Friday, May 31, 2013

Stop Yellin

Stop Yellin' by Ben Pivar has been given a very positive review on the Bookgasm site recently.

STOP YELLIN': BEN PIVAR AND THE HORROR, MYSTERY AND ACTION-ADVENTURE FILMS OF HIS UNIVERSAL B-UNIT by Thomas Reeder

You can read the review here:
 
You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Steve Massa and Trav S D

BearManor author Trav S D, author of CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE has reviewed the latest book by Steve Massa: LAME BRAINS & LUNATICS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE FORGOTTEN OF SILENT COMEDY.

You can read the full review here:
http://travsd.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/lamebrains-and-lunatics/

LAME BRAINS & LUNATICS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE FORGOTTEN OF SILENT COMEDY by Steve Massa

You can order Steve's book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=lame%brains&product_id=638

CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D.

And Trav's book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=chain%of%fools&product_id=614

Sandra Grabman

PAT BUTTRAM: ROCKING-CHAIR HUMORIST by Sandra Grabman

Henry's Western Round-up has reviewed Sandra Grabman's book, PAT BUTTRAM: ROCKING-CHAIR HUMORIST.

Here is a little of what the review says:

Author Sandra Grabman, whose previous books include SPOTLIGHTS AND SHADOWS: THE ALBERT SALMI STORY and PLAIN BEAUTIFUL: THE PEGGY ANN GARNER STORY, writes in engaging, flowing prose, and her affection for Buttram is clear throughout.  Although she didn’t get to interview the man himself, who died in 1994, she’s spoken to a long list of family members and business associates, including people from the Gene Autry organization, and friends like music legend Johnny Western. PAT BUTTRAM: ROCKING-CHAIR HUMORIST, tells Pat’s story in a way that focuses as much on his family life as his career, which is perfectly sensible, since family was at least as important to Pat as his work.  And liberally sprinkled throughout the book are his delightful wise-cracks and observations.  “Here’s Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the Lunt and Fontanne of the fertilizer set.”

You can read the full review here:
http://www.henryswesternroundup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/tcm-fest-part-2-and-pat-buttram-bio.html

And you can also order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=pat&product_id=296

Scott O'Brien

RUTH CHATTERTON: ACTRESS, AVIATOR, AUTHOR by Scott O'Brien

The wonderful Scott O'Brien just did an interview for the Australian blog, "Lets Misbehave," where he answered some fantastic questions from webmistress Emma Alsop.

Here is a tiny peek at the sort of questions asked:
 Emma: Your biographies include not only Miss Chatterton but Kay Francis, Ann Harding and Virginia Bruce, all women who were at their peak in the Precode era. What drew you to the lives and careers of these women? Did you find similarities with them other than the time of their successes?

Scott: I appreciate the understated style of Francis, Harding and Virginia Bruce.  They did not overplay.  Their approach to acting was natural and unaffected.  I always wanted to know more about them and got tired of waiting for someone else to tell their story.  I’ve been fortunate to make contact with family, friends, and co-workers of these talented women.  On a personal level, each actress was focused on entirely different things.  Francis focused on being financially independent and enjoying a rather prolific love-life.  Harding’s background in repertory theatre and ensemble playing didn’t exactly jive with Hollywood stardom.  She could be headstrong.  She had strained relationships with her family and daughter.  Virginia Bruce was a real romantic.  Sadly, her devotion to her last husband brought her much heartache and financial difficulty.  Ruth’s extravagance and generosity left her practically penniless.

You can read the full interview on Emma's lovely blog:
www.misbehaveprecodefilmtribute.blogspot.com/

And you can check out Scott's BearManor books on our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=scott%20o'brien


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jill C Nelson

We recently caught up with wonderful BearManor author Jill C Nelson, who told us, "I am extremely proud that Golden Goddesses is featured in the Arts & Entertainment section of the current edition of mainstream publication, Hamilton Magazine.  Sandwiched between two other local writers, Jon Wells and Don McIver in the 'On the Shelf' segment under Books on page 63, I am excited to share reviewer Jessica Rose's short but sweet analysis of "Goddesses" adjacent to the book's cover."

GOLDEN GODDESSES: 25 LEGENDARY WOMEN OF CLASSIC EROTIC CINEMA, 1968-1985 by Jill C. Nelson

You can find out what the review said by visiting Jill's blog, where you can also keep up-to-date with lots of other book-related news too:
http://goldengoddessesbook.blogspot.ca/2013/05/hamilton-magazine-golden-goddesses.html

You can also see Jill in a fabulous TV interview here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151654975766327

And why not check out another item too - this time a review in Hustler Magazine:



And you can order your copy of Golden Goddesses from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=golden%goddesses&product_id=611

Trav S D

CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D, has been given a fabulous mention in a Washington Post article entitled "New burlesque encourages all shapes, sizes and sexes."

CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D.

You can read the full article here (Trav is mentioned on page 3)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/new-burlesque-encourages-all-shapes-sizes-and-sexes/2013/05/24/e6120982-bf32-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html

And then you can order a copy of the wonderful Chain of Fools from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=chain%of%fools&product_id=614

New Book - You Won't Believe Your Eyes

We will soon be publishing YOU WON'T BELIEVE YOUR EYES by Mark Thomas McGee and R J Robertson.

YOU WON'T BELIEVE YOUR EYES by Mark Thomas McGee and R J Robertson

This was the day that engulfed the world in terror!  Up from the forbidden depths comes a tidal wave of terror.  What was this awesome beast born fifty million years out of time?  It claws… it drains blood.  Bullets won’t kill it!  Flames can’t hurt it!  Nothing can stop it!  Body of a Boy!  Mind of a monster!  Soul of an unearthly thing!  No girl was safe as long as this HEAD HUNTING THING roamed the land!  Human emotions stripped raw!  It happens before your horrified eyes!  Amazing!  Exciting!  Terrifying!  Thrills!  Shock!  Suspense!  It can and DID happen!  Based on authentic facts you’re been reading about.  The most amazing motion picture of our time!  Like nothing your eyes have ever seen before!  Uncut!  Shown exactly as filmed!  We urge you not to panic or bolt from your seat.  Don’t see it alone!

You can pre-order this title from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=648

New Book - The Battle of Bunker Hill

We have recently published THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL by William R. Chemerka.

THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL by William R. Chemerka

The Battle of Bunker Hill is the exciting story of the first major military conflict of the American Revolution and how two fathers and two sons left their respective farms to defend the heights overlooking Boston in 1775.

William R. Chemerka, who wrote the original screenplay for producer-director Tony Malanowski’s The Battle of Bunker Hill docudrama, weaves an emotional tale of two families, two armies, and the birth of nation.


You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=649

New Book - Dead Ringer

We have recently published DEAD RINGER: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior.

DEAD RINGER: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior

Perhaps you’ve encountered that strange, unsettled feeling of familiarity — haven’t you been here before? Hasn’t this experience already happened in exactly the same way?

What if that wasn’t you. What if that was your duplicate, the result of an atomic experiment that has taken an unexpected turn, creating a process that can replicate and manipulate living matter — with untold potential, but terrifying consequences.


You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=647

Mel Simons and Richard Hayes

On May 23rd, BearManor Media author Mel Simons interviewed Richard Hayes, author of the recently published BearManor book, "Kate Smith Speaks," during the 23rd May meeting for the Radio Collectors of America.  Mel is the Vice President of the aforementioned Old-Time Radio club which is located in Boston, and is also a BearManor author himself.

THE MEL SIMONS JOKE BOOK: IF IT'S LAUGHTER YOU'RE AFTER by Mel Simons

To see our vast collection of Mel Simons' books, please go to our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=mel%20simons


KATE SMITH SPEAKS: 50 SELECTED ORIGINAL RADIO SCRIPTS, 1938-1951 by Richard Hayes

And to order 'Kate Smith Speaks' please click here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=kate%smith%speaks&product_id=599

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Author of the Week - Martin Grams Jr.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Martin Grams Jr. recently, for our Author of the Week.

 THE "LOST" SAM SPADE SCRIPTS edited by Martin Grams, Jr.

Before the publication of Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills (1998), most books about old-time radio consisted of spiral bound independent publications with episode numbers, titles, broadcast dates and, on occasion, celebrity guests. When Martin Grams self-published Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills, he changed the way old-time radio was documented in book form. Instead of a "log" of radio broadcasts, the author provided an "episode guide" with plot summaries, writer credits including story origin, assorted trivia related to the broadcasts... and he documented more than the radio program. Suspense was also a network prime-time television program, spawned movies, imitations, spoofs, two separate runs of mystery magazines and a number of comic books. So comprehensive was his Suspense book that Martin was repeatedly asked, "What is your next project?" Little did the 18-year-old know at the time that his books would ultimately inspire and influence the way old-time radio would be documented. We wanted to know about Martin's drive to become a writer.

