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Dr Phibes Companion
By Justin Humphreys
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Dr Phibes Companion

 

Featuring: An expanded version of 'The Kind of Fiend Who Wins', the definitive history of The Abominable Dr Phibes. The making of Dr Phibes Rises Again. Interviews with director Robert Fuest, screenwriters William Goldstein and James Whiton, art director Brian Eatwell, sound designer Peter Lennard, organist Nicholas Kynaston, composer John Gale, screenwriter Lem Dobbs, and others. Never-before-seen production. Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs. A thorough history of the 'unphilmed' Phibes sequels and much, much more.


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You Won't Believe Your Eyes (Revised)
By Mark McGee
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You Won

 

This revised and expanded 'Monster-Kids' edition of You Won't Believe Your Eyes! is an affectionate and funny look at the movies your parents didn't want you to see. You will hear from he actors who were in them, the people who made them, the critics who reviewed them, the exhibitors who showed them, and the children who saw them back in the day.


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Stephen King Movie Quiz Book

By Andrew J Rausch & RD Riley
Stephen King Movie Quiz Book

 

There's nothing trivial about Stephen King trivia, and Andy Rausch and RD Riley prove this adage potently with their new Stephen King Movie Quiz Book. With more than 3,000 questions to test your knowledge on the film adaptations of the King of Horror. Serious and fun, baffling and entertaining, these quizzes are guaranteed to put any film buff or King aficionado to the test. With quizzes ranging from easy to extremely difficult, this book has something to entertain everyone.

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Werewolves!
A Study of Lycanthropes in Film, Folklore and Literature
By Thomas McNulty
Werewolves!

 

From the lost silent film, The Werewolf (1913) to Lon Chaney’s classic The Wolfman (1941) and Dog Soldiers (2002), werewolf stories have long captivated film audiences and lovers of pulp fiction. Thomas McNulty’s new book explores the genesis for this cultural phenomenon dating back centuries when stories of shape shifters and wolf-men were predominant in folk tales. Illustrated with rare photographs. Includes a Bibliography, Filmography and an Index.

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Monster Squad
Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures
By Heather A Wixon
Monster Squad

 

Leprechauns, lost boys, and labyrinths - the things of bad dreams from the kings of mad screams. 20 special effects artists that helped shape the landscape of modern horror and sci-fi cinema from the 1970s to today finally pull the cobwebs from their secrets. Discover how your favorite creatures were brought to life and the inspirations behind their imaginations. Illustrated with over 300 behind-the-scenes photos from over 50 different horror and science fiction films.

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Katzman, Nicholson, Corman: Shaping Hollywood's Future

By Mark Thomas McGee
Katzman, Nicholson, Corman: Shaping Hollywood

 

Sam Katzman, James H Nicholson, and Roger Corman were the pioneers of drive-in movies, sometimes called 'Teenpix' because the movies were made for the teenagers. Includes an Index, a selected Filmography, complete with behind-the-scenes information, and quotes from the critics and the exhibitors, and more than 150 photographs.

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Interviews Too Shocking to Print

By Justin Humphreys
Interviews Too Shocking to Print

 

Interviews Too Shocking to Print! collects conversations with some of horror and science fiction cinema's finest directors and writers, along with other outstanding talents. The interviewees' films range from the mightiest blockbusters to esoteric drive-in arcana, but they are united by the imagination. Their creations represent some of the freshest, most popular, vital, and inventive works in fantastic filmmaking.

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Jaws 2:
The Making of the Hollywood Sequel
By Louis R Pisano & Michael A Smith
Jaws 2:

 

Just when filmmakers thought it was safe to make a sequel, director John D Hancock ran into huge difficulties making Jaws 2 (1978), a thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975). Authors Louis R Pisano and Michael A Smith fished from the original cast and crew the full no-holds-barred story from their behind the scenes experiences, a tale as action packed and occasionally as bloody as the film.

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Hollywood's Pre-Code Horrors 1931-1934


Hollywood

 

An appraisal of all of the films from Dracula (1931) which spearheaded the American horror market to The Black Cat (1934), the last chiller released before the strengthening of the Code. Each film is thoroughly analysed in the context of the era and the reactions of critics and filmgoers.

