Friday, March 29, 2013

Raised Eyebrows

The wonderful Steve Stoliar has received a brilliant review for the audio version of his book, 'Raised Eyebrows' from Noah's Comedy Palace.

RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO'S HOUSE (AUDIO BOOK) performed by Steve Stoliar

Here is a tiny bit of what Noah says:

"Over the course of the audiobook, Stoliar also renders the voices of Zeppo, George Burns, Bob Hope, S.J. Perelman, Milton Berle, Mae West, George Jessel, Peter Sellers, Dick Cavett, and others, as well as more obscure Marx associates like Nat Perrin, Morrie Ryskind, and Nunnally Johnson. The familiar voices assure us of Stoliar's gift for vocal mimicry; I don't think anyone else has done as convincing an impression of Cavett, for instance. And on that basis, we know we can trust the Stoliar ear when it comes to voices we're not used to hearing. For Marxists like me, it's fascinating to learn what Perrin or Ryskind sounded like in casual conversation. And for anyone at all, it's highly entertaining to hear these priceless showbiz anecdotes come to life."

This is great praise indeed! 

You can read the full review here:
And you can read Noah's review of the paperback version here:
Want to read the book?  You can order it here:
And you can hear the audio by downloading it here:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Upcoming events

BearManor Media author Martin Grams jr has very kindly put together a list of upcoming events where you will be able to see one or more of our authors:

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention
April 12-14, 2013
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, Illinois 60148
http://www.windycitypulpandpaper.com/

Cinevent 45
May 24 to 27, 2013
The Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
Columbus, Ohio
http://www.cinevent.com/

The Cincinnati Nostalgia Expo
May 31 to June 1, 2013
The Crown Plaza Cincinnati Blue Ash Hotel
5901 Pfeiffer Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
http://cincyotr.info/

Bear Manor Media will have a table of books on display for review and purchase at all of these conventions, and some of our authors will be in attendance.  We will try to bring you more details of who will be there, when we get them.


For those people who are unable to attend the events, you might be interested in a new website that Martin told us about, called Rick's Place.

www.ricksplace.info

Martin says that the site is a new newsgroup that launches in late April and it is free to join.  The site is a great way to keep informed of the latest books in print, release dates for commercial DVDs, discussions about nostalgia pop culture, convention updates and more.  You should be able to see some BearManor authors on there too. :-)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Book of the Week - The Keystone Krowd

This week's featured book is: THE KEYSTONE KROWD: MACK, MABEL, THE KOPS & THE GIRLS (1908-1915) by Stuart Oderman.

THE KEYSTONE KROWD: MACK, MABEL, THE KOPS & THE GIRLS (1908-1915) by Stuart Oderman

At Mack Sennett's Fun Factory it was all laughs: flying pies, bathing beauties on the beach, traintrack thrills, cliffhangers, sight gags, and rehearsed spontaneity. All that was required for the anxious distributors and eager movie audiences was A Reel a Week.

Silent film pianist Stuart Oderman met and played for many of THE KEYSTONE KROWD and their contemporaries for whom making comedy was a very serious business. He also listened...

THE KEYSTONE KROWD is a document of the twilight years of many of Sennett's innovators, who were still able to recall their early days when filmmaking was in its infancy.

Come read their last opportunity to leave their impressions of themselves and their times from a golden era.

From the man who brought you Talking to the Piano Player (and its upcoming sequel) comes an amazing history of the greatest comedy studio in history - Keystone.


You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=60&product_id=244

Monday, March 25, 2013

Leonard Zane

Have you bought your copy of CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT'S POST-WAR RADIO YEARS by Leonard Zane yet?  If not, you really should because it is pretty awesome, even if we do say so ourselves!

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT'S POST-WAR RADIO YEARS by Leonard Zane

Leonard Zane has been busy on the publicity trail recently, with a four page article in Air Check magazine, and a fabulous interview with Steve Kallis on 'Same Time Same Station.'  The latter can be downloaded from our website, using the link below, and don't forget you can also find out more and order the book there too:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=zane&product_id=546

Suzanne Sumner Ferry

Suzanne Sumner Ferry, author of THE DAY THE STARS STOOD STILL: A MEMOIR ABOUT LOGAN FLEMING, FORMER TOP WAX ARTIST OF MOVIELAND WAX MUSEUM (as told by Logan Fleming) has recently been the guest blogger on the RetroalityTV blog.


