Archive for the 60s Category

Gunthar James, The Witch’s Spell, 1969

Posted in 60s, Book, PSFW on 9 February 2011 by redwitch1

This is a title in the long-running Liverpool “Rear Window Series.” There are plenty of self-explanatory titles in the series, including Mother Loves Brother, A Sister Sandwich, Teacher’s Bonus, Sex-Education Class, Every Gal Has One, Oriental She-Devil, etc etc.

On vintage erotic book sites and auctions books in this series change hands for well over USD100. (See here for some examples). I got The Witch’s Spell pretty cheaply and—unlike most of the supernatural sleaze that I have bought—actually read it. And, having read it, I thought I’d write a review of it here.

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Unusually, the book contains an explanatory Foreword in which “The Publishers” mention “the recent motion picture” Rosemary’s Baby (1968) as a prompt for the book. The story concerns “what might happen were one or more ‘witches’ to infiltrate a community and place it under the dominion of ‘The Devil'” (8). The story is based “in our own times in any middle class and middle size city or town” in the USA (7).

What this means that the “witches” in this story are really Satanists. They are not Satanic witches of the Anton Le Vey variety either: they are supernatural beings, agents of the devil. The main witch is Natas (= Satan), though she is using the name Mrs Georgiana Carter. The reader discovers by the end of the book that she is many hundreds of years old and that she owes her stunning looks to the devil. Her assistant, Mrs Fenley, a witch-in-training, has been in service a lot longer than she would like: “she had almost served out her time as a Devil’s Disciple and was shortly to be rewarded with the same beautiful face and figure” as Mrs Carter (29).

[Mrs Carter (the witch), Charles and Julie Simpson]

The victims of this story are introduced in the first lines: “It was, as they say, ‘a lovely wedding.’ It was made doubly lovely-lovely because the groom was not only taking a bride, he had just been elected Mayor of the town.”

The inexperienced and awkward Charles and Julie Simpson are set upon by Mrs Carter. She uses magic to ruin their wedding night, then seduces Charles—with the help of a potion—then uses the film of his humiliation to blackmail Julie into having sex with a local thug, and then uses the films of his and her humiliation to blackmail Charles.

Charles must allow the thug to act freely in the town, which soon becomes a haven for vice and racketeering. He must also invite all the power-brokers of the town to a series of sex parties, each of which offers opportunities to gather more film, giving greater scope to Mrs Carter’s blackmailing operations and her control of the town.

The local thug, Garson, has promised his lieutenants sex with Julie; Mrs Carter organizes it; Charles is shown in at the point that Julie is experiencing (of course) multiple orgasms with multiple partners; he leaves in despair and she is marched off to work in a local brothel.

At this point Dag Ehrling arrives: he is the answer to Mrs Fenley’s prayers. “Here was a Witch of the highest order … he was one of the Devil’s right hands” (200). Ehrling tells Mrs Carter that “You have displeased our Master”—by not preparing Mrs Fenley for her transformation and for going too far with Charles and Julie Simpson. The Devil is concerned that the open humiliation and degradation of the couple will make the pursuit of new souls more difficult, and that the open depravity of the town will lead to a religious resurgence!

Mrs Carter is sentenced to be raped by seven devils, goblins and gnomes (201). The resulting pregnancy will result in “another Witch—a son-devil who will carry on the work of debasing mankind and enrolling souls in the Devil’s army” (203). She is also transformed into a hag, and becomes the servant of Mrs Fenley, who gets her pinup looks. They leave the town, the local thug and his boys are “taken care of” (via evidence of narcotics, prostitution, etc.) and Julie is rescued from the brothel.

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So, in this book, “witches” are supernatural beings—the spawn of witches and demons—whose job is to debase mankind and enroll souls in the Devil’s army. There are male and female witches; and the female witches can either be “beautiful and voluptuous” (see the cover art!)—and eternally 25—or old hags. The witches cast spells and use potions (53: “Natas, of course, was privy to all kinds of ‘potions.’ She would have been a pretty poor excuse for a Witch if she wasn’t.”).

Chances are, this isn’t your idea of a witch. But you have to wonder how widespread this idea was after Rosemary’s Baby (1968), because most of the stories I have encountered with “witch” in the title from around this period are based on a similar idea—which is why I have not reviewed many of the stories on this site.