Hardback


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Mr Towers of London, A Life in Showbusiness:
The Autobiography of Harry Alan Towers
by Harry Alan Towers
Mr Towers of London, A Life in Showbusiness:

 

Here, in his own words, are the hilarious adventures of Harry Alan Towers, rascal and raconteur, a notorious figure in the world of cinema of whom it was said that he could go into any production office and walk out with a movie deal. In films ranging from The Face of Fu Manchu to Count Dracula, he made friends and enemies, national news and international scandals. Read all about it!

157pp, Paperback


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Gods of Grindhouse: Interviews with Exploitation Filmmakers
by Andrew J Rausch

Gods of Grindhouse: Interviews with Exploitation Filmmakers

 

‘Grindhouse’ is a term that refers to theatres that showed exploitation films. There were a handful of such theatres on 42nd Street in New York City which dealt in films that featured sex, violence and bizarre subject matter: slasher films, X-rated movies, badly-dubbed Hong Kong chop-socky pictures and blaxploitation. A one-of-a-kind collection that gets as down and dirty as the films themselves.

169pp, Paperback


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Spanish Posters and Art from Classic Monster Films

Spanish Posters and Art from Classic Monster Films

 

Enjoy a fascinating look at more than 200 Spanish advertisements in colour that once promoted classic horror films, classic mystery films, and science fiction films from the 1910s-1970s. Includes: vintage heralds, posters, lobby cards, window cards, and memorabilia from classic horror films, classic mystery films, and science fiction films. Timeless hits include Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), Mark of the Vampire (1935), and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), to name but a few.

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Wit and Wisdom of Stephen King

Wit and Wisdom of Stephen King

 

Here, for the first time, is a one-of-a-kind collection of quotations by King on subjects as varied as writing, Hollywood, God and religion, his work, popular culture, critics, success, money, the supernatural, censorship, and Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of The Shining. These bon mots were culled from hundreds of print and television interviews, as well as essays and assorted works of nonfiction. Edited by Andrew J Rausch.

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Godfather of Gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Godfather of Gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis

 

Exploitation filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis is credited with single-handedly creating the gore genre with Blood Feast (1963). Lewis, dubbed 'The Godfather of Gore', crafted more than thirty-five films in his ongoing career and explains in great detail his choices and motivations, from concept to finished product. Assisted by noted film historian Andrew J Rausch, he shares often hilarious anecdotes and provides analysis for the thirty-nine films that he either directed or assisted with direction.

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Fantastique: Interviews with Sci-Fi, Horror & Fatasy Filmmakers

Fantastique: Interviews with Sci-Fi, Horror & Fatasy Filmmakers

 

The stories behind some of cinema's great movies by the people who made them. Here, in their own words, are insights, reminiscences and candid comments by the directors (and, occasionally, stars) of films as diverse as The Exorcist, Men in Black, Sleepy Hollow and Twelve Monkeys. With reminiscences frrom John Carpenter, George A Romero, Quentin Tarantino and Ben Wheatley.

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Death by Umbrella: The 100 Wierdest Horror Movie Weapons

Death by Umbrella: The 100 Wierdest Horror Movie Weapons

 

Horror movie victims have had ears of corn buried in their backs, been decapitated by basketballs, lacerated by avant-garde sculptures, skewered by mounted deer antlers, bludgeoned by pogo sticks and punctured with unfurled umbrellas. Discover these oddball deaths and some even stranger ways killers have gone about their grisly business. Authors Christopher Lombardo and Jeff Kirschner are Toronto horror journalists and hosts of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, a weekly celebration of low-budget genre films.

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Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo

Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo

 

Based on Stephen King’s psychological thriller about a rabid dog, the terror story remains forever etched into the minds of filmgoers. Lee Gambin analyzes the film scene by scene, including exhaustive coverage of the production from its problematic early days to the final edit by ultimate director Lewis Teague. Drawn from interviews with Teague, screenwriter Barbara Turner, and cast and crew, including Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro, Jennifer Jason Leigh and stunt man Gary Morgan.

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Cinemassacres

Cinemassacres

 

Cinemassacres has assembled a vast array of special guests from the TV, film, and fiction industries, some that knew Forrest J Ackerman personally, and some who had never met Forry but had always been fans of his work.  Also known as 'Mr. Sci-Fi,' Forrest J Ackerman made a literary, historical breakthrough for fans of sci-fi and horror when he released the first issue of Famous Monsters of Film Land in February of 1958. Its success prompted spin-off magazines like Eerie, Creepy, and Vampirella, and was the obvious inspiration for magazines like Fangoria, Gorezone, Scars, and Rue Morgue.

