Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas is Coming!

With Christmas just around the corner, I asked some of our authors to tell us what they would like to find in their stockings this year.  Here are the answers!

Charles Tranberg:

I would love to find in my Christmas stocking (donated from some anonymous soul) a private diary of Fredric March, my next book subject! LOL. Innermost thoughts always make biography more fun! Christmas is such a good time of the year if we don't get all caught up in the commercialism. I hope we all take the time to enjoy the season and our friends and loved ones--cherish the time with them--and make the Christmas glow last year round. Merry Christmas!

Charles is the author of the following BearManor books:


To visit our Charles Tranberg page, and order his books, please visit our website:

Jan Pippins:

My foot! As opposed to somebody else's foot... which would be sort of creepy...

Jan is the co-author (with Henry Darrow) of:

  • HENRY DARROW: LIGHTNING IN THE BOTTLE by Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow

You can order the book from our website:

Sandra Grabman:

I would love to find in my stocking Peggy Ann Garner's special Oscar. After Peggy's passing, a producer borrowed it from her daughter with a promise of using it for a TV special about Peggy. That special never materialized, and the special Oscar was never seen again.

Sandra is the author of the following BearManor books:


You can order Sandra's books by visiting our website:

Mark Carlson:

Okay, let’s see…Ann-Margaret won’t fit, so I’ll have to go with something more practical, if not as fun.  How about a crisp new *New York Times* Bestseller List with my book at the top? That would look great  framed over my desk to look at when I have one of those uncertain moments about my ability as a writer.

Mark is the author of:


You can order the book from our website:

Michelle Morgan (Me!):

Well the sentimental answer would be my grandparents, who are all passed now. It would be nice if they had a day-trip out of Heaven for the big day! The 'in-my-dreams' answer would be something that was once owned by Marilyn Monroe, Carole Lombard or Thelma Todd, and the sensible answer would be a really amazing book about the 1920s or 1930s - my era of choice!

Michelle Morgan is the author of:

  • CAROLE LOMBARD: THE ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY which will be published by BearManor Media in 2013.

New Book - Son of a Peach

We have recently published 'Son of a Peach: Darn Near True Tales from the World's Largest Fruit' by Tommy E. Martin

Martin started in the newspaper business as a cub reporter/photographer in the Spring of 1965. Since that time, he has worked for The Savannah Morning News and The Spartanburg Herald-Journal and served two stints with The Gaffney Ledger, the last as its Editor. He left The Ledger in 1991 to open a bi-weekly newspaper, The Cherokee Chronicle, in his hometown of Gaffney, and still serves as that paper’s Editor/Publisher today. Talk about a “family newspaper,” The Chronicle’s six full-time staff members include Tommy’s wife, Ann, as its Business Manager; son Jonathan as its Managing Editor and primary page designer; youngest son Joshua as a weekly Religion page columnist; and daughter-in-law Corie as a part-time sports photographer. His daughter Tiffany and four grandchildren live out of town or they would probably be employed, too.

Tommy has won scores of state, national and Associated Press awards over the past 47 years and still writes a popular weekly column, along with covering county council and school board meetings and emptying the trash regularly, as he likes to say. Some friends in the business have said that Tommy Martin is one of the last of a dying breed of old-time newspaper junkies with ink under their fingernails who still love the thrill of a “scoop.” Perhaps they are right. Tommy says. “I think I’ll retire when I hit 70 – which will be 50 years since I started this darn job” he says with a smile. “But if I’m working on a hot story at the time, don’t hold me to that deadline!”

You can order the book from our website:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Book - Standing in the Spirit at Your Elbow

Just in time for Christmas, we are happy to announce the publication of 'Standing in the Spirit at your Elbow: A History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Drama by Craig Wichman.

This book discovers the rich history of the Yuletide masterpiece in the “theater of the mind,” both broadcast and on record from 1905 to today. With recollections by ARTHUR ANDERSON - LIONEL BARRYMORE - LONNIE BURR - TOMMY COOK - MICHAEL C. GWYNNE - VERE JOHNS - WILLIAM NADEL - DAILY PASKMAN - DICK VAN PATTEN - BASIL RATHBONE - SIMON “STUFFY” SINGER - and others. It includes the first-ever comprehensive log of these Carols, and features many rare illustrations!

About the Author

CRAIG WICHMAN is an actor, writer, producer, and sometime portrayer of Ebenezer Scrooge.

You can order a copy of the book here:

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Book - Beauty and the Beast

We have just published a book entitled 'Above & Below: The Unofficial 25th Anniversary Beauty and the Beast Companion.' by Edward Gross.  

Beauty and the Beast may be a tale as old as time, but never has it been more imaginatively told than in the 1987-90 live action television series created by Ron Koslow. The concept has a noble lion-man, Vincent (Ron Perlman), member of a vast, wondrous community located beneath the streets of Manhattan, who saves the life of New York socialite turned assistant district attorney Catherine Chandler (Linda Hamilton). As he nurses her back to health, a connection is formed between them that drives the rest of the series as their worlds intertwine, exploring their love as well as the darker underpinnings of society.

