Crestwood House Monsters – Creepy 80s Goodness!

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Crestwood House Monsters Series – Dracula Cassette

80s kids will fondly recall a great series of books from Crestwood House called the Monster Series. The series was written by Julian May using her pen name of Ian Thorne, and each book was dedicated to a different movie monster. There were a few different incarnations and similar series throughout the late 70s and 80s, with day-glo colors, as well as two posters, a bookmark, and six read-along cassette tapes. The series began with six titles and grew to at least 15 before disappearing into nostalgia. I highly recommend reading more about them here at Rue Morgue. (Older articles seem to be gone from their site…)

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I was lucky enough to have the Dracula cassette as a kid, and I’ve never seen these cassette tapes in the wild, so I imported it to my computer to share below!

If you have any of these cassettes and would be willing to have them digitally preserved, please let me know in the comments!

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Click here for -> Crestwood House Dracula Cassette

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Snooper Troops Paper Model

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Snooper Troops – SnoopMobile Paper Model

Here’s a very simple cut-and-assemble paper model I threw together for fun. It’s the SnoopMobile from the classic Snooper Troops games. I used actual screen shots for the sides, and invented the top/front/back views myself. (The overhead view shown in the game wasn’t compatible with the side view.)

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Star Wars Audio Oddities

Years ago the Star Wars fan club put out a fanzine called Bantha Tracks. Issue 34 came as a small glossy folder containing a little clear plastic record. Remember those small square records that came in magazines, books, and cereal boxes, and you had to put pennies on them to keep them from slipping? It’s one of those, and surprisingly I kept it in pretty good shape.

This record is like a short tour of Sprocket Systems, which I believe became Skywalker Sound or THX, or both. There are brief interviews with key people at Sprocket, including sound designer Ben Burtt (the voice of R2D2 and Wall-E.) My favorite segment is when they explain how the lightsaber sound was created. The record is only six minutes long, but it’s a fun, odd bit of Star Wars history many people don’t know about. Enjoy!

Click here for -> Sprocket Systems – Distinctive By Design

 

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Star Wars – Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell

This wonderful LP has Mark Hamill reprising his role as Luke. The rest of the cast are really enjoyable, and the sound design is great. I believe this audio play was put together by the same people who did the excellent Star Wars radio adaptations. And it contains some really great background music (which was also used other story-tapes like Gummi Bears.) This recording is from a record, so it has the ticks inherent in records, but no scratches that I recall.

Click here for -> Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell

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Jingle Disk – An 80s Digital Christmas on the Commodore 64

 

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Jingle Disk:

Just a guilty pleasure! It plays Christmas music and has animation. It can also create printed greeting cards on a real Commodore. To run it, LOAD”JINGLE”,8,1 The disk requires that your printer must be off when booting the disk. (If using an emulated Commodore, virtually turn off or disconnect the emulated printer, don’t worry about your PC or Mac’s real printer.) It also sometimes freezes at the end of the ‘Tunes,’ so it may need re-booting.

Click here for -> Jingle Disk for the Commodore 64

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ComputerEyes – Image Scanning with the Commodore 64

nan-computereyes - Sample image included with system software. Very nice, but I doubt the device can actually approach this quality.

 ComputerEyes sample image

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ComputerEyes by Digital Solutions:

I’ve never found these disks anywhere online, and this could be useful to someone who has the ComputerEyes unit but no software. Here are the disks of various drivers in D64 format. In my opinion, the GEOS CE Driver results in the best quality image, but it’s really not very intuitive to use and requires much tweaking before a good result is found. For quick and easy scans, just use the master disk. Once you’ve figured out how to get these disk images onto a real floppy, it’s easy to transfer your scanned image back to a .D64 image and open it on your PC or Mac. Included are: CE System Software, Source Code, Drivers for Print Shop and GEOS, as well as the complete text of the manual. (My ComputerEyes Doodle driver disk is damaged; if anyone has a working copy, please contact me!)

Click Here for-> ComputerEyes Manual and System Software for Commodore 64

The first image above is a sample images that came with the ComputerEyes software. It’s very nice, but I sort of doubt the CE device can really approach this quality. The other two images were made with ComputerEyes, GEOS and a video camera, see if you can recognize the droids and robots! They are action figures sitting behind my Commodore 128. The photo of the girl was scanned from a photo, but you should be able to get a good scan if your subject is still for maybe 60 seconds.

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Exploring Odell Lake and Odell Woods with the Commodore 64

Decisions, decisions…


Into the woods, then out of the woods, and home before lunch!

Odell Lake and Odell Woods

Another couple of games I loved on the Apple were the classic Odell Lake and the lesser known Odell Woods. Again, I always wished I had them for the Commodore, and now I found them on one disk on an auction site! Here is the disk in D64 format. At this moment I don’t really have time to scan or type the manuals, but the Odell Lake/Odell Woods: Outdoor Biology software is pretty straightforward. Someday I’ll get around to it and add the manuals.

Click here for -> Odell Lake and Odell Woods for the Commodore 64

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