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Beyond Fear

Beyond Fear

 

Stephen King, Wes Craven, and George Romero are known for tales of ghosts, zombies, and madmen - but their power as storytellers extends far beyond things that go bump in the night. At the deepest level, their stories are about the light that emerges from darkness, guarded hope for the future, and faith in the great unknown.  Beyond Fear by Joseph Maddrey draws on his decades of interviews with three modern masters of horror: George Romero, Wes Craven and Stephen King.

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Behind the Screams

Behind the Screams

 

Do you dare to step behind the screams? In Jason Norman’s new book, horror fans finally see the men behind the monster masks and learn the secrets behind the scream queen’s shrieks. Discover the steps they took to remake themselves into the characters of the most unnatural cinema genre: Neve Campbell, Heather Langenkamp, Tim Curry, Brad Dourif; those who visited the original Last House on the Left, a few who met their Final Destination, many who fought Jaws and some we lost in The Walking Dead.

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101 Scariest Movies Ever Made

101 Scariest Movies Ever Made

 

Each film is presented, from #101 all the way to the number one single most frightening film on the planet, in a fun format packed with quotes, critical reviews, cast lists, synopses, and more! Here you will find cannibals, psychos, monsters, and weirdos - and that's just the team of writers and film historians who collaborated on this unique project. Join these fiends as they examine horror films from the silent era to the modern age and rate them on just how much creepiness is contained within. Truly, these are the finest examples of the horror genre to ever play across the silver screen.

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Duryea: The Movies

Duryea: The Movies

by Joseph Fusco

 

Dan Duryea was a rare actor that had the knack of creating an impressive array of characters from a limited range of emotions. Duryea's unique style was highlighted in classic dramas, crime noirs, pulp Westerns, soap opera romances and low-budget independents from the 1940s to the late 1960s.

305pp, Paperback

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The Films of Donald Pleasence

The Films of Donald Pleasence

by Christopher Gullo

 

Whether as a maniacal body snatcher in The Flesh and the Fiends or the arch-villain Blofeld in You Only Live Twice, Donald Pleasence showed himself to be a top performer in the horror and sci-fi genres. The Films of Donald Pleasence includes a full biography, tributes from Pleasence's friends and co-workers and a rare photo gallery in a tribute to a man who became a firm favourite of countless fans worldwide.

302pp, Paperback

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Basil Rathbone: His Life and His Films

Basil Rathbone: His Life and His Films

by Michael B Druxman

Michael Druxman’s Basil Rathbone: His Life and His Films is a carefully researched work that thoroughly examines the life and professional career of one of Hollywood’s most respected character actors. This new edition includes an Introduction by the author, a Biography, Filmography, and more than 250 rare photographs.

362pp, Paperback

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You Won't Believe Your Eyes!

You Won't Believe Your Eyes!

by Mark Thomas McGee and RJ Robertson

This book takes a light-hearted (and light-headed) look at 1950s sci-fi movies, where one or two guys did the less-than special effects and the budget for the whole thing was counted in petty cash. It will take you back to the time when there were two-tone cars, petrol stations on every corner and doctors who made house calls. And should it tickle painful memories of ill-spent afternoons watching the Daughter of Dr Jekyll or Fire Maidens from Outer Space.

267pp, Paperback

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Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle

Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle

by Joe Jordan

William Castle was cinema’s Abominable Showman - the exploitation genius who dreamed up  outrageous gimmicks such as PERCEPTO! and EMERGO! He was also the talented director of 56 feature films, from When Strangers Marry and Whistler mysteries to celebrated shockers like House on Haunted Hill, Strait-Jacket and The Tingler. Joe Jordan provides exhaustive analysis and production background on Castle’s directorial efforts, as well as a welter of little-known anecdotes.

396pp, Paperback

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The Argento Syndrome

The Argento Syndrome

by Derek Botelho

The Argento Syndrome is an examination of a career marked by such genre classics as Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Opera. Part academic study and part personal memoir of the author's time in Italy on a trip to the set of Sleepless. Included are interviews with such personalities as John Carpenter, Tony Musante, Luciano Tovoli, Leigh McCloskey and Asia Argento.

