House of Flame

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Title: House of Flame
Publisher: TJ Publications
Author(s): Jenny Elson
Cover Artist(s):
Date(s): 1980s
Medium: print zine, fanfic
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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House of Flame is a 52-page Star Trek: TOS novel by Jenny Elson.

front cover
interior sample

Regarding Its "Category"

There is debate as to whether this novel is gen or slash [1]


Summary from Gilda F: "Kirk is inadvertantly left behind on a warring planet and taken prisoner, but when he escapes he finds his only recourse is to eventually sell his body at a bordello."

Reactions and Reviews

HOUSE OF FLAME spends much of the time depicting Kirk's ordeal on the planet Samonia. Stranded, he is captured by the Samonians and whilst in prison, he meets Ankho, a man who has been trying to overcome the Samonian system of slavery. Their friendship develops and as time passes, Kirk begins to doubt Spock or the Enterprise will ever return for him. After a brief separation, Ankho and Kirk are re-united and find work together. When Kirk is injured, Ankho returns to his revolutionary activities alone, leaving Kirk to make his own way. Which he does! He joins Tomow's House of Flame selling his body for money and, eventually, gives up ALL hope of rescue. When Spock does arrive to fetch him, there follows considerable problems in Kirk's adaptation to ship life, but all is finally resolved. And only at the very end is there a hint that the two may become lovers. Frankly, I would call this zine a pre-K/S story where the concepts of friendship, love and companionship overshadow the sexual, yet never completely drown it. You almost suspect and deeply desire that the two should finally get together. Certainly, HOUSE OF FLAME doesn't let YOU down, it just doesn't allow Spock and Kirk to let them down as well either, that's all! A more subtle zine, but I enjoyed it! [2]


  1. ^ "There are some questions about which zines should be included [on the THE K/S ZINE DATABASE at For example, is the novel Captives really K/S? It's strongly pre-K/S, true, but there's only the intimation at the end that in the next scene something might happen! Likewise, I wondered whether the short zine House of Flame should be included, since its intimation of K/S is even less than in Captives."
  2. ^ from Not Tonight, Spock! #4