Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Audio Book - The Count of Chanteleine

We are pleased to announce the publication of THE COUNT OF CHANTELEINE (AUDIOBOOK): A Tale of the French Revolution.

THE COUNT OF CHANTELEINE (AUDIOBOOK): A Tale of the French Revolution

This audio book is a downloadable 285 MB file in MP3 format. After you check out, we'll provide instructions on how to download this product.

Translated by Edward Baxter; Notes by Garmt de Vries-Uiterweerd, Volker Dehs This adventure is for everyone who has thrilled to The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Tale of Two Cities, or Scaramouche. A nobleman, the Count of Chanteleine, leads a rebellion against the revolutionary French government. While he fights for the monarchy and the church, his home is destroyed and his wife murdered by the mob. Now he must save his daughter from the guillotine. This exciting swashbuckler is also a meticulous historical re-creation of a particularly bloody episode in the Reign of Terror.

The Count of Chanteleine is the first English translation of this Jules Verne story, the fourth volume in the Palik series published under the auspices of the North American Jules Verne Society. Expert translation is by Edward Baxter, with critical commentary by an international team of Verne experts. Commentary by an international team of experts supports Edward Baxter’s translation.

Translated by Edward Baxter; Introduction by Brian Taves; Notes (including maps), by Garmt de Vries-Uiterweerd; Afterword by Volker Dehs.

You can buy a copy of the audio at our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=677

Joe Martelle

RADIO PRO: RADIO PROS & LEGENDS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS by Joe Martelle

Joe Martelle, author of RADIO PRO: RADIO PROS & LEGENDS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS has just shared some very exciting news with us:

MAB Honors for 2013  

The Maine Association of Broadcasters is pleased to honor industry veteran Karen Hill, Account Executive at Cumulus Broadcasting in Portland, with our Broadcasting Achievement Award for 2013.  This is Karen's 30th year as an AE for WBLM.  She is also deeply involved in fundraising for the Wounded Legacy Foundation and the Center for Grieving Children.

The 2013 Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees are Richard Hyatt, PBE, veteran radio engineer and the President of MAB in 1989; and Joe Martelle, radio announcer at WIDE, WLOB, WCSH and WGAN before moving on to major markets, author of Radio Pro and mentor to many who are still on the air in Maine.

The Association is delighted to recognize these outstanding individuals for their contributions to our industry.  We had a very large pool of nominees for both the Broadcasting Achievement Award and the Hall of Fame.  Those not selected in 2013 will be carried over for consideration next year.

The MAB Honors will be presented during the Saturday night awards banquet at our annual convention on October 19.
 
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We at BearManor Media would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Joe!!
 
You can order Radio Pro from our website:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bob Koster

ADVENTURES IN HOLLYWOOD: A MEMOIR by Bob Koster has been given a very favourable mention on the UCLA blog.


ADVENTURES IN HOLLYWOOD: A MEMOIR by Bob Koster

You can read the full article here:

 
And you can order the book from our website:
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Todd Tarbox

We are thrilled that respected reviewer Leonard Maltin has reviewed ORSON WELLES AND ROGER HILL: A FRIENDSHIP IN THREE ACTS by Todd Tarbox.

ORSON WELLES AND ROGER HILL: A FRIENDSHIP IN THREE ACTS by Todd Tarbox

Mr Maltin described the book as hard to put down, which we thoroughly agree with, and we think you will too.

To find out more please check out the blog here:
http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/orson-welles-and-roger-hill-a-friendship-in-three-acts-by-todd-tarbox

And you can find the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=orson%&product_id=634

New Book - MANY SELVES: THE HORROR AND FANTASY FILMS OF PAUL WEGENER

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication, MANY SELVES: THE HORROR AND FANTASY FILMS OF PAUL WEGENER by Henry Nicolella and John T. Soister.
MANY SELVES: THE HORROR AND FANTASY FILMS OF PAUL WEGENER by Henry Nicolella and John T. Soister
The very first film actor to be identified with horror roles was Paul Wegener. A distinguished stage actor, Wegener was fascinated by film and its potential to portray the uncanny and the macabre. Sometimes acting as director and writer as well as performer, Wegener played in a series of fantastic films in the tens, the most famous of which are "The Student of Prague" and "The Golem." His directing career faltered in the twenties but he continued to play mad scientists, monsters and various grotesque characters. The book has detailed essays on 17 of his most significant genre films and includes first hand descriptions of such rarities as "The Lost Shadow, Svengali, Hans Trutz" and "Ramper the Beast Man." In addition to a biography of Wegener, there is also a detailed filmography of all his movies, including the obscure ones he directed in the 1930s.