Large format, 261pp, Paperback

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The Unknown Peter Cushing

The Unknown Peter Cushing

by Michael G McGlasson

More than six years in the writing, The Unknown Peter Cushing  explores areas related to the life and career of Peter Wilton Cushing by focussing on his familial acting legacy, his early stage career, and his life with his beloved Helen Beck Cushing. Peter Cushing was much more than an actor: he was also a talented painter, model-maker, author, book-lover and poet. The Unknown Peter Cushing reveals new facts about Peter's acting ancestry via a journey through time from the early 1700s and up to his early days as a stage actor when he met his Helen, the guiding force of his life and source of his creative spirit.

107pp, Paperback

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Confessions of a Scream Queen

Confessions of a Scream Queen

by Matt Beckoff

 

In Confessions of a Scream Queen, Matt Beckoff interviews fifteen legendary ‘Ladies of Horror’. Spanning over nine decades of cinema, Confessions is filled with entertaining and informative recollections and personal insights about some of the best-loved horror films to come out of Hollywood. Including rare and never-before-seen photos.

255pp, Paperback

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Horror Hits: Richard Gordon

Horror Hits: Richard Gordon

by Tom Weaver

If you're a fan of classic horror films, you’ll know that Richard Gordon is the only producer to have worked with both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi - not to mention the Fiend Without a Face, the First Man into Space and other black-and-white beasties of the Fabulous Fifties. Richard Gordon was a behind-the-scenes titan of terror for over a half-century, collaborating during his years of active production (1956-1981) with some of the field's most formidable names. Go on a film-by-film excursion through his cinematic chamber of horrors in this definitive book-length interview.

Large format, 233pp, Paperback

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Poster Art from Classic Monster Films

Poster Art from Classic Monster Films

by Philip J Riley

A Filmonster & MagicImage Filmbook Companion. Over  200 Reproductions in Full Color! Vintage poster art images from the Ackerman Archives - billboards, 6-sheets, 3-sheets, one-sheets, inserts and lobby cards from the most famous of the classic monster films. ‘Anyone who cares about classic monster movies will find a treasure trove of information, rare photos and meticulous detail.’ - Leonard Maltin.

Large format, 136pp, Paperback

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The New Horror Handbook

The New Horror Handbook

by AS Beeman

The New Horror Handbook introduces you to the leaders of the ‘new horror’ movement, including Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue), Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) and John Fawcett (Ginger Snaps, The Dark). Beeman’s Handbook also looks at what's happening on the fringes of modern horror, where you will meet Steve Niles, of comic book hit 30 Days of Night, Rodrigo Gudino, who started Rue Morgue magazine, filmmaker Joe Monks and others!

Large format, 234pp, Paperback

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Bob Burns' Monster Kid Memories

Bob Burns' Monster Kid Memories

by Bob Burns as told to Tom Weaver

Monster Kid Memories chronicles Bob Burns' role in science fiction and horror film history over the course of more than 65 years. Read all about Bob’s friendships with legendary SF producer-director George Pal (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine), Glenn Strange, William Castle, makeup legend Jack Pierce, the men who made the great Republic serials, Hollywood's greatest ‘gorilla guy’ Charlie Gemora and many more!

Large format, 232pp, Paperback

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Many Selves: The Horror and Fantasy Films of Paul Wegener

Many Selves: The Horror and Fantasy Films of Paul Wegener

by Henry Nicolella & John T Soister

The very first film actor to be identified with horror was German-born Paul Wegener. A distinguished stage actor, Wegener was fascinated by film and its potential to portray the uncanny and the macabre. Sometimes acting as director and writer as well as performer, he played in a series of fantastic films in the early days of cinema, such as The Student of Prague and The Golem. Included are essays on 17 of Wegener’s most significant genre films, as well as a Filmography and material on rarities as The Lost Shadow, Svengali and Ramper the Beast Man.

423pp, Paperback

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Larry Cohen: The Stuff of Gods and Monsters

Larry Cohen: The Stuff of Gods and Monsters

by Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle traces the extraordinary career of the writer/producer/director responsible for such cult classics as Black Caesar, It's Alive, God Told Me To, The Private Files of J Edgar Hoover, Q - The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, Maniac Cop, and Phone Booth. Cohen was the creator of some of the most diverse and thematically-rich genre films that have been made in American independent cinema, and his oeuvre embraced horror, sci-fi, thrillers, Westerns, comedies and blaxploitation gangster movies.

