RAGE by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)

PUBLISHER: Signet, 9/1977
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction
SETTING: Maine, USA, May 1976
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: D

FROM PUBLISHER: A disturbed high-school student with authority problems kills one of his teachers and takes the rest of his class hostage. Over the course of one long, tense and unbearable hot afternoon, Charlie Decker explains what led him to this drastic sequence of events, while at the same time deconstructing the personalities of his classmates, forcing each one to justify his or her existence.


MY THOUGHTS: This is one shitty novella, around 130 pages, that's told from Charlie's point of view and only spans a few hours. The dialogue and student actions are totally unbelievable. Prime example, a girl said this after Charlie shot two teachers in the classroom, "Go Charlie! Fuck 'em all!" A boy asked him, after the first shooting, I believe it was, if he could do his homework. In the midst of it all two girls got into a verbal fight, calling each other whores and cunts. And about three times Charlie mentioned circle jerks, which, I won't lie, made me chuckle. One of the girls told of some sexual encounter in front of the class. WTF?! And the strangest and second most disturbing scene of all is towards the end when the class turned on one male student for no reason that I could see. The students held hostage seem to be as unstable as Charlie. Charlie even let one girl leave the classroom to go to the bathroom....and the fool came back instead of fleeing. To be completely honest, I disliked most of the students so much I was hoping he'd kill 'em all at the end. There really aren't any likable characters.

I'm not sure what sent Charlie down a murderous path. He said in chapter one that two years previous he began to lose his mind. We weren't privy to what was going through his mind then. He thinks his father hates him and he recited an incident to his class that happened when he was four and his father threw him onto the ground for breaking the windows. He seems to have had a basic childhood and is a virgin (and told a story about it to the class). Just a few months before the shootings, Charlie beat the chalkboard in chemistry class with a pipe wrench until it crumbled then hit his chemistry teacher, Mr. Carlson, in the head with it and fractured his scull.

The only part I liked at all was when Charlie reminisced in chapter 29 about a near physical altercation with his father while telling him off.

I've posted some images from inside the The Bachman Books here.

This story is also available as one of four stories in The Bachman Books, which can be found under the following ISBN's only: 9780451147363, B001IPV91A, 9780450392498, and 9780452257740, which is the version I have.

The current in-print edition doesn't contain this story but still has the other three. Rage as part of The Bachman Books went out of print in 1998 after a December 1997 U.S. school shooting so any version with a publication date after that won't contain this story.

I like the original cover a lot but Charlie looks much older than seventeen. In the 1983 edition with the yellow cover here, he definitely looks like a teenager.

Here are a few good reviews/articles on the novel at: Devouring Texts, Dead End Follies, Sharp Pencil, Between the Covers, The Guardian

School shooters/hostage takers inspired/possibly inspired by "Rage": Jeff Cox, Jeff Cox 2, Dustin Pierce, Dustin Pierce 2, Scott Pennington, Scott Pennington 2, Scott Pennington 3Barry Loukaitis, Michael Carneal.

Here's how Stephen-writing-as-Bachman was exposed.



CRASH INTO ME: A SURVIVOR'S SEARCH FOR JUSTICE by Liz Seccuro

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA, 1/2011
GENRE: Nonfiction/Memoir/True Crime
PURCHASE: link
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: B+

FROM PUBLISHER: In September 2005, Liz Seccuro's world turned upside down when she received an apology letter from the man who had raped her twenty-two years earlier. The rape, which occurred when she was a seventeen-year-old freshman at the University of Virginia, was reported to the campus police, but their inquiry led nowhere. The man accused of raping her left the university soon after, and Seccuro tried to put the incident behind her, starting a business and a family, but like all survivors of trauma, the memory was never far from the surface.

The letter brought it all back. Seccuro bravely began an e-mail correspondence with her rapist to try to understand what happened, and why. As the correspondence continued, Seccuro found the courage to do what should have been done all those years earlier-prosecute him. She began appearing on national television and radio to talk about the case. Several crime dramas and a John Grisham novel, The Associate, were based on her experience. She had found a way to end a terrible story, but once judicial proceedings began, she found that what she thought occurred at that UVA frat party was only the tip of the iceberg. The investigation revealed at least two other assailants, numerous onlookers, and a wall of silence among the fraternity members that persisted two decades later.