Now as the show celebrates its 25th anniversary, Above & Below: A 25th Anniversary Beauty and the Beast Companion looks back at the making of the series, beginning with profiles of Hamilton and Perlman and continuing with a behind the scenes look at every episode through the eyes of the various writers and directors who helped bring it to life, among them George R.R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones; and the team of Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, creative minds behind Homeland.  Together, they recount struggles with the network (including fears regarding the Catherine/Vincent romance), the challenge of changing creative course in response to declining ratings, and being forced to completely re-conceptualize the series when Hamilton departed at the end of season two. How could a show called Beauty and the Beast survive without its leading lady? All of it is explored in the only companion of this type devoted to Beauty and the Beast.

About the Author: Edward Gross is an entertainment journalist who has served on the editorial staff on a number of magazines and websites. He is currently executive editor of Movie Magic and Life Story magazines, regular contributor to SciFi Now and Geek, and the author of numerous non-fiction books covering film and television.

The book is available to order from our website:

Captain Midnight

Do you remember we recently told you about a forthcoming book entitled 'Captain Midnight's Post-War Radio Years' by Leonard Zane?  Well we are very happy to announce that it is now available to order from our website.

Captain Midnight’s Post-War Radio Years contains hitherto lost stories distilled from 1940s radio scripts.  The profusely illustrated volume is for Old-Time Radio (OTR) buffs, adventure and science-fiction enthusiasts, cultural historians, and classic aviation aficionados.  Sixteen adventures, originally averaging thirteen weeks each to broadcast, show an exciting perspective on military aviation concepts and tales following WWII.

The original radio shows were recorded on more than 1,800 transcription disks, but almost all of the recordings have been lost. The book has recovered previously unavailable serial adventures from 1945 to 1949 that were originally heard by some twenty million listeners, about equally divided between adults and youths.

Author Leonard Zane has created material in Star Trek feature films and TV, hosts three television shows, is a novelist, and has also adapted and produced Edmond Hamilton’s classic science-fiction tale, “The Inn Outside the World,” for television.  According to Zane:  “Of the Ovaltine-sponsored 1940s Captain Midnight shows, only about three dozen audio episodes exist, and the stories in this book have never been available to the general public before.”

Captain Midnight was a skilled aviator who led a paramilitary group, the “Secret Squadron,” which combated espionage and sabotage both at home and abroad.  The post WWII radio saga extended from America to the Arctic wilderness, Africa, Asia, India, South America, and Antarctica. The adventures incorporated latest advances and speculations in aeronautics and crime fighting, plus science fiction.

You can order the book from our website:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book of the Week - What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy?

This week's featured book is 'What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy' by Diana Serra Cary

Long before Shirley Temple's curls bounced their way into America's heart, Baby Peggy lit up marquees here and around the world.  Discovered in 1920 at 19 months of age, she was put under contract with her first film at $75 a week. Working constantly, she was starred in dozens of Baby Peggy comedies and five feature films; she had earned more than $2 million by the time she was five.  This story of the shared infancy of a child and an industry reveals the incredible life, responsibilities and burdens of a world famous child super-star.

This is the reprint of the hardback, now containing additional goodies!

"I have just spent  two days refusing to close "What Ever Happened to BabyPeggy?" except to eat and sleep! Author Diana Serra Cary, (famous as 'Baby Peggy') has done a marvelous job of not only bringing herself and those who were a part of her past alive in living and breathing color, but the entire era that spanned a fascinating time in film and vaudeville history as well as the look of the country in those years. "What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy?" deserves all the exposure it can get. Cary is a terrific writer."

- Anne Edwards, best-selling biographer of Vivien Leigh, The DeMilles: An American Family

Finally, you may be interested to know that the author of this book, Diana Serra Cary is appearing on a Turner Classic Movies documentary that will be aired on December 3rd, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  It should definitely be worth tuning in for.

And after you've watched the documentary, please head over to our website where you can order a copy of the book:

Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas is coming!

Look at this fabulous Christmas advert that BearManor author David Pierce has created for his book, 'The Bewitched History Book.'  We thought it was so great that we just had to share it with you all here.  We hope to bring you more author-designed Christmas adverts in the future, so stay tuned!

To order a copy of David's book, please head over to our website:

BearManor Pinterest Page

More and more titles are being added to our Pinterest Board, so if you are in need of a brilliant Christmas present, you can get many, many ideas there.

Please note, however, that while each pin on our board has a link back to our website; some of them are currently taking you to the general BearManor page instead of directly to the book.  This seems to be a problem with Pinterest and we are trying to fix it as soon as possible.  In the meantime, if you follow the link through to our site, you should be able to find the book easily from there.

If you have any problems at all finding the book you are after, just send us an email and we will help you find it.  Thanks!

Affirmations for Cats - volume two

Fred Frees' audio download, 'Affirmations for Cats volume 2' is now available from Amazon.