689pp, Paperback

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Just When You Thought it was Safe: A Jaws Companion

Just When You Thought it was Safe: A Jaws Companion

by Patrick Jankiewicz

Patrick Jankiewicz splashes into the terrifying yet true stories behind the making of Jaws, the film that director Steven Spielberg based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 runaway best selling novel of the same name. Janciewicz reels in all the shark's victims, including John Hancock, Lance Guest and Dorothy Tristan, for exclusive interviews, and he harpoons all of the sequels: Jaws 2 (1978), Jaws 3-D (1983), Jaws: The Revenge (1987).

233pp, Paperback

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queen: A Biography

Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queen: A Biography

by David Grove

Jamie Lee Curtis launched her film career with the immortal 1978 horror classic Halloween, creating a heroine in Laurie Strode who would become the prototype of the modern ‘scream queen’. Subsequent roles in horror films like The Fog, Prom Night, Terror Train, Roadgames and Halloween II would cement her status as the genre’s pre-eminent screamer. Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen is a comprehensive biography of the star, featuring interviews with dozens of Curtis’s friends and co-workers.

492pp, Paperback

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The Making of a Classic

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The Making of a Classic

by Mark Thomas McGee

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The Making of a Classic is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this classic sci-fi feature from 1956 - the battles with the censors and the studio’s front office, the deleted sequences, the locations and much, much more. 204pp.

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The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood

The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood

by Andrew J Rausch and Charles E Pratt, Jr

Andrew J Rausch and Charles E Pratt Jr unreel the unreal back stories of the much-maligned ‘worst filmmaker of all time’ and the 29 films that sometimes outshone Wood’s off screen shenanigans. From Glen or Glenda, Jail Bait (with Steve Reeves), Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 From Outer Space to The Sinister Urge and Orgy of the Dead - they’re all here! 293 pages, including interviews with a number of people involved with Ed Wood’s films. 293pp.

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The Fly at Fifty: The Creation and Legacy of a Classic Science Fiction Film

The Fly at Fifty: The Creation and Legacy of a Classic Science Fiction Film

by Diane Kachmar & David Goudsward

 

The Fly was shot in eighteen days at a cost of $450,000, and it brought in $6 million at a time when 20th Century Fox Studios was in desperate need of a hit. It is a film classic - that rare perfect blend of story, cast and crew, and all the fantastic elements in sync with Andre Delambre’s metaphysical struggle between his own mind and that of the fly with whom his atoms have meshed.

200pp.

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Edison's Frankenstein

Edison's Frankenstein

by Frederick C Wiebel, Jr

Frederick C Wiebel Jr reveals the whole torturous story of the 1910 Edison film version of Frankenstein, including the casting, script rewrites, newly developed trick photography, censorship, its disappearance, re-discovery and eventual release on DVD in the late 1970s. Numerous rare photographs, many published for the very first time. ‘Of the over 400 books on Frankenstein that I have in my library, this is the gem of my collection and the one I've been waiting for.’ – Forrest J Ackerman. 275pp.

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American International Pictures: The Golden Years

American International Pictures: The Golden Years

by Gary A Smith

In the 1950s, American International Pictures (AIP) was the self-proclaimed ‘Infant of the Industry’ and as such was not perceived as a threat to the major studios of the time. AIP soon proved itself a worthy opponent, when its youth-oriented double features began raking in big bucks that rivalled and sometimes surpassed the profits of its competitors. This is the story of the years that produced I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Beach Party, and the Edgar Allen Poe films, among dozens of imaginative others. 528pp.

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Deadlier Than the Male: Femme Fatales of 1960s and '70s Cinema

Deadlier Than the Male: Femme Fatales of 1960s and '70s Cinema

by Douglas Brode

James Bond's bad girls. Wicked queens of ancient myth. Bisexual vampire women. Teenage temptresses. Deadly dinosaur dames in fanciful fur bikinis. Golden princesses of porn and many more. They were the wicked women of the 1960s and 1970s. Rich with rare photos, filled with previously unknown details from the private lives of the very real women who incarnated these fantasy femmes, here is the ultimate encyclopaedia of their on- and off-screen adventures. 509pp.

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The Hideous Sun Demon

The Hideous Sun Demon

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #1

 

In this one-of-a-kind volume, you'll learn everything under the sun about producer-director-star Robert Clarke's 1959 monster classic. Includes scores of rare and never-seen photographs and an afterword from sexquisite co-star Nan Peterson! This is the first in a series of such books from longtime genre fan and chronicler Tom Weaver.

