Thursday, April 19, 2018

Moonslasher by Douglas D. Hawk

by Douglas D. Hawk
Critic's Choice, 1987

A werewolf story in a Jaws plot.  A mysterious creature stalks a vacation town.  Business leaders don't want to shut down the beaches, er, lake.  A depressed, one-armed cop tries to fight the creature between drinking spells.

The pacing is dictated by the phases of the moon, which gives us long pauses between action.  And it's not a werewolf, it's an Egyptian cat goddess.  The creature isn't described at all for the first few scenes, and my mind filled in a giant wolf.  Later, it still isn't described, other than calling it catlike.  I still had a picture of a wolf for a while, until it was replaced by the image of a twelve foot long house cat biting off heads and being shot at by M-16s.

Decently written, and I'm looking forward to reading more Hawk.

Available in Kindle ebook from Amazon

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TM Gallery: The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Zombie, True Men

The Abominable Dr. Phibes
A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Dr. Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death. 

Zombie (1980)

True Men
Breakout from the Nazi Bitch Camp 1034

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

TM Gallery: Sexurbia County, Magnetic Brain, Cyborg IV

Sexurbia County by Orrie Hitt
It's 1960. Tony Benton found flaming passion in the arms of honey-haired, hot-lipped Ruth Kennedy, who floated around in a golden Cadillac. Ruth's husband ran Burk County, the fashionable sexurb filled with thrill-hungry sin-hunters who stopped at nothing to satiate their jaded appetites. Sex, unlimited, brought cash to Burk County, and Tony soon learned that working its crimson nights paid off in dollars and dolls.

But Tony had complications - jet-haired Connie Davis, to whom bedded bliss meant marriage, and bewitching Elsie Grines, his boss' daughter, and Amy Slade, who was callously victimized by the town's penchant for sin.

Another brutally frank novel of 1960's sizzle, by the legendary Orrie Hitt, about men who left their consciences in the city, and women who checked their morals at the supermarket. 
Kindle ebook from Amazon

Magnetic Brain by Volsted Gridban
In a unique plot - as original as it is weirdly sinister - he tells of the effects of a guinea-pig experiment on the brain of an Earthman, severely injured when his spaceship crash-landed on Mars. With the help of the new wonder metal, niridium, the planet's greatest surgeon effected a trepanning operation on the victim's brain. In doing do he endowed the hitherto shy and diffident Timothy Arnside with the dangerous gift of being able to read the inmost thoughts of his fellow mortals. How the Earthman used and abused that gift is the foundation for a graphically moving story that culminates in a denouement as unexpected as it is spectacular 

Six Million Dollar Man 6: Cyborg IV by Martin Caidin
"Here is 'The Six Million Dollar Man' in a space adventure of the near future in which Cyborg Steve Austin races against time and technology to protect U. S. Military security and his own life. Bionics man Steve Austin is now linked symbiotically to his own space vehicle 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

TM Gallery: The Year of the Boar, 12 Must Die

Kung Fu Featuring Mace 6: The Year of the Boar by Lee Chang
Mace is the praying Mantis stalking the victim with its eyes, while its body remains motionless, patiently waiting for an opportunity to attack with blinding speed and deadly accuracy. Mace is the ape powerfully enforcing its indomitable will against all enemies. Fluid agile, it can squeeze the life from an adversary without precious energy. Mace is the clawing tiger storing its power in steel-coiling muscles that explode upon command to unleash total fury and destruction. Mace is the King Cobra moving rhythmically in a slow dance of death while its prey is helplessly driven into an hypnotic stupor. Then the snake strikes like lethal lightning, ending its victim's agony forever. Mace is Kung Fu deadly, accurate and powerful. 
Paperback from AbeBooks

Dr. Death: 12 Must Die
Who is Dr. Rance Mandarin? A wizard of science dedicated to hurling modern man back into the Stone Age! A twisted combination of Albert Einstein and Boris Karloff. The malevolent monster who calls himself Doctor Death!
Master of the Black Arts, invoker of evil elementals and generalissimo of an army of marauding Zombies, Doctor Death has decreed that mankind must revert to a more primitive state - or perish! And standing against him, a scientific detective steeped the ways of the occult - Jimmy Holm, brave leader of the Secret Twelve, a council of business and political leaders whom Death has marked for destruction. Together, they are mankind's last hope of preventing civilization from crumbling under his sinister supernatural spell. One by one, the Twelve begin falling victim to the evil scientist. Is the end of everything near?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Encounter with the Unknown

Encounter with the Unknown

Hosted by Rod Serling, this one is packaged like the unexplained documentaries of the time period.  It isn't, it's a zero budge horror anthology.  The concept is that a researcher found that several unexplained deaths had their corpses buried in 23 cemeteries, and these are three of their stories:

A prank goes wrong, leading to a young man's death.  His mother curses them to die at seven day intervals.  To be honest, if you go skydiving while under a curse, you've got it coming.

A hole opens up in the ground in a small town.  A man is lowered in by rope and goes mad.

A ghost lady hangs out on a bridge.

It has a low budget charm, but then lost me when it replayed scenes for like ten minutes at the end.

Available at Amazon Video

Friday, April 13, 2018

TM Gallery: Born to Die, Dealer in Death, Mean Johnny Barrows

Apache 14: Born to Die by William M. James

Super-Detective Jim Anthony: The Dealer in Death
October 1940

Mean Johnny Barrows (1975)
Former NFL star Fred Williamson (making his debut as a director) is Johnny Barrows, a soldier dishonorably discharged from the army. He returns home to encounter racism, violence, and an escalating mafia war. Naturally, a man with Barrows' rough background is hired as a mob enforcer. This brutal, blazing, blasting epic also stars Roddy McDowell, Stuart Whitman, and Elliot Gould.