It includes the following ringtones, text messages and furry voicemail sound bytes, all of which can be heard on the site:

1. I Will Insinuate Myself for Some Tummy Tickle Time.
2. Responsibility?
3. Tonight I Will Go Dogging.
4. I Can Fit Thru the Front Door. I Will.
5. Today Is the Day I Ignore the Little Red Light.
6. Today I Am Yarn Free. I Will Not Pursue the God Yarn.
7. Whatever It Is, It Can Wait.
8. Today I Will Charge for Any Pictures Taken of Me.
9. Today I Will Contact Youtube and Have It Taken Down.
10. I Know. But What Can You Do?
11. (Text Message) I'm a Cat. You Know I Can't Text You Back.
12. (Text Message) You've Just Texted the Bookstore Cat. Meow.
13. (Text Message) You Know You're Texting a Cat, Right?
14. (Text Message) Don't Forget Your Vowels, Stupid.
15. (Text Message) Tabby Texting Is Illegal in Texas.
16. (Hairy Voicemail) Hi. You've Reached Your Cat. Leave Me $23 Million, Please.
17. (Hairy Voicemail) This Is Your Cat. I Can Come to the Phone Right Now, But I Won't.
18. (Hairy Voicemail) Hi. in the Middle of Licking. Please Leave a Massage.
19. (Hairy Voicemail) Naturally Your Cat Is Sleeping Right Now. Please Leave a Mouse.
20. (Hairy Voicemail) Drinking from the Toilet Right Now. Leave a Message.
21. (Hairy Voicemail) Doing Nada. Leave a Message.
22. (Hairy Voicemail) Caring Less. Leave a Message.
23. (Hairy Voicemail) Purring Right Now. Please Leave a Message.
24. (Hairy Voicemail) Trying to Get My Eyes Like Slits Right Now. Please Leave an Interesting Message.
25. (Hairy Voicemail) Like I'm Getting Up to Answer That. Leave a Message.
26. (Hairy Voicemail) Sulking Over Getting Dry Food Today. Not in the Mood for Talking.
27. (Hairy Voicemail) I Am. Wet. So Leave a Message.
28. (Hairy Voicemail) Did You Leave a Message Yesterday? Sorry, Leave a Message.
29. (Hairy Voicemail) Trying to Change the World Through Sleep. Leave a Message.
30. (Hairy Voicemail) I'm Stuck in This Cardboard Carrier. Please Leave a Message.

Please click here to order:

And don't forget that 'Affirmations for Cats volume 1' is also available.

The ringtones, text messages and furry voicemail sound bytes available on this download are as follows:

1. I Love Myself. I Love My Fat Ass.
2. I Could Stare Out of the Window All Day.
3. Dogs Do Not Exist. They Don't.
4. My Life Is Full. My Hair Is Tuft.
5. I Have the Potential for Everything.
6. Today I Will Accomplish - Nothing. Nothing!
7. Look At Those Squirrels. I Own Them All!
8. I Have a Sense of Humor. I Just Choose Eating.
9. I Love Litter. I Don't Have to Clean It.
10. Oh, I Am Beautiful. I Am Hairy.
11. Night Is My Element. Egypt Is My Whatever.
12. My Clowder Is Tabby. We Are Strong Like Pudge.
13. Catnip Does Not Control Me. I Control Catnip.
14. I Am Off Catnip. I Am Strong.
15. I Am Not a Pussy. I Am a Cat.
16. I Am Domestic. Long Haired. Feral.
17. No One Owns Me.
18. I Will Not Have Kittens. I Am Not Afraid.
19. I Am Not Self-Conscious About the Hair in My Ears.
20. I Will Not Have Kittens. I Need No One Else.
21. Cat Food Is Not Dirty. It Tastes… Good.
22. I Don't Need Anybody. Just a Box On the Floor.
23. Today I Will Be #1 On Youtube. My Ranking Will Improve.
24. I Love Myself. Myself. Myself!
25. I Could Lick Myself All Day.
26. Whatever Happens: Happens. Let the Tigers Worry.
27. I Can Hardly Keep My Hairy Eyes Open. and I Love It.
28. Life Is Like a Scoop of Litter. Some Days There Are Clumps. Some Days There Are Sparkles.
29. In My Next Life I Will Be a Cat.
30. Today My Food Will Be from a Can.
31. There Are No Dogs. There Is Only Sleep.
32. I Own This World. I Own You All.
33. Today Is the First Day of the Rest of My Sleep.
34. I Am Beautiful. I Am Fantastic.
35. I Am No One's Pet. I Own Me.
36. I Am Not Wearing a Collar. I'm Wearing Nothing Today.
37. I Purr to Please Myself.
38. There Should Be Hair Between My Toes.
39. I Will Purr More.
40. Hair Is My 5 a Day.
41. (Text Message) This Is Your Cat. Leave a Message and I May Look Into It.
42. (Text Message) Text Message? What Are You, Like, 12?
43. (Text Message) Playing With the Little Light Right Now. Leave a Message.
44. (Text Message) Meow, Man.
45. (Text Message) Cat Is Sleeping. Text Me.
46. (Hairy Voicemail) You Have Reached Your Pussy, Cat.
47. (Hairy Voicemail) Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, I Am Your Pussy Cat.
48. (Hairy Voicemail) Hi. Nice to Hear from You. But I'm in the Litter Box Right Now. a Little Privacy?
49. (Hairy Voicemail) I've Got Hair in My Mouth. I'm Gonna Have to Call You Back.
50. (Hairy Voicemail) Thanks for Calling, But It's Actually Mating Season Right Now. Leave a Message.

Volume 1 is now available from Amazon:

And if you are a fan of Fred Frees' work, please join his FaceBook page:

New Book - Burlesque: A Collection of Comedy Blackouts

We are proud to announce the publication of 'Burlesque: A Collection of Comedy Blackouts' by Jane Briggeman

Typically, comedy skits performed on the burlesque stage were handed down from one generation to the next. Comics, straight men, and talking women who performed in these scenes usually learned them from others by word of mouth. The material was frequently changed to best fit the local theatre, the audience, or even the situation. 'Burlesque: A Collection Of Comedy Blackouts' helps us to remember just some of these forgotten routines.

Whatever you want to call them; skits, scenes, routines, bits, or blackouts — if you like comedy from legendary burlesque, this is the book for you!

You can order a copy of this book (with its absolutely fabulous cover!!) from our website:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mark Thomas McGee

BearManor author Mark Thomas McGee will be interviewed by fellow BMM author Mike White on 'The Projection Booth' on 5 December 2012.

For more information please check out the Projection Booth FaceBook page:

And the Projection Booth blog:

You can order a copy of Mark Thomas McGee's book, 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The making of a classic' from our website:

And Mike White's book 'Impossibly Funky: A cashiers du cinemart collection' is available too:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Author of the Week - Mark Carlson

A big thank you to author Mark Carlson who agreed to be our featured Author of the Week!

The author with William A. Wellman Jr

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

I grew up going to air shows and museums, loved history and old movies. For the past decade I’ve written scores of articles for national aviation magazines, film magazines and history publications. As a docent and researcher at the San Diego Air & Space Museum I am around vintage airplanes, veterans and pilots. Membership in several aviation-related organizations provided access to many of the most famous aviators in history. When all those elements were brought together, Flying on Film became a practical possibility. I have written two other books, one of which has won two awards. This gave me the confidence to take on such a major project. I’m glad I did. It’s been the most rewarding writing challenge I ever undertook.

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

Flying on Film – A Century of Aviation in the Movies 1912-2012 is my first BearManor Media title. It tells, in a comfortable, colorful narrative style, the history of airplanes in the movies in the past 100 years. It details more than 170 films, following history through the silent era, World Wars I and II, the Golden Age, Airliners, Jets, Action and Adventure, Comedy and more, it is the book where anyone who loves movies and airplanes can find their common ground.

Why did you choose those particular subjects?

I love airplanes and old movies. It was a natural choice. But in Flying on Film I went beyond the usual aviation film book. I write about each movie in its historical and social context. With comments from actors, film crew, stunt pilots, film historians, military and aviation historians, authors and veterans who were involved in the actual events, Flying on Film is a book for anyone who wants to find the real back story about their favorite airplane movie.

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

The idea first took root in my mind in 2008 when I was talking with the late John Finn, then the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. John and I were discussing Twentieth Century Fox’s epic Tora! Tora! Tora!  which tells the story of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. John was there and is depicted in the film. I had asked him what he thought of the film and he admitted “They had it pretty much correct, and even had the kid playing me in just the right spot. It’s a great movie.” When I then asked him about Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, he declined to comment.

The author with Pearl Harbor Medal of Honor recipient John Finn in 2008.

This led me to talk to other veterans about their favorite aviation films and over the course of three years, more than 200 interviews and 150,000 words I put together Flying on Film. It wasn’t easy but I’m immensely proud of it. Many of the people I interviewed are no longer with us, including John Finn, RADM James Ramage and Cliff Robertson. In many cases, I published their last words on the subject.

What can we expect to find in your books?

The parallel histories of film and flying, which were born within a few years of one another. How movies showcased the new thrill of airplanes, and how airplanes promoted the movies. In fourteen chapters Flying on Film tells the whole story, from great films like William A. Wellman’s Wings in 1927 and Tony Scott’s 1983 blockbuster Top Gun to comedies like Ken Anakin’s madcap Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. Some of the best aviation films are detailed with accounts by people who acted in and flew for them, such as The Rocketeer and George Roy Hill’s The Great Waldo Pepper.

This book tells not only the story of how the film came to be, but how it was made, what airplanes were used, the details of aerial cinematography, stunts and in some cases, completely unknown behind-the-scenes accounts.

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

I feel modern writers are the descendants of the ancient Babylonian scribes that helped to build civilizations. We have shaped history and created worlds with the power of the written word. It’s a great responsibility to use those words to add to, not take away from, the literary knowledge of mankind.

Besides that, I love to write.

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

My website is about my first book Confessions of a Guide Dog – The Blonde Leading the Blind. It has a lot of information about me and my writing. I plan to add pages to it about Flying on Film, as well as adding excerpts from the book.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

The Foreword for Flying on Film was written by William A. Wellman, Jr. the son of the director of Wings in 1927. Bill was very enthusiastic about this book and gave me a great deal of information about his father’s movies, some of which has never been published. The book contains more than 230 photos, again some of which have never been seen before. Actors like Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Jack Larson, Sean Astin, Louis Gossett Jr. David McCallum and others provided some excellent information for Flying on Film.

