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Will I have the pleasure of seeing you at Monster Bash 2016? This year’s event will take place July 8 – 10 at the Double Tree Pittsburgh North in Mars, PA. I will be presenting a Power Point talk on The Body Snatcher on Saturday July 9 at 2:00 PM. My one-hour talk is to be followed at 3:00 by a showing of the movie and then at 4:30 by a Q & A session with “Georgina” herself, Sharyn Moffett (please note that these times are slightly different than those I announced in my last update).
Additional Upcoming Personal Appearances
Monster Bash will be followed September 15 - 17 by the MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley Maryland. Tentatively scheduled for Friday the 16th at 10:00 AM, my Power Point presentation on the Karloff and Lugosi classic The Black Cat will uncover behind-the-scenes accounts that are as horrific as the film itself. In October I have been invited to make my annual Halloween appearance at the Imaginative Cinema Society. I will deviate from my usual horror film presentation to treat the terrific ICS group to a presentation on the non-horror classic The Adventures of Robin Hood.
The Lodger Commentary
I’ve written and will narrate a full 84-minute feature commentary on 20th Century Fox’s The Lodger (1944), widely considered the greatest “Jack the Ripper” movie that Hollywood ever made. Laird Cregar is also considered the greatest of all cinema “Rippers” – and of course, the commentary includes some colorful stories from my upcoming book Hollywood Ripper: The Rise and Fall of Laird Cregar. The commentary will include a wealth of behind-the-scenes stories about the making of this classic melodrama.
Cat People Commentary
More good news! Criterion will be releasing a deluxe edition of Val Lewton’s 1942 Cat People which will include my commentary from the previously released Warners’ DVD of that film. A terrific film – if it’s not in your personal movie library, now’s the time.
“Thoughts” about Phil Riley’s demise and the CHFB response
The June 18 premature demise of controversial writer/editor Phil Riley has unleashed a maelstrom of feelings on the Classic Horror Film Board’s Monster Kid chat room. Click on the link in the menu to the left to read my opinion.
In addition to the aforementioned “Cregar” bio, I have contracts for two other books:
One Man Crazy: The Life and Death of Colin Clive, Hollywood’s Frankenstein
He immortalized Henry Frankenstein in Universal’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein; his tragic personal life was as horrific as the classic melodramas in which he starred. Deeply researched (with fresh and startling discoveries), richly-illustrated (with many rare photos), this sympathetic but unsparingly revealing biography will be the definitive account of the brilliant, hypersensitive actor who unforgettably cried “It’s alive!”
To be published by Midnight Marquee Press, 2017.
The Very Witching Time of Night, II
The critical and popular success of The Very Witching Time of Night: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema has inspired a contract for The Very Witching Time of Night, Part II. As with the original book, there will be 13 chapters, all on fascinating areas of Hollywood horror, with full coverage of never-before-covered topics and fresh slants on vintage favorites such as Island of Lost Souls and Tower of London. Exhaustively researched and profusely illustrated with many rare photos.
To be published by McFarland in 2017.
Hope to see you back here soon!