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The Indestructible Man

The Indestructible Man

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #2

 

Horror legend Lon Chaney put his considerable all into his performance as The Indestructible Man, a 1954 sci-fi drive-in favourite. The film gets the full Scripts from the Crypt treatment: a lengthy ‘Making of’ essay, commentary from its writers and producer-director, cast-member memories, Production Code correspondence, pressbook and the ultra-rare script. 174pp.

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Bride of the Gorilla

Bride of the Gorilla

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #3

 

Curt Siodmak, creator of The Wolf Man and Donovan’s Brain, devised this outlandish monster melodrama, basically an exotic remake of The Wolf Man, co-starring the Wolf Man himself, Lon Chaney. Includes a 'Making Of' article, a tribute to Siodmak, detailed release information, an essay on the music score, an interview with producer Herman Cohen, a Lon Chaney Timeline, Production Code correspondence, script, pressbook and more.

Paperback

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Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster

Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #4

 

Gary D Rhodes returns to the Graveyard of Forgotten Facts, unearthing a treasure trove of terrific illustrations and a casket-full of new information and insights on Bela Lugosi, Ed Wood and Bride of the Monster (1956). Also exhumed are the Bride’s shooting script and a vault full of decaying extras.

Large format, 288pp

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Ed Wood and the Lost Lugosi Screenplays

Ed Wood and the Lost Lugosi Screenplays

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #5

 

Dig deep into the desert of unfilmed films, unearthing all manner of previously unknown artefacts and unseen relics. Includes The
Vampire's Tomb and The Ghoul Goes West.
Large format, 302pp

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Dracula's Daughter

Dracula's Daughter

Scripts from the Crypt Collection #6

 

Cross and wooden stake in hand, Dr Gary D Rhodes re-enters the sepulchre of supernatural cinema, casting his lantern's light on Universal’s 1936 classic Dracula’s Daughter. With fellow tomb raiders Tom Weaver and Michael Lee, he discovers long-forgotten lore, presented herein with the film’s original shooting script, pressbook and a large array of other freshly exhumed extras.

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Cagliostro: The Great Imposter

Cagliostro: The Great Imposter

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

With the success of Dracula and Frankenstein, Universal Pictures was searching for more vehicles for its new Monster stars, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. A story was prepared, originally for Lugosi then quickly switched to Karloff, based on the 18th century alchemist Cagliostro - a master of black arts, who was said by his followers to be 3,000 years old. Nina Wilcox Putnam wrote a treatment in which Karloff was to be not only a magician but a mad scientist who invented a death ray, but Universal thought it ‘too science fiction’ and ordered Putnam to work with John L Balderston and add more Egyptian mysticism. The end result evolved into Karloff's The Mummy in 1932. Included are biographies and credits for Putnam and Balderston. 156pp.

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Frankenstein: A Play

Frankenstein: A Play

by John L Balderston & Garrett Fort Original Script and Background Analysis

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and the man he creates in an unorthodox scientific experiment. The novel spawned several stage versions and before production started on Universal’s 1931 film, John L Balderston wrote a new adaptation of Frankenstein with screenwriter Garrett Fort. Although it was never performed on a stage, it remains an important document in American theatre history. Discover the thrills that were originally meant for 1930s’ Depression-era audiences in this faithfully-reproduced version of Balderston and Fort’s play. 105pp.

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Horror of Dracula

Horror of Dracula

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

In 1958, Hammer Films began their now classic remakes of the Universal monster films in vivid Technicolor and Christopher Lee created a more horrific vision of Count Dracula, which delighted audiences and continues to do so today. This volume contains the shooting script, pressbook and a host of photographs, with production background by Ronald V Borst. Also contains THE VAMPYRE by John Polidori, 1819. 176pp.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

edited by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) was acclaimed as the first million-dollar production. This volume includes a facsimile of director Wallace Worsley's personally annotated shooting script by Edward T Lowe and Perley Poore Sheehan. Also contains hundreds of rare photos, many of which have never been published, from the library of Wallace Worsley Jr. 217pp.

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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

by RC Sherriff & Gregory William Mank Original Script and Background Analysis

‘Power... Power to walk into the gold vaults of nations, amidst the secrets of kings, into the Holy of Holies! Power to make multitudes run squealing in terror, at the touch of my little invisible finger!’ - Claude Rains as The Invisible Man. Includes the shooting script, pressbook and an introduction by Jessica Rains. ‘Anyone who cares about classic monster movies will find a treasure trove of information, rare photos, and meticulous detail.’ -- Leonard Maltin. 197pp.