M: I never had intentions of becoming a writer. I wrote a book on Suspense because I had broadcast logs from two different historians and I noticed there was conflicting material between the two. I also wanted to know more about the program. So I set out to write a book about the show and write something I could pull off my book shelf as a reference guide when I needed. Initially I did wrote the Suspense book for myself, with no intention of making copies and selling it until a few good folks convinced me to do so.... I had no college education. I was in my senior year at high school. But it turns out a lot of people were enthusiastic about the book. After it was published, people started asking me what my next book project was, so I figured people liked what I did and I set out to do another, The History of the Cavalcade of America.

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

M: I wrote a few books for BearManor. Information, Please documents the history of the radio program, as well as the television program, film shorts and encyclopedia named after the radio program. The Railroad Hour was a project I co-authored with Gerald Wilson because I had a lot of material on hand about the program and Gerald needed a little help with his project. I Led 3 Lives documented the history of the television program produced by Ziv-TV in the fifties. It's a piece of historical propaganda now and hasn't been televised in reruns since the early sixties. My latest was The Time Tunnel which documented the history of the Irwin Allen television series. I recently finished a book about Duffy's Tavern that has been ten years in the making. It should be published before the end of the year.

 THE TIME TUNNEL: A HISTORY OF THE TELEVISION SERIES by Martin Grams, Jr.

Why did you choose those particular subjects?

M: There is usually a story behind each of the books about how I choose to write about them. But the biggest factor is -- and always has been -- what subject needs to be documented for the sake of preservation.  I wrote a book about Invitation to Learning, an obscure radio program from 1940 to 1964, that fell into obscurity over the decades. Certainly a book about a more popular subject would sell better than Invitation to Learning, but there was a bigger need to document the radio program because very few people even knew it existed.  I sometimes wonder why movie studios re-master the same movie four times over the past seven decades when they have films in their vaults rotting away. I know The Wizard of Oz, for example, is a cash cow for Turner but what about those silent Gloria Swanson movies that haven't seen the light of day? Writing about old-time radio programs is a form of preservation. We don't need another general encyclopedia of old-time radio when there are sole subjects that badly need documentation.

 
 DUFFY'S TAVERN: A HISTORY OF ED GARDNER'S RADIO PROGRAM by Martin Grams, Jr.

Which brings me to the next question. You are known for preserving old-time radio in a number of areas besides writing books. Tell me about them.

M: From my view point, there are very few preservation efforts being done for old-time radio broadcasts. When I ask an individual in charge of some organization what preservation efforts have been done recently, the answer is mute except for the revenue generated which they seem proud of or express concern. Over the past decade I helped photocopy radio scripts that were damaged in a basement flood. Those scripts were warped, had mold growing on them and were probably a health hazard. A friend of mine and I quickly went to Staples and cured the scripts to the best of our ability and made photo copies so we could save what had to be tossed into a dumpster. Most of those scripts were for radio programs that do not exist in recorded form so it was important that we save them.


In recent years I began scanning scripts for "lost" radio programs into digital format. Many from archives that presently house the only existing copies. Over 2,000 glossy photographs and publicity stills were purchased six months ago and I had each and every one of them scanned, backside with press release included. A friend used Adobe Photoshop to repair visible damages. We purchased transcription discs for "lost" radio shows and had them transferred to digital audio and off-site backups were made. That's just a sampling. Presently I am a consultant for two preservation societies regarding how old-time radio programs and materials are restored and preserved. Sadly, that is not enough. There are many individuals out there who brag about their holdings in museums and collections because they know what they have is rare and probably the only existing copies known to exist. But if a flood or fire destroys the scripts or transcription discs, they'll become the ridicule of the hobby. I have more respect for people who did something to preserve, duplicate and create an off-site backup of their archival materials. Believe it or not, most people praise such efforts but very few do anything about it.  
 
SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE: EXPLORING THE SCIENCE AND HISTORY OF THE TV PROGRAM, 1955-1957 by Martin Grams, Jr.
 

How long does it take you to write a book, and having written more than 20 books, do you find it an easy task?

M: The time it takes to write a book is about three to four months. Researching, however, can take years. When I visit an archive out of state, I always look to see what else they have in their archives so if I get done the job done sooner than planned, I can spend the extra time copying material for another potential project. Or copy material for friends who need the materials for their projects. I have more than two dozen plastic bins in the basement filled with boxes of papers from archives. When people expressed an interest in writing a book or magazine article about subjects I came across, I send them some of the papers to save them time and expense traveling to the same archive. So not everything I have is intended to make it into book form. But in the long run it helps someone. There are subjects I would like to write about in the future but I don't have the time to write about them yet so I still keep gathering material until I feel satisfied that I have everything needed for a book. For some subjects, I have ten years worth of research and it's still growing.

 THE RAILROAD HOUR by Gerald Wilson and Martin Grams, Jr.

 
What can we expect to find in your books?

M: Mostly academic materials. I never write biographies. I admire people who write biographies because I find that to be the most challenging. Anyone can stack newspaper and magazine clippings in a pile, chronologically, and write a biography but that only documents the actor's stage, radio and screen career. The trick is not starting each paragraph off with "on such and such date, so and so premiered on such and such play on Broadway..." Writing a true biography means interviewing family relatives and getting their cooperation, scanning family photo albums, interviewing people who know the actor for behind-the-scenes recollections, browsing vintage interviews, etc. The trick is knowing what kind of person the actor was without a slant. For this reason, I admire anyone who writes a true biography and not one that simply documents in prose a chronological list of their accomplishments.

I guess I stick with a specific format that I am better equipped and experienced. I choose a radio or television program to write about, browse hundreds of archives, thousands of scripts and recordings and document every facet I can unearth. For The Green Hornet, I read over 1,000 radio scripts, listened to over 200 radio recordings, browsed through Trendle's archive, Striker's archive, over 1,000 news briefs, magazine articles, dozens of archival collections for Mutual, NBC, and so on. Folks can now read an 800 page book featuring the history of the radio program, an episode guide with plot summaries, and virtually like my Suspense book.... if someone has a question about The Green Hornet they know of a one-stop source that more than likely provides the answer.

 
I LED 3 LIVES: THE TRUE STORY OF HERBERT A. PHILBRICK'S TELEVISION PROGRAM by Martin Grams, Jr.
 

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

M: The feedback. Family relatives looking for information about their father who was a band leader for The Cavalcade of America ask for information and I send them a complimentary copy of the book. In many cases, family relatives learn more about their father, mother, grandfather, and so on from the book. Sometimes a reader bestows me with a gift of something value that gets framed and hung in the house, a token of their appreciation for the book I wrote. Sometimes I get a phone call from a museum curator asking for information because they misplaced a book. I remember one evening I received a phone call from the writers of The Family Guy asking me which episode of the Alfred Hitchcock television show had a phrase poking fun of a sponsor. They knew what they wanted but they insisted on having the phrase word-for-word verbatim and because Hitchcock's narrations were not indexed, I pulled out my pdf on my computer and looked up the exact episode. They were able to flip to the correct page and found what they were looking for.

There have been moments, however, where my books act like fly paper for whackos. One day I received a letter from someone accusing me of being a Communist because I wrote a book for BearManor called I Led Three Lives, documenting the television series. They claimed the show was Communist propaganda and I should be dragged out in the street and shot. I sent a polite and short letter telling them that the lead character of the television show, Herbert A. Philbrick, was not a Communist but an America. He risked not just his life but that of his wife and children to be a counterspy for the FBI to help smash Communist plots and in my opinion.... that is as American as a man could get. I have received poison pen letters from people threatening to break my legs because of a book I wrote, beating them to the punch. I have easily half a dozen letters handwritten, double sided, four pages long, of people venting because they spent 20 years researching a subject and never got it submitted to a publisher yet... and told me my book was so good it hampered all reasonable attempts to publish theirs. Depressing, but if they had 20 years.... I find usually most of the crackpots are people with professional jealousy and sadly, express their negative opinions publicly. Not good taste. Worse, they burn bridges doing so. The trick is avoiding the crackpots and focusing on the importance of the projects at hand.

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

M: Yes. www.martingrams.com and it features scans of pages from my books so people could sample the contents, a list of convention appearances and the site is always updated with the latest books including DUFFY'S TAVERN, which will be published by BearManor Media later this year. I also have a blog, which posts something new every Friday involving old-time radio, movies or TV. Nostalgia in general. Sometimes it's scans of archival documents. Sometimes it is a sample of a book I wrote or plan to write. I recommend everyone check it out. www.martingrams.blogspot.com

 
CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? by Martin Grams, Jr.
 

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

M: Eight years ago my wife and I formed the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, a three-day festival that includes old-time radio, vintage movies, retro television and other facets of nostalgia. The event has grown in size and last year the attendance topped past 2,000. It's becoming what one attendee refers to as "the destination convention" of the year. And we must have accomplished something to be proud of not because of the size of the event, which takes up two floors of the hotel, but two members of a convention committee for another event have been speaking ill about MANC claiming our non-profit event that helps benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the cause of their own convention diminishing in size. MANC also provides a platform for authors to speak about their subjects to a large crowd, exposes old-time radio to an attendance that wouldn't normally attend an event solely focused on old-time radio and promotes all forms of nostalgia. If anyone reading this interview wants to check it out, this year's dates are September 19 to 21, 2013, held at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Maryland. It's a fun time with lots of celebrities, authors, magazine editors, museum curators and lots of friendly people. Of course, I will be there so stop by and say hello.

You can find our collection of Martin Grams Jr. books here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=martin%20grams

Steve Stoliar

RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO'S HOUSE by Steve Stoliar

BearManor Author Steve Stoliar was interviewed by noted author, film historian and documentarian Frank Thompson several nights ago and the result is now available as a podcast:
 

Once you have listened to the fabulous interview, why not pop along to our website and order 'Raised Eyebrows,' available on audio and paperback:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=steve%20stoliar

Monday, May 20, 2013

New Book - Duffy's Tavern

We are delighted to announce that we are in the process of publishing DUFFY'S TAVERN: A HISTORY OF ED GARDNER'S RADIO PROGRAM by Martin Grams, Jr.

DUFFY'S TAVERN: A HISTORY OF ED GARDNER'S RADIO PROGRAM by Martin Grams, Jr.

COMING SOON! PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!

Soon after Duffy's Tavern premiered over the radio in 1941, Hollywood celebrities flocked to the microphone for a guest appearance and accepted what was rarely heard of in network broadcasting -- celebrities were roasted in the form of insults that were praised by critics and raved by radio listeners. Duffy's Tavern was so popular it helped spawn a hit song, "Leave Us Face It," an attempted newspaper comic strip, a number of premiums and a U.S.O. Tour. Convicts at San Quentin voted it their favorite radio program.

This book (400 plus pages) documents the entire history of the radio program, the 1945 motion-picture, the short-lived television program, the lawsuits, Ed Gardner's personal life, contract negotiations and much more!

You can pre-order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=645

Bill Levy

Look at this lovely photograph that was taken of BearManor author Bill Levy, at a recent book signing.  His very first customer was "Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage's mom who lives in the area.  How exciting!


If you missed Bill's book signing on Saturday, don't worry as he will be doing it all over again next week.  Here are all the details you need to know:

Bill will be appearing for a book signing and discussion at the Quiet Man Pub, 64 E McFarlan Street, Dover, NJ07801.

The event will take place on 25th May from 11 am until 3 pm.  If you are in the area, please pop along and see Bill.  He's a wonderful man and his book is fabulous!!

But of course if you are not in the area, you can still order unsigned copies from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bill%levy&product_id=606

Friday, May 17, 2013

New Book - For Art's Sake

We are happy to say that we are in the process of publishing FOR ART'S SAKE: THE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY OF BEN TURPIN by Steve Rydzewski.

FOR ART'S SAKE: THE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY OF BEN TURPIN by Steve Rydzewski

The first serious study of one of America's earliest motion picture comedians, later one of the most popular actors of the silent screen, and the worlds greatest cock-eyed mirthmaker, Ben Turpin.

This book is the result of over forty years of researching and collecting anything and everything on this legendary - though sadly forgotten - comic. Never has such a wealth of information been assembled on one of the most
respected comedians of his day, and this book, many are sure to agree, is too long overdue.

Leaving no stone unturned - from old magazines and newspapers, to genealogy records, to business associates and family descendants - the author makes this the most complete reference book on the life, career and the films of
Ben Turpin, and the most complete appreciation ever.

Illustrated with hundreds of rare photos, many never-before-seen, most from the author's long-time personal collection, this book will prove indispensable to anyone and everyone interested in movie comedy and film
history.


You can pre-order this title from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=644

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Book of the Week - The Thin Man

Our Book of the week this time is: THE THIN MAN: MURDER OVER COCKTAILS by Charles Tranberg.

THE THIN MAN: MURDER OVER COCKTAILS by Charles Tranberg

The Thin Man films are one of the most highly regarded and successful series of films from Hollywood's classic era.  This book looks at the people who populated the films, including full chapter profiles of its stars, William Powell and Myrna Loy, whose chemistry together was a huge reason for the success of the films. As Nick and Nora Charles they knocked the stereotypes of on-screen marriage out of the park and replaced the stiff and formal with fun and sexy. But not to be forgotten are the great character actors who added their own special magic to each and every film.  Each chapter includes profiles of these actors as well as the creative teams behind the films.  The book offers up detailed synopses of each of the films as well as behind-the-scenes anecdotes and trivia.  If you love The Thin Man then this is the book for you!
Praise for Charles Tranberg's other books:

"By virtue of its amazing output and longevity, Moorehead's career, not to mention life, would be almost impossible to contain in a single volume, but Tranberg is in command of his subject, deftly covering the wide expanse of Agnes Moorehead's world."