Bewitching Ursula Jeanis, 1965

Posted in 60s, Photograph, SFW on 19 January 2011 by redwitch1

The shout on this 1 August 1965 press photo reads as follows:

BEWITCHING

Rome, Italy: Taking this “Bewitching” pose, young German actress Ursula Jeanis has high hopes for stardom. The pretty blonde starlet, who recently flew across the Wall from East Berlin … without the aid of a broomstick, of course … is filming in Rome.

It seems likely that the “filming” mentioned in this shout was for a “fotoromanzi,” aka Fumetti. That is, Jeanis was only ever a “photo-novel actor” who appeared in photographic illustrations that accompanied comic book stories.

She is mentioned, and there are a few nude photos of her, here and here.

Easter Witches Return, 1960s

Posted in 60s, Easter Witches, Postcard, SFW on 18 April 2009 by redwitch1

This cold-proof bikini-clad witch is heading to Blåkulla aka Blå Jungfrun aka Blue Virgin, the Swedish island in the Baltic Sea that I mentioned last week (here) where witches meet each Maundy Thursday (9 April in 2009). It seems our rosy-cheeked beauty has already visited a crossroad, put a scarf over her head, and then danced round, and “called the Devil thrice, first with a still Voice, the second time somewhat louder, and the third time very loud, with these words, Antecessour, come and carry me to Blockula.”

In 1682 Blockula/Blåkulla was described Joseph Glanvill as “a delicate large Meadow whereof you can see no end. The place or house they [the witches] met at, had before it a Gate painted with divers colours; through this Gate they went into a little Meadow distinct from the other, where the Beasts went that they used to ride on … in a huge large Room of this House … there stood a very long Table, at which the Witches did sit down: And that hard by this Room was another Chamber where there were very lovely and delicate Beds.”

The Devil “would go with them that he liked best, into a Chamber, where he committed venerous Acts with them: and this indeed all confessed, That he had carnal knowledge of them, and that the Devil had Sons and Daughters by them, which he did Marry together, and they did couple, and brought forth Toads and Serpents.” I think it is safe to assume that witch depicted on this particular Easter postcard would be among the ones that the devil “liked best.” (You will find these, and other scary quotes, in Joseph Glanvill’s Sadducismus Triumphatus (1682) and in various places online).

The artwork on the three postcards below is by “Lasse,” who, according to my notes, is Lars Carlsson. They were published by Alex Eliassons Konstförlag A. B., Stockholm, in 1964. The artwork is pretty whacky: note that in the first card the dog has a great Jetson’s-style astro-dog air tank and head bubble, but the cat doesn’t. Obviously the cat is as powerful as our witch, who can survive in space without an oxygen supply. Note also the rather suggestive shape of Mr Moon!

[Bävande, svävande jag arma kjkjoltkg / högt upp i rymden med detta otyg …]

In the next card Mr Moon has finally got his hands on one of our witches, and he isn’t letting go! Where exactly do you think his right hand is? And why do you think our bespectacled witch is looking so flushed? Note also the flowering broom. Nice touch.

[Parkerad pa mangubbens skära / jag tänker sa smatt pa dej …]

In this third effort by “Lasse” we have six elderly astronomers eagerly inspecting the heavens while a blonde witch circles overhead. No cats this time, no Mr. Moon, but check out those bloomers!

[Rymdens plaeter och stjärnmyriander / fängstar en vetenskapsman …]

Blonde on a Broomstick, 1966

Posted in 60s, Book, Painting, Photograph on 29 August 2008 by redwitch1

Who could walk past Blonde on a Broomstick and not stop to have a look at this cover? Or to read the shout on the front: “Rick Holman is taken for a ride by a covey of curvaceous witches … and flies straight into MURDER!” Did you say “curvaceous witches”? Give me that book!

THE POT BOILS …
It’s a heady brew.
It’s spiked with plenty of Black (and blonde and brunette) Magic. And whose in the soup?

RICK HOLMAN, of course.
Stirring things up are four wild witches:
Sultry songstress Julie—she’s said No to the biggest natural yes-deal of her life …
Sex-kitten Sally—self-appointed private eye whose lovely eyes are a little too private …
Dark, dazzling Stella—mistress of the Shades (from Hell to bedroom), queen bee of a hair-raising hive …
Wacky Barbara—demon-possessed and starving—for seduction.
The problem is: Which witch is witch? Rick had better find the answer fast. He’s up to his ears in it. Its a murky case of sink or swim in a witch’s cauldron.