Here is just a tiny part of what Suzanne shares:

"We love Old Hollywood. And with the current craze of countless reality television shows, recalling and celebrating Tinseltown's golden age is a refreshing diversion. Back in the day, actors were STARS and it was an honor to be asked by Movieland to have your figure created. There were set dedications where the stars themselves showed up to dedicate their own wax figure and set in the museum. There were crazy guests who frequented the museum, only to be caught doing something naughty to the wax figures (I will leave these nuggets for the book!), and once in a while a deceased star’s wax figure would become somewhat of a shrine where family and friends would go to mourn the loss of their loved one."

You can read the full article (which includes some great photos) here:
http://retroalitytv.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/waxing-nostalgic-reminiscing-about-my.html?m=1

And you can order a copy of Suzanne's book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=suzanne%sumner%ferry&product_id=496

New Book - Marching to Shibboleth

What's all the brouhaha?, more sugar! Shoes for Industry! What is Reality? Hot Dog! It's The Firesign Theatre's Rocky Rocco, Porgie Tirebiter, Barney Bozo, Beat The Reaper, Bringing The War Back Home, Breaking The president, hemlock Stones and The Electrician, together for the first time in MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH, with a new Foreword by rock and pop culture critic Greil Marcus.

 
MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH: THE BIG BIG BOOK OF PLAYS by the Firesign Theatre

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mark Carlson

We recently caught up with author Mark Carlson, who told us about some fabulous appearances he will be doing over the next few months:

FLYING ON FILM: A CENTURY OF AVIATION IN THE MOVIES, 1912-2012 by Mark Carlson

On April 12-14 Mark will be at the Reel Stuff Aviation Film Festival at the Wright-Patterson AFB Museum, where he will be doing a book signing.
http://reelstufffilmfest.com/

On May 12 Mark will be doing a talk about his book ‘Flying on Film’ at the CR Smith Museum Auditorium, which will also include an in-store book signing.
http://www.crsmithmuseum.org/home.aspx

And on June 21-23 he will be presenting six aviation movies and doing book signings at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
http://www.museumofflight.org/visit?gclid=CJiYnomljLYCFYFxQgoduiQA2g

We would like to wish Mark lots of luck for his appearances and hope that many of you will be able to make it to at least one of the events. 

You can order Mark's book from our website:


 

Steve Stoliar

RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO'S HOUSE (AUDIO BOOK) performed by Steve Stoliar

The wonderful Steve Stoliar has had a busy few weeks.  Not only has his audio version of 'Raised Eyebrows' just been released, but metal rocker/horror director Rob Zombie mentioned the book in his column too.

You can read the full item here:
http://www.vulture.com/2013/03/rob-zombie-culture-diary.html

And afterwards why not pop along to our website to download the book or buy the paperback, yourself?  You can find the both here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=steve%20stoliar

Interestingly, a radio interview has just been uploaded onto YouTube, which features Steve talking to Dave Lefkowitz  and was originally broadcast in 2011.  It is an extraordinary interview and well worth checking out:







Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BearManor website

Our server is a little slow this afternoon, so if you are having problems trying to access our website, we apologise.  Please continue to try, as the server will hopefully charge its batteries soon and normal service will be resumed! :-)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

David Del Valle

 
We recently caught up with David Del Valle who is currently writing his third book for BearManor Media, and according to the author it is more of a personal memoir than his previous books.

David also shared his views on why he enjoys writing: "I believe if you can carry on a conversation then writing is just as easy.  I have been a critic and columnist for over 20 years so films would be the subject I would know, so it is an unwritten law that you should only write about what you know.... If you like cinema and enjoy cult and horror films then my books will be an enjoyable read for those like minded souls...."

So if you are indeed a 'like minded soul,' please visit our website to find out more about David's books:

LOST HORIZONS BENEATH THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=david%del%valle&product_id=262

LOST HORIZONS BENEATH THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN by David Del Valle

SIX REELS UNDER
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=david%del%valle&product_id=497

 SIX REELS UNDER by David del Valle
 
And David's next book, DEL VALLEY OF THE DOLLS will be out later this year.  Until then you can enjoy a sneak peak at the cover:
 


You can read more about David's life and career (as well as seeing a host of photographs) by visiting the following website:
http://horrorunlimited.blogspot.com/2012/04/new-book-six-reels-under-by-david-del.html  

And this one too:
http://www.filmsinreview.com/contributers/david-del-valle    

You can also visit David's blog here:
http://delvallearchives.blogspot.com/

Audio Book - Odette: A Goose of Toulouse

We are very happy to announce the release of the audio version of ODETTE: A GOOSE OF TOULOUSE: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND MUSIC by Earl Hamner and Don Sipes.

