Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On the Radio...

We are very happy to tell you that BearManor author Steven Stoliar will be on the radio today (29th February) between 4 pm and 6 pm Pacific time. He will be a guest on the Stu Shostak nostalgia-themed web show, discussing his book 'Raised Eyebrows,' his Groucho days and answering callers' questions.

Please tune in at

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book of the Week

This week's Book of the Week is 'The Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey Trivia Quiz: An Unauthorized Doctor Who Companion' by Don Krouskop.

Test your knowledge of the most popular, enduring science-fiction series in the world with this comprehensive Doctor Who trivia quiz. With more than 1000 questions, covering every period in the program's five-decade history, it's the ultimate challenge for fans of television's #1 cult classic. In these pages, you'll find questions like:

Who knitted the Fourth Doctor's trademark scarf?

"The Doctor's Daughter" guest star Georgia Moffett is the real-life daughter of what former Doctor Who star?

What alien race built the Genesis Ark?

The first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast just one day after what real-life tragedy?

How many holes are there inside the lock on the TARDIS door?

Dalek creator Terry Nation co-produced what iconic 1980s U.S action series?

If you would like to know the answer to these and many, many more questions, then 'Wibbly Wobbly' is the book for you.

Just click on the link below to order your copy and impress your friends with your amazing Doctor Who knowledge!

Interview with Charles Tranberg

Charles Tranberg is the author of the fabulous BearManor book, 'Fred MacMurray: A biography.'

We are very happy to say that he has recently been interviewed as part of the Dick Dinman's DVD Classics Show at

If you would like to listen in, please do so here:

Want to know more about Fred MacMurray and his biographer Charles Tranberg? Click on the link below and it will take you straight to the order page at BearManor:

Monday, February 27, 2012

And The Oscar Goes To......

Were you as overjoyed as us to see 'The Artist' sweep the board at the Oscars last night? It is truly wonderful to see a silent movie doing so well and a real tribute to the stars of the golden age who may be gone but are certainly not forgotten.

BearManor has a huge variety of silent movie-related books, so please check out our website to look for your favourite star. In the meantime, if its a book about many silent actors and actresses that you're looking for, then you can't go wrong with Lon Davis' 'Silent Lives: 100 biographies of the silent film era'.

This book is a tribute to all those wonderful people who graced the silent screen and is available to order here:

You can also watch a video of Lon Davis talking about 'Silent Lives' here:

On the Radio...

We are delighted that Fred Frees will be featured on the Dave White Presents programme on 28 February at 7.30 pm.

Fred is the son of voice actor, Paul Frees who was the 'Man of a Thousand Voices' for films, television, and rides such as the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Fred is following his father into the family business and is teaming up with BearManor to produce some very interesting audio projects. He will be talking about this and much more on the Dave White Presents programme.

Please listen in at or if you miss it, you can download from 29 February at

If you are interested in finding out more about Paul and Fred Frees, then BearManor is really the place to be. We have lots of Fred's audio material here:

And we have the Paul Frees biography, 'Welcome Foolish Mortals: The Life and Voices of Paul Frees' by Ben Ohmart here:

Can't wait to order your Fred Frees' audio? Then watch this very entertaining video here:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Henry Darrow

A fascinating BearManor book will be published shortly, entitled 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle' by Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow. Henry Darrow was, of course, one of the stars of 'The High Chaparral' and the book is a must for all fans of Henry's versatile career.

There will be more details available here very soon, but in the meantime, if you'd like to find out more, the authors have created a website: which is full of information.

I've also found this fabulous video which shows Henry reading from his book. Check it out here:

Meet the Author!

We're very happy to tell you that Bill Chemerka the author of 'Fess Parker: TV's Frontier Hero' has the following book signings coming up:

  • The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas - Sunday 4 March 2012
  • Chaucer's in Santa Barbara, CA - Friday 4 May 2012
  • Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos, CA - Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May 2012.

Bill would be very happy to meet readers and sign your books, so pop along and show your support! Thanks!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Author of the Week - Suzanne Sumner Ferry

Suzanne Sumner Ferry is the author of the forthcoming BearManor book, 'The Day the Stars Stood Still'. Suzanne's book is a career memoir of Logan Fleming, the top wax artist at the Movieland Wax Museum which is sure to be a delightful read. We caught up with Suzanne at her home in Los Angeles for an exclusive peak into what to expect from the book.

BearManor: Tell us a little about yourself; your background and how you came to write your book.

Suzanne: Logan Fleming was my next-door neighbor. He found out I had published a children's book and worked in publishing (magazine) for years, and asked me if I would be interested in writing his career memoir about his work as the top wax artist and former creative director for the original Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, CA. At first I wasn't sure but after we had our first meeting in his living room, I was hooked on the idea. Three years later and sadly after his passing last December, the book is almost ready to launch. I want to make his family proud in his honor; they became close friends during this process.

I miss Logan.