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=676

Monday, August 26, 2013

Inside Seka

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

Seka, author of the forthcoming BearManor book, INSIDE SEKA: THE PLATINUM PRINCESS OF PORN (with Kerry Zukus) will soon be embarking on a book tour.  Please see the dates below for further details:
MEDIA TOUR and BOOK SIGNING DATES**
For
INSIDE SEKA
The Platinum Princess of Porn
By Seka with Kerry Zukus
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – Brooklyn, NY:
Refugio Cigar Shop – Brooklyn – 8:00pm
769A Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (347) 227-8873
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – New York, NY:
The Museum of Sex – New York City – 6:00pm
233 5th Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 689-6337
 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 – Kansas City, MO:
Prospero’s Books – Kansas City – 6:00pm
1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 531-9673
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 – Cleveland, OH:
Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo – Cleveland
Holiday Inn
15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH 44136
Phone: (440) 238-8800
 
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9 – Chicago, IL:
Topo Gigio – Chicago – 7:00pm
1516 N Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 266-9355

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 – Chicago, IL:
The Joynt – Chicago – 10:00pm
650 North Dearborn Street, Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 573-2233
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 – Kansas City, MO:
The Loretto – Kansas City, MO – 3:00pm
1111 N. 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 531-3111
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 – Parsippany, NJ:
Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo – Parsippany
Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
199 Smith Street, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 515-2000
 
**Please note dates, times and event locations are subject to change without prior notice.
For further information, please contact
Mouth Public Relations at 212-260-7576 or Media@MouthPublicRelations.com.
 
You can pre-order the book from our website:

Gods of Grindhouse

GODS OF GRINDHOUSE: INTERVIEWS WITH EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS by Andrew J. Rausch

Rod Lott has reviewed GODS OF GRINDHOUSE: INTERVIEWS WITH EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS by Andrew J. Rausch.

You can find the review here:

 and here:
 
You can (as always) order the book from our website:
 

Joe Martelle

RADIO PRO: RADIO PROS & LEGENDS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS by Joe Martelle

We are pleased to report that BearManor author Joe Martelle, author of RADIO PRO: RADIO PROS & LEGENDS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS has a packed schedule of events in the next few months.  Here is everything you need to know.....

Emerson College Alumnus, Joe Martelle will officially be inducted in the Maine Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Saturday evening, October 19th at a special awards dinner at the Senator Hotel in Augusta, Maine.

Monday morning, Oct. 21st, Joe will be "live on WLOB-Radio in Portland. Later that day, he will be honored as guest speaker at his high school alma mater, Cheverus  on Ocean Avenue. A planned interview is scheduled the next night on WCSH-TV, Ch.-6, also in Portland.

The popular radio/TV personality began his 41 year broadcasting career in 1962 his home State of Maine. Later, his on-air stints were in Cincinnati, Ohio, Houston, Texas, and almost twenty years on-the-radio in Boston. His final radio years were spent hosting the morning show on Sunny-104.3 in West Palm Beach, FL, In 2004, voice complications ended his long, successful career.

During his peak radio years, Martelle was teamed with the late Andy Moes in morning-drive on The

Joe and Andy Family on Boston's original WROR-98.5. The popular team owned the morning radio ratings for ten years. During his tenure as co-host of the morning-drive show on ROR-fm, Joe also originated and hosted and all request oldies show every Saturday night for a dozen years. From 1980 - '92. Saturday Night 'Live' at the Oldies became the most successful all-request oldie shows in the history of Boston radio.

Joe Martelle's book, Radio Pro--How to be a successful air personality has been well received by both radio students and radio pros.Reviews are available at his publishers website www.bearmanormedia.com and at www.amazon.com.

Note:

Joe Martelle and his wife, Kimmie will be in the Boston area the week of October 21st for book readings, including stops at Curry College - Milton (MA) and Emerson College-Boston. Thursday evening, Oct. 24th, from 7-10pm, Joe will host a reception at Kowloon Restaurant, Rt. 1, Saugus, MA to thank N. E. broadcasters who commented in his book, and to officially launch Radio Pro in the Boston area.

For further info and/or a follow-up phone interview,  please contact Joe Martelle directly at joemartelle@aol.com or at 970-268- 5231.

Emil Richards

We are thrilled that WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERCUSSION: MY LIFE BEHIND BARS by Emil Richards with Tom Di Nardo has been featured in Film Score Monthly magazine.

WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERCUSSION: MY LIFE BEHIND BARS by Emil Richards with Tom Di Nardo

Emil was interviewed for an article entitled 'Emil Richards: Drumming up Something Special' and in the feature, the legendary percussionist talks about his incredible life and work.

Emil has worked on over 2000 movie and TV scores, and has enjoyed fifty years in the business.  A quick look at the index of his book will show you just how many artists he has worked with, and you know what?  In spite of the fact that he has worked so hard all his life, Emil has absolutely no plans to slow down.  This amazing work ethic has made Emil the successful man that he is today and we are sure that with fifty years down, there are at least fifty more to come!

We will be featuring Emil much more on our blog in the coming months, but in the meantime, if you would like to subscribe to Film Score Monthly, please visit their website:
fsmonlinemag.com

And please head over to our website to pick up a copy of this amazing book for yourself:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=emil%richards&product_id=637

Friday, August 23, 2013

Author of the Week - Roman Bova

We have recently done some revisions on KNOTS LANDING REVISITED by Roman Bova, and to celebrate the new release, we are happy to have Roman as our Author of the Week.
 
KNOTS LANDING REVISITED by Roman Bova
 
1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?

I am originally from Illinois but have lived in Florida for twenty-seven years.  I am forty-one and I am proud to call myself a Christian. My faith is very important to me and sharing the news of our rescue as children of God by Jesus, and the journey of my life as one who is being transformed into His likeness as best I can in this lifetime is something I hold very dear to me daily. I live a pretty quiet life and I am really excited at the prospect of really being able to see where the journey of being a writer/author will take me.