ODETTE: A GOOSE OF TOULOUSE: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND MUSIC (AUDIO BOOK) by Earl Hamner and Don Sipes, read by Kathy Garver

You may recognize Earl Hamner as the creator of the celebrated television show, The Waltons, and scribe for several fine episodes of The Twilight Zone. Don Sipes was a Hollywood writer and producer who also ran, at different points of his career, Universal Television, MGM, United Artists, and Lorimar Pictures.

Together they’ve penned this charming story of a singing goose and her adventures in and around Toulouse, France along with a whole host of other animal friends. Illustrated by the 6th Grade students at Wallins Elementary and Junior High School in Wallins Creek, Kentucky, this is a wonderful book not just for children, but for adults who are young at heart.

We have, of course, had the paperback version of Earl's book available for quite some time, but now the wonderful audio, read by Kathy Garver, is available from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=628

And the paperback version is still available too:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=odette&product_id=576


Please note: This audio book is a downloadable 200 MB file of 23 chapters in MP3 format. After you check out, we'll provide instructions on how to download this product.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Book - Ride the Giant Wolf by Robert C Wahl

We have a new book being published soon, entitled RIDE THE GIANT WOLF by Robert C. Wahl.

RIDE THE GIANT WOLF by Robert C. Wahl

It was a time of great discovery... before the coming of the white man. The Great Plains was a sprawling land filled with taraha, hordes of plodding beasts, and a tribe known as the Wolf Pa’ni. A young man, strong with a restless spirit, goes in search of a dream, a vision, and makes a discovery so remarkable it changes life as he knows it, occurring amid the backdrop of chaos, war, and love. It began in a place called Tuh-parisu and spanned across prairie, mountains, and desert, and came full circle leading to a confrontation between two men—enemies. One was armed with bow and arrow and fought for pride. The other fought for peace. This is a story of adventure, a journey through the raw wilderness…

About the Author
Robert C. Wahl is a former television news reporter in Augusta, Georgia, where he also worked at the Augusta National Golf Club. He currently lives in his home town of Toledo, Ohio. He has published two children’s books and is now working on another novel.

You can order a copy of this book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=626

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book of the Week - Honey West

Our Book of the Week this time is HONEY WEST by John C. Fredriksen.

HONEY WEST by John C. Fredriksen



SEXY. SAVVY. UNSTOPPABLE.
 
Honey West debuted in the fall of 1965, derived from the famous detective novels of the same name. Produced by Aaron Spelling, she was television's first liberated female, a crack private investigator and an expert in martial arts-beholden to no man. The beautiful actress Anne Francis was cast in the central role as the sexy, wise-cracking star, and she is assisted by her cantankerous sidekick, Sam Bolt (John Ericson) and somewhat flaky live-in, Aunt Meg (Irene Hervey).  In 30 black-and-white episodes, Honey battles her way through the underworld by dint of her wits, judo prowess, and killer looks, aided by an arsenal of high-tech gimmicks, a sexy Cobra sports car, and an ocelot named Bruce! The result is an unmistakable slice of 1960s Americana, one which cut the template for strong female roles to follow. Celebrated as a cult hit, Honey West is a must for any aficionados of crime drama television or just a half-hour of good entertainment.
 
This ground-breaking book examines the series in detail with interviews of the surviving cast members, and listings of websites, addresses, bibliographies, episode synopses, and an appendix. Profusely illustrated.
 
You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Author of the Week - Stanley Dyrector

We are very happy that BearManor author Stanley Dyrector is our featured writer this week.

 
1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?
Wow! First of all, my background spans over five decades.  Where did time go? Growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn New York, my escape was going to the movies.  It was there - at the movies - I got hooked dreaming of becoming a movie star.  Still, as a boy at about eleven, I got my first paying job as a singer in a choir. I was an alto and I made 40 bucks.  A friend of mine and I, decided we should go on auditions at that early stage for the radio. We couldn't cut the mustard because we had no agents or for that matter never made appointments for CBS and NBC.  Cut To Teenager…

Since I liked the roar of the crowd, I thought I could be a Golden Glove boxing champion at seventeen and lost my first fight. Thus a boxing career ended. I joined the US Navy and got stationed in San Diego California and hitchhiked to Los Angeles almost every weekend.  On the ship I was on, I used to practice acting out dialogue from Clifford Odet's play "Golden Boy".  These Marines I knew who were also on Liberty with me, listened to my emoting and encouraged me. 