Laura Wagner, Classic Images, review of I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead.
"This is a fond look at one of the most durable and under-appreciated stars in Hollywood history."
Tom Clegett, The Santa Fe New Mexican, review of Fred MacMurray: A Biography.

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=charles%tranberg&product_id=151

New Audio - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Stress Test

We are happy to announce the forthcoming audio: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO MY STRESS TEST (AUDIO BOOK) by Brian Gari.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO MY STRESS TEST (AUDIO BOOK) by Brian Gari

This is the audiobook version of A Funny Thing Happened, written and performed by Brian Gari.

This audio book is a downloadable 143 MB file of 13 chapters in MP3 format. After you check out, we'll provide instructions on how to download this product.

In 1952 20th century entertainment icon Eddie Cantor survived his first heart attack.  

 He coins 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

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.

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 on Eddie Cantor.


You can pre-order this item here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=643

New book - Spanish Posters and Art From Classic Monster Films

We will soon be publishing SPANISH POSTERS AND ART FROM CLASSIC MONSTER FILMS by Carlos Benitez Serrano, edited by Philip J. Riley.

SPANISH POSTERS AND ART FROM CLASSIC MONSTER FILMS by Carlos Benitez Serrano, edited by Philip J. Riley

Over  200 Reproductions in Color!

Vintage Spanish Heralds, Posters,
Lobby cards, Window cards and Memorabilia from the
Classic Horror, Mystery and Science Fiction Films

Más de 200 imágenes en color entre programas de mano, pósters
y fotocromos españoles y sudamericanos de época pertenecientes
a los grandes clásicos del cine de terror, misterio y ciencia ficción

A fascinating look at the Spanish, Vintage, advertising for Classic U.S. Monster Films from the teens to the 70s,  published here for the first time. Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931, Mark of the Vampire (1935, Creature from the Black Lagoon. . . and 200 other titles, all reproduced in full color.


You can pre-order this item from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=641

 

New Book - Inside Seka

We will soon be releasing INSIDE SEKA: THE PLATINUM PRINCESS OF PORN by Seka with Kerry Zukus.

INSIDE SEKA: THE PLATINUM PRINCESS OF PORN by Seka with Kerry Zukus

“The Mount Rushmore of Adult Entertainment has four heads: John Holmes, Marilyn Chambers, Jenna Jameson, and Seka. That’s it; there ain’t no more.”
– Bill Margold, famed adult film actor, agent, producer, director, and activist

Seka—The Platinum Princess, the Marilyn Monroe of Porn, the queen of XXX cinema’s Golden Age, and John Holmes’ favorite leading lady. Seka is a legendary performer in the annals of adult cinema, and many would say the greatest. Seka’s name was so big in XXX that her name above the title was not enough—her name had to be in the title!

Seka’s real life story, though, is as enigmatic as her screen persona. She was never a victim—on-screen or off. This is no tale of remorse, abuse, or self-destructive behavior. Seka was post-feminist before the term was born. Inside Seka is the story of a survivor, a trailblazer, and an icon—still one of the most popular and famous porn stars ever; the last of the natural beauties.

“Before the Jennas, the Bree Olsons, or the Savannas, the undisputed blonde bombshell of XXX movies was Seka, which makes her story so important in the history of adult entertainment.”
– Ron Jeremy, porn legend, holder of the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Appearances in Adult Films”

“From calling the shots in a film genre in the days when it was completely controlled by men, to standing and being heard at the infamous Meese Commission, Seka shatters the myth of the poor little victim who lost her way. Don’t expect excuses and apologies. This is one blonde bombshell who lives by her own rules.”
– Candida Royalle, author, entrepreneur, and erotic film pioneer

“She was one of the hottest girls in the XXX business, able to seduce any man she wanted. So it should come as no surprise that her story is riveting.”
– Larry Flynt, Hustler magazine

Kerry Zukus is the author, co-author, or ghostwriter of over 40 books, including From Harvard to Hell and Back, the upcoming Inside the Hotel Rwanda, and Book of the Month Club Feature Selection The Fourth House.


You can pre-order a copy of the book on our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=640

Friday, May 10, 2013

Bill Levy

BearManor author Bill Levy did a book signing and talk recently, at the Westport library in Westport, Connecticut.

The event was a huge success and Bill sent us the following photo of him signing 'Lest We Forget' and chatting to his readers.


