Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tie-Ins: Alien Nation

Alien Nation is about an alien ship landing on Earth and the social changes caused by them integrating into human society.  From what I saw of it, Bright was a direct lift, with fantasy instead of scifi.

There was one season of a surprisingly good television spin-off, and several years later a handful of TV movies.  Some of the novelizations are interesting in that they developed from scripts from the aborted second season, some of which were later rewritten into the TV movies.

1989: Alien Nation by Alan Dean Foster - movie novelization
1993: Day of Descent by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens - original prequel book
1993: Dark Horizon by K.W. Jeter - adapted from a second season script, later made into a TV movie
1994: Body and Soul by Peter David - adapted from a second season script, later made into a TV movie
1994: The Change by Barry B. Longyear - from an unproduced script
1994: Slag Like Me by Barry B. Longyear
1994: Passing Fancy by  David Spencer
1995: Extreme Prejudice by L.A. Graf
1995: Cross of Blood by K.W. Jeter

Monday, December 10, 2018

Tivoli Gardens - Skaersliden Funhouse

I spent the better part of three days trying to find this funhouse footage I came across a couple years ago.  My obsessions rarely pay off, but here you go

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ringo of Nebraska

Ringo of Nebraska (1966)

Mild oater, without the edge or creativity that mark good eurowesterns.  Stranger come to town Nebraska (not Ringo, and not Sartana) gets involved in a range war.

Available on Amazon Video - their print is a composite, with a few shots in Italian.

Friday, December 7, 2018

TM Gallery: Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks

Wife and Harlot by Zana Gale
Sexual torment tortured her body and seared her soul
Paperback from AbeBooks

A Nice Girl Like You by Richard Wormser
Lt. Andy Bastain, the lovable cop, heads an unlovely search for the man who violated a teenage beauty and left her just enough intact to someday tell the tale. Andy becomes the star legal attraction when his best friend becomes the number-one suspect in the case and finds himself in sore need of a helping hand and an eloquent alibi. 
Paperback from AbeBooks

Common-Law Wife by Karl Kramer
She had to have a man - with or without marriage

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Kaheesh by Nathan Butler

by Nathan Butler (Jerry Sohl)
1973 Fawcett

A family on vacation runs into a Hinduish holy man, Kaheesh.  The husband wants to study under him before becoming sick.  The wife is forced to sleep with Kaheesh or he will psychically increase her husbands fever.  Turns out she was his lover from previous incarnations.

Lots of telling, because good lord there's nothing to show.  The novel is packaged as a combination of sleaze and horror, and fails miserably on both fronts.  A titch of anxiety with Kaheesh influencing the family, nothing as scary as grandma giving all her money to a televangelist.  Tame sex sequences - after she gets back with her husband she shows her shameless adventurous side by having sex in the shower.

Nathan Butler is the name science fiction write Jerry Sohl used when writing sleaze, all of which has been reissued in ebook form.

Available for Kindle from Amazon