Discharged from the Navy I went to drama school and got luck and was discovered. My first film role was in "Dragstrip Riot" with Fay Wray (King Kong's girlfriend), a much more mature woman at the time.  Connie Stevens was also in the movie.  I would make up playlet's in my head and movie scenes.  One day I needed a real job - as they say – and an older writer who had trouble seeing, hired me to drive him around and we'd talk about stories for television.

I gave him a story to read and - Voila!  I was now a professional TV writer.  I joined the Writers Guild of America West and wrote "Wagon Train," "Slattery's People" etc.  Then I met my wife Joyce and we wrote radio dramas and love stories for Sears Radio Theatre and Mutual Radio Theatre. Then we got hired by ABC Network and wrote several soaps including ‘All My Children’, ‘Ryan's Hope.’

Stanley talks to John Randolph
 
2) What book have you written for BearManor Media, and what is it about?

My first and only book so far is "Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants."  This book came about through my interview show called "The Stanley Dyrector Show," which still runs, and can be seen on the Internet for all to view.

Go to www.la36.org  Click on public access and you can see a library of my half hour episodes.  My book has interviews with assorted eclectic screenwriters. They were blacklisted, unable to make a living at their chosen professions, because of HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) whose hearings actually began in 1947.  But later continued into the 50's and is now historically known as the McCarthy era.

3) Why did you choose those particular subjects?

Because during my interviews with the likes of Abraham Polonsky, Norma Barzman, actors Jeff Corey and John Randolph, other screenwriters, Joan Scott, Robert Lees, (he wrote Abbott and Costello and Dean Martin Jerry Lewis movies and was given work in England under his pseudonym J. Selby for writing Robin Hood episodes,) and Bernard Gordon; I grew to really like my guests as friends.


Stanley talking to Norma Barzman and Robert White

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

I think I prepared to do my book with notes I'd jotted down on anything available.  No, this book was not an easy task. It took at least 2 years of having interviews transcribed and giving my take on my guests and how I was able to get them as guests.  At the time they were all octogenarians.  Honestly, I feel more comfortable as a playwright. One of my plays "The Other JFK" has just been published and the play I wrote with my wife Joyce "Marilyn and Phil" is a still available. 

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

In this book you will find the real people who bared their lives to me, a wild card, who got the education of his life learning from these wonderful human beings.

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

I don't think there's enough space in this column for me to go into that. But I will say, for me one of the most interesting things is the research.
 
SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST: CONVERSATIONS WITH PARTICIPANTS by Stanley Dyrector

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

Presently I have no web site. I have an email, which I'm hesitant to reveal.  But perhaps you can watch my cable TV show and have them forward your emails, but first let the station know that you loved my shows.  LOL!

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

Yes. You can achieve any creative desire you have.  Ah, but what is success?  I'll answer: Sit down, stand up, and write...  Or paint...  Or play your musical instruments or compose your music…  I believe you will feel better and live a fuller satisfying life in that way.

Thank you Stanley for taking part in the feature!
 
If you would like to order a copy of Stanley's book, please visit our website:

 

Leonard Zane

Leonard Zane, author of 'Captain Midnight's Post-War Radio Years' will be appearing with Steve Kallis on John and Larry Gassman's "Same Time Same Station" podcast very soon.  You can listen by visiting the site below:

http://www.repspodcast.com/

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT'S POST-WAR RADIO YEARS by Leonard Zane



You can order a copy of the book by visiting our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=captain%midnight&product_id=546

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Book - The Los Angeles Old-Time Radio Schedule Book


BearManor Media proudly announces the release of The Los Angeles Old-Time Radio Schedule Book, by Keith D. Lee.

From shows fondly remembered to those long forgotten, this was the experience of days spent listening to the radio during the early part of the past century. This three-volume set, researched and compiled by author Keith D. Lee, features published radio listings from Los Angeles from 1929 through 1954, for the four major networks and their local Los Angeles affiliates.
 
THE LOS ANGELES OLD-TIME RADIO SCHEDULE BOOK, Volume 1, 1929-1937 by Keith D. Lee

Vol 1:  978-1-59393-237-4, $29.95, 488 pages
Order from our website:
 
THE LOS ANGELES OLD-TIME RADIO SCHEDULE BOOK, Volume 2, 1938-1945 by Keith D. Lee

Vol 2:  978-1-59393-238-1, $29.95, 472 pages
Order from our website:
 
THE LOS ANGELES OLD-TIME RADIO SCHEDULE BOOK, Volume 3, 1946-1954 by Keith D. Lee

Vol 3:  978-1-59393-239-8, $29.95, 516 pages
Order from our website:

About the Author

Keith D. Lee is a computer engineer who, in his spare time, loves such nostalgic endeavors as OTR, old movies, and old TV shows.  He is a bit of a couch potato who loves reliving the "good old days" as much as possible.

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Book - The Pit and the Pendulum

We are pleased to announce the publication of THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM by Lawrence French...

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM by Lawrence French

A CASTLE THAT TORTURE BUILT,
WHOSE DUNGEON WALLS STILL SWEATED BLOOD
A FAMILY TERRORIZED BY THE AWFUL SECRET THEY SHARED

—AND THE THING THAT SHRIEKED IN THE NIGHT
A BEAUTIFUL, YOUNG GIRL ENSLAVED BY UNHOLY
PASSIONS, SNARED IN A NET OF EVIL . .
AND THE MAN WHO CHALLENGED A NIGHTMARE
—AND DARED TO FACE ITS HORROR, ALONE.


Here is the gripping film story of American International’s “The Pit and the Pendulum,” adapted from the bone-chilling tale written by America’s master of shock literature, Edgar Allan Poe.  It features an Introduction by Richard A. Ekstedt.

The book is available from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=622

Steve Stoliar


RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO'S HOUSE by Steve Stoliar
 
We are happy to say that RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO'S HOUSE is now available as an audio download from Got My Audio, and will be available from Amazon later this month.  The audio is over eleven and a half hours long and features our very own Steve Stoliar reading his extraordinary book. 
 
You can download the audio here:
http://www.gotmyaudio.com/AUDIO%20BOOKS?product_id=119
 
And you can still order the traditional book from our website:
 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bill Levy

Bill Levy's book, LEST WE FORGET: THE JOHN FORD STOCK COMPANY has been reviewed on the Ben Johnson website.  Here is a little snippet of what the review says:

LEST WE FORGET: THE JOHN FORD STOCK COMPANY by Bill Levy

"[This] is an essential book for John Ford fans (and should be welcomed by all fans of classic cinema). Levy has compiled an encyclopedia of biographies of 112 members of Ford's legendary stock company, from the most famous to the most obscure. While the histories of the stars and top supporting players are well known, those of many of the less known are not, and Levy has done a monumental job in researching their life stories (as well as watching Ford's movies over and over)."

To read the full review, please visit the Ben Johnson website:
http://benjohnsonscreencaps.shutterfly.com

And afterwards, why not pop along to our website to order a copy of the book for yourself:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bill%levy&product_id=606

Richard Yokley

BearManor author Richard Yokley has been given a mention in the Arizona Daily Star.  The article talks about Richard's book, 'The First Responders of Television' and says, "He makes an effort to find the balance between in-depth information for fans such as himself, and casual stuff for sometime viewers walking down memory lane."

FIRST RESPONDERS OF TELEVISION by Richard Yokley

You can read the full review here:

http://azstarnet.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/southern-arizona-authors/article_a5513799-62d3-52c3-84f1-e4b2f0f9e0f2.html

After the books appear in the column, they are sent to the Pima Community College West Campus library where they are identified as belonging to the Southern Arizona Authors collection.

You can order a copy of Richard's book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=richard%yokley&product_id=484

Mark Carlson

FLYING ON FILM: A CENTURY OF AVIATION IN THE MOVIES, 1912-2012 by Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson, author of FLYING ON FILM: A CENTURY OF AVIATION IN THE MOVIES, 1912-2012 will be doing a podcast interview on Tuesday 12 March at 3.20 - 4.00 pm PDT.  You can listen by computer or phone, but if you miss it, Mark is planning to post the interview on his site at a later date.

You can listen here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/braewyckoff/2013/03/12/interview-with-author-mark-carlson

Or by telephoning:
(347) 326-9227
 
You can visit Mark's website here:
www.musketmania.com

And the book can be ordered from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=mark%carlson&product_id=542

Friday, March 8, 2013

Book of the Week - The Real Joyce Compton

Our Book of the Week this time is THE REAL JOYCE COMPTON: BEHIND THE DUMB BLONDE MOVIE IMAGE by Joyce Compton and Michael G. Ankerich.

THE REAL JOYCE COMPTON: BEHIND THE DUMB BLONDE MOVIE IMAGE by Joyce Compton and Michael G. Ankerich

The unpublished autobiography!

"People who like films and stars of that era, from the 1920s on through the 1950s, I think, would like to have such a personally-written account of some of the highlights of an actress's life.  Most picture us all as rich and famous and never hear of another side.  I've even thought of the title: The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image.  Sound good?  It's a thought."
--Excerpt of a letter from Joyce Compton to Michael G. Ankerich, 27 January 1988

The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image is the story that Joyce Compton, one of the screen's finest comediennes and most versatile actresses, wanted told. Her career, which consisted of an estimated 200 films, stretched from 1925 to 1957.  Breaking into films during the silent era, she appeared in a string of ingĂ©nue roles, imagining herself as a new Mae Murray, but it was after the beginning of sound that Compton found her niche in comedy.

In her own words, she recounts her frustrations over studio politics and shares her experiences of working and socializing with such screen favorites as Clara Bow, Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Joel McCrea, George O'Brien, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Mack Brown, Janet Gaynor, and George Raft.

Compton opens up about her often overly protective parents, her off-screen romances, her one heartbreaking attempt at marriage, her deep religious faith, and her struggle to support her family after her film career ended.

With candor and insight that only someone who was there can share, Compton discusses the transition from silents to talkies; working with incompetent directors in those early sound movies; living on locations; the competition she experienced with the "star" actresses of the studio; freelancing versus working under a studio contact; and the day-to-day life of an actress working in early Hollywood.

The Real Joyce Compton begins with a biography of the actress, written by co-author Michael G. Ankerich, based on formal interviews, conversations, and correspondence over their 10-year friendship. The book also contains a detailed filmography of Compton's film appearances and is lavishly illustrated with over 80 photographs, many of which are from Compton's own personal collection.

You can order a copy of the book by going to our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=michael%g%ankerich&product_id=235

Horror of Dracula

Wesley Britton has recently reviewed the BearManor book, HORROR OF DRACULA edited by Philip J. Riley.

Here is just some of what he has to say:

"Clearly, Riley knows his stuff. Clearly, he also has access to quite a treasure trove of original scripts, including a number of "lost" screenplays that were written but never produced. For horror fans, it's hard to imagine a true devotee of the genre who isn't already assembling a collection of these publications."

HORROR OF DRACULA by Philip J. Riley

You can read the full review by following the link:

http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-the-horror-of-Dracula/

And why not head over to our website to order a copy of the book yourself...

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=horror%of%dracula&product_id=613

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Author of the Week - Trav S. D.

We are absolutely thrilled to have Trav S. D. as our Author of the Week!

 Author Photograph by Ken Stein
 
1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?
I have actively pursued writing since I was about 11 years old.  I never precisely decided to be a writer, I've just always been one. I suppose my initial impulse was just to make other kids laugh (I wrote humor stories, songs, sketches and monologues in high school and pretty much have ever since). In the mid 80s I attended Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence and began writing, producing and performing my own plays in New York. In the 90s, I attended NYU and began writing screenplays and criticism. Since then, I've been published in the New York Times, American Theatre, Reason, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, and many others. And then in 2005, my first book came out, as an outgrowth of my involvement in the new vaudeville scene, "No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous". I began work on my new book "Chain of Fools" in around 2007. 

2) What book have you written for BearManor, and what is it about?
I am proud to say we are in the midst of releasing my first book for BearManor, "Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube." It's a kind of cultural history that traces slapstick comedy from its pre-cinematic origins all the way to the present day. 

3) Why did you choose that particular subject?

I've been seriously interested in every aspect of comedy my entire life. I am also very interested in tradition and the debt that contemporary performers owe to those who came before. Ironically, though there's more information available nowadays than ever before, I feel like there's also an epidemic of cultural amnesia afoot. Thanks to the steady flow of information via the internet, people don't remember what happened two minutes ago, let alone two centuries ago. I feel a strong sense of mission to make people aware of that recent history, stuff that happened a short heartbeat ago but is already largely forgotten. Learning about that stuff almost invariably awakens some kind of insight. 

