Monday, July 19, 2010

Our new catalog is out and it's beautiful!

Look at what just came from the printer today! We're very proud of this new - and much improved - catalog.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Beach Boys!

There are a great many names in this book because over the course of some thirty-five or so years in the entertainment business, Lloyd worked with, met with, or just talked to a lot of people including celebrities of various ilk. A few became his friends; many were merely business or golfing acquaintances. The time he spent with the Beach Boys surely made them his friends or at least one would hope. Lloyd always made it a point to differentiate between people he designated as friends and those who were merely acquaintances based on, to a very minor degree, who picked up the check or whether or not he was close enough to be invited to their homes. Or even how quickly or even whether they returned phone calls. There are many of each. A lot of what is included in this book has not previously been in print, either because it related to things he shared personally with the people involved or because it was not known to the general public. While this isn't quite a "tell all" book, it is definitely a "tell some" book. Anyway, herein lies an opportunity to live what Jack Lloyd lived and then re-lived as he wrote it. Enjoy the ride.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nice review & comments on

Horror Movies, Music Stars, Artists & More!
“Esoteric” has a couple of meanings, but in the case of Michael McCarty’s book Esoteria-Land (Bear Manor Media) it relates more to the secret lives of celebrity. McCarty, a professional writer since 1983, writing a number of books, short stories, poems and a plenitude of articles, has put together a selection of short interviews and photographs with a variety of famous people, as well as some entertaining articles and essays dealing primarily with the horror field and genre. This should come as no surprise as the preface has an introductory discussion between McCarty and horror author C. Dean Andersson (I Am Dracula) followed by an introduction from Scream Queen Linnea Quigley (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers). The book also includes other genres and niches. It begins with an interview with Tommy Chong, the famous hippie doper from the infamous comedic duo Cheech & Chong. This is followed with an interview with singer/guitarist/songwriter Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues. A very interesting interview with Alistair Taylor comes soon after. Who is Alistair Taylor you may ask. He was a collaborator with Brian Epstein, the man who became the manager of The Beatles. Taylor helped Epstein in those early formative years with the band but had little hope for them, missing out on an opportunity to own a portion of what would become one of the most influential bands of all time. McCarty also touches on Art as he interviews the fantasy illustration team of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. There are also more interviews with other comedians, actors, film makers and authors, including the creator of Discworld, Sir Terry Pratchett and one of science fiction’s greatest writers, Alan Dean Foster. Of the essays, the most fascinating is a look at author Dean Koontz and how he is viewed by other authors. Despite his scary stories, Koontz evidently has a heart of gold and comes across as a very benevolent and kind person. Esoteria-Land is nearly 350 pages in length but most of the interviews are only 3 or 4 pages, so the book makes for a quick, fun read.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gardner McKay's play to become a movie!

From "The Wrap" website
Reporter Jeff Schneider

Oscar-winning filmmaker John G. Avildsen ("Rocky") is set to direct "Me.," an independent feature based on the play by late actor/author Gardner McKay. Joe Dain wrote the screenplay after optioning the rights from McKay's widow, Madeleine, who will serve as executive producer on the project. Dain will produce through his company Shoot Productions. First published in 1998 as a play in two acts, the dark comedy follows the Vickery family as they come together to rally around 12-year-old Tommy after a tragic baseball accident caused by his twin brother leaves him brain damaged and dependent on his family for his every need. The story picks up six years after the accident as the family re-examines the very distinct choices they've made for themselves in order to survive. Dain discovered McKay's play more than a decade ago at a Samuel French book store. "From the minute I read it, I was drawn to the material," said Dain, who at the time was working with two other producers who were interested in raising financing for a theatrical production of "Me." The trio organized a reading for potential financiers and McKay (right) and his wife flew to Los Angeles to attend. "I told him that I thought the play would make an incredible movie and his reply to me was, 'well if you ever get to a place in your career to have a serious discussion about producing this as a film, give me a call.' It was not until many years later that I was in such a position, and sadly, Gardner had passed away," said Dain. Late last year, Dain decided to take a chance and contact McKay's widow, who remembered him and requested he send an example of his work as a movie producer. Dain sent his award-winning 2008 film "Gardens of the Night," and one week later, McKay called Dain and agreed to sell him the rights to the play. "This story is an intense, surprisingly original, funny, dark and yet binding story about family," Dain told TheWrap. UTA is packaging the project and will handle its domestic sales. Avildsen previously directed "The Karate Kid" and "Lean on Me," and his last movie to be given a theatrical wide release was 1994's "8 Seconds." He's attached to direct the sports drama "Stano." Avildsen is represented by UTA, while Gersh represents Dain and The Marton Agency represents McKay.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another great review

