Saturday, March 31, 2012

Book Review...

I'm happy to say that 'Nina Mae McKinney: The Black Garbo' by Stephen Bourne has received a favourable review from book reviewer Tara Hanks. You can read it here:

And when you're finished reading the review, why not buy the book? It is available here:

Friday, March 30, 2012

Last Chance to Vote!

Time is running out to vote in the Rondo Awards!

BearManor Media has three books in category 11 - Book of the Year so please, please head over to to vote for your favourite.

BearManor would love to win the award this year so please support our authors and vote.

Thank you!!!

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye...

We are very happy to report that John O'Dowd's book, 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story' has been featured in Tommy Garrett's column today. Not only does Mr Garrett report that John O'Dowd is making a documentary and writing another book about Barbara Payton, but he also encourages readers to....

"Run, don't walk to and order 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story,' and if you do not like it, contact me and I'll personally reimburse you for the book's purchase. But that won't happen, you'll love it. It is the best Hollywood biography done over the past 75 years on any star in Tinseltown."

Wow that is a fantastic endorsement if ever there was one! Mr Garrett obviously has a lot of faith in this book and well he should. 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye' is an amazing work, full of unknown stories and interviews, delivering the ultimate book on this tragic actress. It truly is a masterpiece.

Please read the article here:

Then run, don't walk to order it here!

Walking With The Stars

Congratulations to BearManor author Marilyn Mitchell who has been featured in an article on

In the article Marilyn talks about her life and new book, 'Walking With The Stars.' The book is available now from BearManor.

Please click here to read the article:

And please order Marilyn's book here:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book of the Week

The Book of the Week this week is 'Stop Yellin: Ben Pivar and the Horror, Mystery, and Action-Adventure Films of his Universal B-Unit' by Thomas Reeder.

Ben Pivar was a producer of B-movies... horror, action-adventure, mysteries, comedies, film noir; you name it, he produced it. Of all his movies, perhaps he's best known today for 'The Mummy's Hand'; the 'Inner Sanctum' series featuring Lon Chaney jr; and many more. ''Stop Yellin' chronicles his life and career, concentrating on his most productive years while at Universal Studios.

If you'd like to order a copy of the book, it is available here:

And if you'd like to see one of Ben's films, look no further than here.... A video of his 1946 film, 'She-Wolf of London.' Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Follow our authors!

Here is an updated list of the BearManor authors who have websites, blogs and FaceBook pages for you to visit (please copy and paste the addresses into your browser):

Jan Pippins, author of 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle' (with Henry Darrow)


Linda J. Alexander, author of 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story.'


Sandra Grabman, author of 8 BearManor books, including 'Spotlights and Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story'


Suzanne Ferry Sumner, author of 'The Day the Stars Stood Still'

Facebook: Fans of Author Suzanne Sumner Ferry page
Twitter @SuzFerry

Andrew Martin, author of 'All The Best: How Godspell Transferred from Stage to Screen'

Facebook page for the book:

FaceBook page for readers:


Cristopher DeRose, author of 'Scribes of Speculative Fiction: A Collection of Interviews'


Book Cover Exclusive!

Here at BearManor Media we are very proud of all our authors. Quite simply we happen to think that we have the best writers in the world. Our writers are experts in their field; award winners; renowned screenwriters; the list goes on and on....

One of our biggest writers is Philip J Riley, author of no less than 16 BearManor books! One of his volumes (which he wrote with Dave Conover) is entitled 'War Eagles: The Unmasking of an Epic' (by Dave Conover and Philip J Riley) and is currently up for a respected Rondo Award. See, I told you our authors were the best!

Today we are very happy to share with you the cover of Philip's upcoming book, 'Poster Art from Classic Monster Films' which is out later this year. The BearManor Blog caught up with Philip recently and here's what he had to say about his new book: "There are over 200 color reproductions from the films covered in my Ackerman Archives Series, MagicImage Filmbooks Series and recently BearManor Media's Filmonster series, plus a few planned for BearManor's upcoming MagicImage Filmbooks revival series."

This book is bound to be just as popular as Philip's other BearManor books, and we'll be sure to let you know when it is available. For now, we hope you like the cover!

On the Radio...

We are very happy to report that Hank Moonjean's interview with Susan McCray will air in two parts:

Part One: Tuesday 10th April
Part Two: Tuesday 17th April

We will post a reminder nearer the time, but for now pop the date into your calendar because the interview with this legendary, Oscar-nominated producer is bound to be an interesting one!

Want to know more about Hank's career? You can order his book here....

Set your alarm!

Please don't forget that our wonderful BearManor author, Jan Pippins will be on the 'Getting to Know You' show today, with Susan McCray. It airs at 3.30 pm Pacific Time and 6.30 pm Eastern Time.

