Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices

We are proud to announce the publication of 'Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices' by Ben Ohmart.

Mel Blanc needs no introduction to cartoon and radio fans. He was The Master of the funny voice.

For the first time ever, here is the ultimate biography, encompassing Noel Blanc's unpublished biography, with an introduction by Bugs Bunny, plus a complete (and Huge) credit list and discography. Almost 800 pages with an index.

The book is available to order from our website:

It's Halloween.....

It's that time of the year again, when ghosts and ghouls shuffle along the street in search of brains.... Or failing that, candy!

If you are hiding from the Trick or Treaters this evening, what better way to do so than by ordering one of our spooky BearManor books.  We have loads to choose from and the following list will give you an idea of just some of the creepy books we have.....

'The ReRun of Dracula' by Ben Ohmart is here:

Our huge selection of spooky Philip J Riley books are here:

Want to make some spooky food?  You can with 'It Came from the Kitchen'

Here we have 'No Traveler Returns: The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi' by Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger

Want to scare yourself silly?  Then order this book: 'And Now the Nightmare Begins (The Horror Zine) Volume 1' edited by Jeani Rector

Do you fear no evil?  In that case, our book of the same name by Richard A. Ekstedt is definitely for you:

Are monsters your thing?  You'll find them here:

And for a nice selection of our general Horror books, please click here:

So what are you waiting for?  Grab a flashlight, hide under the bed with your laptop, and check out our Ohhh Soooo Spooooky titles!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Book - Flying on Film

BearManor Media is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of 'Flying on Film' by Mark Carlson.

Airplanes and motion pictures were born within a year of one another. In 100 years they have both risen from uncertain infancy through growing adolescence to robust maturity. While Hollywood’s actors and directors learned the art of making movies, the aircraft industry and pilots learned how to conquer the sky. In peace and war, prosperity and depression, the airplanes and motion pictures have become a part of American culture. The relationship was symbiotic.

While airplane movies helped sell box office tickets, the movies helped promote aviation. In 'Flying on Film,' movie fans and aviation buffs can find their common bond.  From wooden biplanes to armadas of warplanes, from majestic China Clippers to huge 747s, from slow monoplanes to swift jets, the movies told the story of the airplane. William A. Wellman’s 1927 masterpiece 'Wings' was the first of the breed, the standard to be emulated. Flying on Film is the history behind the films. Veterans and aviators from past and present tell the real story of one of the most fascinating genres of motion pictures in Hollywood.

About the Author:  Mark Carlson is an aviation historian, writer, classic film buff and student of filmmaking. He has written articles for several national aviation magazines and organizations.  As a docent and researcher at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and member of many aviation-related organizations, Carlson has gained an insight into the people who lived the world of airplanes and the movies. He and his wife live in San Diego.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato, author of three BearManor books, will be on the radio today, on the 'Let's Just Talk' show.

His books for BMM include the following:




For more details of the interview, please visit the radio website:

And to order copies of Pilato's books, please visit our website (links above.)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book of the Week - The Doris Day Companion

We are very pleased to have 'The Doris Day Companion: A Beautiful Day' as our Book of the Week this time.

This book gives readers a wonderful day dream into the television journey of American icon Doris Day.

Included in this ultimate companion are amazing facts from the stylish hit series The Doris Day Show, which TV Guide called "A Beautiful Day." Also featured is a Mad magazine tribute to the series; a look into the Doris Day's Best Friends series; the secret love for the Doris Day music specials; an overview of Doris's classic films and shining albums; and an insight into the best of documentaries, film festivals, stage productions and new releases celebrating the ageless #1 superstar.

The book, featuring over 400 pages and close to 200 photographs, is written by the winning team of Pierre Patrick & Garry McGee with a Foreword by Jackie Joseph.  In addition, an exclusive interview with Doris Day and her co-stars makes 'The Doris Day Companion', a perfect caprice for the man or woman who never knows too much.

"Thanks for doing such a great great book!" Doris Day

"Thank you so much! This is done with love." Rose Marie

You can order 'The Doris Day Companion' from our website:

Author of the Week - Philip J Riley

We are thrilled to have Philip J Riley as our Author of the Week!
Seven time Academy Award winning Make up artist Rick Baker and Philip at a book signing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank. Rick did the painting of the "Vampire" that was used for the back of the book Philip is holding.