Check out the excellent review by Beyond's Joseph Savitski. It can be seen at Way to go, author Patrick!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lon Chaney's Dracula Recommended on Psychobabble

Here's what the Psychobabble website has to say about Philip J. Riley's new book:

Psychobabble recommends Philip J. Riley’s ‘Lon Chaney as Dracula’
Before Bela Lugosi forged his iconic performance as Count Dracula, another horror legend was slotted to play the role. Having risen to superstardom by playing grotesques in silent pictures such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of the Opera, and London After Midnight, Lon Chaney Sr. was to play the vampire in what would have been his second talking picture. The film was well past the planning stages—with Tod Browning hired to direct and Dudley Murphy and Louis Bromfield penning the script—when Chaney’s death by throat hemorrhage in 1930 halted it. Losing little time, Universal replaced Chaney with Bela Lugosi and hired Garrett Fort to write a new script in time for the film to be released less than six months after Chaney’s death. Long thought to be lost, Murphy and Bromfield’s unproduced Dracula script is the latest discovery of cinematic archaeologist Philip J. Riley, whose Alternate History for Classic Monster Movies series continues to marvel. This latest volume is a more eclectic affair than the ones about James Whale’s Dracula’s Daughter and Wolfman vs. Dracula. Beginning with Riley’s brief introduction to the subject, the book moves on to Bromfield’s extensive, 50-page treatment, complete with long stretches of dialogue. Chaney was adamant that his film-adaptations remained faithful to the novels on which they were based, and the treatment reveals a picture considerably closer to Bram Stoker than Fort’s script based on the Dracula stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. The Count is also described in more animalistic terms, with his hairy body, wolfish ears, and long fangs, than Lugosi’s vampire, probably to take better advantage of Chaney’s makeup prowess. After the treatment comes the opening passage of Murphy and Bromfield’s script, which draws out Jonathan Harker’s arrival at Castle Dracula for 20-pages, suggesting a more epic film than the one with Lugosi. The script ends abruptly during Harker’s initial meeting with Dracula because of Chaney’s death, but Riley’s book still has several more treasures in its crypt: a complete cast, crew, and title list for the 1931 Dracula, F.W. Murnau’s complete shooting script for Nosferatu, which includes numerous notes by the director (Bromfield was given a copy of the script to help him along with constructing his vampire tale), and most valuably, Lon Chaney’s 12-page autobiography originally published in the September 1925 issue of Movie Magazine. While any classic horror enthusiast should be sufficiently lured by Bromfield’s fascinating treatment, Chaney’s autobiography is a clincher, offering a rare opportunity to read the man’s story in his own words, not to mention a wealth of terrific pictures.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Great show coming Sunday night

Author Pat Jankiewicz will discuss man-eating sharks, summer blockbusters and his book, Just When You Thought It Was Safe: A Jaws Companion, on WGN Radio's "The Nick Digilio Show" on WGN Radio Chicago, 12:30 a.m. Sunday night, July 11th, following The Cubs game. Listen live via the internet!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ann Harding, Cinema's Gallent Lady

Friday, July 16, at 7:30pm at Castro Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Following the San Francisco Silent Film Festival presentation "Rotaie" at the Castro Theater, there will be a book signing for "Ann Harding - Cinema's Gallant Lady," by Bay Area film historian Scott O'Brien. Critics hailed Ann Harding as the finest actress to venture from Broadway to Hollywood. Her unique, natural screen presence in Holiday (1930) earned an Academy Award nomination. From 1929-1936, Harding reigned as cinema's "Gallant Lady." This new book features a foreword by Mick LaSalle.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It's all things Dracula!

