May 2012


Death Lives in the Vault of Horror!

Cover of a vintage copy of Tales of the Crypt novel based upon the classic 1972 motion picture that starred Peter Cushing and Joan Collins.

Vintage horror terror tales from the crypt paperback

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One day, I was browsing through a delightful used book store and a book caught my eye. I thought, “Hey, wait just one centon. That’s a weird looking U.S.S. Enterprise! Maybe it is another Star Trek Federation starship. Book has a great sounding title: Galaxy 666.”

Galaxy 666 is a vintage sci fi book with a crappy disguised Star Trek Enterprise starship model on the cover.

It’s the U.S.S. NEVERprise. Bazinga!

I take a closer look at the ship on the front cover. Ha!

This ain’t no Star Trek book and the model on the cover is a crappy, half-assed modified U.S.S. Enterprise.  The publishers clearly didn’t give a Regulan Bloodworm’s arse about copyright, trademarks, and all of that legal stuff.

Even ballsier, the back cover feature’s an excerpt from a “Captain’s Log”.

On the plus side, the book is a fast read.

The late 1960s was a truly exciting time for anything space related: Star Trek, 2001, Erich von Daniken, and the emergence of  the groovy Pink Floyd sound.

Thus, Galaxy 666 was a decent tome that must have satiated the stoned sci-fi fan’s desire for any kind of space story.

As much as I love Star Trek, I love vintage cheese sci-fi even more[redundant phrase] .

Live Long and Prosper.