LATEST NON-FICTION PROJECT
My apologies for the long space of time since my January update. I kept telling myself that I’d update it as soon as I had definite publication dates for my projects but – here it is, 9 months to-the-day later and I still don’t have a publication date for Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us! More Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema
(previously titled The Very Witching Time
of Night Volume 2).
With the staff of McFarland & Company
publishers working remotely because of the
pandemic, the turn-around time from
manuscript submission to publication has
slowed dramatically. Although McFarland’s
Fall 2021 catalogue features my newest book
on page 77 with pre-order and cost information,
I still don’t have a publication date. I have
posted its tantalizing cover on this page to
PORTER DOWN HOLLYWOOD MYSTERY #1
I can’t blame anyone but myself for the delay in
having my first novel published. Every time I think
I am happy with the first novel in my “Porter Down
Hollywood Mysteries” series and will send it to
the publisher “within the week,” I rewrite sections
of it to incorporate new ideas and it gets delayed
while I make sure that these changes have not
impacted other sections of the book. However,
Frankenstein’s Witch: St. Lizzie, Pray for Us
has finally been sent to its publisher, BearManor
Media! The tentative cover art is posted on this
page to the right.
Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster
The documentary full-length theatrical movie,
Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster,
was released to “select theatres” on September
17. I had been filmed speaking about the horror
movie icon with producers Thomas Hamilton
and Ron MacCloskey in 2018 and 2019 and
was pleased to see that a lot of my input has
been included in the finished product. I
encourage you to see this movie if you are
fortunate enough for it to be playing at a
theatre near you.
OTHER RECENT PROJECTS
I haven't allowed any grass to grow under my feet. Much of my time has been spent researching and writing the book project I mentioned last time about the 1939 movie Of Mice and Men (also for BearManor Media). Fascinating stuff!
This year I've also written and had published a number of magazine articles for Films of the Golden Age – “George Zucco’s Widow: The Indomitable Stella Zucco” (#104) and two for Monster Bash magazine – “Go Ahead and Ring the Bell at Karloff’s Frankenstein House,” (# 43) and “Universal Monster Party 1935,” (#44). Soon to be published is a second 2021 article for Films of the Golden Age on House of Dracula and an article for Midnight Marquee magazine on The Cat Creeps.
I’ve been in demand for podcasts, too (via Zoom, obviously). “The Borgo Pass Horror Podcast” hosts Scott Kelley and Jim Towns spoke with me for a “Colin Clive Tribute” broadcast July 18. Hosts Gilbert Gottfried and Frank SantoPadre of “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast” included me (along with Karloff daughter Sara and producer Ron MacCloskey) on a podcast recorded recently for broadcast on Halloween. Also on Halloween, I will again be on a Borgo Pass podcast talking about Bride of Frankenstein.
MONSTER BASH CONVENTION
This month I’ll be attending my first film convention since the pandemic hit. Perhaps I will have the pleasure of seeing you at Monster Bash 2021. This year’s event will take place October 22 - 24 at the Double Tree Pittsburgh North in Mars, PA. I will be presenting a Power Point talk on 1935’s Werewolf of London on Saturday October 23 at 3:30 PM. My one-hour talk follows the 2:00 showing of the movie.
Hope to see you back here soon!