4) How long did it take you to write it, and did you find it an easy task?
Writing a non-fiction book is never an easy task. Though aspects of writing a book like this are of course highly pleasurable (Watching hours and hours of silly comedies? Hey, I was going to do that anyway!) It's hard to say how long it took, because I did it in several legs. I did an initial outline, proposal and sample chapter in 2007 or so. Sometime after that I watched a ton of movies and made hundreds of pages of notes. And then in preparation for the present publication, starting about a year and a half ago, I watched a ton MORE movies (the more obscure and newly available ones etc), and performed the Herculean task of organizing the notes, turning them into prose, and then did several polishes. One aspect of researching this book has to be WAY easier than it has ever been in the past. Access to these films is SO easy now. I had to spend very little time physically visiting archives for stuff I absolutely had to see that wasn't otherwise available. Everything else? Youtube, Netflix, New York Public Library, Amazon.com and some specialty DVD houses. I rarely had to get out of my pajamas. 

CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D.
 
5) What can we expect to find in your books?
One thing I bring to a book like this is a wider than average frame of reference, I think. I'm not a specialist. Or I'm less a specialist than most. So I'm able to tie this book about silent film to highly relevant areas of theatre history, and to cultural history in general. I'm also a critic, as opposed to a buff. I am not shy about passionately expressing opinions. Plenty of them are negative. There are certain comedians in the current book whom I kick around a little. Others I try to rebuild or rehabilitate or ask the public to re-evaluate. Mostly I try to treat them with balance. 

6) What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer?
On the whole, being a writer isn't very interesting! I guess the most excitement I've gotten out of the job has come from getting to interview famous people or people I admire such as Amy Poehler, Penn & Teller, Margaret Cho, Jules Feiffer,  Bill Irwin, Harry Anderson, Jay Johnson, Rose Marie, Andy Borowitz, David Ives, Uncle Floyd Vivino, and Judith Malina. Getting to read your work or make presentations in public is always interesting. Getting free stuff like theatre tickets is interesting! But sitting down in one chair and writing for hours and hours and hours? Not interesting!

7) Do you have a website, blog etc, where readers can find you?
Yes please! My blog is Travalanche: travsd.wordpress.com 

8) Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Yes -- thanks, Michelle! 

 
And thanks to you too Trav for such an interesting interview!

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Book Review - I'm not in Kansas Anymore

C J Shank, one of our wonderful readers, has reviewed I'M NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE: A MEMORY, A LIFE, A LEGACY, A WONDERFUL UNFINISHED DANCE by Dorothy Dale Kloss.  You can read the full review below:
 
I'M NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE: A MEMORY, A LIFE, A LEGACY, A WONDERFUL UNFINISHED DANCE by Dorothy Dale Kloss
 
Dorothy Kloss has done it all and her book details her exciting life. From an early age she knew she wanted to dance and in the course of her dancing lessons, she actually gave lessons to a young Bob Fosse. She headlined at The Palmer House in Chicago and worked in venues all over the country. She participated in The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies for 15 years and, at age 89, was awarded the Guinness World Record as the Oldest Still Active Showgirl. Kloss's book is exciting and filled with photos. I had planned to read it on my flights from East to West Coast and back but could not put it down and finished the entire book on my way across the country. For anyone who has been to the Palm Springs Follies, the back stage story is fascinating. Not only is it a story of a dancer, but a story of someone who has always been able to make a living, not always through dancing, but it shows that you should not give up. Dorothy has been an inspiration to those who saw her through the years at the Palm Springs Follies and continues to be, as she enters her 90th year of dancing!

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New Book - Wishing on a Star

We are proud to announce the publication of WISHING ON A STAR: THE LIFE OF EDDIE CARROLL by Carolyn Carroll and Brad Strickland.

