play Rope until the present day. It includes all films in English, subtitled or dubbed, from the screen version of Rope in 1948 and the launch of the independent film Spy on the Fly in 1966 through the end of 2011. Complete with two appendices—a bibliography of sources and a list of Lambda Literary Awards—and indexes of titles, detectives, and actors, this extensively revised and updated reference will prove invaluable to mystery collectors, researchers, aficionados of the subgenre, and those devoted to GLBTQ studies.
This updated edition of Gunn's original volume provides all new gay male sleuth detectives stories in print and on film that have been published since 2005, as well as includes any titles that were overlooked in the original edition. With a discussion of more than 800 works of literature and 100 films and nearly 20 television or video series, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is the definitive reference work on this topic, and it belongs in any library whose patrons might be researching this subgenre. This outstanding book is divided into three highly readable and well-organized sections....Along with a superb index, this highly recommended work concludes with two very useful appendixes, the first on critical and bibliographic resources and the second on the Lambda Literary Awards for Best Gay Men’s Mystery (1988-2011).