MY THOUGHTS: I learned of Liz on an episode of I.D.'s Vanity Fair Confidential, Season 4, episode 1 titled Shadows on the Lawn. This is a well-written and easy to follow memoir about injustice-turned-justice, but barely.

Liz was at a frat party one night in 1984, a party she didn't even want to go to and only went to as a favor for her male friend, and was given a tart green-colored drink that was obviously drugged. She was there mentally at times but had trouble moving her limbs and was fading in and out of consciousness. She was carried into a bedroom and the lights were turned out and she was raped, and raped in another room by another male, and was raped digitally on the sofa by a third male while a few other men looked on. She's not sure what order this all happened in. She wasn't a rape victim who stayed silent. She did what she could at the time of the assault, October 1984, to see that her attacker was punished but was unsuccessful. Right after the rape she walked to the UVA medical center to tell them she was raped and was told by a nurse that they don't handle rape victims there, which makes no sense at all, and the nurse told her to go to another hospital far away. She was lied to right to her face several times by the disgusting male dean of UVA, Robert Canevari, about who had legal jurisdiction over the college. She was told the university had to deal with the situation themselves, not the Charlottesville police, which was a complete lie. The scumbag, who's hopefully six feet under now, tried to make her think she wasn't raped and just had a bad date and he even told her parents, right in front of her, that she was 'date raped', which wasn't true because there was no date. He suggested she transfer to another school and told her he had 'contacts' who could help with it. He'd already had the rapist, William Beebe, leave the school, thinking that would solve the problem and Liz would drop her complaint. Dean Canevari never even took a report of her story. In fact, several others didn't either. They just wanted to sweep the situation under the rug.

I have a bone to pick with her friends too. Lots of them came to her dorm room to comfort her but none of them offered to take her to a hospital.

Justice wasn't really served because William only spent five months in prison, due to Virginia not having a statute of limitations on rape, and the other two men who raped her got away with it because they wouldn't cooperate with law enforcement and by that point it had been twenty-two or three years since it happened.

Liz is very likable and very open about her ordeal and her struggle with panic attacks. I do think the book needed to be longer and I'd have liked more details on her first marriage at age twenty-three and I definitely wanted to read more of her correspondence with William Beebe. It needed information on how her parents were dealing with it over the years.




MURDER AT BEECHWOOD by Alyssa Maxwell

PUBLISHER: Kensington, 5/2015
GENRE: Historical Fiction/Mystery
SETTING: Rhode Island, USA, 1896
SERIES: Gilded Newport Mysteries, #3
AUTHOR SITE: link
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: B-

FROM PUBLISHER: For Newport, Rhode Island’s high society, the summer of 1896 brings lawn parties, sailboat races…and murder. Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony—let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she naturally takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer , Emma launches a discreet search for the baby’s mother.

One of her first stops is a lawn party at Mrs. Caroline Astor’s Beechwood estate. But an idyllic summer’s day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are prompt accusations of foul play—and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. But as Emma navigates dark undercurrents of scandalous indiscretions and violent passions, she’ll need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her…


MY THOUGHTS: Let me start by saying this book has way too many characters, around twenty, most introduced within the first fifty pages. Most weren't even in the picture much. By the end of the book I still wasn't 100% sure who was who and had to keep looking at my notes to help me figure things out.

There were multiple mysteries going on at the same time, too many- who, if anyone, caused the explosion on the boat, who dropped the baby off at Emma's doorstep, who shot a carriage driver, who shot a maid, and so on. I was interested in all of it. The person(s) who did the crimes, or some of them, just wasn't believable. At least not to me. The motive(s) presented were ridiculous too.

Emma's character is too perfect, flawless actually, and she's clearly a genius at solving crimes, all on her own, and without help from another soul. Sure. I didn't get any backstory on her and that's very necessary for a main character. I realized that was probably given in book one of the series but the author should have recapped in the next two. I don't even know how old she is or what she looks like.

The book is flawed, I never really got to know any of the characters, but I was kept interested and was disappointed in the climax for being far-fetched. Emma's not a character I'd want to keep reading about because she's been written as someone I can't relate to.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK: ONE WOMAN'S OBSESSIVE SEARCH FOR THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER by Michelle McNamara

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins, 2/2018
GENRE: Nonfiction/True Crime
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: D

FROM PUBLISHER: For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.