If you weren't lucky enough to be at the signing, don't worry as you can buy (unsigned) copies of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bill%levy&product_id=606

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

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Scott O'Brien

Scott O'Brien has just been interviewed on Michael G Ankerich's excellent blog.

Here is a tiny snippet of the excellent interview:

Michael: Your new book is a biography of Ruth Chatterton. I am amazed by her life. It looks like she crammed a lot of living into one life. What surprised you about her?

Scott: I was truly impressed with Chatterton’s nerve and drive to do and say the “right thing”—not for the benefit of a select few, but everyone.  The books she authored have a progressive slant.  There are no real heroes in them.  You may not like some of her characters, but you understand their back-story and how they got that way.  She tackled Anti-Semitism, McCarthyism, and stood up for the civil rights movement.  What’s not to like about her?  Careless with her money, Ruth was as extravagant as she was generous.  Toward the end, she was literally living off the kindness of strangers.  I was also surprised how steady her radio and stage work were through 1961, the year she died.  She was adept at making transitions and redefining her life.

You can read the full article here:
http://michaelgankerich.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/1313/

RUTH CHATTERTON: ACTRESS, AVIATOR, AUTHOR by Scott O'Brien

And afterwards why not go to our website to order Scott's recent book on Ruth Chatterton:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=ruth%chatterton&product_id=632

You can also check out Scott's other books:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=scott%20o'brien

And Michael G Ankerich's book, 'Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Hills' is available too:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=michael%g%ankerich&product_id=123

Golden Goddesses

GOLDEN GODDESSES: 25 LEGENDARY WOMEN OF CLASSIC EROTIC CINEMA, 1968-1985 by Jill C. Nelson

On Friday May 10th at 7 pm, BearManor author Jill C Nelson will be at Chapters Burlington for a fantastic event.  Here is what Jill had to say when we caught up with her recently:
 

"Please join us for a lively evening of book readings, evocative discussion, slideshow and reception for the official Canadian premiere of "Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985" at Chapters-Indigo Book Store in Burlington, Ontario Canada. (Woodview Place, 3315 Fairview Avenue.) 

I am very pleased to announce that one of our very own Goddesses, Ms. Laurie Holmes (aka Misty Dawn, and widow of John Holmes), will be my special in-person guest at the Chapters location.

Space is limited so to RSVP your attendance and/or to ensure a 10% discount on a signed copy of the book, please call: (905) 681-2410. We hope to see you there!"

If you can't make it to the event, you can still order a copy of Golden Goddesses from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=golden%goddesses&product_id=611




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Author of the Week - Dick Baxter

This week's Author is Dick Baxter, who is celebrating fifty years in show business this week!!

 STANDING TALL IN THE SHADOWS: MEMOIRS OF A HOLLYWOOD MANAGER by Dick Baxter

1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?
As a Hollywood Personal Manager to actress/singer Dale Evans, singer/songwriter Stuart Hamblen, singer Anacani, etc., Ben Ohmart from BearManor Media was interested in my career.

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

Standing Tall in the Shadows, memoirs of a Hollywood manager.

3) Why did you choose those particular subjects?

My long and successful career as manager to some of Hollywood’s greats.

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

About three months. I’m very dedicated to my work.

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

My travels as a successful Hollywood manager and my relationship with each client.

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

Sharing with all the fans.

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

I am blessed that on May 10th, 2013, I celebrate my 50 years in Show Business.
 
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Everyone at BearManor would like to congratulation Dick on his fifty year anniversary!!  His book can be ordered from our website:

And just in case you are wondering; here is what Dick's book is all about:
 
Famed Hollywood personal manager, DICK BAXTER, worked in the entertainment business for over 40 years. He owned and operated DICK BAXTER MANAGEMENT since 1963. His clients were some of Hollywood's biggest stars and entertainers of that era. He managed the careers of actress/singer Dale Evans, country gospel singer and song writer, Stuart Hamblen and his wife Suzy Hamblen, singer Anacani (the Lawrence Welk TV show), Hi Busse, Frontiersmen & Joanie, actress Catherine McLeod and others.
 
In this, his autobiography, Dick invites you, the reader, to come along on his journey. You will feel as though Dick is visiting with you personally as he relates his life in the exciting world of show business.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Linda J Alexander

BearManor author Linda J Alexander will be on the Dave White Presents show on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific at www.KSAV.org
 
A MAVERICK LIFE: THE JACK KELLY STORY by Linda J. Alexander

You can pre-record the show at Digital Audio Recording (DAR)--


But if you miss the premiere broadcast, on Wed.  May 8 the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and Sticher.com, or on the player at--



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

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Book of the Week - Henry Darrow

This week's featured book is: HENRY DARROW: LIGHTNING IN THE BOTTLE by Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow.

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

Wild West News chose “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle” as 2012 Book of the Year!

Henry Darrow (born EnriqueTomás Delgado) catapulted to international stardom in 1967 as sexy, complex “Manolito Montoya” in the western The High Chaparral. He was the first actor of Puerto Rican heritage to star in a television series. “Henry survived and had a career when if you were Latino, you couldn’t be just good, you had to be beyond great and that’s Henry,” says noted writer/entertainer Rick Najera. At the height of his fame Darrow put his career on the line to open doors for other Hispanics. He has continued to break ground for over fifty years as a working actor and was recently featured on the PBS series Pioneers of Television. Lightning in the Bottle is the must-read portrait of the inspirational, fiercely determined, endearing and enduring Emmy-winning performer.

“Sometimes I give myself over to a part heart and soul. At other times, it’s just technique. There’s nothing in particular to say about it except it’s work. But I love to work!”
- HENRY DARROW


KIRKUS REVIEWS
... Darrow and Pippins skilfully intersperse the historical context with thoughtful analyses and often-light-hearted vignettes regarding various gigs and circumstances...the subject of ethnic identity is treated with focused consideration...An entertaining, well-organized account...


WESTERN CLIPPINGS
Linda Cristal once said, "When Henry Darrow came onto the set, it was like the sun came up." You too will get that feeling reading of Henry's life.

ON SCREEN & BEYOND
Whether you're a fan of "The High Chaparral", "Zorro", "Santa Barbara"....or just looking for an interesting story, it's in this book. Check it out!

LATIN HEAT
Film buffs will enjoy this revealing biography about a phenomenal man, his profession and how events in America during the second half of the twentieth century affected careers, network television and present day Latino actors in Hollywood.


You can order a copy of the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=486

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Author of the Week - Dave Shelton

This week's featured author is Dave Shelton.

What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?
I am a film/TV writer/cartoonist/voice actor/director.  My credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, Nickelodeon, Disney, Tweety and Sylvester and National Lampoon where I was a senior writer and head of cartoon projects.  I currently have a kids TV series, Professor Creepy's Scream Party(c), pilot produced that I'm shopping around as well as Snuggy Bear and the T-Shirt Kids(c) and the novelty items Eye Crusties(c), Snot Logs(c) and Loonie-Tics(c).  I decided to become a writer/cartoonist because I've always loved the film and television industries and reading as long as I can remember being alive.  My first glimpse of the Flintstones when I was about 3 sealed it for me to get into animation and reading books like The Wizard of Oz brought me to a world where my not so happy childhood could escape to.  Books like that inspired me to release the constant flow of stories in my own world onto paper.  It was both a wondrous joy and cathartic experience.
 
BRAIN EXPLOSION by Dave Shelton

What book have you written for BearManor, and what is it about?
Brain Explosion, my first book for BearManor, is going to print as of this writing.  It is a collection of my cartoons from the years I worked at National Lampoon as well as observations and other iterations that flooded my brain over the last 20 years.  I am honored that BearManor saw merit in it and is publishing it.

Why did you choose that particular subject?
I have been collecting these random thoughts, observations and creative inspirations for a long time with the intention of one day publishing them in a coffee table type reference book that could someday possibly become coined phrases in random conversation.  The cartoons were also intended to be used the same way....or to emote a smile in the reader.

How long did it take you to write it, and did you find it an easy task?
The collection of thoughts were created and assembled over a period of 15 years and the cartoons probably during the course of 3 years.  It was easy in the context that my brain explodes stuff every minute.  The editing is what took a back and forth effort but the final output is worth it.

What can we expect to find in your books?
As the title indicates, a brain explosion of my thoughts, profundities and cartoons in a cacophony of everything as mental as I am.

What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer?
Being able to affect people with words, to bring them to a place they've never been or where they've always dreamed of going.  It's also, for me, a perfect therapist.

Do you have a website, blog etc, where readers can find you?
snuggybear.com.  They can find all my film and TV projects there as well as my bio.  I'm also on Facebook and Twitter.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I hope people find something they can use out of Brain Explosion.  I wrote and drew it to add some fun to an average day.  If it can be a reference book, a diversion to the travails of daily life or just a nice companion book in the bathroom when that 2 week old newspaper is still there and you want something else to read, then I've felt I've done something worthwhile.
 
You can order a copy of Dave's book, 'Brain Explosion' from our website: