Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Paperback 890: Witch Power / Salambo Forest (Olympia Press 35)

Paperback 890: Olympia Press OPS-35 (PBO, 1971)

Title: Witch Power
Author: Salambo Forest
Cover artist: photo cover

Estimated value: who knows? Somewhere from $7 to $25 to infinity…

[Newest addition to the Doug Peterson Collection]

Best things about this cover:

  • The best thing about this whole book, and the only reason to own it at all, is the author's name: SALAMBO FOREST. Please use it as your pseudonym, your troll name, your porn name … spread it far and wide across the internet. Long live Salambo Forest!
  • Literally nothing about this photo says "Witch Power."
  • I couldn't think of anything more to say about this cover so I opened the book to a random page and encountered the following contender for Least Erotic Phrase in a Sex Scene: "… her knee imbedded in his pubic hair." Wait, next page has another contender: "… closing him in a vaginal grasp."

Best things about this back cover:

  • So they had, like, no budget for book design?
  • I assume "White" and "black" here are metaphorical, but with this book, who the hell knows?
  • This copy takes a jarring second-person turn midway through the first paragraph. "'You…'  You mean 'me?' But … but I don't want to be touched by a beautiful albino … I mean, I'm sure she's nice, but …"
  • I'm confused. I will accede ("accede"!?) to Seventh Heaven if I don't keep a tight grip on my everyday reality? But … isn't Seventh Heaven a good place? It sounds good. And what about my other, non-everyday realities? So many unanswered questions. Salambo Forest, release me from your enigmatic grip!

Page 123~*

"Mrs. Jegerdorf," she stated, as if the name itself were explanation enough.

If every any name explained itself, that name is Mrs. Jegerdorf. And now I have my new swear word! "MRS JEGERDORF, that hurt!" "Get off your phone, ya JEGERDORF!" Try it out.


*actually Page 122 … but it's in the paragraph that leads in to 123, so I gave it a pass.

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Anonymous said...

The makers of this book didn't take their jobs seriously did they? I can't believe any real effort was taken to make this book.

DemetriosX said...

The thought process must have been somewhere along the lines of "Hippies are into the occult, right? Let's just put a pic of a braless hippie chick on the cover, close enough."