MY THOUGHTS: Michelle's a great writer and I like her style and humor at times but she got off track quite a bit. I've been following this case since 2001 and she didn't do it justice. I liked the autobiographical parts a lot but most of it wasn't relevant to this case. As I feared, this was very much The Story of Michelle McNamara. There should have been background information on all of the victims, not just one. We got more on Michelle's than we did theirs. Example: So much time was spent on Cheri's failing relationship with her daughter which is fine, I genuinely like hearing about it and can related to it to a degree, but an equal amount of time should have been spent on telling us about Cheri's own background. I learned nothing at all about her childhood, and nothing about the childhood of most of the other victims, including Brian and Katie Maggoire. The story of the victims took a back seat to her own, which is such a shame because that's not how this should have been.

The crimes are out of order and instead of starting with the first rape in 1976 she jumps to a murder in 1981 and I can't figure out why. It's disjointed as hell. In the middle of a story about one of the crimes she'd get off track and start talking about the town it happened in. Back to the story, please.

Too many unimportant things were added, possibly to fill space, like pages dedicated to cleared suspects. Too bad the two guys who helped finish writing it, Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen, couldn't have cleaned it up more. I suspect they weren't allowed to mess with it too much. I don't see where they were thanked in the book by her husband Patton or the publisher.

One thing I found odd was her mentioning an issue a rape victim had with something a former investigator said about her in his book Sudden Terror. Why bring their drama to your own book? None of that is relevant to your book and it doesn't involve you. It was only done to try and shame Larry Crompton.

I don't think this book would have been published had she not been married to a celebrity. It seems rushed and unfinished and not too interesting. I don't think someone new to this case will care much about it, after reading this. I think a casual reader of true crime wouldn't be compelled by what they've read in this book to look into the other books about this criminal. To be honest, it's not as good as a few of the self-published ones on this case. This is the only book of the lot to have been published by a major publisher and it's a big disappointment because I know it could have been so much better.

I've uploaded some images from the book here.

Other nonfiction books on this case, listed in order of publication are:

Sudden Terror by Larry Crompton, detective on case

Hot Prowl by Jack Gray

Frozen in Fear by Jane Carson-Sandler, victim #5

Hunting a Psychopath by Richard Shelby, detective on case

Murder on His Mind by Anne Penn, relative of Lyman Smith

Case Files of the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer by Kat Winters and Keith Komos (the best of the bunch)

Fiction- Terror at 3am: When PTSD Turns Deadly by Duane Wilson


I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



OUR GUYS: THE GLEN RIDGE RAPE AND SECRET LIFE OF THE PERFECT SUBURB by Bernard Lefkowitz

PUBLISHER: Vintage, 4/1998
PURCHASE: link
BOOK IMAGES: link
MY GRADE: A

FROM PUBLISHER: In March 1989 a group of teenage boys lured a retarded girl into a basement in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and gang-raped her. Glen Ridge was the kind of peaceful, affluent suburb many Americans dream about. The rapists were its most popular high school athletes. And although rumors of the crime quickly spread through the town, weeks passed before anyone saw fit to report it to the police.

What made these boys capable of brutalizing a girl that some of them had known since childhood? Why did so many of their elders deny the rape and rally around its perpetrators? To solve this riddle, the Edgar award-winning author Bernard Lefkowitz conducted years of research and more than two hundred interviews. The result is not just a wrenching story of crime and punishment, but a hauntingly nuanced portrait of America's jock culture and the hidden world of unrestrained adolescent sexuality.


MY THOUGHTS: This was very good and well-researched, but the author was long-winded at times when it came to details about the town's history. I feel it was a bit disjointed too. "Leslie Faber", a pseudonym, was born in 1971 in Canada and was adopted as a baby by a New Jersey couple. Like Leslie, most of the defendants were seniors in high school.

While the males involved in the "rape" are without a doubt scumbags, I don't believe "Leslie" was raped. She was definitely taken advantage of by males she thought were her friends, whom she's known most of her life. From what I understand of her she doesn't like to upset people and will say whatever she feels they want to hear. 1 1/2 years before this rape, at age 16 her IQ was tested at 49-51, the level of a second or third-grader. It was frustrating reading about her testimony because of how often she changed her story but I understand why she did it-she didn't want the guys to get in trouble and still thought they were her friends, though they never were to begin with. All they ever did was pick on her.

I'd say Kevin's the most disturbed one out of the bunch. He'd take his penis out and masturbate in class in front of people and teachers even saw him with his hand down his pants masturbating and they did nothing at all. According to this he's a registered sex offender in Florida as of 2011.

