Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Comic strips you don't have to see to enjoy

From Archie Andrews to Tom Mix, all radio characters and programs that ever stemmed from a comic book or comic strip in radio's golden age are collected here, for the first time, in an easy-to-read, A through Z book!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Fine Tribute - Coming Soon!

Cinemassacres: A Tribute to Forrest J. Ackerman and 1980s Horror Films
Introduction by Ingrid Pitt / 6
Kind Comments for Uncle Forry
Afterword by Iron Dave / 166
Modern Mythmakers author Michael McCarty / 10
Artist Frank Dietz / 15
Multi-Media artist and Forry's ‘'best pal'' Joe Moe / 18
Michael Mallory - author of ‘'Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy Of Horror'' / 22
John Dimes- actor/artist/author of The Rites of Pretending Tribe / 25
Brian Walker - creator of Brian's Drive-In Theatre / 28
Robert Leininger - producer of The Undying Monsters / 31
Dick Dyszel { Count Gore Devol} host of Creature Feature / 35
Artist Jim McDermott / 38
Lucy Hell of Mystery Island Publications / 39
Rue Morgue Magazine art director ‘'Ghoulish'' Gary Pullin / 41
Special Guest Photos Section
Courtlandt Hull - creator of ‘'The Witch's Dungeon'' Museum in Bristol, CT. / 58
Kevin Sean Michaels - director of Vampira: The Movie / 61
Moebius Models creator Frank Winspur / 65
Dr. Mangor - Antimator, photographer, creator of Suicidal Suzi comic / 67
Scifi-Womanthology editor Pam Keesey / 70
Special Guest Interviews:
East Texas Gothic: Joe R. Lansdale / 74
Gandhi At The Bat author Chet Williamson / 80
Don Calfa - star of Return of the Living Dead / 84
Scalps director Fred Olen Ray / 88
NCIS star Muse Watson / 99
Jason Paul Collum - author of Assault of the Killer Bs / 106
Horror Films of the 1980s author John Kenneth Muir / 113
Strangewood author Christopher Golden / 115
Genre actor/stuntman/screenwriter Jim O'Rear / 120
Sara Karloff - daughter of horror icon Boris Karloff / 123
Interview with Cinemassacres author Iron Dave, conducted by Roberta Lannes / 126
Covenant and The 13th author John Everson / 131
The Amazing Kreskin / 135
Count Gregula / 143
Chopping Mall director Jim Wynorksi / 146
Echoes: Remembering Forrest J. Ackerman / 155

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thumbs Up!

The Hellnotes website posted a fine review of one of our newly-published tomes. Check it out at

Friday, June 25, 2010

Busy, busy author!

Think you're overworked? Check out Matt Beckoff's schedule for July:

July 16th 7pm. Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA. Special guests, PJ Soles, Dee Wallace, Coleen Gray, Kathleen Hughes, Janet Ann Gallow and Bob Burns, who wrote the Foreword.

July 17th. Dark Shadows Festival in Burbank, CA.

July 18th 1pm. Larry Edmunds book shop on Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood CA. Joining him will be special guests, Carla Laemmle, Elena Verdugo, Kathleen Hughes and Bob Burns.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

What's Coming Up at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

On Sundan, July 18th, at 1:00 p.m., a Sunday matinee with author Matt Beckoff and scream queens Kathleen Hughes, Carla Laemmle, and Elena Verdugo. Horror-meister Bob Burns will join in on the fun as well.
The store's address is 6644 Hollywood Boulevard, it's website is, and its phone number is (323) 463-3273.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

An Evening With TV Icon Kathy "Cissy" Garver, star of "Family Affair"

Tour a collection of some of the most famous fashions from motion pictures and the personal wardrobes of the world's greatest stars, including: Judy Garland. Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Cary Grant.

Kathy will be autographing copies of her new "Family Affair Cookbook" - $25 includes book, autograph and reception.

Thursday, June 24, 2010, 6 to 8 pm. Wine reception at:
Metreon, 101 Fourth Street, Ground Level, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets available at the door. Wine courtesy of Jerry Tusan, Classic Wines of California.
RSVP: _Kgarver333@aol.com_ (
Hope you can make it!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Let's Give a Listen to Martin Grams, Jr.

It's the good old days this week on Dave White Presents. Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention organizer and prolific author Martin Grams Jr returns to discuss his latest book covering the adventure hero The Green Hornet. Then The Green Hornet himself, Van Williams, who starred in that role in the television series will share some interesting and fun stories from his career. Actress Dawn Wells will also be a guest discussing her career and talking about the Nostalgia Convention at which both she and Van will be making appearances. The program previews on KSAV radio Tuesday June 22 at 7:30PM Eastern and 7:30PM Pacific time and will be available 24/7 beginning Wednesday June 23 at . Dave White Presents is now on Facebook