1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?
I never really decided to become a writer, or journalist; it just happened by chance.  My
background is in music.  I invented an instrument that sounded like a guitar and bass playing at the same time, teamed up with a fantastic showman of a drummer and we performed together for about 8 years. 

Nightclubs were replaced by concerts until one day a San Francisco group called Canned Heat, was performing at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They came down to hear us one night between shows and the next night came back with their instruments and we jammed for hours.
Eventually we headed out to Los Angeles with a different group, Delaney, Bonnie and Friends, and there we stayed.  We performed with most of the San Francisco groups like Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape and also did some studio works with Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and many other stars.  

During this time I went to visit Forrest J Ackerman, who was the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland and had the largest collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy films, books, posters and props.  I ended up being his assistant, helping out with Famous Monsters and interviewing stars and cast members, composers, special effects experts from all the classic monster films.  

Soon, tiring of the sex, drug and rock and roll scene, I just did studio sessions and worked for Forry more.  It was through Forry that I discovered that many of the silent films I wanted to see were gone. Either lost or disintegrated. So I went to MGM with the specific goal of reconstructing these lost films in book form. I was bonded by MGM legal and happily began the beginning of my writing career by digging in Studio vaults and with encouragement of friends I met through Forry, like Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury.  From my efforts in the 70s to preserve all I could about the classic monster films, my writing career began and dragged me along with it.

2) What books have you written for BearManor, and what are they about?
There are 3 series of books that I am writing for BearManor.  One series is called the NightMare Series which consists of reprinting the old pulp paperback, movie tie-in novels with all the various authors.  

Another is a continuation of the Lost Film Series that I started at MGM, restoring as much as I could now that the studio vaults are mostly broken up today.  But we republished the novel by Gladys Unger based on the script for Greta Garbo's only lost film "The Divine Woman" and titles like "The Rogue Song" with Lawrence Tibbitt and Laurel and Hardy and Lon Chaney's lost film Thunder.  BearManor also republished my first "Lost film" book, the reconstruction of "London After Midnight" starring Lon Chaney.  

The third series is called the Filmonster Series.  There had been legendary reports of "What if" projects that I had heard about over the years and I managed to find the scripts from these un-produced films.  So far there has been "James Whale's Dracula's Daughter" with Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff in "Cagliostro", Lon Chaney Jr. in "Wolf Man vs Dracula, Lon Chaney Sr. as Dracula, another Lon Chaney Sr book just came out. In 1923, after "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" Chaney was scheduled to make "The Man Who Laughs" - which was replaced by "The Phantom of the Opera.  Other books are "Karloff as The Invisible Man" and following that "War Eagles" with historian David Conover - an abandoned color film project of Merian C Cooper and Willis O'Brien - of "King Kong" fame. (which had giant eagles and dinosaurs.) Other "What if" titles will follow over the next few years.

3) Why did you choose those particular subjects?

I'd always been interested in the old monster films.  When I was 10 or 11, I worked as a paperboy so that I could buy a hand crank 8MM projector and a complete feature in 8MM of Chaney's 1925 "The Phantom of the Opera. I don't know why I chose them as a topic, but by finding myself in the middle of the monster world of Forry Ackerman and having earned enough as a musician I managed to spend my full time, especially when I found out more and more important scripts, pictures and advertising material were disappearing.  

Also I thought that the screenwriter was being lost in the cracks of American literary history.  Their fantastic writing only existed in what could be found of the 30 or so copies of original scripts, whereas book authors had thousands of copies distributed.  The screenwriter was being forgotten. So I took steps to correct this and it worked well - expanding to Universal Studios. Once again the subjects chose me; I just followed the flow.  The MGM series led to the Universal Filmscipt series. 

I'd been trying to get Universal to let me do research on the Classic Monster films, but they wouldn't even admit that they had anything.  Then one day, I accompanied Patsy Ruth Miller (co-star of the 1923 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" to lunch at the cafeteria at Universal when Patsy's brother Winston (a famous screenwriter) tapped me on the arm and told me to follow him.  He led me over to a table filled with executives, lawyers etc and when he had the chance he said Hi to his friend and then said, "I'd like to introduce Phil Riley who wants to do books on the older Universal films." Winston then showed him a copy of my Hunchback book.  

I was a nervous wreak, the man turned out to be Lew Wasserman, President of MCA/Universal who turned to his luncheon companions and said "Give this kid anything he wants."  And that's how my writing turned from being a hobby to a profession.

4) How long did it take you to write them, and did you find it an easy task?