As the noted aviation film historian Bruce Orriss, author of When Hollywood Ruled The Skies said, “This is the best aviation film book to come out in ten years.”

Please note:  The airplane photographs are as follows:

1) A crash scene in Wings, courtesy of William A. Wellman, Jr.
2) Frank Tallman flies a Beechcraft 18 through a billboard in Stanley Kramer’s It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
3) The most dangerous stunt in The Great Waldo Pepper as Frank Tallman flies a Curtiss JN-4D Jenny down the street.

We would like to thank Mark for taking part in our Author of the Week feature and for supplying such wonderful photographs too.

You can order Mark's superb book from our website:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Private Eyelashes

One of the best things about my job is being able to scour YouTube for video clips of our authors and their books. Today I was really pleased to find a two part interview with BearManor author Jack French, who is talking about his book, 'Private Eyelashes: Radio's Lady Detectives.'

This book examines radio and mystery drama from about 1932 to the genre's final appearance in the late 1950's. While its focus is on women detectives, French provides minute and fascinating details about dozens of mystery programs and includes a comprehensive listing of source material ranging from magazine articles, to dime detective novels, to film noir.  Each lady detective appearing under one of eight cleverly conceived categories gets handsome, multi-page treatment.  The author traces the chronological appearance of the subject's show, examines the program's history and origins, and details with substantial documentation the manner of the show's presentation and production.  He intersperses the text with actual dialogue taken directly from the program scripts.

You can order a copy of the book here:

And please click below to watch the interview:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Book of the Week - The Name Dropper

This week's featured book is 'The Name Dropper, or People I Schlepped With' by Morris I. Diamond.

Morris Diamond has had a very diverse life: Flight Radio Operator in the Army Air Transport Command , band boy for Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra, song plugger for a number of Music Publishers, independent record promoter, show booker in Turkey, music supervisor for films and TV, and owner of Beverly Hills Records, Inc. and music publishing companies.

This book is about Morris and all the people he has met during  his lifetime.  Not only that, but just look who he is with on the cover?   Yep, the King of Pop no less... otherwise known as Michael Jackson!

Here is what others are saying about the book:

“This book is the real deal....Morris was there, he heard, saw, listened, and was a great friend! The Smothers Brothers owe Morris Diamond a big thank you for his efforts in their career. The Name Dropper is about an exceptional man and his is book worth reading!!!!!” – Tommy Smothers

“Morris, the stories of your travels through the life of our business are fascinating, and bring back many memories of our times together. I cherish the approaching 50th anniversary of our family friendship.” – Quincy Jones

“Witty, wise, and winning. I'll take MORE Diamond any day.” – Lesley Gore

“Hooray For Morris! Thanks for sharing your memories. Life is Good.” – Johnny Mathis

“Thank you for your years of friendship and loyalty Morris--it was fun!  What is that saying? In life we meet people for a season, a reason or a lifetime! I guess we covered all of those!!  Love. Olivia Newton-John”

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

Fred Frees

The latest  BearManor download from Fred Frees is here.  Entitled Affirmations for cats: Ringtones, Text Messages & Furry Voicemail Sound Bytes, this is the perfect Christmas present for your pampered pet...  Or for yourself if you enjoy a laugh!

Read below for further information...

Is your cat in desperate need of uplifting ringtones? Of course she is!
Give your tabby the great gift of positive messages like:
I love myself. I love my fat ass.
Today is the day I ignore the little red light.
I can fit thru the front door. I will.
My life is full. My hair is tuft.
I am not a pussy. I am a cat.
Today is the first day of the rest of my sleep!
Today my food will be from a can.

Over 50 choice morsels to download and lick and savor!

Plus, a litter box full of Fuzzy Text Message Greetings, including:
This is your cat. Leave a message and I may look into it.
You've just texted the bookstore cat. Meow.
Playing with the little light right now. Leave a message.

Plus, 20 different Hairy Voicemail Greetings, such as:
Hi. This is your cat. I can come to the phone right now, but I won't.
I've got hair in my mouth. I'm gonna have to call you back.
Trying to change the world through sleep. Leave a message.
I… am… wet. So leave a message.

Give your cat the positive affirmations he or she or it deserves! Direct from acclaimed voice actor Fred Frees comes heartwarming, mouse-smelling Cat Talk the whole family can enjoy!

The audio can be downloaded from our website:


Talking of Christmas, have you bought your copy of Fred Frees Presents yet?

Christmas. The real Christmas.
Stuck in traffic. Slapped around.
Giving your children the gifts they don’t want. Zombies.
These are Fred (son of Paul) Frees’ presents to you.

Voices by Fred Frees, Words by Ben Ohmart

"Fred Frees has put the 'X' back in Xmas with these personal, unique and very funny songs.
(It's also a great gift idea!)"
~ Phil Proctor (The Firesign Theatre)

The night is not silent. It is airy, and flounced with nutcracking hunger.
Christmas is not white. It is dripping. Frothed with love. Bashed. Freeeezing if you're not careful. Paint one red, paint one green, and get ready to wait long hours.

"Buy this brilliant schlock on directly
and get two insane bonus tracks!"
- 2 Torrie Pigs (in Quotes)


I Got Married on Christmas Day (composed by Thomas Regin)
Santa Claus Took More Than He Left (composed by Rocky Davis)
Hollardays (composed by Paul Wilkie)
I’ll Be at Hooters for Christmas (composed by Artur Labermaier)
Cold (composed by Thomas Regin)
Slap You for Christmas (composed by Thomas Regin)
No (composed by Artur Labermaier)
Hurts Like Christmas (composed by Norman Peterson)
I Benched 140 at Christmas (composed by Rocky Davis)
The Rough of Santa’s Beard (composed by Thomas Regin)
Zombie Maria (Traditional; Arranged by Norman Peterson)
I Let One Go Under the Mistletoe (composed by Artur Labermaier)
For Christ’s Sake, It’s Christmas!! (composed by Artur Labermaier)

You can download the audio from our website:

William Kaffenberger

A huge congratulations to BearManor author, William Kaffenberger, who appeared on 'Virginia This Morning' to talk about his book, (with co-author Gary D Rhodes) ‘No Traveler Returns: The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi.’

The interview was originally broadcast on 15th November, but thanks to the beauty of the Internet, you still have time to see it on the TV station's website:

And once you have seen the interview, why not pop along to our website and order this fascinating book for yourself:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Golden Goddesses Book Launch

Jill C Nelson will be launching her book, 'Golden Goddesses' in Hollywood on 29 November 2012.

Special guests will include Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn, Annie Sprinkle, Kay Parker, Nina Hartley, and Christy Canyon.  Please see below for further details...

You can learn more about the launch as well as other appearances by Jill and the goddesses, by visiting Jill's blog:

And you can order a copy of the book from our website:

Let's Take a Closer Look.....

This week we take a closer look at 'The Hollywood Canteen: Where the Greatest Generation Danced with the Most Beautiful Girls in the World.' by Lisa Mitchell and Bruce Torrence.

Let's start with the basics.  The book is priced at $22.95; is a large format paperback with an ISBN of 978-1-59393-279-4.  The front cover shows a beautiful photograph of Rita Hayworth dancing with a very lucky soldier, but the best part about this picture is the delighted and shocked looks on the faces of those around them.  Just look at the man to the far right.  He couldn't be more pleasantly surprised if he tried!!

Rita appears again on the back cover, along with a fantastic quote from one of the co-creators of the Hollywood Canteen itself, Bette Davis.  In a quote taken from her book, 'This 'n' That' she says: "There are few accomplishments in my life that I am sincerely proud of.  The Hollywood Canteen is one of them."

And so she should have been proud.  The Hollywood Canteen provided a great deal of light relief to those involved in the war, and this book is a real tribute to all of those people - the military personal as well as those who made the organisation a success; famous or otherwise.

Inside the book you will find 208 pages with over 160 photographs taken from Bruce Torrence's Hollywood photo archive:  These photographs really show the history of the Canteen; with shots taken inside, outside and when celebrations were in full flow.  Many celebrities who had something to do with the Canteen are featured, including Bette Davis, Mickey Rooney, Rita Hayworth, Dinah Shore, Olivia de Havilland, Spencer Tracy and so many more.  Through the photographs and text we as readers are taken on a journey through the entire history of the club and by the end there we are left with the feeling that we too have just hung out at the Hollywood Canteen and jitterbugged with Lana Turner and her associates.

The Foreword is written by Joan Leslie.  "When I remember the Canteen, most of all," she says, "I remember the faces of the servicemen: young men, thrilled at this glimpse of Hollywood glamour, deliriously happy on liberty, and yet willing to be sent out the next day to the other side of the world."  This is just a tiny part of Joan's tribute; which also includes a photograph of her volunteering - something she did almost every Tuesday night.

In short this book is a wonderful addition to anyone who loves old-time Hollywood; is interested in or lived through the war years; and who wants to read a book to make them feel proud of the people who fought for our freedom, and those behind the scenes who made them feel good - if just for a little time.  

This wonderful book can be bought from Bruce Torrence's website:
And from the BearManor site too:

And check out this fabulous video about the Hollywood Canteen which I found on YouTube:

Author of the Week - Kit Lively

This week's featured author is Kit Lively, who has provided a very entertaining response to our questions....

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

I don't really have much of a background, so being a writer seemed to make the most sense.   So now when people ask about my background, I can just hand them a copy of my book and avoid yet another uncomfortable conversation.  Oh, that'll be $14.95, please.

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

My book is titled "Dammit! I Swallowed Another One!", and it's not as bad as it sounds.   It is almost as bad as it sounds, though.   It features cartoons on many topics that I quite honestly (and you'll just have to take my word on this) have never experienced myself.   There are a few fart jokes, though, now that I think about it, and I do occasionally break wind from time to time.   In fact, I've done so seven times during the course of this interview.   No, hang on a moment... eight.

3) Why did you choose those particular subjects?

See the answer to the previous question.  Oh, and there are some sex jokes in there too, and I've had sex a few times as well.   Although never with anyone after they've read the book.

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

The book collects a decade or more of my cartoons, so while in a way it took me a decade or more to put the contents of the book together, in another way it was just a way to kill an afternoon hastily cobbling together a bunch of old drawings while nursing a severe hangover.

