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Neverland and Mars
What a dilemma! My wife Barbara and I so enjoy going to Monster Bash in Mars, PA each year. We get a chance to reconnect with friends and fans, attend presentations by knowledgeable colleagues, and I always plan with event organizer Ron Adams to make one or more presentations myself. If the stars are in alignment, I might even have newly-published books of mine to autograph and sell. Monster Bash 2017 is June 23 – 25. In 1995, I portrayed “Captain Hook” in a Baltimore-area production of the timeless classic, Peter Pan. I was a little young for the part at the time but received wonderful reviews nonetheless (and it remains one of my wife’s favorites of my stage portrayals) - plus I had a terrific time with the part. I was presented with a second opportunity to play “Captain Hook” (and “Mr. Darling”) in an upcoming Charm City Players’ production of the J. M. Barre story with music by Mark Charlap/Jule Styne and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh/Betty Comden/Adolph Green. The opening weekend for this production happens to be June 24 – 25! I needed to make a decision – and opted for Peter Pan (I may have been a tad young in 1995 but soon I may be too old to swash and buckle aboard a pirate ship sailing the seas of Neverland). To those of you attending Monster Bash – I hope to see you next year. I know you’ll have a terrific time this year as Ron Adams always puts on a class event. Anyone in the Baltimore area who would like to see me in Peter Pan, the show will run Saturdays and Sundays through July 16. The website for tickets is Charm City Players.
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, 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, 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.
Hope to see you back here soon!
Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy
I announced in my last website update that the official publication date for my Laird Cregar bio was to be June 19, 2017. I had submitted my manuscript to McFarland in September 2016 but, due to the mysteries of the book publishing world, McFarland’s website now states that publication will be “winter 2017.” Apologies to all “Sammy’s” fans that they will need to wait a bit longer to indulge in this guilty pleasure. Pre-publication ordering information is available on McFarland’s website (McFarland) and at Amazon (Amazon).
“Thoughts” About Actress Elena Verdugo
I was very sorry to learn of the passing of actress Elena Verdugo. She was so generous to me with her memories about playing "Ilonka" in House of Frankenstein when I wrote my first book, It's Alive! Click on the “Thoughts” link in the menu for my tribute to this great lady.