So which witch are you? I’m rooting for “mistress of the Shades” myself. (See! Read a dozen lines of this sort of copy and that is what happens: you start writing lame puns. I knew it was bad for me.)

Anyway, this will be my last Carter Brown post for a little while: I have so many other pulps to do posts on! (As Toni has reminded me with her brilliant post on Cark Dekker (the little-known half-brother of Carl Dekker). (Check out the cover here.)

But to details. The above cover and detail are from Blonde on a Broomstick (Sydney: Horwitz, 1966). The two covers (and details) below are from: (New York: New American Library, [January] 1966) and (Sydney: Horwitz, 1972).

PS: I have to mention that this story starts with a quote, a motto if you will:

So choosing solitary to abide,
Far from all neighbours, that her devilish deeds,
And hellish arts from people she might hide,
And hurt far off, unknown, whomsoever she envied.
(Edmund Spencer, The Faerie Queene)

The quote is from Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene (1590), Book 3, Canto 7, stanza 6 (etext [of the 1596 edition] here):

There in a gloomy hollow glen she found
A little cottage, built of stickes and reedes
In homely wize, and wald with sods around,
In which a witch did dwell, in loathly weedes,
And wilfull want, all carelesse of her needes;
So choosing solitarie to abide,
Far from all neighbours, that her deuilish deedes
And hellish arts from people she might hide,
And hurt far off vnknowne, whom euer she envide.

I’d be surprised if Allan Geoffrey Yates (aka Carter Brown) found the quote while reading Spencer: more likely he found it in a guide to witchcraft, or possibly in another book, like Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor (1819), where it appears at the start of Chapter 31. Even still, it is a surprising thing to see in a book that starts: “We sat—Paul Renek and I—on the open deck of the beach house and watched the blonde in a see-through bikini cavorting on the sand.”

Walk Softly, Witch, 1959

Posted in 50s, 60s, Book, Painting on 8 August 2008 by redwitch1

It has been almost two years since I did my first post on Carter Brown paperback and pulps with their wonderful witchy covers. You could be forgiven for thinking that I had given these books no more attention since then, but you’d be wrong. It is just that, being a bit of a completest I have been holding off doing any more posts on the Brown novels until I had copies of all of them. I still don’t, but I thought it was high-time for another post. And this one should make it clear why I have still not collected them all.

Here we have Walk Softly, Witch (Sydney: Horwitz, 1959)

Once I had this in my hands I thought, “Brilliant. Now the hardest part is over. I have the first edition!” As it happens, I was wrong. Or, at least, not wrong, but not completely right either. You see, Walk Softly, Witch is actually a reworking of an earlier novel called Eve—It’s Extortion! (Sydney: Horwitz, 1957), so perhaps Eve is the first edition?

And so now I have a problem, do I buy a copy of Eve and include it in my post? Since almost none of the Carter Brown covers feature recognisable witches (you know, hats and brooms), then it is an open question as to whether the cover-art on Eve—or on Walk Softly, Witch—is really a witch after all. I would have to read both novels and try to establish if the buxum blonde on the cover of the latter is really a witch or not.

So, what of later editions? I am glad you asked. Walk Softly, Witch was reissued by Horwitz, in April of 1960 under the title Terror Comes Creeping. Why the change in title? Nobody knows, it could have been an accident, except they did it again in December of the same year. Do I have copies of these yet. Err, no. Because I would have had to know that Terror Comes Creeping is, actually, Walk Softly, Witch, which I didn’t until recently.

So, were there any other editions? I am glad you asked. In the US and in Canada this book was published under the title The Victim in 1959. Why? No idea. Do I have any copies yet, No.

So, were there any later editions actually called Walk Softly, Witch? I am glad you asked. Yes, there are two, as you can see below. Horwitz published a book under this title in 1964 and it was reprinted in London by Four Square/New English Library in 1965. Here they are

The problem is, these are not the same books as Walk Softly, Witch (the change from blonde to brunette gives the game away). The real one starts “This is, you should forgive the expression, Lieutenant Wheeler” and this one starts “She crossed her legs …” This 1965 text is actually So Deadly, Sinner which was first published in 1959.

Confused? Let me recap: Walk Softly, Witch (1959), based on Eve—It’s Extortion! (1957), is reissued as The Victim (1959) and Terror Comes Creeping (1960). An altogether different work, So Deadly, Sinner! (1959) was reissued as Walk Softly, Witch (1964).