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

Cartoons and judgemental thoughts about my parents.   They're actually really nice people, and in no way responsible for the fact that I draw these unpleasant things.   Please stop sending them cruel emails and soiled undergarments.   It's not their fault.

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

I would say that it's the pure joy of creation, and the happiness and fulfilment that it can bring forth.   My wife would say it's the fact that it means we'll never be able to buy anything nice or be able to tell her parents what I really do.

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

My web-site was hacked by a malcontent of some repute, and I'm confused and frozen with fear, so don't know what to do about it yet.   In the meantime, check out the web-site of my frequent employer,

8) Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm a creative person, and so can't really do math.   Oh.... nine.


All joking aside, Kit's book is a very funny volume or cartoons and would make a great Christmas present for one of your grown-up friends. You can order a copy here:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Book - Captain Midnight's Post-War Radio Years

A new book on the highly popular 1940s radio adventure serial, Captain Midnight's Post-War Radio Years, was announced at the annual SPERDVAC Convention last week, by BearManor Media publishers.  The book has recovered previously unavailable serial adventures from 1945 to 1949 that were originally heard by some twenty million listeners, about equally divided between adults and youths.

Captain Midnight’s Post-War Radio Years contains hitherto lost stories distilled from 1940s radio scripts.  The profusely illustrated volume is for Old-Time Radio (OTR) buffs, adventure and science-fiction enthusiasts, cultural historians, and classic aviation aficionados.  Sixteen adventures, originally averaging thirteen weeks each to broadcast, show an exciting perspective on military aviation concepts and tales following WWII.

The original radio shows were recorded on more than 1,800 transcription disks, but almost all of the recordings have been lost.

Author Leonard Zane has created material in Star Trek feature films and TV, hosts three television shows, is a novelist, and has also adapted and produced Edmond Hamilton’s classic science-fiction tale, “The Inn Outside the World,” for television.  According to Zane:  “Of the Ovaltine-sponsored 1940s Captain Midnight shows, only about three dozen audio episodes exist, and the stories in this book have never been available to the general public before.”

Captain Midnight was a skilled aviator who led a paramilitary group, the “Secret Squadron,” which combated espionage and sabotage both at home and abroad.  The post WWII radio saga extended from America to the Arctic wilderness, Africa, Asia, India, South America, and Antarctica. The adventures incorporated latest advances and speculations in aeronautics and crime fighting, plus science fiction.

The book will be available to order soon from the BearManor website.

New Book - Confessions of a Scream Queen

Just when you thought Halloween was over, along comes another spooooky book from BearManor Media.

Confessions of a Scream Queen, by Matt Beckoff is a fascinating look behind-the-scenes of horror movies, which sees Matt interviewing fifteen legendary 'Ladies of Horror.'

Spanning over nine decades of cinema, Confessions is filled with entertaining and informative recollections and personal insights about Hollywood's best-loved horror films.  Also included are some rare and never before seen pictures.

You can order a copy of the book here:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book of the Week - Oz and Ends

This week's featured book is 'Oz and Ends: Wisdom from the Emerald City' by Greg Levonian.

L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the thirteen Oz sequels are landmarks of children’s literature, and millions of people all over the world have been enchanted by Baum’s memorable characters such as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion.

In Oz and Ends: Wisdom from the Emerald City, Greg Levonian discusses the simple yet profound wisdom found in Baum’s brilliant novels. Through examining compelling characters, each chapter explores concepts such as the heart, the mind, courage, adventure, and friendship, and worry-free living.  Baum’s Oz books provide us with accessible philosophy and lessons in living, lessons that countless readers have enjoyed.

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas is Coming

Well it will soon be time to dig out your Christmas Crooners records, hang the baubles from the tree and snuggle beside the fire to watch 'A Christmas Carol.'  Of course it is also the time of year where we look for interesting presents for our nearest and dearest and sometimes this can be an extremely difficult and challenging task.


BearManor Media has the perfect solution to all those Christmas present woes.  Instead of struggling round the shops in the freezing cold weather, why don't you just switch on your laptop and check out our Pinterest page instead?  On our page you will see covers of our books (60 so far and growing all the time) along with links to our website so that you can buy your presents with just a few clicks, and all from the comfort of your cosy armchair.

So what are you waiting for?  Pop along to Pinterest and let BearManor take care of all your present ideas today!!

Just click on the link to go straight to our page:

Let's Take a Closer Look.....

Welcome to a new feature called 'Let's Take a Closer Look,' where we - you guessed it - take a close look at one of the BearManor books and see what lurks inside.....

Our first book is 'My Hollywood: When Both of us were Young' by Patsy Ruth Miller.

Let's start with the basics.  This beautiful book is large format and has 250 pages.  It is priced at $24.95 and is chock full of photographs.  The ISBN is 1-59393-489-0.

This book was originally published some years ago and has been extremely hard to find in the recent past.  BearManor have rectified this by republishing the book and therefore making it available once again, to the masses.  The editor for this edition is BearManor author Philip J Riley.

