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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 
the right.


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.


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.


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!