Have I finished yet. Err, no. There are translations to consider, lots of them. Walk Softly, Witch (which one? Don’t get cheeky! I have no idea) was translated into Danish (Mordet pa Hamlet 1965, 1974), Dutch (Rendez-vous Met Hamlet 1962), Estonian (Sammu kergelt, kaunis noid 1998), Finnish (Paukkurauta soi 1961), French (Piece a tiroirs 1959, 1972), German (Hexe auf leisen Sohlen 1962, 1965, 1979), Hebrew (Hazmana lerezah 1967), Japanese (Shinayakani Aruku Majo 1962), Norwegian (Indigo Betyr Fare 1961, 1964, 1979), Russian (Beglec iz psihuski 1993, Guljaj, ved’ma 1991) and Spanish (Despacio Bruja 1961).

The Victim (1959), which you will recall is simply a reissue of Walk Softly, Witch, was translated into Danish (Offeret 1961), Dutch (Weduwe Zonder Tranen 1962), Finnish (Miljoonat Pelissa 1963), French (Envoyez la soudure 1959; 1970; 1981), German (Das Kostbare Opfer 1961; 1961; 1975), Japanese (1965), Norwegian (Doden gar uten korsett 1960), Swedish (Fara For Livet 1961) and Spanish (La Victima) 1961; 1973).

No doubt there are more. How many of these do I have. Um, none. You see, there are quite a few Carter Browns titles to collect without worrying about reissues, changed titles, earlier titles and translations, it’d be over a hundred volumes. These titles are: Widow Bewitched (1958), The Sinners (1963), Blonde on a Broomstick (1966), House of Sorcery (1967), The Witches (1968) and The Coven (1971). So now you know why it has been two years: collecting all of these Carter Brown books would be a life’s work. But I’ll keep at it and I’ll do another post soon(ish).

The 1960s

Posted in 60s, index on 2 August 2008 by redwitch1

The following links are to all of my posts of sexy witches of the sixties.

  • Walk Softly, Witch, 1959–65
  • Vargas’ Trick or Treat, 1963
  • Ren Wicks’ Bathing Witch, 1964
  • Bill Layne’s pinup witch, 1966
  • Blonde on a Broomstick, 1966
  • Witch Girl’s Broom Zoom, 1966
  • Daughters of Astaroth, 1968
  • Anita, sexy sixties witch
  • Sexy Witches on Tandem Books
  • Carter Brown’s Sexy Witches
  • Also, on my Maxine Sanders Pages

  • Maxine Sanders
  • Maxine Sanders, January 1966
  • Maxine and Co., again, 1966
  • Maxine Sanders, Dawn Ritual, 1969
  • Maxine Sanders, Dawn Ritual, 1969

    Posted in 60s, Book, Magazine, Photograph, Real Witch, SFW on 18 April 2008 by redwitch1

    I used the colour photos from the following sequence in my Sexy Witch Video No.2. A particularly astute YouTube viewer asked to see more of them, and here they are!

    The ritual that is the subject of this shoot obviously took place in winter, “on one of the high and private ridges of the Yorkshire Moors” (as a 1971 article tells us). On 16 February 1969 one picture from this sequence was printed in News of the World and I think it is likely that the ritual occurred shortly before that date.

    Although the sixteen pictures below are taken from eight different publications (listed at the end of this post), and were reprinted in many more, few details about the event have emerged. Consequently, the pictures will have to tell their own story!

    Man, Myth and Magic, No.3 (1970). p. 74; Man, Myth and Magic, No.11 (1970), front cover; Man, Myth and Magic (1970-71), pp. 1868b, 1870; Dennis Wheatley, The Devil and All His Works (1971; repr. London: Peerage Books, 1983), p. 233; Witchcraft 1.10 (January 1973), pp.36–37; Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology (London: Octopus, 1974), pp. 8–9, 104–5, 109; Encyclopedia of Magic and Superstition (London: Octopus, 1974), pp. 10, 19; Peter Haining, The Illustrated History of Witchcraft (London: New English Library, 1975), p. 15; Francis X. King, Magic: The Western Tradition (London: Thames and Hudson, 1975), plate 39; Susan Greenwood, Encyclopedia of Magic and Witchcraft (London: Lorenz Books, 2001), p. 202.

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