My first book "London After Midnight" took almost a year, but that was because I was trailing material that was 50 years old. My 2nd and 3rd books, "A Blind Bargain" Goldwyn 1922 (another "Lost Film") and "The reconstruction of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" Universal 1923, also took a few years to assemble.  

I had the scripts already for the BearManor Filmonster Series so they take less time in searching, but more time in pre-press work.  Some of the scripts were on ancient microfilm and it took some time to get them perfect, for history's sake.

5) What can we expect to find in your books?

Each of the books contains the shooting script, press book (where available - but not for the unmade titles) as many photographs as possible and a short Production Background section.  

My last series, "Universal Filmscript Series, published by MagicImage Filmbooks, all being collector's items now, are being reprinted by BearManor Media - who bought MagicImage - and they have articles written by experts like George Turner and Gregory William Mank writing the Production Backgrounds.  Plus due to the amount of titles, I will only be editor and different authors will do the history sections.

6) What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer?

I love it.  I don't have to deal with managers and agents and ego filled musicians. It's a lot lonelier, having to spend so much time by myself, but my discipline in music prepared me to be self motivated.

7) Do you have a website, blog etc, where readers can find you?

Not yet.  I have a website being prepared dealing with the history of all the subjects of my books; werewolves, vampires, mad scientists etc.  There is the Amazon Author's page and IMDB page that displays all my in and out of print books - But I am active on Facebook and reach a few thousand people there.

8) Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Since my books are targeted to a specific audience there could be no more perfect publisher than Ben Ohmart, BearManor Media.  As word of mouth gets around, more and more copies of my books are being bought and the more that are bought, the preservation of all the wonderful craftsmen, writers and actors, musicians and directors is more assured.  

As for me - I'm now typecast - I could write the best Spy novel or Romance and they tell me to put a monster in it and we'll publish it - LOL! That is why I consider myself as more of a journalist than a writer - I mostly report exactly what I find in the book series.


We would like to thank Philip for giving such an amazing and informative interview. As you have seen, he has written a huge amount of books for BearManor, and if you would like to buy one (or more!) please visit Philip's page on our website:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wes Britton

This Sunday at 2:30 p.m. EST, BearManor author and editor Wes Britton will be a guest on Gordon Osmond's online radio program, Eclectic Authors Showcase.  The show comes from Brazil and you can hear it live or when it's archived at:

Wes will be talking 'The Encyclopedia of TV Spies' and if you'd like to know more about the book, here is some information from our website:

Before Bond, before Maxwell Smart and Mrs. Emma Peel, we enjoyed a wide variety of TV Spies.  From 1951's Dangerous Assignment to today's Burn Notice, we've watched cloak-and-dagger adventures from popular successes like Alias and Mission: Impossible to thoughtful mini-series like The Sandbaggers, to cartoons and even live animals in shows like Lancelot Link, and Secret Chimp.  Our TV secret agents have worn masks and capes (Adventures of Zorro,) fought in the historical past (Hogan’s Heroes, Jack of All Trades,) been as stylish as Napoleon Solo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., or have been as frumpy as George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

No one knows more about the wide vista of these undercover operatives than Dr. Wesley Britton, author of the highly-acclaimed 2004 history of the genre, Spy Television.  Now, Britton has compiled the first indispensable reference book on television espionage, unveiling the secrets behind our beloved favorites; the nuggets we might have missed, and the programs that disappeared without a trace after their short original runs.  Britton provides the behind-the-scenes creative process for TV spies, drawn from both extensive research and his interviews with many participants.  He uncovers the reasons why some dramas were either unforgettable hits or regrettable misses.

But The Encyclopedia of TV Spies is more than a historical overview.   Britton also offers analysis of the elements that made key shows innovative and trend-setting and why some of the best productions ever made never jelled with the networks or audiences.  And, like a “Special Edition” DVD, The Encyclopedia of TV Spies also includes extra features including articles on tie-in novels and how to collect TV spy music.

In short, no entertainment library is complete without The Encyclopedia of TV Spies, and no fan of television should be without it.  Every reader should expect to discover surprises and suggestions for their own viewing, and will find themselves seeking out the best dramas and comedies available on DVD or online.

If you would like to order a copy of Wes' book, 'The Encyclopedia of TV Spies,' please visit our website:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Donald Trump joke book!

We have just published a book entitled 'The Joke Book for People Who Think Donald Trump is a Joke' by the Unknown Comic.

This book would make a great stocking filler for Christmas and is available to order from our website:

Dave White Presents.....

Two of our authors have been on the 'Dave White Presents' program recently.  Sandra Grabman, author of many BearManor books, appeared on 10th October, and Eli Rill, author of 'Bogie: The Final Chapter' was on the 24th October.

Both programs are currently available by visiting the 'Dave White Presents' website:

To order the vast amount of fabulous books written by Sandra Grabman, please visit our website:

And to order a copy of 'Bogie: The Final Chapter' please click here:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Book - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to my Stress Test

BearManor Media would like to announce the publication of 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Stress Test' by Brian Gari.

In 1952, entertainment icon Eddie Cantor survived his first heart attack and coined the name 'cardiactor.'  Sixty years later, grandson Brian Gari undergoes a sudden open heart surgery and has a quadruple bypass.  Little did Brian know at two and a half that his posing with his grandpa for the Heart Fund would end up being so prophetic.

This is Brian's personal story of what you can expect (and not expect) when undergoing one of the most  serious operations one can ever endure.  It is filled with both humor and sadness when facing one of life's most challenging moments.

About the Author

Brian Gari is a composer, lyricist, author, record producer and performer.  He had a musical on Broadway called Late Nite Comic as well as songs recorded by everyone from Margaret Whiting to pop music legends, the Tokens & Lesley Gore.  He has written the liner notes for a huge array of artists such as Neil Sedaka & the Beach Boys.  He has recorded 12 solo albums and produced all the releases of Eddie Cantor.

This is Brian's second book. His first, 'We Bombed in New London: The Inside Story of the Broadway Musical Late Nite Comic,' was published by BearManor Media in 2006 and is available in paperback, eBook and an audio version.

If you would like to order a copy of the book, please visit our website:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Philip J Riley

We are thrilled to tell you that Philip J Riley's book, 'Karloff: The Invisible Man' has just won a 2012 Halloween Book Festival Award.  Everyone at BearManor Media is ecstatic for Philip's success and hope that this is the first in a long line of awards for this particular book.

Here are more details of 'Karloff: The Invisible Man' from our website:

In 1932 many projects were announced for Boris Karloff, now Universal’s top monster film star; they ranged from the supernatural 'Cagliostro,' the classic monster film 'The Wolf Man,' to the science fiction projects 'A Trip to Mars' and 'The Invisible Man.'

'Cagliostro' was transformed into 'The Mummy,' and 'The Wolf Man' was put on the shelf for 9 years. Director James Whale was stalling because Universal wanted him to make a sequel to 'Frankenstein' - but after countless rewrites by Preston Sturges, Gouveneur Morris, John Huston and a dozen other writers, R.C. Sherriff managed to capture H.G. Wells' original concept and 'The Invisible Man' was put into production.  However, the film went ahead without Karloff who turned down the part in a salary dispute with Carl Laemmle Junior. With Claude Rains in the starring role (even though he does not appear on screen except for a few minutes at the end of the film,) 'The Invisible Man' became a huge success and one that most historians and fans think is Whale's best picture, after 'The Bride of Frankenstein,' which was made two years later.

This volume is more of a portfolio in the development of Universal’s 'The Invisible Man.' It is different from the other volumes in the series in that, after attempts by many writers, Carl Laemmle Jr. was not satisfied with any of the treatments until James Whale got R.C. Sheriff to write the final shooting script.  As you will see even Whale himself wrote a treatment for 'The Invisible Man.'

To see our huge variety of Philip J Riley books, please go to our website:

And to order 'Karloff: The Invisible Man' please click here:

You can learn more about the Halloween Book Festival by visiting their website:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Book of the Week - Bonanza: A Viewer's Guide to the TV Legend

Our Book of the Week this time is Bonanza: A Viewer's Guide to the TV Legend by David R. Greenland.

Between 1959 and 1973 the Cartwrights of the Ponderosa rode into the lives of nearly 400 million viewers around the world.  Perhaps you saw many of the 428 episodes and waited eagerly for the famous blazing map to reveal the Cartwrights riding into your living room, and maybe you now miss the warmth and familiarity that watching an episode could bring.

In 'Bonanza: A Viewer's Guide to the TV Legend' you can relive those days and get the inside story on the  series that became a legend.  Renew old acquaintances with Ben Cartwright and his sons, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe, and read a Foreword by non-other than David Dortort, Creator and Producer of 'Bonanza.'