Friday, June 18, 2010

Looking For the Leap Home

Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett, after leading an elite group of scientists to develop a top secret project known as Quantum Leap, prematurely stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished . . .He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, suffering from partial amnesia and facing mirror images that were not his own, driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, the project observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. So Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap, will be the leap home...In these pages you will discover:* How Don Bellisario got the idea for the show and pitched it to NBC.* What Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell thought about the series and why they consider it to be one of the best and most cherished experiences of their lives.* About the incredible fans, who never gave up hope and sent over 50,000 letters and calla lilies to then NBC president Warren Littlefield to put the show back on the air on Wednesday nights.* Why episodes like "The Color of Truth," "Black On White On Fire" and "Running For Honor" had advertisers pulling out and NBC ready to pull the plug.* How Quantum Leap ended and a look back at all five seasons of the series.With the hope of a new sci-fi or movie on the horizon, let's take a bold leap forward into the adventures of Dr. Sam Beckett and hope that his next leap will be the leap that sends him home.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Dream Collection of Classic Hollywood Photos

Tommy Lightfoot Garrett has been a collector of classic era photographs for years. The difference between Tommy and the people who collect classic photos, is that Tommy over the years has become friends with many of these stars and he also has represented many of them over the years as well. This photo book is one that the reader and admirer of classic stars can enjoy some of the great studio and candid shots of the past century, with Garrett's historical knowledge of Hollywood and the icons who made the entertainment industry so great. There are even some shots signed by stars who are either no longer with us or no longer signing autographs. This book is warm, well put together and offers the reader some new insights into what made the classic era so grand in Hollywood's history.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hot Off The Press!

Will the Real Me Please Stand Up, by Christopher Knopf. Some very talented people have a lot of great things to say about this book. Take a look:

"Christopher Knopf is a consistently superb writer with his body of work a treasury of accomplishment any writer would envy. Here are the personal experiences that formed his keen insight on life and the nimble mind that led him to the Presidency of the Writers Guild of America, West. He speaks with complete honesty of the many people he has worked with and worked for in a vacillating, perilous profession. It makes a helluva read."- John Gay, Oscar nominated Screenwriter, Separate Tables

"Over his 50 year career writing for movies and television, Chris Knopf worked with many of Hollywood's great stars, producers and directors. He is a wonderful story teller and has filled this book with tricks of the trade, inspiring anecdotes, and one entertaining story after another. It's a must read for any aspiring screenwriter." - Tom Schulman, Oscar Winning Screenwriter, Dead Poets Society

"All television writers know who 'wrote the book' on writing Movies and Miniseries for Television -- it was Chris Knopf, and now he's written the warm and engaging story of how he did it while at the same time leading a graceful and rewarding life. Reading this very human memoir reminded me again and again how much I like and admire Chris and why."- David Rintels, playwright, three-time Emmy winning writer, past President, Writers Guild of America West

"Will The Real Me Please Stand Up is a page turner that will earn its way into your library. It's written by a person who grew up in a family of Hollywood Royalty. His father, colorful and charming, as well as domineering and insensitive, was a movie producer during MGM's golden years. I was fully immersed in this fascinating success story of Chris' battle to become his own man and creative force, emerging as an award winning writer."- Jerry Mayer, producer, playwright, television writer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Mash

"Old Hollywood lives again in Chris Knopf's engaging life story, which could be subtitled "Sometimes Nepotism Doesn't Work," about his struggle and triumph with a competitive father who lived in the last days of the old studio system.- Del Reisman, story editor Playhouse 90, past President, Writers Guild of America, West.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A very special Dave White Presents

This is an Early Bird announcement about the next broadcast of “Dave White Presents” which will debut Tues. June 22. This show will be a very, very special 90 minutes devoted to this fall’s Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. Three guests include: Van Williams—star of Surfside Six and TV’s Green Hornet (so good, we made it a two-parter), Dawn Welles—“Mary Ann” from Gilligan’s Island, Martin Grams Jr.—author of a new history of The Green Hornet and organizer of the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. So mark your calendars—the show will debut Tues. June 22 at 7:30 p.m. EST and then 7:30 p.m. Pacific over— On Wednesday June 23, the show will become available for 24/7 download access at—

Monday, June 14, 2010

Who tried out for which role????

Katie Holmes was the first choice to play Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Rosie O'Donnell auditioned for Elaine on Seinfeld.
Gene Hackman was rejected for the part of Mike Brady.
Sandra Bullock didn't have the right look for Baywatch.
Lara Flynn Boyle was considered to play Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City.

This is only a small sample. The shows are listed alphabetically, so this makes a very easy-to-use research book. You'll be surprised what you find out.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Notice on Turner Classic Movies website

Ib Melchior will be signing his new book, "Six Cult Films of the 60?s” with special guests, Trailers from Hell’s own JOE DANTE & MICK GARRIS . IB, Joe & Mick will be “trailering” “Angry Red Planet”, “Time Travelers”, and more. Joe & Mick will also be signing “Trailers from Hell Vol. #1 ” dvds.
Date: June 12, 2010
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Larry Edmunds Book Shop6644 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Contact: Jeffrey Mantor @ 323- 463-3273

Great interview!

