Star Trek's Capt. James Kirk versus his enemy, candy corn

 

To be buried alive…within a dead world…surrounded by nothing but miles and miles of the most waxy, disturbing food stuff in the known galaxy…

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Love Star Trek? Love vintage paperbacks? Love photos? Then you’ll love the Star Trek Fotonovel #1: The City on the Edge of Forever.

I love these Fotonovels. They’re like comic books but with still images from the episode instead of drawings. Back in the dark days of the 1970s, VCRs were rare (VC what???), and there was no Tivo, DVRs, or the Youtube, thus the easiest way to relive favorite Star Trek episodes was by reading the Fotonovel adaptations.

Star Trek City on the Edge of Forever Fotonovel based upon the episode by Harlan Ellison

“Spock…can you….believe that…forty years later… people…will…still… be interested…in Star Trek?”

The still images were awesome. The images were a great help for a young and budding illustrator who still to this day scribbles Star Trek ships and Vulcans and Kirk and what-not on whatever blank surface I can find.

City on the Edge of Forever has been ranked[citation needed? um, no, it is not needed because everone agrees!] the best Star Trek episode of all time, and one of the finest TV shows ever produced.

The great, cranky, Harlan Ellison wrote the original draft (re-written by the Star Trek staff) about a space/time disturbance. Volumes have been written about the Ellison-Gene Roddenbery feud over the produced episode, but whatever, the episode is quite an acheivement for 1960s TV.

Basically, the storyline…

Lovable ship’s doctor, Bones, injects himself with a wacky drug, goes all nuts, beams down onto a strange planet’s surface, and jumps through a really cool, donut shaped time portal known as The Guardian of Forever.

Kirk and Spock follow suit and jump through the portal (after the Guardian projects streaming images from various Paramount Pictures movies, er, I mean, images from Earth’s past) and end up in 1930s America.

Actually, Kirk and Spock (and Bones) end up on a re-dressed exterior set that was used for Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show.

Dynasty’s sexy, uber-bitch Joan Collins plays a lovely woman who helps out the homeless, envisions a time when humans will travel the stars, and who will become one of Hitler’s greatest supporters.

I shall say no more but only to say “Live Long and Prosper”.

Heaven Help Us All When The Devil’s Rain!

Yep, that was the film’s tagline. Apparently in Hell making sense is not a requirement.

I love this movie. I cannot stress this point enough. I love The Devil’s Rain.

The Devil’s Rain is one of the grooviest, out-there, horror films ever excreted from the bowels of that wonderfully insane, coke-fuelled decade called the 1970s.

The Devils Rain Paperback based upon the far-out horror film with William Shatner and Ernest Borgnine.

Click for larger image if you dare! That’s Ida Lupino on the cover, trapped within The Devils Rain.

Brief summary (I don’t want to give it all away. You must see this movie!)

The Devil’s Rain stars the great Ernest Borgnine as Corbis, aka “The Goat Demon”, aka a demonic goat-headed figure in a bright red skin-tight bodysuit.

The movie takes place in a deserted Western town called Stanville.

Yes, Stanville. Get it, Stanville…

The movie takes place during the 1970s, but there is a flashback to puritanical times setting up the conflict with Corbis and his followers over a book called The Witches’ Hammer.

Corbis has apparently spent hundreds of years searching for The Witches’ Hammer. Turns out the decent all-American Preston family has been guarding the book. The Prestons are a savvy lot, they hid the book in a hollowed-out chunk of floor beneath an end table!

William “Bill” Shatner plays Mark Preston, a ranch hand who avenges his family against Corbis and the merry gang of Devil worshippers that reside in Stanville.

Yes, Stanville.

A super hairy, ultra-Seventies Tom Skerritt plays Tom Preston, Mark’s scientist brother. TV’s Eddie Albert, star of Green Acres, is a scientist studying ESP and telepathy and whatever the hell else scientists studied back in the 1970s.

John Travolta has a pre-Kotter, pre-Saturday Night Fever appearance as Danny. Who’s Danny? Never mind. You blink and you’ll miss him. So, keep your eye out for the young Devil worshipper with the butt chin.

The legendary Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, was a consultant on the film and has a brief cameo as the masked man who plays the large church organ.

The movie’s great visual effect occurs when various townspeople melt away into what appears to be gooey pools of multi-coloured candle wax. Awesome!

This is the rare novelization of a cheesy film where the book adds of a lot  important  information and backstory that was left out of the film.

But the book lacks great visuals such as:

  • People dissolving into candle wax
  • Ernest Borgnine with the head of a demonic goat whilst attired in a skin-tight red suit.
  • And the coup de grace, Bill Shatner’s post-Star Trek TOS and pre-T.J. Hooker toupee, er, I mean acting.

This groovy horror film and its super groovy novelization are both highly recommended! A+++

If your a fan of the great William Shatner (herein known as ‘The Shat’) then you must add this vintage paperback bio to your collection of Shatnerphelia.

William Shatner Where No Man Biography Vintage Paperback Star Trek

Shatner: Where No Man…

If you stumble across a copy of this rare book, buy it. You won’t regret your purchase.

“Shatner: Where No Man…” delves into the mind and body of The Shat. The book is so very 1970s. The Shat discusses his virality, his manliness, his ahtletic abilities, his thoughts on UFOs, and so much more.

Book includes a great photo section.

Live long and Prosper, baby! Rocket Man!!!!!!!!

Book Review: A+