Let's take a look at the cover.  As you can see the front is in a really sophisticated 1920's design and has a beautiful photograph of Patsy Ruth leaning her head on her hands.  The back shows a film poster for 'So This is Paris,' which has a cartoon picture of the actress, dancing underneath a huge bouquet of balloons.

You will see that on the bottom of the front cover it says there is an Introduction by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  Inside the book you will find that he has written a page of text about the book and Patsy Ruth Miller, and has signed and dated it, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, August 1988.  Before the book begins there is a Preface written by Patsy Ruth herself, which reads in part:


This book came into being because of the urging, pleading insistence and nagging of a young newspaper man from Tennessee named Jeffrey Carrier.  For two years he kept after me to write abut 'My Hollywood' as it was back in the twenties and thirties.  "Do you realize," he said, "that you're just about the oldest living actress - except for Lillian Gish - who remembers when Vine Street had wooden sidewalks and pepper tree lined both sides of the dirt road?"

"Who cares?" was my snappy retort.

"Lots of people," he insisted.  "They'd love to read about all those actors you knew - Rudolph Valentino, Clark Gable, Mary Pickford..."

"Never mind the roll call," I said.  "There have been books galore by practically everybody who ever set foot in a studio, even if it was to deliver the mail."


Patsy Ruth's Preface continues, explaining that nothing she said would convince the journalist to go away.  Finally she gave in, but warned that there would be no scandal in her book - "just some stories about Hollywood and its people as I knew them back in those golden days - and a bit about myself too, while I'm about it."

And that is exactly what the author delivers.  Pages and pages of memories and stories of Hollywood and her contemporaries, such as Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo and many, many more.  It goes right up to the 1980s and then includes a chapter dedicated to The Films of Patsy Ruth Miller, written by Jeffrey Carrier, the persistent young man who encouraged her to write the book in the first place.

I do not know how many photographs there are in this book as there are too many to count.  Certainly hundreds ranging from publicity stills such as the one below; candids; vintage advertisements; old Hollywood locations and more.  There are photos of other actors and actresses too, which really makes it a Who's Who of Hollywood.

In short, this book is a must for anyone interested in the history of Hollywood, the Golden Age of movies and everything in-between.  Put it on your Christmas list - you surely won't regret it!


BearManor author Michael G Ankerich has written a wonderful article about Patsy Ruth on his blog.  In it he talks about meeting the actress, and shows some beautiful photographs including one of both Michael and Patsy Ruth together.  You can read it here:

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

And if you would like to see Patsy Ruth Miller in 'Hunchback of Notre Dame,' here is the full movie thanks to the wonders of YouTube.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Author of the Week - Janette Anderson

This week's featured author is the amazing Janette Anderson, who writes for BearManor Fiction.

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

I started writing when I was 10. Had some poems and stories in school magazines in England. Just simple things. Then I wrote some more challenging items and by the time I was 16 I had started to travel. This inspired me to write about what I saw, and I traveled the world from that age on! 

Having earned a degree in communications in England, I had to do a thesis on Hollywood. That was it... that, and reading books from the great novelist Wilbur Smith!  I was hooked on writing.  I didn't become a journalist for many years after that, pursuing celebrities all over the US for over 13 years... and 500 articles later.  But I decided I liked fiction better than fact after I had worked for Starburst, Video Now, TV Scene, Photoplay and a couple of newspapers in England.  But the fiction bug hit me... I had to write fiction!  Create my own characters.

2) What books have you written for BearManor, and what are they about?

My books for BM are Branson's Country, Kane's Hundred, Raising Kane, Kane: man of war, and Kane Rising.  You will see a theme there.  It's a series of books about undercover Australian renegade cop Kane Branson and the books progress though his life from the age of 46 to 60 years. They cover the world... literally, just as I have done. They are action/ hero fiction and are all under option to film in Australia starting next year.  They were written for filming purposes.  Another of my books, Sons of the Father, comes out early next year with BM.  This is a Mafia romance and on the opposite side of the law.  This book/film, hopefully, will be directed by Jerry London (of Shogun fame) and I will co-produce.

3) Why did you choose those particular subjects?

I chose those topics because I know about them :) Seriously, they interest me...Renegade cops on Harley's and Mafia men..........and because I know some of them!

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

Each book took about 6 months to write, give or take a month, depending on the location of each book.  They were easy to get into once the first one was done, as the character continues for 5 books in the Kane series.  Sons Of The Father was a little harder to get into character, but once there, Philip Vega was created.

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

Being very honest here… Lots of sex and violence. You asked!   A lot of action and romance, but mainly action and some unscrupulous beings popping up.  They are hard hitting books, not for the weak or shy.  You will also find a tough as nails character of a man who stops at nothing to get what he wants.  Someone who can fly a chopper and ride a Harley.  You will also find a variety of locations, in all 6 books.

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

I love the ability to create. To let your mind go to situations you can't... and to play the leading lady in my own novels... the female lead in SOTF is very much based on me.

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

You can find me on FaceBook and there is also a page for the Kane Branson Books on FaceBook:

And of course on Bear Manor Fiction –

And thank you for having me here.


Thank you Janette for such a great interview!  You can order the books by visiting our BearManor Fiction website; details above.