To order a copy of the book, please visit our website:

And to remember the good old days, check out the Bonanza theme music below:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Author of the Week - Jan Pippins

We are thrilled to have Jan Pippins as our Author of the Week this time.

Jan (on the right) accompanies Henry and his wife to the ALMA Awards where he won the Lifetime Achievement Award

1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?

Really? Some people actually decide to become writers? For me it’s more like being possessed by demons, only more intense. If I had a choice, I would’ve picked a less consuming and more lucrative career like Trust-fund Baby.

Most of my writing has been non-fiction and/or technical because I have absolutely no imagination. As an adult, I’ve written articles for professional journals, newspapers and magazines and have authored successful local and state legislation.

My undergraduate and first graduate degree is in sociology with a minor in 19th Century philosophy, which tells you I wasn’t overly concerned with getting a job. Eventually, I became more concerned and got another graduate degree, this time in social welfare. I specialized in community organizing and medical social work. After passing my boards, I worked as a social worker and therapist in general hospitals and other medical settings.

Meanwhile, I was spending considerable time volunteering with humane societies and humane legislation organizations. Feeling burned out as a social worker, I made the leap to becoming the first female department head and the only female administrator in a law enforcement department in a new animal care and control department in a part of the state which was frozen in the ‘50s – by that I mean the 1850s. The department grew and I was proud of what we accomplished for people and animals. Still, after years of dealing with criminals, death threats, terribly sad situations and people who made the guys on Swamp People look classy, I needed a change.

2) What book have you written for BearManor, and what is it about?

My only book is “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle.” It’s the life story of a talented, determined, intelligent, funny and very human man who beat long odds to carve out an acting career lasting over fifty years.

Henry is listed as co-author because even though he didn’t do any writing (and is the first to say he’s an actor, not a writer) “Authorized Biography” didn’t really cover his contributions. He talked, explained, taught, shared his memorabilia and his world.

3) Why did you choose that particular subject?

Henry asked me to. I said yes because his life has all the components of a good novel. He persevered in spite of life-threatening illnesses, crippling anxiety and prejudice. He became an international star and at the height of his fame, risked his hard-won success to open doors for others. His closest personal relationships often suffered, but he’s been a mentor and friend to many.

4) How long did it take you to write it, and did you find it an easy task?

Writing “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle” took three years. The first two years were on and off. Year three was an endurance race; the book took up almost all available time.
I never, ever find writing easy. I’m in awe of people with the skill to just whip out a book. I’m an obsessive researcher and chronic rewriter. The up-side to that is when I’m finished with a project, I’m done. I’m satisfied. It may not be the best, but it’s my best.

5) What can we expect to find in your book?

In “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle” you’ll find entertainment with depth. It has humor, insight, Henry’s marvellous stories and his larger-than-life personality. Because he’s a brilliant actor, natural mentor and teacher, he and I wanted the book to not only entertain, but also to teach and inspire.

Also, since I’m still in my soul a sociologist, social context anchors Henry’s story and infuses it with texture. Kirkus Reviews complimented the skill in which historical context is woven with thoughtful analyses and often light-hearted vignettes. “Darrow’s contemplation of an Anglo name change, for example, is managed amusingly; however, the deeper subject of ethnic identity is treated with focused consideration. The authors adeptly blend such identity issues with the broader entertainment landscape.”

“Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle” has heart. It’s emotionally evocative. You’ll care what happens next.  If you aren’t a fan of Henry’s at the beginning, you will be.

Jan meets BearManor's Sandra Grabman at a recent Film Festival

6) What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer?

The challenge of translating an actor’s personality to black and white words. An actor has a huge arsenal of expressions, gestures, inflections and other party-tricks to broadcast himself. The printed page doesn’t allow those things, but it must have worked out because people who have known Henry for decades love the book.

7) Do you have a website, blog etc, where readers can find you?
You bet!

“Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle” Facebook page:

Jan and Henry Darrow sign books at a recent Film Festival.

8) Is there anything else you'd like to add?

After people have bought your book(s), please recommend “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle.” Thanks!


We would like to thank Jan for giving such an insightful and entertaining interview.  And yes, I'm sure we will all recommend the fabulous 'Henry Darrow' book!  In fact it would make a brilliant Christmas present....

To order your copy, please visit our website:

You can see the wonderful Henry Darrow receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award at the ALMA Awards here:

And check out this trailer for 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle'

Coming Soon - Golden Goddesses

Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985 is a book coming soon by BearManor author Jill C Nelson.