Second most disturbed one is Chris Archer, who was a junior in high school in 1989. He's described as having pale blue eyes and light brown hair. He'd call Leslie at home sometimes in high school and tell her he was "jerking off." He'd call sometimes to ask her to meet him at a nearby neighborhood botanical garden that had two sheds on the property. She'd meet him there occasionally and later said they "fool around" there. Exactly what that entailed wasn't mentioned. Leslie being on the level of a second or third-grader is what makes Chris' actions disturbing.

Aside from the case itself, the most disturbing thing that's happened, that we know of, is that in 2005, Richie Corcoran shot his estranged wife and her boyfriend, then shot himself. He died and they survived.

The author died in 2014 so there's no asking him for updates on any of the people.

I've uploaded images from the book here.

Reading material:

This person claims that this case never existed in the first place.

You can read a brief article from 1994 here.

Read an excerpt of the book here.

Read someone's write-up here.



FAVORITE COOKIES: More Than 40 Recipes for Iconic Treats by William-Sonoma

PUBLISHER: Weldon Owen, 4/2017
GENRE: Cooking/Baking
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: C

FROM PUBLISHER: This comprehensive collection of over 3 dozen cookie recipes provides all the much-loved classics, along with tips and variations on how to make them unique. The beautifully photographed volume will feature recipes for holiday and gift giving, but will also include drop cookies, bars & sandwich cookies. The recipes are simple enough to be understood by beginning bakers, and share a timeless quality that will make them cherished by cooks of all levels. The recipes are the type home cooks will return to again and again.

Whether you’re an avid baker or a novice, the experts at the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen have you covered. Inside this inspiring volume, you'll find 37 recipes for all types of cookies, including drop cookies, holiday cookies, sandwiched cookies, and bar cookies. Step-by-step photography and instructions illustrate how to roll out dough, cut cookie shapes, and decorate with panache.

Drop Cookies: Chocolate Chip; Peanut Butter; Oatmeal Raisin; Cowboy; Coconut, Butterscotch, and Macadamia; Chocolate Crinkle.

Holiday Cookies/Gift Giving Cookies: Sugar; Gingersnap Molasses; Gingerbread molasses; Spritz; Snickerdoodle; Candy Cane; Peppermint bark; Thumbprints; Meringues; Florentines; Almond Crescent.

Sandwich Cookies: Chocolate pretzel and peanut butter sandwich cookie; Lemon cream cookie sandwiches; Homemade Oreos

Bars: Blondie; Toffee Triangles; Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Brownie Bars; 7-Layer Bar; S’more Brownie; Orange Creamsicle.



THINGS I'VE MADE

PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


These cookies taste alright but they aren't perfect. They're ordinary and the doughballs didn't spread much at all. I had to flatten the rest of the unbaked balls with the back of a measuring cup. I won't be making these again and mine look nothing like the ones in the book. They're like two different cookies.

Using a 1.5" diameter/1T. scoop I got 53 doughballs. I used 1c. mini semisweet chocolate chips and 1 1/4 c. toasted and chopped pecans.


OATMEAL-RAISIN COOKIES


These are very good and the recipe is basic. They use rolled oats and both types of sugar, white and brown.


LEMON CREAM SANDWICH COOKIES


I didn't make the lemon filling because I don't like cream cheese so I just used raspberry jam. This cookie dough was very easy to work with and is in fact the best roll-out dough I've ever worked with. Unfortunately it's basically the same as a shorbread cookie and the baked cookie is crumbly and the cookies soften a lot, even in an air-tight container. For that reason alone I wouldn't make these again because I don't like a soft cookie. I got 32 2" sandwich cookies.


MY THOUGHTS: I'm not at all impressed with this cookbook. Only one of the three recipes I made turned out good. Most of the cookies look unappetizing.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




A NIGHT AT HALSTED'S ADULT GAY DVD, 1982

STUDIO: Cosco, 1982
SCREENSHOTS: link
WATCH: link
MY GRADE: B

FROM DVD: Fred Halsted could create a fantasyland where anything and everything goes, a place where you can meet the video stars of your dreams, and make them come true. Gloryholes, slings, and other toys become a living playground for this orgy of tight, glistening flesh! Fred Halsted's a crowning achievement.


