Ed Wood, Jr., author-director of such winners of the Golden Turkey Film Awards for worst movie of all time as Plan Nine from Outer Space and Bride of the Monster, was also the author of a number of equally goofy novels and non-fiction books, all about his obsessions: crossdressing and angora.
Today, Wood would probably find a place somewhere within the transgender community - possibly as a celebrated heroine - but was, during the 1950s, deeply conflicted about these urges. The result was a series of novels exploring the dark fate of transgender people in repressive societies dominated by religious conservatives.
I Want to Die in Drag! is the best known and most celebrated of these novels. When Glen becomes Glenda, there is nowhere for him/her to go but down. But on the way, to get revenge on a society that mocks and represses her, Glenda will become a hit woman for the mob!