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Karloff: The Invisible Man

Karloff: The Invisible Man

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

In 1932, many projects were announced for Boris Karloff, now Universal’s top monster star. Director James Whale was stalling because the studio only wanted him to make a sequel to Frankenstein but after countless rewrites, RC Sherriff managed to capture Whale’s attention with a version of HG Wells’s The Invisible Man. The film went ahead without Karloff and with Claude Rains in the starring role, but it was still a huge success. This volume is a portfolio of the development of The Invisible Man and the attempts by numerous writers to come up with a shooting script that would satisfy Universal. 162pp.

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Return of Frankenstein

Return of Frankenstein

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

When Dracula and Frankenstein became box office hits, Universal ordered sequels to be written for both films. In 1935, James Whale agreed to direct ‘The Return of Frankenstein’ and in this volume is the shooting script by John L Balderston. Whale thought Balderston’s version too brutish and rewrote the script with William Hurlbut, keeping Balderston's draft as only the outline. It is presented here in its full original form. 209pp.

 

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Wolfman Vs Dracula: An Alternative History for Classic Film Monsters

Wolfman Vs Dracula: An Alternative History for Classic Film Monsters

by Philip J Riley Original Script and Background Analysis

Following Phantom of the Opera (1943), a sequel to Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman was considered for a Technicolor production: ‘Wolfman vs Dracula’! A script was prepared by Bernard Shubert, who had written the screenplay for Tod Browning's Mark of the Vampire (1935). But things did not go according to plan and the studio decided to make another of its Arabian Nights extravaganzas to fulfil its Technicolor contract instead; all that remains of ‘Wolfman vs Dracula’ are some colour 8x10s of Lon Chaney Jr in both roles. This volume also contains a biography of Shubert, with commentary by effects cinematographer David Stanley Horsley. 133pp.

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The Revenge of Frankenstein

The Revenge of Frankenstein

edited by Philip J Riley Novelisation

‘“..and as the Baron Frankenstein has been adjudged responsible for the actions of the monster which he created...you are charged to carry out sentence of death by beheading.” So read the instructions on the warrant - but Frankenstein did not die!’ This is a new edition of the original tie-in novel of the Hammer sequel to 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein. 154pp.

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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

by Lee Sheridan Novelisation

Here is the gripping film story of American International’s The Pit and the Pendulum, adapted from the bone-chilling tale written by America’s master of terror, Edgar Allan Poe. Introduction by Richard A Ekstedt. 154pp.

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Masque of the Red Death

Masque of the Red Death

by Elsie Lee Novelisation

This is a new edition of the original tie-in novel of Roger Corman’s The Masque of the Red Death, based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most macabre short stories. In 12th century Italy, Prince Prospero (Price), a devoted worshipper of Satan, rules a land stricken by a mysterious plague. Prospero’s cruelty includes toying with the fear-stricken peasants under his control in order to satisfy his own diabolical whims - until the Red Death itself intervenes to end his tyrannical rule. 156pp.

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Brides of Dracula

Brides of Dracula

by Dean Owen Novelisation

This is the first volume of a series whose purpose is to preserve the 1950s and 1960s horror movie tie-in novels in a new format for a new century. These are the original novels by various authors, not the scripts as in the Filmonster Series and the MagicImage Filmbook series. 153pp.

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The Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein

edited by Philip J Riley Novelisation

In this sequel to the world’s most famous shocker, Frankenstein is compelled to repeat his experiment and create a bride for the monster. He hesitates - but his task-master, by most dastardly threats, forces him to complete the work with the result that... A terrifying story which contains an underlying idea that is particularly applicable at the present time when machinery has become a MONSTER - a dominating and revolutionising power in the economics of the MODERN WORLD. HORROR - FASCINATION - ROMANCE. 154pp.

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20 Million Miles to Earth

20 Million Miles to Earth

by Henry Slesar Novelisation

‘The pain had come upon them suddenly, pain that gripped their chests like the giant talons of some rapacious bird, pain that sent them scurrying, reeling, stumbling towards the silvery object that stood half-buried in the volatile sands. Some were to make the ship in time; others were to die later. One was to live to see the horror of the dust-shrouded planet transplanted to the world of his birth, twenty million miles away...’ The Ymir, as the creature was named by Forrest J Ackerman is one of Ray Harryhausen's best remembered stop-motion creations. 154pp.

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