SCENE 1: Some guy who looks like he's in his forties goes to a club and talks to the guy working inside. He walks outside to the back yard(?) that's fenced in, and spots a curly haired guy he likes the looks of. A man is standing inside a building outside getting blown by a guy who's on his knees. Another guy is standing there watching. This scene is very brief and I have to wonder why it was even in the film since they showed so little of it.

SCENE 2: The curly haired guy is inside now walking naked down a hallway with red lighting. He goes into a tiny room with a glass/Plexiglas wall dividing it from the other room. There's an oblong gloryhole in the glass. He jerks off a little then a guy wearing a leather jacket walks into the other room that's on the other side of the glass wall, so they're facing each other. A penis appears in another gloryhole on the naked guy's wall, so he blows it. We don't see who it belongs to.

SCENE 3: A Latin uncircumcised guy in red shorts goes into a room with a mirrored wall. He drops his shorts and jerks off, staring at his refection most of the time.

SCENE 4: Back to the room with the naked guy and glass wall. A man with a green hat walks into his room and blows the penis that's sticking through a gloryhole that's in a different wall. When he's finished with that guy, he goes over to the gloryhole in the glass wall and along with the naked guy, they blow the man in the leather jacket, as seen below in the first photo. You can't really tell the glass wall is there. He comes on the glass and the two guys are trying to lick it through the glass.

SCENE 5: The naked guy and guy with green hat are now alone and the guy with the hat blows the naked guy. He comes on his face, rubs it in, then leaves the guy alone with his poor green hat. He gave three bj's and got no action himself.

SCENE 6: JW is standing in the hallway leaning against the wall, shirtless. A guy walks over to him, unzips his pants, undresses himself, and JW blows him. JW fucks him in the ass while the guy's laying on his back on a table, then fucks him from behind. JW comes on the guy's ass and the guy jerks himself off. See photos 2 and 3.

SCENE 7: A guy is laying back in a swing. A guy goes over to him and fucks him. He pulls out and they jerk off at the same time. See photo 4.

SCENE 8: Threesome with young guys, two brunette, and one dark blond. They're on the top bunk of some odd looking bed. There's lots of bj's in different configurations and positions, pictured below. Anal with one guy on his back while blond guy fucks him. Guy on his back comes on his own stomach, rubs it in, and the blond guy drags his tongue through it and they kiss. The other brunette fucks the same guy who's still on his back. See photos 5 and 6.

SCENE 9: The original leather-clad man from the beginning goes into a room with the curly haired guy he first spotted, the same naked guy from the room with glass wall. Leather man sits in a chair and the other guy licks his boots then licks up his leg, then gets blown while standing up. He jerks off on the naked guy's face then naked guy jerks off.


MY THOUGHTS: First off, that's a horrible DVD cover and that scene's not even in the movie. I don't know who any of the guy's are except for two of them because there aren't photos to match the names on the porn actor sites. Two guys got bj's but their faces weren't shown. The lighting was terrible in this but it was supposed to be dark anyway. But that combined with the poor quality of the copy I watched online made it a bit difficult to see at times. If not for the poor lighing I'd have given this an A.

The sex in this was what you'd expect with basic gay m/m porn, nothing out of the ordinary. It had far more blow jobs than anal. The threesome got the most time.

This porn used all new wave and punk music by the original artists, which was a big surprise. I heard Anarchy in the UK by Sex Pistols, What I Like About You by the Romantics (hate that damn song), I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No by Blondie, Devo's cover of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Lucky Number by Lene Lovich (one of the worst songs ever recored), Look Back in Anger by David Bowie, etcetera, and the music never stopped. I wish it would have. All dialogue except with the leather guy at the beginning and end is done in voice over.

Fred Halstead, the guy on the cover, overdosed on sleeping pills and died in 1988 at the age of 47.
JW King died from an AIDS-related illness in 1986 at the age of 31, just five years after this was filmed.
Ben Barker died from an AIDS-related illness in 1995 at the age of 44.






CARNAL ENCOUNTERS OF THE BAREST KIND ADULT DVD, 1978

STUDIO: Ferret Films, 1978
LENGTH: 76 minutes
RATING: XXX
SCREENSHOTS: link
WATCH: link
MY GRADE: C

FROM DVD: These hot, willing women and hard, horny studs are boldly going where no kinky crew has gone before! Aliens from outer space think that all we Earthlings care about is sex! They are ready to prove their point by infiltrating the human race and breeding us out with silly, but sexually deviant antics! Get ready for a cheese ball XXX sci-fi skin-flick notable for its clay-mation aliens, stop motion disembodied alien cock fuck scenes and a pick-nicker getting a fried chicken leg stuffed up her snatch!


SCENE 1: Nancy Patterson and Robert Bullock. Bill Margold is giving some speech in front of a fake audience taken from stock footage inside some building. Nancy and Robert are sitting beside each other in the audience. She blows him then jerks him off until he comes.

SCENE 2: Vicky Glick and Dan Rathernot. Vicky's on her bed watching Dan on the television news. She's naked and masturbating to a magazine and using a vibrator. Dan gets up, passing by this infamous poster of Farrah Fawcett with one of her teeth blacked out, disrobes, sits back down behind the desk, jerks off, then gets a blow-up doll and fucks it in his seat behind the desk, reverse cowgirl position. Vicky's still watching him and switches to a dildo. Dan jerks off until he comes.

SCENE 3: A spaceship appears, a man drops down from it, Bobby, and enters Vicky's home and goes into her bedroom, where she's still masturbating. He's wearing some stupid white wig and mustache, pictured below. They kiss on the bed, he fingers her and licks her clit. She blows him then gets on top, then they're on their left sides. He pulls out and she jerks him off until he comes.

SCENE 4: A spaceship beams down Hans. He's wearing some strange outfit with a cape and has a gun. He stumbles and the gun goes off on the fish bowl that has two frogs in it. The frogs turn into women, pictured below. Cindi has the lighter hair and Maria is the one on the left of the photo. They hop down. The three get on the bed and they blow him. Maria gets on top of him, then reverse cowgirl, then he fucks her from behind. Cindi is underneath Maria a little, kissing her. He pulls out and comes on Maria's ass, gets dressed, then leaves in the spaceship.

SCENE 5: Marlene, a brunette, Nancy from scene 1, Robert, and Bill from scene 1 go on a picnic. Bill is the one standing in the white shirt in the fourth from last photo. They're chowing down on KFC chicken. The bucket of it is shown several times and you can see it in the photo of Bill, bottom right. Bill tells Nancy to dip his dick in the glass of wine so she does. Marlene blows Robert, then he fucks her on her back. Nancy blows Bill on his back. Bill tells her he tastes better than chicken. Then he does the grossest thing- he fucks Marlene with a his partically eaten chicken leg. He pulls it out, sucks it, then puts it back inside her. Nancy gets on top of Bill, he pulls out and she jerks him until he comes. The men throw around a football, naked from the waist down, while Nancy and Marlene eat each other out.

SCENE 6: Angel and Gerry are kissing in a parked car and a spaceship scares them away. They go home, they're in the kitchen, naked. She's sitting on the counter, he's standing in front of her and fingers her. He picks her up, turns her upside down, and she blows him. They 69 on the sofa. She gets on top, reverse cowgirl, then on their sides. He pulls out and comes on her public hair. She's on her back and he continues to fuck her. A claymation dildo slides across the carpet, then it hits him in the head, knocking him out. The dildo slide into her and fucks her very fast.

SCENE 7: Bill's giving a speech again. Marlene's blowing him behind the podium it so the audience can't see it.

SCENE 8: Crystal and R.J. are watching tv and the picture on it goes out. They get naked, she blows him. She gets on all fours, he eats her from behind, fingers her, then fucks her. She gets on top, reverse cowgirl, him rubbing her clit. He gets on top.

Pat and Lee show up in some weird costume with black and white faces and body makeup on, pictured below. The women blow the men, then get on top, reverse cowgirl, pictured below. The men pull out and come on them.

SCENE 9: Marlene and Bill are in the shower. He eats her out, then she blows him. She runs out of the house, he chases her, they argue about her being an alien and she steals his paperwork, there's a big white spaceship-type thing above them, pictured below, and it explodes. Marlene's in the spaceship and turns into a claymation alien.


MY THOUGHTS: This looks lower than low budget but I had to watch this because of the claymation. Who puts claymation in porn?! I learned of this through a porn documentary called Rated X: A Journey Through Porn. The opening scene is a closeup of a woman's vagina with a spaceship flying out of it. The closing scene is the spaceship flying back into it.

This film is typical old porn- they don't really spend a lot of time on each scene. In fact, it's pretty hurried. No shaven vagina's or shaven men either. The greatest part of this is there are no breast implants, body piercings, and only one man has a tattoo, and it's so tiny you can barely see it. It's the outline of a cross on his arm or leg.