BM: As you say, very sadly Logan Fleming is no longer with us, but he was very much involved in the book. Tell us about the writing process and what it was like to work with together.

S: To make it easier, Logan would tape record his stories as he remembered them. Some were repetitive, some were inaccurate due to his memory (he was in his late 80s). I took the tapes (there were over 15, front and back), tried to make them into readable stories, did date, spell and fact checking, had two of his three sons also help with fact checking and accuracy, researched more, met in his living room dozens of times, passed notes and tapes back and forth in each other's mailboxes and eventually this whole thing turned into the book it is today. He got to see the first draft prototype before he passed and he had never been prouder. That made me feel like I had accomplished what I set out to do. Now I want his story to touch as many people as possible to honor his life's hard work and dedication and his family.

BM: I'm glad Logan was able to see a draft copy. What do you think he would think now that it is finally almost published, and what does it mean to you too?

S: Logan dreamed of this for decades. He would never be prouder and he will be smiling down at the launch party and every time someone opens a copy of his book to read. I feel proud to have helped his dream come true, to have finished the project of course, because not every author finishes the book they start out writing. Finishing it in itself is a huge accomplishment, whether or not it becomes a 'hit' or not is secondary in importance (in my opinion). If at least one old Hollywood buff gets enjoyment out of this book, it will be a success.

BM: Are there any stories or celebrities featured in the book that you particularly enjoyed writing about?

S: I was amazed at the dedication of all the celebrities to their craft and how much they really loved it and took it seriously and professionally. I was enthralled by Mae West and her gusto and strength, yet stubbornness. I was so impressed by Logan's skills as a true fine artist and how he got his job; the courage it took and how many hours he put in. I'm glad it paid off for him in so many ways. I was pleased to read that most celebrities are just normal folks like us who are nice, and just want normal respect. Although some want much more respect than others. There was so much grace and class back in the good old days of 'Old Hollywood.'

BM: Do you have any plans for another book? If so, could you share your plans with us?

S: I'm working on another 'Old Hollywood' memoir (go figure), made up mostly of photographs that tell the person's life story, and I am writing a screenplay for someone 'important.' I am also going to make my children's book (Corinna the Christmas Elf - Available on into a series.

BM: Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about the book?

S: If you love 'Old Hollywood,' the Rat Pack and how movies and sets are made and all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make a mini movie set and create museums, this book is for you. It is one very talented man's journey into the entertainment industry in a very unique way, by creating wax likenesses of famous stars the old fashioned way (not by computer technology). Logan used his true skills as an artist.

BM: Thank you very much for sharing news of your book and writing career with us Suzanne. Good luck with all your projects!!

Suzanne's book: 'The Day The Stars Stood Still' will be available to order from the BearManor website shortly. Stay tuned for more details soon. In the meantime, you can check out Suzanne's blog at and also please check out the 2010 interview below, with Suzanne and the subject of her book, Logan Fleming.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ib Melchior

Spotted on YouTube this morning; this short but sweet interview with BearManor author, Ib Melchior who is not only a fabulous soul, but also very famous in the science fiction world.

Ib's book is called 'Six Cult Films from the Sixties' and here he discusses what you can expect from the book and where you can order a signed copy.

Hollywood Gossip....

Psst - Don't tell anyone but some fabulous news came into BearManor headquarters today....

One of our authors is being interviewed by the Los Angeles Times this week and we are very excited about it. Find out all the gossip and a link to the interview itself as and when we get it!

Stay tuned.....

Robert Van Deventer Interview

Robert Van Deventer, the author of the BearManor book 'The Story of Twenty Questions', was interviewed on the radio very recently.

If you'd like to tune in, please click the link below:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Book of the Week

This week's Book of the Week is "Bring in the Peacocks: Memoirs of a Hollywood Producer" by Hank Moonjean.

Hank is the Oscar-nominated producer of 'Dangerous Liaisons' and has worked with a huge amount of stars such as Jack Lemmon, Jodie Foster, Lana Turner and Bette Davis. There is a fabulous story in the book about Bette Davis arriving for dinner at the home Hank shared with his mother and siblings. I won't tell you what happens, but let's just say it is extremely amusing!

Hank's book is a treasure trove of memories of his career, accompanied by photographs of the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Jean Simmons. Many of the photographs include Hank too, which makes them even more unique.

I know we're biased, but we happen to think that Hank Moonjean's book is totally fabulous. Please click the link below to order your copy...

And please take a moment to hear Hank talk about his career and the book, here....

Michael on the Radio

We're very happy to hear that Michael McCarty, author of 'Modern Mythmakers' will be on Blog Talk Radio this evening (21st February) from 7-9 Eastern Standard Time.

You can listen in by clicking the link below:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rondo Awards

Here at BearManor we are thrilled that three of our books have been nominated for a Rondo Award! We are nominated in the Book of the Year category (number 11) and everyone is eligible to vote.

So if you'd like to check out the site and cast a vote in our direction, please follow the link below. Thanks!