So tune into internet radio to hear all about Jan's new book and much more! And once you've listened, why not order the book for yourself? Here's a link so you can do just that!

Book News

We have two pieces of exciting book news to share today...

Firstly, Jill C Nelson, co-author of 'John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches' tells us that her new book is almost finished and she is now in the editing process. The new book is entitled 'Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema 1968-1985' and should be out later this year.

Secondly, Mel Simons, who has seven BearManor books at the moment, has just finished his latest volume. 'The Good Music Trivia Book', which will be out very, very soon.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Scare Yourself Silly!

And talking of Michael, here's a link to the trailer of his book of short stories, 'Dracula Meets Jack The Ripper and other Revisionist Histories.'


And you can also find out more and order the book here:

Meet the Author!

Michael B. Druxman is going to be a guest at the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas, Texas, on 4-6 May.

Michael will be selling and signing three BearManor books: 'Dracula meets Jack the Ripper and other Revisionist Histories', 'Basil Rathbone: His Life and His Films' and 'My Forty-Five Years in Hollywood.... And How I Escaped Alive.'

Please pop along and show Michael your support. He is one of our busiest authors and we are mighty pleased he is taking part in the Frightmare event!

Do you want to order one of Michael's books? You can do so here:

Meet the Author!

We were thrilled this week to hear that 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story' has been given a very favourable review in Western Clippings magazine. Congratulations to author Linda J Alexander who has worked extremely hard on the book and we are very happy to see so much success for her.

We told you some time ago that Linda would be taking part in a booksigning in April, and now for the first time we can share ALL you need to know about the event and how you can meet our wonderful author:

The event will take place in Frederick on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 5 PM – 9 PM. Linda will be signing her book outside 30 North Market Street, (the Frederick County Building,) which is next door to Cacique Restaurant.

Please pop along to the event and show your support for one of our talented authors! Thank you!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Steve does it again!

Prolific BearManor author Steve Stoliar has just taken part in a podcast/interview/performance on comedian David Feldman's Show, which was just posted online. Steve says, "It was a very enjoyable hour and a half, during which we discussed RAISED EYEBROWS, Groucho, SJ Perelman, Erin Fleming, Broadway in the '20s, and Hollywood in the '30s."

Steve was joined by other writers and comedians Frank Conniff, Will Ryan, and Guy Nicolucci, and will be returning to do part two in the near future.

Well done Steve!! Here is a link to the interview:

A Disney Childhood

BearManor author Cathy Sherman Freeman has created a website for you to find out more about her life and her book, 'A Disney Childhood: Comic Books to Sailing Ships.'

On the site you will see a bio of Cathy; excerpts from her book and reviews too. Please check it out and spread the word about this fabulous book!

You can also 'like' Cathy's FaceBook page here:

And visit the BearManor site to order the book:

Confirmed Radio Appearances

As promised, here are the confirmed dates and times of the interviews with Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow:

The interviews will take place on Susan McCray's 'Getting to Know You' show, which airs here:

The interview with Jan airs Tuesday, March 27 at 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM Pacific Time.

The interview with Henry airs Tuesday April 3 at 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM Pacific Time.

We are thrilled with the response 'Lightning in the Bottle' has received, including the following reviews (taken from the official Henry Darrow Book website:

From Barnes & Noble:

“...If you are interested in the history of TV westerns, especially High Chaparral, this is a good read. This book tells the interesting, never dull life of Henry Darrow (Manolito from High Chaparral), growing up Puerto Rican, the obstacles he overcame breaking into acting at a time there were few roles for Hispanics, his personal growth as a husband and father in a time when attitudes regarding race and gender were evolving. You'll love him for his determination, his faults and his charm. You'll like the book because it's well written, well documented and never boring...”


“...What a wonderful book! Couldn't put it down. Unlike some biographies that read like instruction manuals, this one is filled with heart and wonderfully written! What an amazing man he must be! Truly inspirational. I loved all the stories, but was particularly fond of the section on NWZ [New World Zorro]...”

From the High Chaparral discussion group:

“...I couldn’t stop reading. If you haven’t ordered your copy, DO IT!”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On the Radio...

We are thrilled to tell you that Henry Darrow and Jan Pippins; authors of 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle' will be on the Susan McCray radio show very soon. Here are the dates as we have them at the moment:

Jan Pippins: 27th March

Henry Darrow: 3rd April

Exact times and links will be posted very soon for the above interviews, as well as details of an interview with Hank Moonjean, author of 'Bring in the Peacocks: Memoirs of a Hollywood Producer.'

Book of the Week

Roll Up! Roll Up!! Today's 'Book of the Week' comes from the amazing BearManor author, David Lewis Hammarstrom and is entitled 'Inside the Changing Circus: A Critic's Guide."