The claymation aliens are supposed to be penises, at least some of them are anyway.

Bill Margold died January 17, 2018 at the age of 73, possibly from a heart attack.

R.J. Reynolds died from cancer in January 1987 at the age of 32. It's speculated he may have had AIDS. He apparently was 'mostly straight' but did gay porn and had a boyfriend at the time of his death, according to this post.

Maria Tortuga died from cancer in November 2014 at the age of 65.

Bill produced a documentary in 1982 called What Would Your Mother Say?!, where he interviewed male and female porn actors, including the late Maria Tortuga. Arcadia Lake was interviewed. She died from an accidental drug overdose in 1991.

Here's a great interview with Bill from around 1982 from Oprah's Baltimore talk show People Are Talking.






STILL HUNGRY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: MY STORY by Richard Simmons

PUBLISHER: GT Publishing Corporation, 9/1999
GENRE: Nonfiction/Memoir
AUTHOR SITE: link
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: A-

FROM PUBLISHER: On a sweltering New Orleans evening in 1948, Shirley Simmons, eight-and-a-half-months pregnant, had an overwhelming craving for Chinese food. But she would never get the eggroll she'd longed for; she went into labor in the restaurant. Sixteen hours later, her youngest son Milton T. Simmons was born. And so begins the saga of fitness guru Richard Simmons and his lifelong love affair with food. Along the way he's helped millions of Americans with their battle of weight loss. Many know him through his groundbreaking infomercial products like Deal-A-Meal, Get Down the Pounds, and his exciting new Move, Groove, and Lost program. Still more have enjoyed his best-selling low-fat cookbooks Farewell to Fat and Sweetie Pie.



MY THOUGHTS/SUMMARY: What's not to like about Richard Simmons?! He has such a good nature. The book is pretty well-written and full of his trademark humor. He seems to be a very good-hearted person who has done so much for a lot of people, including many he's never even met. Examples would be him calling strangers who've written him letters and arranging doctor appointments for obese people in crisis. He maintains relationships with some of those people as of the book's publication in 1999.

He didn't have that great of a relationship with his father when he was young. His father seemed annoyed by him and saw him as the source of any discord between he and his wife. They got closer as Richard got older. His father Leonard was fifty years old when Richard was born. He's always had an excellent relationship with this mother, Shirley. His older brother Lenny wasn't mentioned too much in here but Richard seems to get along fine with him. The only relative Richard's ever known is his father's brother, Milton. Milton paid for Richard to go to college. Milton died around 1969.

Richard's been an overeater since he was very young. He was teased for it by boys at school so he naturally bonded with females since they didn't pick on him. He began taking diet pills around sixth grade, pills he'd get from his female friends, who got them from their own mothers. He took laxatives that were in the form of chocolate (Exlax or similar brand) and was also bulimic for awhile. He stopped taking diet pills when his heart rate got very fast and it scared him. In his late teens-early twenties, after receiving an anonymous note on his car's windshield telling him he needed to lose weight (he was well over 200lbs and he's 5'7"), he became anorexic. He once passed out and went to the hospital. He worked at a resturant and when he was twenty-two, a female coworker taught him how to be bulimic, so he gave that a try. During a doctor visit he somehow knew Richard had been purging and he told him how bad it was for his health, so Richard stopped it. He got his act together and started eating healthy and exercising. He opened up his own exercise studio in 1974/75, before he was famous.

A sad story is he had a client named Ellen, a petite woman with a young-sounding voice. She had a job making teddy bears. Richard noticed she kept getting thinner and thinner but he never asked her about it. She didn't show up to his class a few times and he didn't know how to get in touch with her. One day he went to a place that sold her handmade bears to inquire about her. He was told she died from anorexia. After that he got the idea to start exercise class thirty minutes early so he and the class could discuss diet, health, and any other issues they wanted to talk about. He even got anonymous letters from the women with topic suggestions.

A funny story would be that when Richard was in seventh grade or so, he'd steal the heads off of Barbie dolls and store them in a drawer in his bedroom. His father was snooping and found them one day.

Richard never mentioned dating anyone at all so that part of his personal life was left out completely, which is too bad and it's why I didn't give the book an A+.

Richard's comment about being out of the closet here.

I've uploaded some photos from inside the book here.

Missing Richard Simmons podcast here.

Richard on left with older brother, Lenny.