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I continue to work on The Very Witching Time of Night, Part II. (I'm currently polishing a chapter on Murders in the Rue Morgue).
To be published by McFarland in late 2019.
Hope to see you back here soon!
Whether you were able to attend Monster Bash 2019
or not, I invite you to enjoy my two most recently
* Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy is an in-depth
biography of a fascinating man who achieved a dream
that morphed into a nightmare - and who died far too
young. Published in February 2018 by McFarland &
* I’ve written about the actor Colin Clive in the past, but
2018's One Man Crazy! The Life and Death of Colin Clive,
is the man’s first full biography - another actor who died far
too young. Published in December 2018 by Midnight
Marquee Press. Available through Amazon (CC-Amazon)
and other on-line book websites.
By the way, my Monster Bash 2018 talk on this stellar
character actor was nominated for a "Rondo" award in
the "Top Event of 2018" category.
Click on the "Recent Books" link on the left to read more about these adventurously-researched biographies.
Second Universal Horror Blu-Ray Set Release!
As announced in June, I was privileged to do The Black Cat
audio commentary on Scream Factory’s The Universal
Horror Collection Vol. 1, as well as sharing the spotlight
with Gary D. Rhodes as we talked about the Lugosi and
Karloff screen union, their personal relationship, and the
four films in the initial set in the 80-minute documentary,
“A Good Game.”
Once again, I am honored to have
provided an audio commentary for one of my favorite
“guilty pleasures” in The Universal Horror Collection Vol. 2
– Murders in the Zoo. It’s a 1933 melodrama, starring Lionel
Atwill, Kathleen (The Panther Woman) Burke, and a startling
collection of animals. It’s amazing what Hollywood got away
with during those Pre-Code days!
Constantine Nasr of Rivendell Films in Los Angeles again has painstakingly produced the set, which also includes The Mad Ghoul, The Mad Doctor of Market Street, and The Strange Case of Doctor Rx. You’ll note that three of the four films feature superb actor Lionel Atwill, and I was asked to contribute to a documentary about this quirky gentleman for inclusion among the set’s Special Features. As with The Black Cat I’d recorded the Murders in the Zoo commentary in L.A. last December but, once again, was asked to keep the Special Features “under my hat” until right before the package’s release.
The Universal Horror Collection Vol. 2 is available for pre-order with a release date of July 23. All four movies are fun – hope you’ll enjoy them!
2019 Monster Bash
It was good seeing a number of you at last month’s Monster Bash in Mars, PA.
My Power Point talk on Laird Cregar
was very warmly received and it was
a joy to speak about this underrated
actor who died far too young.
Monster Bash, by the way, is a
terrific convention and Ron Adams
always organizes, and delivers, a
Also, consider attending the
MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention in
September in Baltimore, MD. Martin
Grams provides plenty of stars and a fun time.