Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beverly's book is ready!

FINALLY! I know many of you have been waiting a while now. Well, they're starting to ship out this week!

Monday, June 29, 2009

further praise for History of Indie Cinema

Click on the book cover to read more!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Angelic Heaven v. 2

We're reprinting this book soon, so if you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see in the update, let us know!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Joyce Compton's autobiography coming!

The Real Joyce Compton:

Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image

By Joyce Compton and Michael G. Ankerich

“People who like films and stars of that era, from the 1920s on through the 1950s, I think, would like to have such a personally-written account of some of the highlights of an actress’s life. Most picture us all as rich and famous and never hear of another side. I’ve even thought of the title: The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image. Sound good? It’s a thought.”

--Excerpt of a letter from Joyce Compton to Michael G. Ankerich, 27 January 1988

The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image is the story that Joyce Compton, one of the screen’s finest comediennes and most versatile actresses, wanted told.

Her career, which consisted of an estimated 200 films, stretched from 1925 to 1957. Breaking into films during the silent era, she appeared in a string of ingénue roles, imagining herself as a new Mae Murray, but it was after the beginning of sound that Compton found her niche in comedy.

In her own words, she recounts her frustrations over studio politics and shares her experiences of working and socializing with such screen favorites as Clara Bow, Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Joel McCrea, George O’Brien, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Mack Brown, Janet Gaynor, and George Raft.

Compton opens up about her often overly protective parents, her off-screen romances, her one heartbreaking attempt at marriage, her deep religious faith, and her struggle to support her family after her film career ended.

With candor and insight that only someone who was there can share, Compton discusses the transition from silents to talkies; working with incompetent directors in those early sound movies; living on locations; the competition she experienced with the “star” actresses of the studio; freelancing versus working under a studio contact; and the day-to-day life of an actress working in early Hollywood.

The Real Joyce Compton begins with a biography of the actress, written by co-author Michael G. Ankerich, based on formal interviews, conversations, and correspondence over their 10-year friendship. The book also contains a detailed filmography of Compton’s film appearances and is lavishly illustrated with over 80 photographs, many of which are from Compton’s own personal collection.

Ankerich is the author of Broken Silence: Conversations With 23 Silent Film Stars and The Sound of Silence: Conversations with 23 Stage and Screen Personalities Who Made the Transition from Silents to Talkies. He is currently working on Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives, Careers, and Misfortunes of 22 Hard Luck Girls of the Silent Screen.

The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image will be available soon from BearManor Media (www.bearmanormedia.com).

Sunday, June 14, 2009

what's in Queens of Scream

Were you ever curious about what made your favorite Scream Queens tick?Look no further, because NVF Magazine founder David Byron has compiled an impressive list of interviews with some of the hottest ladies in horror.

Among the highly honored special guests are:

Brenna Lee Rothstar of Killer Biker Chicks and DOG and producer of Grind House Glory

Scarlet Salem – star of Killer Biker Chicks

Bianca Barnett – star of Albino Farm

Nicole Kruex – aka-Nikki Homicide K – star of Zen: Hunter

Rachel Grubb – star of 13 Hours in a Warehouse

Seregon O’Dassey – star of Ghost Watcher 2 & False Face and Playboy model

Evie Effects – FX artist, model, actress

Heidi Martinuzzi – actress, writer, staff of Pretty Scary.net

April Monique Burril – star of Chainsaw Sally (featuring Jimmy ‘O)

Monique Dupree – star of Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned

And a special guest appearance by former Hammer Films scream starlet Ingrid Pitt, whose portrayal of Countess Dracula gave a new meaning to the term Scream Queen long before it became popular for future generations of horror film fans.

And much, much more...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Queens of Scream

Finally, we're getting something a bit more contemporary in our catalog. ;)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Total Television cover

Another new book coming soon!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

interview with Guy Williams author

Click here or on the cover to listen to a new interview!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

new cover unveiled!

It's time to see the new George O'Brien cover! From the author of The First Male Stars comes an amazing and detailed new work on an often overlooked film star!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Starlog loves the Jaws book!

