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I continue to work on my next two books, a Colin Clive biography and a second “Witching Time of Night” book:
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. Within the past several months, much fascinating material has come to light about the women in his life and early scandals that traumatized the young actor before he ever achieved stardom.
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, 2018.
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, on topics ranging from Rasputin to Jekyll and Hyde to Sherlock Holmes, 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 2018.
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As you can see from the screenshot below, Amazon listed my just-published book, Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy, as the “Number One New Release” in its list of theatre-related books!
And Amazon has sold out of its first stock of the books, and is close to selling out its second.
This is an in-depth biography of a fascinating man who achieved a dream that morphed into a nightmare - and who died far too young (age 31). You don’t need to be a movie fan to get caught up in Cregar’s desperate ambition, meteoric success, and heartbreaking downfall.
As Booklist wrote in its starred review, the book “gives rich life to an unknown Hollywood story.” The Library Journal calls the book "…a compelling, cautionary tale....”
My hope is that the book causes its readers to discover (or rediscover) this remarkable actor and enjoy his brilliant film performances.
Click on the “Thoughts” link in the menu to read a short excerpt from Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy.