Sunday, January 21, 2018

Trash Menace Gallery

Ace G-Man Stories
The Suicide Squad’s Last Mile
The F.B.I.’s ace manhunt trio fight their way to hell and back—to end the rule of a crime-czar who had decreed death for all G-men and paid highest cash prices for secondhand corpses! 

The Time and Place by Laura Duchamp
They were no longer to remain teacher-pupil, no longer able to deny the truth of their desires

Spicy Detective Stories, November 1936

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Trash Menace Gallery

Sex Cure by Elaine Dorian
For the rich, beautiful women of the suburban fast set, young Dr. Justin Riley had a favorite prescription.
Rips the mask from Doctors who mix women and medicine

Tenement: Game of Survival
The game is played with knives, guns, drugs & sex...
There can be only one winner!

Black Fire (1985)
After suffering a concussion from a grenade blast in 'Nam, Sgt. Frank Johnson has been getting flashes of his childhood. He is a ninja in those dreams. Because of this, he is given a codename: "Black Fire" by the US Army and is sent to San Sebastian together with his buddy Sgt. Jim Anderson to work as U.S. military advisers. One night, Sgt. Johnson discovers Capt. Salcedo trying to transport arms. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Power by Ian Watson

The Power
by Ian Watson
1987 Headline Book Publishing

The little boy was dead.  Of course he was.  Would you expect a half-naked child, whose bowels had been hauled out through his devastated anus and knotted around his neck, to be alive?
Set against the backdrop of 80s Britain, with aging student radicals protesting nuclear proliferation and the presence of the US military.  Lots of this for a while, until protester Jeni gives birth to a giant pink worm who promptly swims down the toilet.  A child is found dead, then the four horseman of the apocalypse ride through the village.

While everyone is trying to decide if this is all an hallucination, the world ends.  Nuclear war breaks out, and the village is protected by a kind of force field.  Most of the villagers carry on a semblance of life while the flesh rots from their irradiated bodies.  The Power, which may be Satan wanting to protect humanity so evil can live on, speaks through the severed head of the town vicar.

Time goes backwards for the Power, which means it still needs to be conceived.  To save the world, Jeni must have sex with one of the rotting zombies in a scene played largely for laughs.  Healthy children emerge from the rotting bodies and the world begins anew.

I get the feeling Watson was a high-falutin' science fiction writer who tried his hand at that horror stuff that sold so well in the late 80s.  He missed the mark a bit there, as he doesn't deliver scares as much as revulsion and weirdness.  Which is fine with me, though the prose is quite thick to get through:
This is the razor blade buried in the cake of the miracle; but it's the only cake in town.
And I'll never have the recipe again.

Kindle ebook from Amazon

Click here to read a sample

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

TV Obscura - Charlie & Co.

Here's a one season answer to the Cosby Show, with Flip Wilson (who deserved better), Gladys Knight sans Pips (who deserved way better) and Urkel.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

House of Evil by John Trinian

House of Evil
by John Trinian
Pyramid 1962
Reprinted by Stark House Press, 2016

A conman starts a religious cult and begins to believe his own con.  Other con artists move in to steal his cash, and the stash of compromising films.  A b-movie actor is accidentally roped into the scene, and he's out to rescue a girl that the cult leader has a lecherous eye on.

Some tone issues with this one.  It threatens to get dark, then turns to goofball humor, and ends with the actor flopping around in a fishman costume.

Original paperback from AbeBooks

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I Like the Thing in the Thing Better than the Thing

CQ (2001)

CQ stars Jeremy Davies (who I like to think of as an alternate universe Henry Thomas) is a pretentious wannabe director who is working as an editor for a 60s Eurospy movie, Codename: Dragonfly.  He steals film to work on his horsepoop art piece of him pontificating on a toilet, the better to smell his own farts.  The Eurospy movie (think along the lines of Barbarella or Danger: Diabolik) is supposed to represent the crass commercial side of film making, while the art film represents the detached artist.

Or something - not a clear purpose or reason for this film to exist, and fails to either enlighten or entertain.  I think we're supposed to be aware of the characters faults but ultimately be on the side of art, and to not like Codename: Dragonfly as crass commercialism, but it seemed clear to me that Davies played a complete wanker and that they would have been better off just making Codename: Dragonfly.

Sure, it looks good, but don't bother watching the whole thing just for these parts.

I felt the same way about Stephen King's The Dark Half.  The Dark Half is about a writer living in Maine (but you already knew that) who writes violent crime fiction on the side under an assumed name George Stark.  The stories within the story feature a character named Alexis Machine, who is similar to Richard Stark's Parker, if Parker were a serial killer.

Of course, I would much rather read the George Stark books than anything by Stephen King.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ninja Condors (1987)

Ninja Condors (1987)

Brian the ninja became a ninja after watching his father drawn and quartered by motorcycles.  He grows up to be a ninja, the White Eagle, and works for gang boss Lucifer.  The killing bothers his conscience, so he quits after chainsawing a pregnant woman, off frame.  He hooks up with jive turkey Eddie, who is an undercover cop, and rescues his ninja master.

There's honky fights, ninja fights on a merry go round, ninja fights on a skating rink, two fisting M16s, and hundreds of throwing stars.

Most Filmark/Godfrey Ho movies are just random Hong Kong films spliced together with clips of Richard Harrison fighting ninjas in the park.  There's still plenty of that, but this was an actual original movie, with a coherent plot and everything.

The martial arts I've seen in a Filmark movie, and pretty good in general for 1987.

Available on Amazon video

Monday, January 1, 2018

Frankenstein 2018

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, an important milestone in both horror and science fiction, 2018 will be the year of Frankenstein, both the doctor and monster.

First, a quick checklist of derivative novels through the 1970s (not including children's and parody works).

Most of these are continuations of the original, with the primary difference being whether the creature is smart like the book or dumb like the movie.

Series by Jean-Claude Carrière, published in France.  The first two have been translated into English. 
1957 La Tour de Frankenstein (The Tower of Frankenstein)
1957 Le Pas de Frankenstein (The Step of Frankenstein)
1957 La Nuit de Frankenstein (The Night of Frankenstein)
1957 Le Sceau de Frankenstein (The Seal of Frankenstein)
1958 Frankenstein Rôde (Frankenstein Prowls)
1959 La Cave de Frankenstein (The Cellar of Frankenstein)

Series by Donald Glut, the first three or so originally published in Spain, the first four titles were released in English in 1977, with all the titles in German around 1976-7, all finally released in English in late 2017.
Frankenstein Lives Again
Terror of Frankenstein
Bones of Frankenstein
Frankenstein Meets Dracula
Frankenstein vs. the Werewolf
Frankenstein in the Lost World
Frankenstein in the Mummy’s Tomb
The Return of Frankenstein
Frankenstein and the Curse of Dr. Jekyll
Frankenstein and the Evil of Dracula

1972 Frankenstein Wheel by Paul W. Fairman

1974 Frankenstein Unbound by Brian Aldiss

1975 Cross of Frankenstein by Robert J. Meyers
1976 Slave of Frankenstein by Robert J. Meyers

1977 Hound of Frankenstein by Peter Tremayne

I'll add more as they're discovered.