Look what was published in the New Jersey Jewish News about author Joel Samberg's granddad, Benny Bell:

It includes a terrific interview with Joel.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Coming soon!

In Confessions of a Scream Queen, writer Matt Beckoff interviews fifteen legendary Ladies of Horror: CARLA LAEMMLE, LUPITA TOVAR, JANET ANN GALLOW, ELENA VERDUGO, COLEEN GRAY, KATHLEEN HUGHES, JUDITH O'DEA, KAREN BLACK, INGRID PITT, JESSICA HARPER, MARILYN BURNS, BETSY PALMER, DEE WALLACE, P.J. SOLES and ADRIENNE BARBEAU. Spanning over nine decades of cinema, Confessions is filled with entertaining and informative recollections and personal insights about Hollywood's best-loved horror films. Included are some rare and never before seen pictures.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Love Those Stooges!

Today author Lon Davis will be a guest on Stu Shostak's Internet radio program, talking about Shemp Howard and the Three Stooges. His fellow guests will be Shemp's niece Joan Maurer, his nephew Paul Howard, his daughter-in-law Geri, and his granddaughter Jill. The show will be on live from 7 to 10 eastern time and will be repeated at that same time every day for the next week. Here is the link:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hey! Look who's in the June issue of Classic Images!

Our own Scott O'Brien has written the BOOK TALKS feature for Laura Wagner's Book Points column. In it, he tells of the surprising findings as he was researching the biographies of Kay Francis, Ann Harding, and Virginia Bruce. Interesting reading at

Monday, June 7, 2010

Great write-up in Fresno Book Review

“Have parties. They’re the things you’ll remember at the end of your life.”

Celebrity cookbooks can be fun. Cooking is something that everyone has in common, and sharing recipes with the rich and famous makes them more accessible. Regardless of whether you are fans of The King Family singers from their television shows of the 1960s and 1970s, this is a fun cookbook. The introduction sums up the family philosophy of enjoying life and eating well.

While many of the recipes are nostalgic favorites, most of them have a unique twist. The Sweet Meatloaf is wonderful and is the only meatloaf recipe I’ve found that stays moist even when ultra low fat (9 percent) ground beef is used. Although I prefer a stronger lemon flavor, the Deluxe Lemon Bars are absolutely decadent, with a crunchy sugar crust forming on the delicate custard during baking. If you like retro recipes and comfort food, this cookbook is for you.

- Reviewed by Teresa McCarthy

Friday, June 4, 2010

First Book of the Year, then 2nd Edition!

You know the face. You know the credit list: Lost in Space, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Kung Fu, The Twilight Zone and hundreds more... But who was Albert Salmi? Born of Finnish parents in the Finnish section of Brooklyn, Albert Salmi had a childhood he would recall fondly, even though it was plagued by the hardships of the Great Depression. In an attempt to earn money as a teenager, he broke the law; and the very wise judge gave him a sentence that turned his life around. Salmi set his sights for an acting career and, thanks to the GI Bill, got the best training possible. The result was that for forty years he appeared on the Broadway stage (Bus Stop, etc.), national television (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I Spy, That Girl, Dallas, etc., etc.), and in countless films (The Brothers Karamazov, Caddyshack, etc.), usually as the bad guy or stern authority figure.
This biography is a frank and loving tribute, combined with many memories from Salmi's family, friends, and co-stars, and includes never-before-published memoirs from the man himself. From humble beginnings -- to a highly successful acting career -- to a tragic death that shocked the world -- Albert Salmi's story is unlike any other you'll ever read.
This 2nd edition has 2 extra chapters and much more information.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wonderful new book!

"He's a Hyphenate". That's Hollywood lingo for a person who has done more than one job on a film. Director-Writer-Cameraman-Producer-Naturalist, and Oscar nominee, Jack Couffer falls into that rare niche of multi-taskers who has done it all. He has made movies of many genres all over the world, but his specialty has been films with animals sharing the screen with human characters.

Ring of Bright Water, Never Cry Wolf, Out of Africa, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and Living Free all bore the Couffer identity. This is the story of the pains and joys in making these and many other delightful films.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's Joe Franklin!

Look who's engrossed in Jim Manago's biography of Shirley Booth!
(Photo by Steve Friedman)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The very best from "The Horror Zine"

The Horror Zine has burst onto computers all over the world as an e-zine. "Twice the Terror" brings you the very best from The Horror Zine as a book. The Horror Zine presents its second in-print anthology, a wicked brew of stories with relentless suspense that ride side-by-side with haunting poetry and eye-popping artwork. Volume 2 from The Horror Zine unveils a fresh approach to basic fears and has twisted, unexpected endings. "Twice the Terror: THE HORROR ZINE" contains contributions from famous writers such as Graham Masterton, Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Deborah LeBlanc, Ed Gorman, Stephen Gallagher, Terence Faherty, and Hugh Fox. But it also contains deliciously dark delights from morbidly creative people who have not yet made the big time...but they will soon.