WISHING ON A STAR: THE LIFE OF EDDIE CARROLL by Carolyn Carroll and Brad Strickland

Foreword by Jamie Farr

"Want to share the cheer of the most loveable Cricket of all time? Want to enjoy the bloom of laughter of the greatest Laugh-meister of all time? Then read this book.  It’s the top! It’s the Coliseum! And that’s the name of that tune!"
Tom Kennedy
Game Show Host You Don’t Say and Name That Tune


"Whether Eddie Carroll came into your life early or late, an immediate treasured friendship was created. You became a part of his family, something which can still happen by just reading this biography."
Gary Schaengold
President of Disneyana Fan Club


"When Eddie Carroll walked in the door for his audition as Jack Benny in 1983, I knew that my prayers had been answered. Even before he read a word of dialogue, he had assumed Benny’s mantle — the voice, the mannerisms, the exasperation, and the classiness. He was the only contender for the job. How lucky for me to have been there, his partner and friend, at the start of his Benny reincarnation! And how lucky for the audiences who got to experience it, laughing and cheering for the next 27 years! Must read book."
Ted Snowdon
Broadway producer and Director, A Small Eternity With Jack Benny; Producer, Spring Awakening



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New Book - Red Ryder & Little Beaver

We have a new book coming out entitled RED RYDER & LITTLE BEAVER: PAINTED VALLEY TROUBLESHOOTERS by Bernard A. Drew.

RED RYDER & LITTLE BEAVER: PAINTED VALLEY TROUBLESHOOTERS by Bernard A. Drew

Fred Harman, Jr. (1902-1982) rode onto newspaper comics pages with his dynamic range rider Bronc Peeler (1933-1938) and caught fire with daily and Sunday strips featuring hard-fisted Red Ryder and his sidekick Little Beaver (1938-1964). The duo appeared in comic books, prose books, radio and films. What boy didn’t want a Daisy 111 Model 40 Red Ryder Western Carbine? Harman worked in a studio on his small ranch in Colorado. In his later years he turned to fine art and co-founded the Cowboy Artists of America. He helped create the Little Beavertown theme park near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today his newspaper comics are often reprinted and his oil paintings are valued by collectors and may be seen in the Fred Harman Art Museum in Pagosa Springs.

About the Author
Bernard A. Drew, a journalist and freelance writer and historian, specializes in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, history and popular literature reference books. He previously wrote Jingle of the Silver Spurs: The Hopalong Cassidy Radio Program 1950-52 (2005) for BearManor Media. Other recent works include Henry Knox and the Revolutionary War Trail in Western Massachusetts (2012) and 100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors (2011).

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New Book - The Titan

We are pleased to announce the publication of THE TITAN: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior.

THE TITAN: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior

In the 1960’s, the US Government was experimenting with something called a Cybernetic Organism — or Cyborg. A human individual, a man, who by replacing some of his organs, and substituting and adding mechanical or chemical devices or compounds, was given the capacity of existing and functioning in different atmospheres and climactic conditions. In other words, creating a man with the means to exist on other worlds.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Wild Wild Westerners

WILD WILD WESTERNERS: A ROUNDUP OF INTERVIEWS WITH WESTERN MOVIE AND TV VETERANS by Tom Weaver has been reviewed on Henry's Western Round-Up blog.

WILD WILD WESTERNERS: A ROUNDUP OF INTERVIEWS WITH WESTERN MOVIE AND TV VETERANS by Tom Weaver

Henry seemed to really love the book and you can read a little snippet of the review here:

"WILD WILD WESTERNS is a fascinating collection of reminiscences, with plenty of fun for fans of all the sub-genres of American Westerns.  Weaver is never intrusive, always letting his subjects tell their stories.  And unlike so many books of interviews, it has an index, so you can quickly find those Chuck Connors or Lon Chaney Jr. stories you want to read to your wife.  Strongly recommended."

You can see the full review here:
http://www.henryswesternroundup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/two-new-western-comedies-maybe-plus.html

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Philip J Riley and Robert Welch

 
Philip Riley will be doing a book signing for his books on April 14th at 2:00 during the Monsterpalooza convention. (It's not in conjunction with Monsterpalooza - but will take place at the same time.)

The featured book "Wizard of MGM" will be available for author Robert Welch and Philip Riley to sign as editors.  The event will also be something of a premiere for Philip's latest book - Horror of Dracula, and he will also have copies of lots of his other books there too. 


Here are all the details you need to know:

Author signing: Dark Delicacies Book Store
3512 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Sunday April 14th at 2:00


If you would like to buy Philip's books but can't go to California, please visit our website to see the huge amount of books he has written:

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THE WIZARD OF MGM: MEMOIRS OF A. ARNOLD GILLESPIE, ART DIRECTOR/HEAD OF SPECIAL EFFECTS FROM 1924-1965 by A. Arnold GillespieAnd you can find The Wizard of MGM here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=wizard%of%mgm&product_id=538