Here's what they say on their website:

Can you hear that ominous music as you enjoy the ocean? It seems to always accompany the approach of a—oops! CHOMP!—Great White Shark, just out cruisin’ for a bite. And who’s that out there chummin’ the waters but our longtime correspondent Pat Jankiewicz? He has spent YEARS working on the definitive examination of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS and its sequels and the result is JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE: A JAWS COMPANION (BearManor Media, tpb, $19.95). It offers all you might ever want to know about those shark thrillers (including the unmade sequel spoof NATIONAL LAMPOON’S JAWS 3, PEOPLE 0). JAWS screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (himself the author of the behind-the-scenes memoir THE JAWS LOG) says, “Pat got it EXACTLY right!” You can’t get a better recommendation than that! We’re proud to see that Jankiewicz has finished his dream project. And in case you haven’t noticed, there has been a link offering JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE for sale via our website front page. Or you can check out the publisher’s website:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

new book on Broadway star

Sondra Lee - an actress, dancer, director, teacher . . . and the original Tiger Lily to millions - takes us through nearly 50 years of a glorious career on stage (High Button Shoes, Peter Pan, Hello, Dolly!, among others) and films (Fellini's La Dolce Vita) -- in front and behind the camera. Describing her extraordinary adventures, always with a touch of humor and loving memories, recollections of trials and tribulations, countless series of short-lived and lifelong friendships and romantic flings with the famous and not-so famous - Sondra reveals all!.

Wicked, woeful . . . the laughter, the tears . . . like it was . . . like it is! Sondra Lee has an amazingly full life to share.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

an old author directs a new author!

You are invited to a staged-reading of
Ian Talks – Louie Walks
A One Man Show (With A Bunch Of Other People)
A Musical Oddity
Tuesday, June 9 at 2PM & 4PM
Friday, June 12 at 4PM
Carroll Musical
625 West 55th Street, 6th Floor
Ian Talks – Louie Walks, a one man show (with a bunch of other people), is a musical oddity created by and starring Ian Finkel. Directed by Lewis J. Stadlen, the show takes place in a small NYC apartment as Ian, his ex- wives, his butler and his bass player explore life, love, lust, marriage and music. The reading will take place at Carroll Musical (625 West 55th Street, 6th Floor).

Ian Finkel is regarded as the world's greatest xylophone virtuoso. He has appeared and written for such stars as Michael Feinstein, Sid Caesar, Ginger Rogers, Tito Puente, Larry Gatlin, Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn to name just a few. Mr. Finkel has covered much ground in the music world. He has appeared on all major television stations, recorded for most record labels and has had successful concert tours in Japan, Korea. Canada, Mexico, England as well as the U.S. Ian has collaborated with Philip Glass and has heard his works performed by numerous orchestras such as the American Symphony Orchestra and the Little Orchestra Society. Ian has been on many television shows, films and live performances such as: “Love Laffs” (Lifetime) with Terri Gar, “Martin Mull” (Showtime), “Jerry Lewis Telethon,” Woody Allen's “Radio Days,” Emo Phillips, Judy Tenuta, Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Michael Feinstein on Broadway, “Sid Caesar Show” at the Village Vanguard, Second Avenue to Broadway (Houseman Theatre and Town Hall) with Fyvush Finkel, “Read-a-thon w/Sesame Street Players” hundreds of colleges across the US and Canada (Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody etc.) Condo tours of Florida, headliner on all cruise ship lines. As a writer Ian has penned many film and stage pr oductions: Rainbow Wars (nominated for Academy Award) It's Up To All Of Us, Second Avenue to Broadway, Michael Feinstein In Concert, Sophie Tucker in Person (currently on US tour) Nick at Nite Music of Vic Mizzy (“Adams Family,” “Green Acres”), IBM Industrials, CNN Cable News, Port Authority, three novels and books of short stories. Mr. Finkel received a Grammy Award for the album Songs From the Neighborhood, (songs of Mr. Rogers).

Lewis J. Stadlen starred as Max Bialystock in the first national tour and the Broadway production of Mel Brooks The Producers. Before that he played Mickey Fox in Neil Simon's 45 Seconds From Broadway. He made his debut in 1967 in Fiddler on the Roof starring Luther Adler. He garnered early attention on Broadway portraying Groucho Marx in Minnie's Boys (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award); Ben Silverman in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys; and Voltaire, Dr. Pangloss, etc. in Leonard Bernstein's Candidi (Tony Award nominee). He has originated roles in two of Mr. Simon's other plays, The Female Odd Couple and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He has performed in the revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony Award nominee) starring Nathan Lane, played Nathan Detroit in the national company of Guys and Dolls and was recently seen as Banjo in Kaufman and Hart's The Man Who Came to Dinner (Drama Desk Nominee). Other favorite roles included Harry in The Time of Your Life; Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Trigorin in The Seagull; Glogauer in Once in a Lifetime; Vandergelder in The Matchmaker; title roles in The Miser, Semel Weiss, S.J. Perelman in Person and Mizlansky/Zilinsky. Film: The Verdict, Serpico, To Be or Not to Be, Judge Horton and The Scottsboro Boys and In & Out

Please RSVP to Springer Associates PR / 212 354 4660 / Joe@springerassociatespr.com

Monday, June 1, 2009

History of Indie Cinema

Phil Hall's book is getting a lot of attention. Click here and here and here! to read how everyone loves it.