The Blackgate's Adventures in Fantasy Literature's page has a wonderful, detailed write-up about Dracula items, including our own Lon Chaney's Dracula book by Philip J. Riley. Check it out at

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

From the San Francisco Silent Movie Examiner.....

[By Thomas Gladysz]
These days, Diana Serra Cary lives a quite life in Gustine, California. It’s a small town in the Valley south of Modesto and east of San Jose, and not so far from Merced, where she was born. There, the 91 year old former movie star is working on a new book – her fifth. It’s to be an insider's account of the movie industry, and according to Cary, a "study of fear and power in working Hollywood."Cary knows of what she speaks. In the 1920’s, she was known as “Baby Peggy,” and was one of the two biggest child actors in the pre-sound era. (The other was Jackie Coogan.) She was, in her day, as famous and as popular as Shirley Temple would become in the following decades.Cary is also one of the last surviving silent film stars. In a recent interview, the one-time actress revealed that work is nearly done on a documentary focusing on her remarkable and troubled life. It is being made in The Netherlands, and should be available in the United States in 2011, if not sooner.And today, two articles appeared about the diminutive actress. One, in the Huffington Post, was my own. It is titled “The Bookseller Who Became an Author and Who Once Had Been the Biggest Little Film Star in the World.” It takes a look at her interesting post-Hollywood career as an accomplished bookseller and well respected author. The other, by Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times, promotes an upcoming event in Los Angeles. On July 7th, Baby Peggy will give a short talk and introduce her 1924 film, Captain January, at the Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theater. It is Turan’s “Pick of the Week.” It’s one of two events Cary is expected to attend this month. She will also be signing copies of her books at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on July 16th as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.If you love the movies, then don't miss one of these two opportunities to meet a real movie star – and a living legend. Or as Turan put it, “Be one of the few to experience a piece of film history both on and off the screen.”

Monday, July 5, 2010

Coming Tuesday on Blog Talk Radio

Call-in Number: (646) 478-5668
Upcoming Show: 7/6/2010 3:00 PM
Host Name: Betty Jo Tucker
Show Name: Singin' in the Corn!
Length: 45 minutes

Author and publisher Ben Ohmart talks about his biography of comedienne Judy Canova. Titled "Singin' in the Corn!" after one of Judy’s most popular film comedies, this revealing book takes readers behind the scenes of a remarkable five-decade showbiz career that included film, radio, vaudeville, nightclubs, records, television and Broadway. In 1947, Judy Canova was named America’s top “comedienne” at the same time Jack Benny was dubbed our top “comedian.” Judy made over 20 films and played opposite such funnymen as Joe E. Brown, Alan Jenkins, Dennis Day, Ben Blue and Jack Benny. Skilled in physical comedy, she was also gifted with an amazing voice. Some people even called Judy the “Jenny Lind of the Ozarks.” But instead of becoming an opera singer, she used her talents to make people laugh. Making country comedy popular was her gift to showbiz.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Something we bet you didn't know about Baby Peggy

Did you know that Diana Serra Cary (aka "Baby Peggy") once worked as a bookseller? Now it's her own book that is selling!

Check out this great article about her from the Huffington Post:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New from BearManor Media

JUST JOAN: A JOAN CRAWFORD APPRECIATION is the ultimate Joan Crawford Bible, examining Crawford’s work, influence, life, and image in meticulous and loving detail.

Illustrated with over 300 photos, many of them rare and never before in print, JUST JOAN is a compilation of over four years of comprehensive research, culled from rare Lincoln Center archives, original magazines and those who knew her. Crawford is examined as a feminist forerunner, a gay icon, a dynamic artist, and as one of the world’s great movie stars. The many anecdotes and quotes within JUST JOAN reveal the sassy, indomitable spirit of this actress who grew up in abject poverty with an indifferent family and yet, against unseemly strife and setbacks, rose from the ashes like a phoenix. Her determination, talent and committed work ethic enabled her to find a career and home with what would be one of the most celebrated and powerful studios in film history, MGM. Hers is the moving, complex story of the pursuit and realization of the American Dream, part sublime, part nightmare, self-actuated. With rich detail and devotion, JUST JOAN bears testament to Crawford’s enduring enigma and powerful star.