When I was younger, writing was always something that interested me. The first time I ever saw a blank journal, I remember being fascinated at the thought of writing something to fill it up. Something really interesting.  Also, the thought of filling the pages and knowing they start blank and end up with knowledge was an amazing thought to me. It's really a blessing for me to have this opportunity because I had written my book in 1997 just after the scripted telefilm, Back to the Cul-De-Sac aired and I thought the timing would be great. I sent many inquiries, searched for publishers (including the two houses that published The Complete Book of Dallas and Knots Landing: The Saga of Seaview Circle, and after years of failed attempts to find a publisher, it never seemed like it was meant to be a reality so I put it aside. 

I'd actually over-nighted a copy of the book to Oprah once, back in 2005, because she had that book club and I thought perhaps she might recommend a publisher as well as enjoy a prototype copy of the book I had nicely bound from the office supply store and nicely inscribed to her. She featured the cast on her show during in 1997 and I’d remember her being a fan.  I also thought she might provide some feedback on the book due to her literary interest and the popularity with regard to the importance of reading and good books. My inquiry later to the research department at Harpo led me to see there was no way Oprah would ever even know the book was sent because the girls in research said that it was received (and my overnight tracking slip, which I still have to this day, provided the information that it had been) but was more than likely thrown away because they did not accept "physical mail" and there was nothing they could do.  I know people have sent her videotapes and gifts because I am reminded of on air things mentioned as well as home video by people on the show that were clearly just that, home video of themselves.  Seemed to me those items were "physical mail." They get a light bill every month- that is "physical mail."

At any rate, after that and to be honest, I was discouraged and put the project once again on the back burner. At that time, it was the twenty-fifth anniversary for the show and it seemed another key time had passed me by. How it unfolded that the book was finally published paints, for me, a clear picture of how the Lord works and how, unbeknownst to me, things can work out without my involvement or initiation.  I was, for lack of a better phrase, discovered.  My mentor, Judith Moose, will remain a cherished friend and colleague for as long as I live. It is she, and the Lord, who arranged this journey because I had shelved the project for quite a while. When Judith found me, by way of a post about my book on the forum of the Knots Landing website I was stunned.  She was only there to let fans know that the cast of Knots Landing would be celebrating the thirtieth anniversary at The Hollywood Show in Burbank, Ca.

 
She had been connected with Ben and BearManor for quite some time and along with all her extra help, she arranged the connection and contract for the book.  I am very grateful to her and Ben for having faith in me and taking a chance on me this way and thus far, it has been a great experience.  People are enjoying the book and it really is a wonderful trip down memory lane.

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

Knots Landing Revisited is my first work and, as such, is my first book with BearManor.

I am still getting my feet wet since it’s just about six months out but I’ve enjoyed the process, learned a whole lot more about patience through the first part of the journey, and learning all of the additional things that come up with regard to the book and being a writer have been really enlightening.  It’s been such an unexpected and unique journey and it’s been great. 

3) Why did you choose that particular subject?

Knots Landing holds a special place in my heart because of the characters. Nothing that ever happened on the show was ever over the top or so outrageous that it was not believable. Gary and Val were two characters I really related to in my personal life, although years later I would realize that was more true than I’d imagined, they touched something in me by what they had gone through and what came against them from the outside, especially Gary and the conflict with the Ewing family he’d been born into.  I, like the couple, spent fifteen years without my daughter due to the agenda of another.  While I didn’t know she was my daughter for sure, I’d known that the chance was very great but things were not meant to be and so, years passed.  Sadly, again to another person’s agenda and her own choices, I have lost the same daughter twice in one lifetime.  Gary, Val, and Lucy never had much of any kind of “family” and sadly, even with the four wonderful years that I did get with my daughter, things often remind me of the situation with those Ewings and what they had dealt with.

Both Dallas and Knots Landing are among a group of favorite shows for me. I love old sit-coms and with the intrigue of prime time drama, having something to look forward to every week was something I needed because it was a difficult time during my adolescent and teen years.  I didn’t realize they were an “escape” as it’s called, but for me, they were something fun to look forward too.  I was young so I did miss quite a bit to start but seeing the shows in syndication while new episodes were still airing and being in my late teens and early twenties, I was able to enjoy the characters, storylines, and cliffhangers just the same.  I learned a lot about how to treat your wife, family, and business associates from Patrick Duffy’s “Bobby Ewing’ and, of my earliest memories beside Star Wars, the red Mercedes he drove and Victoria Principal’s “Pamela Barnes-Ewing” are happy thoughts from my childhood. 

Having attended the thirtieth anniversary for Dallas at South Fork Ranch as well, I am definitely an “old-school” television fan and they just don’t make ‘em like the used to.  I have been lucky enough to meet, (and quite as unarranged by me) Carrie Fisher, Deidre Hall, the women from Knots Landing, the Dallas cast (sadly, all except Victoria Principal, whom I have been a fan of since I can remember being aware of things- I hope someday to meet her) and a few more to boot.  The time I spent with the cast of Knots Landing and the fans who were there that awesome weekend so refreshed my heart and soul.  It was, like all of these “adventures in entertainment” a once in a lifetime situation that really blessed my heart with something just fun and nice. The cast was amazing and I had already spoken with Joan Van Ark by way of email previously so getting to meet her face to face, my “Val,” was a thrill. Both she and Michele Lee were a delight and one of the most treasured pictures I own is one with the two of them and Donna Mills.

Since there had only been one book about Knots Landing and it ended with events in 1986, I wanted a complete record and thought it would be fun to compile and write it myself. I first wrote it on an old word processor.  It was 1997 and I used what was available.  It was quite a project but it was cathartic and my intent was to have a copy for my shelf and that, hopefully, others would view it the way I did and would enjoy a trip down memory lane, or circle in this case- Seaview Circle- and enjoy a complete work for their shelves also.

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

The book took me just over a year to write.  It was quite the task indeed.  I had taped the entire series on about 65 video tapes so I started at the beginning and just took notes.  I would write notes and key information and later type as I went.  It took quite a while to figure out how to lay it all out but I knew it was not going to be like any television book I’d ever seen. I wanted it to be unique.  I wanted it to be a companion for the series, but in a different light.  This show was more like a record of lives.  It centered on the two couples, Gary and Val, and Mack and Karen.  Well, first it was Sid and Karen, but ultimately, all of the things that happened to these couples, all of the people they met or encountered (family, friend, or foe) and the events that shaped their lives was how I wanted it to be painted when revisited rather than just a paragraph about each episode and a list of titles.  It really was more of a fourteen year history about these people and the history of Gary and Val because of Dallas was also a great back story that could be shown in a new light.


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

You can expect to find opening remarks from both Joan and Michele, photos and some from the thirtieth anniversary, an extensive cast list, episode guide, key information from the series broken down for reference, chapters on the reunions, anniversaries and much more.  The second chapter is the “great record of lives” and chronicles the entire fourteen years which flow like a record as you read along.  It’s really a lot of fun to revisit Knots Landing from this perspective.

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

For me, there is a certain “therapy” in writing. That would simply and honestly sum it up as I see it.

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

I do not have a website as of now, but I have started a blog and it’s at http://romanbova.blogspot.com/

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

Only to say many thanks to you and everyone at BearManor, thanks to the fans who bought the book or will, and my heartfelt God bless to everyone out there. 

You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=roman%bova&product_id=552

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Richard Yokley

THE FIRST RESPONDERS OF TELEVISION

FIRST RESPONDERS OF TELEVISION by Richard Yokley

We recently caught up with BearManor author Richard Yokley, who told us some good news...
 
"On October 20 I will be having a book signing in Los Angeles  It will be with another author and a film maker and will be held at the old LAFD station 30, which is now a museum.  Additionally, NewswireLA, a broadcast series on local LA channel 36 will be filming the event.  After the broadcast, the show can be viewed on the NWLA FaceBook page and YouTube." 

A FaceBook page has been created for the event:

https://www.facebook.com/greatrescues 

We wish Richard lots of luck with the event and hope that if you are in the Los Angeles area, you will head along to see Richard and lend him your support.  If you can't be there, the book, The First Responders of Television can still be ordered from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=yokley&product_id=484



 

Special Offer!

RAPE, INCEST, MURDER! THE MARQUIS DE SADE ON STAGE (3-VOLUME SET) by John Franceschina

All 3 volumes at a special price!

“When numerous critics have all pointed to the stunning mastery of dialogue evinced in [Sade’s] novels, to say nothing of the truly theatrical disposition of many of the scenes―erotic or otherwise―this would seem to be linked to the theatrical obsession that persisted so disturbingly throughout his tempestuous existence. Shouldn’t we therefore look more closely at this theatre…?”
    - Annie Le Brun

In commemoration of the two hundred years that have passed since the death of the Marquis de Sade in 1814, the three-volume series, Rape, Incest, Murder! The Marquis de Sade on Stage, offers English translations of all of Sade’s writings, for and about the theatre, with introductions that contextualize Sade’s work within the theatrical climate of eighteenth-century France. 


Volume 1 presents Sade’s earliest theatrical efforts, ranging from occasional verse, written to accompany the plays of other authors, to his first attempts at comedy and a newly developing bourgeois tragedy called the drame. The violence and eroticism of Sade’s infamous novels are present in the plays, though in a lower dosage, obviously to render them accessible to public performance rather than private reading.

Volume 2 presents Sade’s plays written in prison during the years that preceded and immediately followed the fall of the Bastille in 1789. The revolutionary spirit of the time inspired Sade to pen his only tragedy, a music drama, and a comedy anticipating the Romantics, calling for a relaxation of the classical rules. The violence and eroticism of Sade’s infamous novels are present in the plays, though in a lower dosage, obviously to render them accessible to public performance rather than private reading.

Volume 3 presents Sade’s plays and occasional verse written at the Charenton Asylum during the reign of Napoleon. The lunatic asylum provided Sade with a creative freedom that allowed him not only to conceive his most innovative and original work, but to stage it as well, using actors from the asylum and the professional theatre. The violence and eroticism of Sade’s infamous novels continue to be present in the plays, to such a degree that the asylum directors considered Sade’s theatre to be a dangerous threat to the inmates.

“[I]t is at the theatre rather than somewhere else that we must revive the almost extinguished flame of the love that every Frenchman owes his country; there is where he’ll be convinced of the dangers that would exist for him should he fall back into the hands of tyranny. He’ll carry home the enthusiasm and teach it to his family and its effects will be so much more durable, so much more passionate than the momentary inspirations of a newspaper article or proclamation because at the theatre, he learns the lesson by example, and he remembers it.”
    - The Marquis de Sade


You can order the three-volume set at the special price from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=674

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Henry Darrow and Jan Pippins

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

HENRY DARROW: LIGHTNING IN THE BOTTLE by Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow has been given a nice mention by Becca Gladden recently, who interviewed Henry on her website.  You can see the articles here:

"Career Thoughts" http://careerthoughts.com/henry-darrow

and Becca's blog http://www.writesides.blogspot.com/

After you have read the interview, please head to our website to order the book for yourself:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=jan%pippins&product_id=486

Trav S.D.

Congratulations to Trav S.D. who has received a lovely review for his book, CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE on the Movies By Bowes site.

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

You can read the review here:

http://moviesbybowes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/chain-chain-chaaaaaaaaaain-book-review.html

And afterwards, please pop along to our website to order the book for yourself:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=chain%of%fools&product_id=614

Cinecon

The following news comes from BearManor author, Suzanne Sumner Ferry:
I'll be signing and selling my book "The Day the Stars Stood Still" at CineCon 49 in Hollywood on August 31st and September 1st this year! I hope you can stop by and say hello; there will be several of us authors of Old Hollywood books taking part in this event! I'm happy to return for my second year at CineCon!
http://www.cinecon.org/

Book: The Day the Stars Stood Still (2012) by Suzanne Sumner Ferry

 THE DAY THE STARS STOOD STILL: A MEMOIR ABOUT LOGAN FLEMING, FORMER TOP WAX ARTIST OF MOVIELAND WAX MUSEUM by Suzanne Sumner Ferry as told by Logan Fleming
 
Additional Information about "The Day the Stars Stood Still" by Suzanne Sumner Ferry:

This is a memoir about the career of Logan Fleming, top wax artist and Creative Director of Movieland Wax Museum and the Palace of Living Art in Buena Park, CA. During Movieland's life span, Mr. Allen Parkinson, who created Movieland, saw traffic of over one million visitors per year come to enjoy the more than two hundred wax figures of Hollywood's most popular, beloved movie stars that graced the museum building (and the silver screen). Logan Fleming was extremely instrumental in making these stars come to "life" within the Movieland arena, as well as bringing the artful masterpieces of the world to life in the Palace of Living Art. These creations were made for the public to adore, and adore they did! It was Logan Fleming's eyes, hands, personality and artistic vision that created the eternal wax likenesses of some of our favorite and most beloved movie stars of Old Hollywood. To have your wax figure created for Movieland was an amazing honor for a movie star back then, and no one's hands could do you better justice than Logan's. These stories help bridge the gap between fantasy and reality. They are your stories now.

About the Author

Suzanne Sumner Ferry's first (children's) book, "Corinna the Christmas Elf," was published in 2009. Suzanne embarked on "The Day the Stars Stood Still" when her next-door neighbor and friend, Logan Fleming, approached her about the idea.

Having done some theatre in high school, a few reality shows (one featuring Suzanne as herself at one of her holiday book signings), and always having had the acting bug in her system, Suzanne landed and played her first leading role in Treasure Hunters, an indie feature film that was shot entirely in the Philippines this summer. This action-adventure movie comes out in February 2014.

Suzanne is currently working on her third book, a biography about her second cousin, the late actress and singer Kathryn Grayson (Kiss Me Kate, Showboat, etc.). Suzanne has been a member of the Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since 2006, and resides with her husband and two children in Southern California.

You can order 'The Day the Stars Stood Still' from our website:
 
 
 

 

NEW BOOKS BY JOHN FRANCESCHINA

RAPE, INCEST, MURDER! THE MARQUIS DE SADE ON STAGE, VOLUME 1: JUVENILIA AND EARLY PRISON PLAYS by John Franceschina

RAPE, INCEST, MURDER! THE MARQUIS DE SADE ON STAGE, VOLUME 1: JUVENILIA AND EARLY PRISON PLAYS by John Franceschina

“When numerous critics have all pointed to the stunning mastery of dialogue evinced in [Sade’s] novels, to say nothing of the truly theatrical disposition of many of the scenes―erotic or otherwise―this would seem to be linked to the theatrical obsession that persisted so disturbingly throughout his tempestuous existence. Shouldn’t we therefore look more closely at this theatre…?”
    - Annie Le Brun

In commemoration of the two hundred years that have passed since the death of the Marquis de Sade in 1814, the three-volume series, Rape, Incest, Murder! The Marquis de Sade on Stage, offers English translations of all of Sade’s writings, for and about the theatre, with introductions that contextualize Sade’s work within the theatrical climate of eighteenth-century France. 


Volume 1 presents Sade’s earliest theatrical efforts, ranging from occasional verse, written to accompany the plays of other authors, to his first attempts at comedy and a newly developing bourgeois tragedy called the drame. The violence and eroticism of Sade’s infamous novels are present in the plays, though in a lower dosage, obviously to render them accessible to public performance rather than private reading.

“[I]t is at the theatre rather than somewhere else that we must revive the almost extinguished flame of the love that every Frenchman owes his country; there is where he’ll be convinced of the dangers that would exist for him should he fall back into the hands of tyranny. He’ll carry home the enthusiasm and teach it to his family and its effects will be so much more durable, so much more passionate than the momentary inspirations of a newspaper article or proclamation because at the theatre, he learns the lesson by example, and he remembers it.”
    - The Marquis de Sade


You can order volume one here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=john%franceschina&product_id=660


RAPE, INCEST, MURDER! THE MARQUIS DE SADE ON STAGE, VOLUME 2: LATER PRISON PLAYS by John Franceschina

RAPE, INCEST, MURDER! THE MARQUIS DE SADE ON STAGE, VOLUME 2: LATER PRISON PLAYS by John Franceschina

Volume 2 presents Sade’s plays written in prison during the years that preceded and immediately followed the fall of the Bastille in 1789. The revolutionary spirit of the time inspired Sade to pen his only tragedy, a music drama, and a comedy anticipating the Romantics, calling for a relaxation of the classical rules. The violence and eroticism of Sade’s infamous novels are present in the plays, though in a lower dosage, obviously to render them accessible to public performance rather than private reading.
  
You can order volume two here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=john%franceschina&product_id=659

RAPE, INCEST, MURDER! THE MARQUIS DE SADE ON STAGE, VOLUME 3: ASYLUM PLAYS by John Franceschina

RAPE, INCEST, MURDER! THE MARQUIS DE SADE ON STAGE, VOLUME 3: ASYLUM PLAYS by John Franceschina


Volume 3 presents Sade’s plays and occasional verse written at the Charenton Asylum during the reign of Napoleon. The lunatic asylum provided Sade with a creative freedom that allowed him not only to conceive his most innovative and original work, but to stage it as well, using actors from the asylum and the professional theatre. The violence and eroticism of Sade’s infamous novels continue to be present in the plays, to such a degree that the asylum directors considered Sade’s theatre to be a dangerous threat to the inmates.
  
You can order volume three here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=673

PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL VERY SOON BE ABLE TO ORDER ALL THREE VOLUMES TOGETHER, FOR THE SPECIAL PRICE OF $59.  WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

NEW BOOK - WIFE FIVE

We will soon be publishing WIFE FIVE, A PLAY by Steve Hayes and Michelle Morgan.

WIFE FIVE, A PLAY by Steve Hayes and Michelle Morgan

Harry Spain is a man with a problem; well several problems actually, and all of them ex-wives.  Blondes Abby, Gloria, and Jessica were all once married to Harry, and now enjoy a platonic friendship with him; spending weekends together at his beach-front property in Malibu.  They sunbathe, gossip, and hang out on the beach, until one weekend when their perfect existence is threatened by the arrival of Kimberly; a woman who is not only much younger than themselves, but is a brunette too.  

 Scared that this interloper is about to steal much more than Harry’s heart, the three concoct a plan to rid themselves of her, until the arrival of Harry’s first ex-wife, Lila, threatens to interrupt their plans.  As if that isn’t enough, housekeeper Mattie is in the very thick of the action; which ensures that a happy weekend at the beach quickly turns into a boiling pot of anxieties, mid-life crises and clashing personalities.

Will Harry survive the weekend from hell, or will his ex-wives change his life forever?

Steve Hayes is an actor, screenwriter, and novelist, as well as manager of coffee-shop Googies, and friend to the stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Author of many books including Children of the Dark, Viva Gringo! and Googie’s: Coffee Shop to the Stars, Steve lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his lovely wife of twenty-five years, Robbin.

Michelle Morgan is an author, columnist and biographer who has written about the Golden Age of Hollywood for the past twenty years.  She is author of many books, including: Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential and The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals.  She lives in Northamptonshire, England, with her husband, Richard and nine-year-old daughter, Daisy.


You can pre-order the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=672

NEW BOOK - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE CELEBRITY KIND

We will shortly be publishing CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE CELEBRITY KIND by Brian Gari.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE CELEBRITY KIND by Brian Gari

BRIAN GARI wrote all the songs for the Broadway musical Late Nite Comic.  He
has recorded twelve albums, and has also produced all of the CDs and DVDs on
his grandfather, Eddie Cantor.  During his lifetime he has had many 'Close
Encounters of the Celebrity Kind' and this book gives the low-down on many
of the people he has met over the years, including:

Show business legends...
EDDIE CANTOR
DANNY THOMAS
GEORGIE JESSEL

Music legends...
JOHN LENNON & THE BEATLES
LITTLE RICHARD
BRIAN WILSON
PHIL SPECTOR
NEIL SEDAKA
JAN & DEAN
CAROLE KING
THE CARPENTERS
DAVID CASSIDY
GLEN CAMPBELL

Songwriting legends...
STEPHEN SONDHEIM
MARVIN HAMLISCH
ANTHONY NEWLEY

Comedy legends...
GEORGE CARLIN
CHRIS ROCK
ROBIN WILLIAMS
RODNEY DANGERFIELD
SOUPY SALES
JERRY STILLER

Acting legends...
KATHARINE HEPBURN
MIA FARROW

Political legends.
BOBBY KENNEDY

And many more!!!

The book also features many previously unpublished photos!


You can order this book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=671

NEW BOOK - THE RETURN OF FRANKENSTEIN

We have recently published THE RETURN OF FRANKENSTEIN by Philip J. Riley.

THE RETURN OF FRANKENSTEIN by Philip J. Riley

When "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" became box office hits for Universal, Carl Laemmle Junior immediately ordered that sequels be written for both films. Scripts were prepared but Junior's choice of director -  James Whale - had had enough of monster films and was doing everything he could to avoid them.

Finally in 1935, after getting out of shooting "Dracula's Daughter" Whale agreed to direct "The Return of Frankenstein".

In this volume is the final shooting script by John L. Balderston. Balderston added more scenes from the novel, such as the monster hiding in a peasant's hut and learning to read and speak. But Whale thought his version of the Monster's personality too brutish and evil. He wrote a new script with screenwriter William Hurlbut, added new characters such as Mini and Dr. Pretorius, keeping Balderston's script as just an outline. Most historians and fans feel that when Return of Frankenstein was renamed "Bride of Frankenstein" it became the most beloved film in Universal's Classic Monster films.


You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=670

New Book by the Unknown Comic

We are pleased to announce the publication of THE JOKE BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK DONALD TRUMP IS A JOKE/THE JOKE BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK THE KARDASHIANS ARE A JOKE by The Unknown Comic.
THE JOKE BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK DONALD TRUMP IS A JOKE/THE JOKE BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK THE KARDASHIANS ARE A JOKE by The Unknown Comic
Think about Number One and Number Two and what do you get? Two Joke Books in ONE solely dedicated to TWO self appointed icons, DONALD TRUMP and The KARDASHIANS.

Get ready to laugh at Hundreds of Jokes aimed at this overly hyped duo, DONALD TRUMP and The KARDASHIANS in The Joke Book for people who think DONALD TRUMP is a JOKE and The Joke Book for people who think The KARDASHIANS are a JOKE. Two Joke Books in One. "What a Deal?" as DONALD TRUMP would say.

Don't Laugh Now. But get ready to Laugh out Loud and Often at DONALD TRUMP and The KARDASHIANS in the NEW JOKE BOOK which combines both of these hysterically funny icons.

The Joke Book for people who think DONALD TRUMP is a JOKE and The Joke Book for people who think The KARDASHIANS are a JOKE is Now Available to anyone who wants to enjoy a good laugh at DONALD TRUMP and The KARDASHIANS expense.


You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=669

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Time Tunnel


THE TIME TUNNEL: A HISTORY OF THE TELEVISION SERIES by Martin Grams, Jr.
 
THE TIME TUNNEL: A HISTORY OF THE TELEVISION SERIES by Martin Grams, Jr. has been mentioned in an article by Jeff Berkwits in SCI FI magazine.
 
The issue will go on sale next Tuesday, August 13, and will be on newsstands in North America until October 15.  SCI FI has a circulation of approx. 50,000, and can be found most anywhere major magazines and books are sold in the US and Canada (Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million, comic book stores, etc.)
 
So please pick up a copy when you see it, and afterwards why not head to our website to order a copy of the book yourself:
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson, author of GOLDEN GODDESSES: 25 LEGENDARY WOMEN OF CLASSIC EROTIC CINEMA, 1968-1985 and JOHN HOLMES: A LIFE MEASURED IN INCHES NEW 2nd EDITION (by Jennifer Sugar) has told us that she will be taking part in a podcast highlighting the life and times of director Bob Chin.

You can find out more information on Jill's blog:
http://goldengoddessesbook.blogspot.ca/2013/08/the-rialto-report-interview-with-bob.html

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

You can order Golden Goddesses here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=jill%c.%nelson&product_id=611

JOHN HOLMES: A LIFE MEASURED IN INCHES (NEW 2nd EDITION) by Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson

And John Holmes here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=jill%c.%nelson&product_id=233

OUR NEW WEBSITE

We have a brand-new look on our website!  Please have a look and let us know what you think.

www.BearManorMedia.com

Thanks!

Coming soon - WELCOME, FOOLISH MORTALS: THE LIFE AND VOICES OF PAUL FREES

WELCOME, FOOLISH MORTALS: THE LIFE AND VOICES OF PAUL FREES by Ben Ohmart 2nd edition is coming in September, 2013! More interviews, more pictures, LOADS more information on Mr. Frees!
 
Paul Frees. The voice of your Ghost Host at Disneyland/world's Haunted Mansion. The dastardly Boris Badenov from Bullwinkle. Professor Ludwig von Drake via the Wonderful World of Disney. The Pillsbury Dougboy. The Ape in George of the Jungle. Half the Beatles in their cartoon series. Narrator of The Shaggy Dog, The War of the Worlds, and other classic films. And 1000s of radio shows (Suspense, Escape), commercials (Toucan Sam of Fruit Loops cereal) and voice overs (Spartacus, Patton and hundreds more). He even lent his voice to the original Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King, produced by Rankin/Bass. He was the greatest.
 
The official biography is now available. 100+ RARE pictures and interviews make this book a keeper. Every old-time radio and cartoon fan in the world will want this book. Foreword by June Foray. Afterword by Jay Ward biographer, Keith Scott.
 
"Great work! Couldn't put it down."
Skip Craig (Bullwinkle writer)

Please note that the cover will be exclusively revealed in our newsletter this week, so if you are not a member of our mailing list, please subscribe at our website: www.BearManorMedia.com




WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT WELCOME FOOLISH MORTALS:
 
Leonard Maltin
 
WELCOME, FOOLISH MORTALS... THE LIFE AND VOICES OF PAUL FREES by Ben Ohmart (BearManor Media)

I never dreamed that anyone would, or could, write an entire book about one of my favorite performers, Paul Frees, but Ben Ohmart has done the near-impossible in this entertaining and informative volume. Frees may not be a household name outside of film buffdom, but his work has been heard by untold millions on the soundtracks of movies, radio and TV shows, cartoons, commercials, and at Disneyland since the late 1940s. He was Boris Badenov, John Beresford Tipton (The Millionaire), and the Pillsbury Dough Boy; he played some of the Pirates of the Caribbean and the ghostly host of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion. He dubbed everyone from Orson Welles to Toshiro Mifune.

  In real life, Frees was as outsized as some of the characters he portrayed, a bombastic personality whose arrogant demeanor and tendency to be on all the time masked a lonely and sensitive soul. With the help of Frees' family and colleagues, Ohmart has assembled a surprisingly personal portrait of the man, along with a staggering index of his work. (Old-time radio buffs will have a ball reading his broadcast chronology.)


Author Ohmart is also the proprietor of BearManor Media, which has launched an impressive series of books for film, radio and TV aficionados. He deserves our thanks and support. You can read more, and make purchases, at www.bearmanormedia.com.

Mark Evanier www.newsfromme.com

Speaking of Great Voice Actors...

Over on my other website, I have a page devoted to some of the great animation voice thespians, including Daws Butler, Mel Blanc and June Foray. Once a week or so, someone writes to ask, "When you are going to put up something about Paul Frees?" He was certainly in that category. In his day, he did as many cartoons as any man alive, and was darn near ubiquitous in commercials, narration and even the redubbing of other actors in movies. So he certainly deserves attention but, as I write the folks who ask why I haven't done an article on him, I never really met Paul Frees (only once on the phone) and have never felt I knew enough about him to write anything worth reading.

Fortunately, someone else does and has. I'm just reading and enjoying Welcome, Foolish Mortals... which is subtitled, "The Life and Times of Paul Frees," a much-needed book by Ben Ohmart. It has an intro by June Foray, who played Natasha when Paul played Boris Badenov. It has an outro by Keith Scott, an amazing Australian voice talent who has since assumed some of Paul's roles. And in between, Ben tells us who Paul was, how he worked, how he lived...everything. Much of this book is a recitation of parts that Frees played on TV and in movies, and you'll find yourself saying, "I didn't know that was Paul Frees." (Here's one Ben missed: Near the beginning of the movie Gigi, there's a scene where Louis Jordan has a scene with several men who have been skillfully redubbed by Guess Who.) If this kind of thing interests you, you need this book. The title, by the way, refers to the job many people identify with Paul: The host at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.

You can purchase this new book from Amazon at this link or directly from the author's company at this link. Ordering from the second of these may cost you a buck or two more (and will not pay me my Amazon kickback) but personally, I always like to see as much of the money as possible going to the author. And while you're at it, also order Scenes For Actors and Voices, a collection of scripts written by the great Daws Butler and compiled into a book by Joe Bevilacqua and Ben. Here's the link for Amazon and here's the link for the publisher. Lots of good stuff at the latter site.

Classic Images, Laura Wagner. October 2004

Voiceover master Paul Frees finally gets his due in Welcome, Foolish Mortals The Life and Voices of Paul Frees by Ben Ohmart, foreword by June Foray. Keith Scott, in his afterword, best sums up this gem of a book: "It's a timely tribute to one of the greatest and most neglected performers in the history of American entertainment."

His work is widely known, although never documented, but, until now, nothing was known about Frees the man. The reason is simple: Paul Frees was and is an enigma, a complicated man who led a private, often secretive life. He was stylish and flamboyant in public, but underneath was a man of mystery. He's the kind of subject inclined to intimidate writers and researchers alike. Author Ben Ohmart, brave soul, has taken on the herculean task of uncovering what was once unknown - and he succeeds most admirably, and authoritatively.

Think of the work - the work of a workaholic. The amount of material the author has to shift through is monumental. The credit list that concludes the book is incredible. A lesser writer would have let these extensive credit lists "speak for themselves," but since they are just the bare bones of Frees' career, Ohmart fleshes it out by discussing, in detail, the radio work, the voices, the film "roles," the recordings, and the cartoons. Frees was also a writer, and many of his projects went unseen, so the discussion (and quoting) from this material is interesting and a revelation to his fans.

The area of Frees' recordings is my favorite, and I love the author's descriptive abilities. It's almost as good as listening to the real thing, and it makes the book not only informative, but fun as well. I laughed out loud on a few occasions at some of the Jay Ward (Bullwinkle), Disney and Spike Jones stuff. Paul Frees was a genius!

Utilizing extensive, detailed interviews with family, friends and co-workers (the book is filled with quotes), a personal portrait of Paul Frees takes shape. We learn of his ego, his obsessions, and his loneliness, and his complex relationship with his son. The author's interviews with Paul's son are most revealing and insightful, and they bring a great deal to the narrative and to our understanding of the elusive personal side of the artist.

Frees' great sense of humor dominates, however, and Ohmart gets some great stories about Frees cutting up in recording sessions, and one particularly hilarious anecdote from Frees' son regarding the shooting of a tarantula in the backyard. But as fun as this book is, when things get bad in Paul's life, Ohmart is right there with a sensitive handling of the situations.

Author Ben Ohmart looks beyond the voices (and excesses) to uncover the man within, coming up with an evenhanded, totally honest portrait of a very complicated individual. This is the definitive biography of an amazing artist. The terrific photos (more than 100) are mostly unseen - and are treasures. If you're a fan of Paul Frees, this is a must.

You can pre-order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=666