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I found Reprobate while searching for Raism, finding this bastard font of eclectic wisdom. Virtual thanks for your shite cornucopia and the article on James Havoc. I have a place here.
Just found out about ‘Now A Major Motion Picture’ but you’re sold out!!! Any plans to go to another printing?
Not at this point. But never say never…
I’ve just read your review of the Tod Slaughter biography and you’ve helped to make the decision to get it.
It’s my birthday next week, and my wife has been asking me to choose something so I will ask her to buy the book for me.
I’ve heard of Tod throughout my life, but it was only a few years ago that I saw one of his pictures for the first time on ‘Talking Pictures’ I’ve been watching one of his films today on YouTube and they are incredibly entertaining.
I just googled to see if there was a book on his life and discovered the one you reviewed.
I just found your site when I googled Al Adamson. You wrote an informative piece about him. My cousin was Tacey Robbins, who was the lead in his movie Psycho-A-GoGo. When I was 14 we visited her in Palm Springs. The house where she was staying belonged to him. I remember him being very nice. When we left, he gave me an autographed poster of what must have been his latest movie, “Halfway to Hell.” He must have been using the stage name Rick Adams briefly, because that’s how he signed it.
Enjoyed the Electric Blue gallery – but would love to read something a bit more in-depth – and what about the incredible story of the feem toon? (see – purepop1uk.blogspot.com/2009/02/cut-loose-stud-leather-story. html [remove the space!]. Scroll down to about halfway through the comments, fascinating stuff.
Really enjoyed the recent article on the glory days of the BBC2 Horror Double Bill. If anyone’s interested, my book ‘Dracula, Frankenstein and Friends’ deals with the lifelong impact the 1977 season had on me. It’s available on Amazon.
Michael, I am reading your wonderful book now. I am a lifelong fan of the horror genre, and since I was born in 1958, I grew up with the Universal Classics and 50s big bug movies through local Creature Features. Even so, I am learning a LOT on the back stories of these films through your book. Plus, it is always intriguing for me as an American to view how Monsterdom is viewed through the British lens. As I get older, the anecdotes that fans share about their travails seeing and loving these movies are just as interesting as the films themselves. I also REALLY enjoy how you connect impressions from the double features to your life as a father, husband, son, and educator. The text also sparkles with the reminiscences you provide about the class structure you experienced growing up, the love for UK football teams, and the occasional references to philosophers like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. I’ve been looking for a book like this, with a fresh slant on our favorite fiends, for a long time, and you really delivered the goods. I would recommend this book to ANYONE. It is extremely well written without being pedantic. It’s attractive, illustrated with classic and personal photos, and is very affordable. EVERYONE should run, not walk to buy it! Thanks! — Alan Tromp, St. Louis, MO, USA
Hi Alan. Thank you so much for the kind comments. I’m really glad you enjoyed the book. I ended up putting more of myself into it than I’d ever really anticipated doing, so hearing that people have found something worthwhile in it means a great deal to me. Its especially interesting and pleasing to hear its resonated with you in the USA, since a lot of it seems so specifically ‘British’ to me. Sorry not to have responded sooner, but as you can probably tell from the lack of recent posts here, I don’t check back on the blog site as often as I really should.
Thank you again, so much.
I have somwe photos of a lady who wants to appear in your magazine
Truly enjoyed your talk re: UNEARTHLY STRANGER. I saw the film a few times on its initial release and noted its special qualities as well/never forgot it—-but haven’t seen it since. Wish I’d been able to make comments on the actual YT video, but this is good alternate. A note re: Rex Carlton. It IS hard to believe he is the same guy who wrote those other, mostly ridiculous films. It may be that he was used as a “front” for a non-union writer, who has remained unknown. Check out William Sloane’s novel TO WALK THE NIGHT, as there is some evidence UNEARTHLY STRANGER owes some debt to it (some of which I can see). Worth further investigation, I feel. (I’m a fan of Sloane’s 2 books, this one and THE EDGE OF RUNNING WATER, the basis of the Edward Dimitryk film THE DEVIL COMMANDS….
Ok, enough blab out of me. Good wishes!
Thanks, Robert. I think you could well be right about Carlton acting as a front – he would hardly be the first. Or there’s the chance that his screenplay was heavily reworked by the director or producers… or that somehow or other, it just all came together for him. But yes, Sloane seems worthy of investigation in any case. Thanks for the tip!
Really sad; that you have to tell people to ‘Play Nice’ but I reckon that’s been a problem since we lived in caves. The reason I’m writing, hoping it’s a viable approach, is to see if you would mind giving me a credit for the last pic of Kathy Speirs. Bikini & hat in weeds. Discovered things I didn’t know so appreciated your article & pics.THX, Carl H. Brattin.
Hi Carl, of course – as you are doubtless aware, tracking down who was behind these old shots is often a bit of a nightmare so I’m always happy to correc that. Thank you!