Golden Goddesses vibrantly casts light upon twenty-five significant women involved in the erotic film industry during its Golden Era, between the years 1968-1985 when participation in adult productions was illegal. Profiling performers, directors, scriptwriters and costumers, Golden Goddesses is a palate of insights, intimacy, vulnerability and strength, as it immerses readers into the lives of these celebrated and audacious females.

Featuring the author’s own interviews with Marilyn Chambers, Seka, Kay Parker, Rhonda Jo Petty, Serena, Georgina Spelvin, Juliet Anderson, Candida Royalle, Sharon Mitchell, Gloria Leonard, Annie Sprinkle, Ann Perry, Jody Maxwell, Barbara Mills, Veronica Hart, Kelly Nichols, Ginger Lynn, Kitten Natividad, Amber Lynn, Laurie Holmes, Christy Canyon, Julia St. Vincent, Roberta Findlay, Nina Hartley and Raven Touchstone, Golden Goddesses also includes film highlights and more than 300 photos.

These fascinating women of classic adult film are presented with depth, sensitivity, and historical scope while capturing the quintessence of a rebellious spirit from days gone by.

Golden Goddesses is available for pre-order from our website:

Coming Soon - The Wizard of MGM

We are delighted to announce a forthcoming book: The Wizard of MGM: Memoirs of A. Arnold Gillespie, Art Director/Head of Special Effects from 1924-1965.

Every art has its stars. Buddy Gillespie’s star shone brightly in the Hollywood motion picture industry for more than four decades as a creator of dramatic, eye-popping visual effects for Hollywood’s major motion pictures.

A master of both art and technology, he served as head of special effects on more than 180 major feature films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, endowing their stories and adventures with unforgettable images that enhanced and supported their dramatic impact. For his work in these cinematic milestones he was rewarded with twelve Academy award nominations and four Oscars.

Contains Mr. Gillespie, Art Director and Head of Special Effects at MGM Studios from 1924-1965 career memories - Think of Forbidden Planet, Wizard of Oz, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, Tarzan and you've seen his pioneering work all accomplished without today's CGI effects on hundreds of MGM features. Mr. Gillespie's memoirs are illustrated with hundreds of photographs in this historic work of the Golden Age of Hollywood at it's largest Dream Factory, in this 384 page book.

With an introduction by Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.


This very readable and richly illustrated set of memoirs chronicles the life and work of one of Hollywood’s most distinguished filmmakers, describing his career in detail and revealing the complex techniques with which he achieved his results.

Dr. Raymond Fielding, Dean Emeritus
College of Motion Picture Arts
Florida State University

This book will soon be available to order from our website:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Waltons

BearManor's very own Sandra Grabman went to 'The Waltons' reunion recently, and has very kindly shared her photographs with us, as well as her memories which appear under the pics.....

#1  I think the people on the left are the writers, with the actors and their significant others filling up most of the rest of the table. Right off hand, I see Verdie (Lynn Hamilton), Ike Godsey (Joe Conley), Corabeth Godsey (Ronnie Claire Edwards), Earl Hamner, Jim-Bob Walton (David Harper), Jason Walton (Jon Walmsley), Ben Walton (Eric Scott), and I think the two ladies behind David played babies and toddlers in the show.
#2  The Walton brothers - Ben, Jim Bob, and Jason
#3  John Walton, Sr. (Ralph Waite), telling us that The Waltons series turned his life around and taught him how to be a good father
#4  Earl and Lynn, with me mixed in there somewhere
#5  My literary hero, Earl Hamner. He’s a true Virginia gentleman.

I would like to thank Sandy for sharing her memories and photographs with us.  It seems like it was a wonderful event and what a treat to see such a lovely photograph of BearManor author Earl Hamner too.

If you would like to order Earl's book, 'Odette, A Goose of Toulouse' please visit our website:

And to order copies of Sandra Grabman's many BearManor books, please click here:

The First Responders of Television

We are thrilled that Richard Yokley's book, 'The First Responders of Television' has been given a very favourable review by Gary Giacomo, Editor of The California Fire Service, in the September/October issue 2012.

Here is the review:

The First Responders of Television

So much of what the general public knows about first responders comes from how they are portrayed (or were portrayed) on television.  The power of the medium cannot be debated, and for the first time a book has been published that takes a thorough and exhaustive look at “The First Responders of Television.”