This fascinating book is an eye-opening account of how circuses are scouted, produced, directed etc. and covers everything from Big Apple Circus to Cirque du Soleil and everything in between.

We are thrilled that David's book has just received a rave review from 'Spectacle' magazine and you can check it out yourself here:

Please visit David's blog here:

And you can also order a copy of the book from BearManor:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tune in....

We are thrilled to announce that BearManor author Garry Berman will appear on the Pennsylvania Cable Network on 25th March at 9 pm, to talk about his book 'Perfect Fool: The Life and Career of Ed Wynn.'

If you don't live in the Pennsylvania area, don't worry, as you can catch up online at for a week after the broadcast.

If you would like to order a copy of Garry's superb book, you can do so from the BearManor website:

Want to know more about Ed Wynn? Check out this clip from 1950 of Ed with the Three Stooges!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Groucho at Hollywood Heritage

Many congratulations to wonderful BearManor author Steve Stoliar who has received rave reviews for his Groucho Marx talk at Hollywood Heritage.

Mark Evanier has given the talk a very nice write-up, which can be read below:

Steve also tells us that he is taking part in the David Feldman roundtable radio comedy show on KPFK very soon (date to be confirmed but possibly this coming Friday.) For more details please visit the website:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Silent Lives... The Movie!

Before there was 'The Artist', there was the BearManor book, 'Silent Lives'. Now we're happy to say that the book has been made into a movie too!

'Silent Lives: Classic Screen Moments' encompasses the years 1903 to 1929. The clips range from the dramatic to the comedic, and feature some of the greatest stars in their most memorable roles. Each segment has been fitted with an evocative musical score; there is also a commentary track by film historian and author Lon Davis.

Included are highlights from The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter, 1903), The Impossible Voyage (Georges Méliès, 1904), Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916), The Immigrant (Charles Chaplin, 1917), The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo, 1920), The Ropin’ Fool (Clarence Badger, 1922), The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925), and Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles F. Reisner, 1928), and many more.

This is a great introduction to the world of silent film, and is available at Amazon right now:

And here is the author of 'Silent Lives', Lon Davis, talking about the book and how it came to be:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Book of the Week

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the death of adult film star John Holmes. To commemorate, this week we have two 'Books of the Week', both available from BearManor, by clicking the links below:

The first book is 'John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches' (new 2nd edition) by Jennifer Sugar and Jill C Nelson.

This is the first biography about John C Holmes and gets straight to the heart of who he really was. It includes interviews with Laurie Holmes, Bill Amerson, Bob Chinn, Ron Jeremy and many more; along with 114 reviews of John's most notable feature films, 86 loops synopses, 3 photo sections and a 21 page comprehensive filmography.

The second book is 'Porn King: The Autobiography of John C Holmes' by John C Holmes with Laurie Holmes.

This book tells the story of Holmes' life from the point-of-view of the man himself, and his wife, Laurie Holmes. It is a no-holds-barred, fast-paced volume, filled with stories of Holmes' life and career.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ida Lupino

We're happy to say that 'Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera' by Ida Lupino with Mary Ann Anderson, has had a very favourable review by author and book reviewer Tara Hanks.

Please click below to read it yourself:

You can also order a copy of the book from our website:

Sold Out!

The Remembering Groucho event detailed below is now sold out, so well done to everyone who was able to get tickets!

And for those who aren't able to attend, don't worry as you can still hear BearManor author Steve Stoliar talk on the 'McIntyre in the Morning' show today at 6.35 Pacific Daylight Time.

Please click below for more details:

Steve will also be at a literary luncheon at USC on 5th April. For more details, please go to the website:

Friday, March 9, 2012

Meet the Author!

BearManor author Steve Stoliar will be appearing at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on 14 March at 7.30 pm, to talk about his friendship with Groucho Marx. Steve's memories of Groucho are recorded in his book, 'Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House' which is available here:

The Hollywood Heritage Museum is located at 2100 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068 and tickets for the event are available here:

And last but by no means least, you can read more about the event and Steve's book, in LA Weekly:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


This week we're spoiling you by having not just one Book of the Week, but three! The reason being that the books below are very closely tied, as they all deal with voiceover artist Paul Frees and therefore make excellent companions.

The first is by our very own Ben Ohmart, who has written a staggering eighteen BearManor books so far. 'Welcome,Foolish Mortals: The Life and Voices of Paul Frees' is an official biography with over 100 rare photos and interviews included. Paul was the voice of the Ghost Host at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion; Boris Badenov from Bullwinkle; the Pillsbury Doughboy and many more, and this book tells the story of his life and career.

The next book is also edited by Ben Ohmart and entitled 'You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To: The Letters of Paul 'Buddy' Frees and Annelle Frees.' This book goes hand-in-
hand with the biography above, and tells the story of Paul Frees' too-short marriage to the love-of-his-life Annelle. Another official book, this volume was written with the exclusive cooperation of Annelle's family and shows a moving collection of personal correspondence between the two wartime lovers.

And finally we have 'The writings of Paul Frees' by Paul Frees himself, and includes a full-length screenplay, TV treatments and songs.

Still want to know more about Paul? Well here he is right here! Enjoy!

A Maverick Life...

Linda J Alexander, author of the successful BearManor book 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story' is doing a book signing at the Frederick MD 'First Sunday' event on 1 April 2012.

Linda will be reading from her book and doing a signing from 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm, so if you're in the area, please pop along and show your support!

In the meantime, please click here to order Linda's book:

Linda appeared 'On The Grid' on 5 November 2011 and you can hear all about her book by clicking the link below:

And here is a short but sweet YouTube video for you to enjoy too:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Meet the Author!

We are very happy to announce that BearManor author Earl Hamner will be appearing at the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show on 25 March. Earl is the author of 'Odette A Goose of Toulouse' which is available to order from our website:

Of course as well as being the author of 'Odette', Earl is also famous for the hugely popular show 'The Waltons' which was based on his books about his childhood and family. Yes, Earl is the real-life John Boy Walton! So if you'd like to meet Earl; talk about 'Odette' and The Waltons, then the LA Vintage Paperback Collectors Show is the place to be.

Here are the details:

Date: Sunday March 25, 20112 from 9am - 5pm
Venue: Valley Inn & Conference Center
Address: 10621 Sepulveda Blvd, MIssion Hills, CA. 91345
Tel: 818-891-1771
Admission: $5 with free parking

Who can resist Earl's fabulous voice - the one we heard at the end of every episode of 'The Waltons'. Here he is talking about 'Odette' and also a beautiful reading from the book:

Part one:

Part two:

News from Hollywood

A huge congratulations to BearManor author Steve Stoliar, author of 'Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House' who has been featured in today's Los Angeles Times. In the article, Susan King talks to Steve about the Marx Brothers festival at the Egyptian Theatre and his upcoming appearance, 'Remembering Groucho' at the Lasky-DeMille Barn on 14th March.

To read the article click here:

And to read a nice write-up on Mark Evanier's blog, click here:

Or click here to order Steve's book:

And if you need reminded of the genius that was Groucho Marx, you can watch him in action here, with a very young, but utterly magnificent, Marilyn Monroe, in 'Monkey Business':

Friday, March 2, 2012

Interview with Paul Reed

Congratulations to Paul Reed jr, author of the BearManor book, 'You Grew up! The life and career of Paul Reed.' Paul was interviewed by radio veteran Florence Hayle yesterday morning, to talk about his father, the subject of his book.

Never fear if you missed it, however, as the show will be repeated on Sunday 4th March at 7.30 am on WHUC 1230 AM and WTHK FM, so please tune in if you can.

In the meantime, if you'd like to find out more about Paul's book, please click the link below, which will take you straight to the BearManor website:

Interview with Marilyn Mitchell

Congratulations to BearManor author Marilyn Mitchell, who will be on the Eye on the Desert show soon, to talk about her book, 'Walking With The Stars'.

If you'd like to tune in, the show will air between 6.45 - 7.00 pm on local CBS TV2 on 15th March. Pop the date in your calendar!

Can't wait until 15th March? Then order Marilyn's book now by clicking the link below:

Follow our authors!

If you'd like to follow our authors (virtually not literally of course!), here are the details of where you can find them on the Internet... Look out for more coming soon:

Suzanne Ferry Sumner, author of 'The Day the Stars Stood Still'

Facebook: Fans of Author Suzanne Sumner Ferry page
Twitter @SuzFerry

Andrew Martin, author of 'All The Best: How Godspell Transferred from Stage to Screen'

Cristopher DeRose, author of 'Scribes of Speculative Fiction: A Collection of Interviews'

Wash Away Your Cares....

We all need a bit of soap in our lives, but in this case I don't mean the kind we use in the shower, but the tremendous TV programme 'Soap' that graced our screens in the 1970s.

We at BearManor are very happy to announce that 'Soap: The Inside Story' by A S Berman has been featured on the CNN website, along with an interview with the author himself. In the interview he shares some behind-the-scenes tidbits and why he wanted to write the book.

To read the feature, please click here:

To order a copy of 'Soap: The Inside Story', please click here:

And if you need reminded of the brilliance of 'Soap', you can watch the video below:

Praise Indeed!

We are very happy to say that Tom Weaver's BearManor book, 'The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon' has received a glowing review from acclaimed horror magazine Fangoria.

Tom's book explores the extraordinary work of producer Richard Gordon, who worked with the likes of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi to name but a few.

To read the review, please click here:

And to order a copy of the book itself, please visit our website: