Graveside Grope

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Title: Graveside Grope
Publisher: Ann Looker
Date(s): May 1983
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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front cover, Alan Hunter
centerfold, portrait of Sulu by George Barr, also in Grup #2, see that page for more information about this art

Graveside Grope is a explicit het and slash 50-page Star Trek: TOS anthology. It has the subtitle: "The Magazine of Adult Trek Art & Fiction." This zine features a fold-out centerfold of Sulu by George Barr and a front cover by Alan Hunter.

From an ad in Universal Translator #22:
Graveside Grope' is our eighth issue, and another modern, glossy production. (Where are the crudzines of yesteryear?) Known to aficionados as the 'pop-up' Grope, this zine contains some outstanding features and should be approached with caution. All the wasted talents of British fandom are represented here; the rudest art had to be provided by our colonial cousins across the Atlantic.

It is a sister zine to Alnitah and eight other "Gropes".

Contents to Graveside Grope

  • Package Tour by Cilla Futcher (4)
  • The Master by Jackie Stone (10)
  • Obsequies or Kahree Ahn Koffin by Margaret Draper and Beth Hallam (17)
  • Poem by Val Douglas (22)
  • Revenge by Sue Ride (23)
  • Poem by Val Douglas (25)
  • The Starship Captain by Val Douglas (26)
  • Fantasian Birthday Cycle by Tina Pole (28)
  • Nightwalk by Martin Sherrif (32)
  • No Beach to Sunbathe on by Vivien Young (36)
  • Interlude for Amusement II Audrey Baker (40)
  • Poem, Caesar's Wife by Val Douglas (48)
  • Abide with Thee by Sue Williams (49)
  • art by Alan Hunter (cover), Carol Hart, B'het, C. Sibbett, Robin Hill, Wendy Pearson, Barbara P. Gordon, Joanne Hughes, Steve Carr (back cover)


The Gropes

Reactions and Reviews

All are long out of print and difficult to obtain. I sincerely hope that #8 won't be the last, since I quite enjoy the sly humor and artwork, and the offbeat but mature writing. You won't find any too serious/dramatic, overwritten, overly sentimental, sophomoric tear-jerkers here. The editor herself said, in the "Editor's Postscript" to SON OF GROPE: "...the zine as a whole is not meant to be taken seriously, though certain individual stories may bring a tear to the eye, a lump to the throat, a wrench to the gut, or up yesterday's dinner! GROPE began as a light-hearted romp and, I hope, will continue in that spirit. The stories and not necessarily reflect the views of the editor nor are they intended to present a workable Star Trek universe—not even I think that the big E can function with its First Officer permanently on heat!" Some American readers may find some of the British writing hard to get used to. It should be noted, too, that the majority of stories are not K/S. In this case, the ability to appreciate Infinite Diversity certainly pays off! [1]


  1. ^ from Not Tonight Spock! #8