 Author Richard Yokley (who retired from the Bonita- Sunnyside Fire District in 1999) is no stranger to the subject; having penned ‘TV Firefighters’ in 2003 and co-authored ‘Emergency! Behind the Scenes’ in 2007.  Weighing in at 478 pages, Yokley’s research presents every United States television program from the 1950s to early 2011 about first responders.  Firefighters are here, sure, but the book also includes forest rangers, medics, lifeguards, and highway patrolmen.  He also devotes an entire chapter to International programs. 

It is safe to say that if there was a first responder in a series, reality show, TV movie or even an unsold pilot; chances are Yokley has provided a summary and mini-critique in this book.  He shares his insights to these programs with a firefighter’s eye for authenticity, detail, and realism.

In scholarly fashion he also includes a series of appendices on ‘Crossover collectables’ everything from special comic books and special action figures (such as USAR G.I. Joe); ‘TV Apparatus’ in museums; and some wacky fire laws still on the books.  No small detail, it seems, misses Yokley’s eye (did you remember that Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction was also the Hooterville Volunteer Fire Department chief?  Yokley does).

Southern California readers in particular will be impressed with Yokley providing addresses of fire stations and other locations that served as exterior shots for a variety of programs.  It might be fun to visit them.  All in all, ‘The First Responders of Television’ is a fascinating read for anyone who is interested in television history and in the accuracy of programs featuring first responders.  As a special bonus, a portion of the books proceeds are being donated to the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society. 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

BearManor Shipping

We are very happy to announce that BearManor Media is expanding so that you can now order books to be delivered to Europe, from our website.  This is a big development and one that we hope will make our European customers very happy indeed!

But don't forget, if you're not in Europe or the USA, you can still get your hands on our fabulous books by ordering through Amazon and Ingram.

So what are you waiting for?  Check out our website today!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Book of the Week - Blondie Goes to Hollywood

Our Book of the Week this time is Blondie Goes to Hollywood by Carol Lynn Scherling.

What do Blondie, I Love Lucy and the Twilight Zone all have in common?  What did Chic Young think of the films based on his comic strip?  Blondie Goes To Hollywood is the first and only book to answer these questions, as well as tell the untold story of the Blondie films, from the creation, the successes and tragedies of its actors and crew, right through to the reason for the film series' demise.

Blondie Goes To Hollywood also describes the business venture involving Arthur Lake and his canine co-star Daisy, and provides Will Hutchins' insight into the making of the last short-lived Blondie TV series, which he starred in. 


Carol tells us that she will be appearing at the Pulp AdventureCon Show in Bordentown, NJ on November 10th (10am-5pm.)  It would be great if you could pop along and see her.

In the meantime, the book is available from our website:

New Books

We told you recently about three upcoming BearManor books.  I am now happy to say that they are available to order from our website.  The books are:

The Films of Donald Pleasance by Christopher Gullo
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The Godfather of Gore Speaks: Herschell Gordon Lewis Discusses his Films by Herschell Gordon Lewis and Andrew J. Rausch
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Also Starring... Forty Biographical Essays on the Greatest Character Actors of Hollywood's Golden Era, 1930-1965 by Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Classic Images - Carole Lombard

I was recently asked to write an article for Classic Images, about the Carole Lombard book I am writing.  It was published in the September issue, but in case you weren't able to see it, I thought I would include it here...

The Carole Lombard project
By Michelle Morgan

I am a 42 year old English writer, and yet all of my subjects are about old-time Hollywood stars: Marilyn Monroe; Thelma Todd, and Carole Lombard.  I’ve loved Hollywood since I was a teenager in the 1980s, first through being a fan of Marilyn Monroe, then Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, and the wonderful Bette Davis.  I fell in love with Bette when I discovered I was born on her birthday, and I’ve adored her ever since; collecting not only books about her, but recently items from her personal collection, and signed volumes too.

My first book was ‘Marilyn’s Addresses’ which was a 1995 guidebook to the places Marilyn Monroe lived, worked and played.  Next came ‘Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed’ which was published in the UK by Constable and USA by Carroll and Graf in 2007.  It became a big success and lead me towards my ultimate goal of becoming a full-time writer, which happened very recently.
Once the Marilyn book was finished, I was desperate to find another subject to write about.  I had flirted with the idea of writing about Vivien Leigh or Grace Kelly, but they just didn’t feel right to me.  I admired both actresses, but there was something not quite exciting enough about either project and I decided to go on the lookout for another subject to concentrate my efforts on.
To this day I have no idea how Carole Lombard came to me as a possible biography subject.  It may have been a photograph of her and Gable together; or possibly a film on the television.  Whatever it was though, something just clicked and I knew that Lombard was to be my next project.  I collected everything I could find: old newspaper reports, magazine articles, interviews and photographs.  Fans of Lombard very kindly sent me a number of her movies, which I devoured for hours on end, and others sent me rare clippings and little titbits that they’d discovered over the years. 
I didn’t know much about Carole at first, but quickly discovered the basics.  Born Jane Alice Peters on 6 October 1908, Carole Lombard was raised for the first six years with her brothers, Stuart and Fred, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  However, the divorce of her parents spurred on her mother, Elizabeth (Beth), to take her children away from their hometown and to move west in order to settle in Los Angeles, California.
Lombard made her debut in the 1921 movie, ‘A Perfect Crime,’ and became a very popular silent star throughout the 1920s.  She had the world at her feet, but it all threatened to come crashing down in 1926 when she was involved in a terrible car accident which saw the actress’s cheek being sliced to such a degree that she required plastic surgery. 

Thankfully it left only a small scar, (which actually made her look even more beautiful) and after taking some time off, the young actress was finally able to resume her career and her love life; marrying actor William Powell in 1931 (though the two later divorced) and then dating singer Russ Columbo.  Sadly, this romance came to an abrupt and tragic end when he was accidentally shot dead by a friend, one day in 1934. 
Her love life in tatters, Carole concentrated on her career, and made a successful of films including Bolero’ (1934) and ‘We’re Not Dressing,’ (1934.)  Later films included, ‘My Man Godfrey,’ (1936) which she played opposite her ex-husband William Powell; and ‘Hands Across the Table,’ (1935) which teamed her up with tragic star Marie Prevost.
Carole became romantically linked to Clark Gable in the mid 1930s, and the two eventually married in 1939 after Gable’s much publicized divorce from his older wife, Ria.  Clark and Carole were known as Hollywood’s happiest couple, though they were forever parted in January 1942 when Lombard was tragically killed in a plane accident while on tour to sell Defense Bonds.
I found the story of Carole Lombard to be deeply tragic and extremely unfair.  Here was a young woman with the world at her feet, and yet it was cruelly snatched from her one winter’s night at the peak of her career.   My research into her life completely consumed me and I ordered documents from libraries; found letters in auction house websites; and on and on it went. 
I collected quite a lot of material, but unfortunately I was unable to find a publisher who believed in the project as much as I did.  This was sad, but I was determined that one day I’d finally get the book done.  Until then I filed everything away and started work on revising my Marilyn Monroe biography, which was recently published in the US as ‘Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential.’

Once again, after finishing the rewrite for the book, I began looking around for another project.  I started a book about Thelma Todd which I am still working on and loving immensely, but I also had my Carole Lombard files too, and I desperately didn’t want to give up on her.  I felt she needed a good biography and was determined to find someone who would want to publish my work.
Fortunately I didn’t have to look far.  While I had always admired BearManor Media’s books (and have rather a lot in my possession), I had never thought to ask them about the Carole Lombard project.  This is something that has amused me ever since, but I guess everything happens when it is supposed to, and as it turns out, now is most definitely the time.
Within minutes of emailing Ben Ohmart, the founder of BearManor Media, I was offered a contract.  I couldn’t believe it!  After all the time of worrying that I would never get a publisher interested in Carole’s story, here I was being offered a contract by someone who was more than interested in doing a book.  It was definitely a dream come true.
Since then I have been working hard on three projects – a Hollywood Scandals book which will be published in the USA by Running Press in 2013; the Thelma Todd book which I’m hoping to see published in the coming years, and of course my beloved Carole Lombard.  I’ve decided to make it an illustrated biography which will be fun to put together and it will be published by BearManor Media in either late 2013 or early 2014.  Needless to say, I can hardly wait.
Researching Carole’s life has been a long process, with many stops and starts due to the other projects that have come my way, but it is a book very definitely worth doing.  As far as I can see, she has never had an illustrated biography, and it is my job to give her the best book I can possibly do.  I know I will do my best, and in the safe hands of BearManor Media, I know it will look amazing too.


Carole Lombard: The Illustrated Biography will be published in late 2013.