Monday, September 30, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

BearManor had a table at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention recently.  The event went very well indeed and here is a photo of our lovely Sandra Grabman, selling our books!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Michael J Hayde

Received a very nice email from David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates, about my upcoming book for BearManor, CHAPLIN'S VINTAGE YEAR:

"The research is beyond amazing. I learned thousands of things I never knew, especially about the rascals behind Mutual. Your book takes such a fresh approach to these iconic films that I think everyone who reads it will be stunned."

Our forthcoming book, 'Chaplin's Vintage Year: The History of the Mutual Chaplin Specials' by Michael J Hayde, has been given a great recommendation by David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates.  Here is what he had to say:

"The research is beyond amazing. I learned thousands of things I never knew, especially about the rascals behind Mutual. Your book takes such a fresh approach to these iconic films that I think everyone who reads it will be stunned."


The book will be available from our website shortly, but for now, I hope you enjoy this exclusive look at the cover!

Jill C Nelson

Jill C Nelson will be celebrating her book, GOLDEN GODDESSES: 25 LEGENDARY WOMEN OF CLASSIC EROTIC CINEMA, 1968-1985 at Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood, on Wednesday, October 16th at 6.30 pm.  She will be accompanied by some of the 'goddesses' too.

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

If you don't live in Los Angeles, or can't make it to the evening, you can still buy the book from our website:

Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow

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

We recently caught up with Jan Pippins, co-author (with Henry Darrow) of 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle.'  She had the following to tell us:

"I have got a very cool cross-promotion going for my book "Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle" with a package deal for artwork and book. The original oil painting was a gift to Henry for his 80th birthday from his wife Lauren. Thanks to artist JoAnn Peralta and Scott Usher at The Greenwich Workshop, fans can have their own high-quality Giclee' on canvas print of Henry as Manolito."

You can check out the portrait here:
http://www.greenwichworkshop.com/peralta/Henry_Darrow_as_Manolito_Montoya.asp

And why not head to our website and order the book too:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=henry%darrow&product_id=486

Inside Seka

INSIDE SEKA: THE PLATINUM PRINCESS OF PORN by Seka with Kerry Zukus is now on sale.

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 order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=688

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Seka/dp/1593932723/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380277954&sr=8-1&keywords=inside+seka

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/inside-seka-seka/1115424015?ean=9781593932725

Seka was recently interviewed by Alan Colmes:




Thursday, September 26, 2013

Todd Tarbox

There is an article about Orson Welles on the Senses of Cinema website, which mentions the fabulous BearManor book, 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

You can read the article here:
http://sensesofcinema.com/2013/book-reviews/t-for-true/

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

Joe Martelle

We are excited to share that Joe Martelle, author of RADIO PRO: RADIO PROS & LEGENDS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS will be speaking at his former High School in Portland, about his book.

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

Here are all the details you need to know, taken from the press release:

Please join us for a special author reading and book signing in the Cheverus Library: 

Monday, October 21, 2013

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Alumnus and author Joe Martelle '59

Joe will read from his new book, Radio Pro, published by BearManor Media (2012).

Joe Martelle's Radio Pro covers every aspect of personality radio-from the pioneers of radio to how to become a successful radio personality. Martelle brings forty-one-years of radio experince to this richly-varied selection of candid comments on the subject. Radio Pro is enlightening, informative and thought provoking.

Copies of Joe's book are available in the campus store for purchase prior to this event. Cheverus Alumni and families receive a 20% discount.
For more information, please contact the Alumni Office at (207) 774-6238 ext. 47.


Cheverus High School
267 Ocean Avenue, Portland ME 04103
Phone: 207-774-6238


You can order Joe's book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=joe%martelle&product_id=532

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Philip Leibfried

Philip Leibfried, author of STAR OF INDIA: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF SABU by Philip Leibfried, has very kindly written an article for us, explaining why he wrote his book, and the research it involved...


STAR OF INDIA: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF SABU by Philip Leibfried

I have been a Sabu fan ever since my initial viewing of Jungle Book on TV, c. 1960.  In the mid-1980s, when I became a serious film buff, there were certain performers about whom little or nothing had been written, so I began researching their careers. 

After having a career piece on Anna May Wong accepted by Films in Review, I set about to research the career of India’s first and most enduring film star, Sabu.  I was limited to venues in New York, but managed to scrape together a reasonable amount of data   Managing to acquire copies of some of his films on video and view some on cable, I completed an article which was published in Films in Review’s Oct. 1989 issue, as well as in Filmfax #16.  Shortly thereafter, I received a letter from Malcolm Willits, owner of Collectors Book Store in Hollywood.

A big Sabu fan, he wrote that he found my article very informative, and wondered if I’d be interested in writing a book on the star’s life and career.  I had not envisioned such a project, but he said it wouldn’t be for a while, so I accepted.  I continued writing articles on others in the meantime.  Finally, in 1992, I heard from Mr. Willits again, giving me the go-ahead on the book. 

I still didn’t own a computer, so I wrote to the Library of Congress and received some useful data, along with addresses of foreign archives.  Sabu did not appear in many films, but among them were several foreign films and three shorts, the credits for which took some work to find.

In the spring of 1993, Mr. Willits financed my trip to Hollywood, where I was able to visit the Margaret Herrick Library and his memorabilia store, where I acquired some much-needed information and stills.  Willits arranged for a local film fan, Jeff Heise, to chauffeur me about, for Los Angeles is not noted for its public transportation.  He rook me to several film memorabilia stores and Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, where I rented some videos of Sabu films I hadn’t seen.

 
On one fine sunny day in late April, I visited the home of Sabu’s widow, Marilyn, and his daughter Jasmine, in Simi Valley.  Unfortunately, Jasmine was at work, but Mrs. Sabu (nee’ Cooper) graciously welcomed me and my driver into their home.  After consuming a wonderful seafood salad, I proceeded with my interview.  The first thing I asked was how to properly pronounce the late actor’s name.  She told me that the accent is on the first syllable – SAH’ - bu.  With that out of the way, I continued with my questions, the answers to which can be found in my book   Marilyn then showed me some of her mementos of her husband’s career, such as a Thief of Bagdad doll and the knife he carried in Jungle Book.  She very generously lent me her scrapbook containing clippings from Sabu’s time in the Army Air Force.  I promised her that Malcolm would return it after I had left, which was just two days afterward. 

By now it was late afternoon, so I had to regretfully bid farewell to my charming hostess.  She posed with me for a photo outside and promised to keep in touch, as did I. (We still correspond). 

That night at Malcolm’s two-story house in Pasadena(where I stayed), I copied out all the vital data from the scrapbook, which comprised most of Chapter Nine.

Back home. I got to work putting my information together, while continuing to write to foreign archives.  I 1995 I finally got a computer, which greatly facilitated my work.  Two years later, I sent the completed manuscript to Mr. Willits for his approval.  He suggested some minor changes, which I made.  Star of India – The Life and Films of Sabu, finally saw print in August, 2010.

 
We would like to thank Philip for writing such an interesting and informative article.  You can purchase a copy of this wonderful book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=sabu&product_id=337

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Book - Hindsight

HINDSIGHT: TRUE LOVE & MISCHIEF IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF PORN by Howie Gordon a.k.a. Richard Pacheco.

HINDSIGHT: TRUE LOVE & MISCHIEF IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF PORN by Howie Gordon a.k.a. Richard Pacheco

HINDSIGHT is one man's remarkably revealing story about sex and relationships, on the silver screen and in his private life. Howie Gordon (screen name Richard Pacheco) was an award-winning actor during The Golden Age of Porn, whose memoir does not duck the question, “What about love?”

With charm, passion, wit, and what may best be described as a crude elegance, Gordon's story takes us back to the fabled Baby Boomer era, when erotic films took a dramatic step closer to mainstream entertainment in America.

His memoir recounts scenes with Marilyn Chambers, Georgina Spelvin, Seka, Annette Haven, Kay Parker and many others. This was the heyday of John Holmes, John Leslie, Jamie Gillis and Anthony Spinelli, and they are all characters in what may prove to be the finest inside story to ever come out of the fascinating world of Adult Films during its Golden Age.

Ultimately, HINDSIGHT is a surprising love story: here in a triumph over incredible odds, is an unlikely victory for true love, common sense, and the American way. Full of pictures and high spirits – this memoir is a great read, whether you know the world of porn, or are just a curious reader.

"It was the time of storytelling with an X Rating, and there’s no one better to tell this story than my friend Howie Gordon."
- Whoopi Goldberg

“Howie Gordon writes about life as a porn star with more honesty, integrity and humor than any
other porn star, ever! You will laugh, cry, and fall in love. I hope his book gets made into a movie,
because it will be a one-of-a-kind blockbuster.”
- Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Post Porn Modernist


“Mark Twain meets Don Juan—a delectable fusion of brains and balls!”
- Dr. Marianna Beck, Ph.D.
The Material Culture of Sex


You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=687

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Book - Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Hollywood

We will shortly be publishing LIFE, LIBERTY & THE PURSUIT OF HOLLYWOOD: MORE OF MY WACKY ADVENTURES IN TINSELTOWN by Michael B Druxman.

LIFE, LIBERTY & THE PURSUIT OF HOLLYWOOD: MORE OF MY WACKY ADVENTURES IN TINSELTOWN by Michael B Druxman
 
“The only people who should try to ‘make it’ in Hollywood are the young.
Because the young are stupid!
They cannot conceive of the possibility that they can fail,
and a person needs to possess that kind of stupidity in order
to face and, hopefully, overcome the tremendous obstacles
that one runs up against in the motion picture business.”
— Jack Lemmon

Michael B. Druxman followed his dreams to Hollywood and, although he may not have “reached the stars,” his persistence made it possible for the vast majority of those dreams to come true.

His new book, Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Hollywood, continues the story of that remarkable adventure, which he began relating in his first memoir, My Forty-Five Years in Hollywood…And How I Escaped Alive (2010).  Returning to his boyhood in Seattle, this new work explores with greater depth Druxman’s journey to Los Angeles where, without any show business contacts whatsoever, he was able to create a successful career for himself as a publicist, playwright, screenwriter, director and Hollywood historian.

From Rock Hudson and Christopher Lee to George Raft and Frank Sinatra to playwright Tennessee Williams and legendary producer Roger Corman, the work is filled with amusing stories of Druxman’s encounters and lessons learned from Hollywood’s rich and famous.

Hollywood historian Annette Lloyd reports: "Druxman's style flows so beautifully, that you don't realize that what you are, indeed, reading is a contribution to film history!  His interactions with so many of the Hollywood elite (and not so elite) really do contribute to a fuller and deeper understanding of them...Some of the stories are predictably humorous....Some are jaw-droppers....Some were sad.  ALL - and I mean all - were well framed, beautifully developed, and word-to-word dynamite. I did NOT want this book to end."

And, according to biographer Beverly Gray (Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers): “Michael Druxman’s new book is like taking a time machine back to those thrilling days of yesteryear, a time when there was a real Hollywood with real movie stars and the kind of class that no longer exists in that place they call Hollywood today.   The tales of his days as a ‘publicist for a price’ are endearing and droll, and the celebrities he handled make for a grand cast of characters in this very affectionate memoir.   Add to that the stories of writing and directing for Roger Corman, as well as his childhood memories, and you have a book that’s a fun, fast read.”

  
You can pre-order this book on our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=686

Bruce Torrence

HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN: WHERE THE GREATEST GENERATION DANCED WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRLS IN THE WORLD by Lisa Mitchell and Bruce Torrence

Recently, fabulous BearManor author Bruce Torrence was on Far Out Radio to talk about his Hollywood Canteen book. Here’s a link to the show...

http://faroutradio.com/hollywood-canteen-where-the-greatest-generation-danced-with-the-most-beautiful-girls-in-the-world/


The Hollywood Canteen was the jewel in the crown of World War II Hollywood. From 1942 to 1945, over three million servicemen came through its doors on their way to fight in the Pacific — some never to return. There, in a converted barn in the heart of Hollywood, soldiers were fed, entertained by and danced with some of the biggest stars in the world. The Canteen was free to all servicemen or women, regardless of race, inviting them to jive to the music of Kay Kyser and Harry James, laugh at Bob Hope’s jokes, be handed sandwiches by Rita Hayworth, or dance with Hedy Lamarr. Knowing they were so appreciated, the soldiers were armed with the kinds of hope and encouragement that would help them win a war.

"The Hollywood Canteen: Where The Greatest Generation Danced With The Most Beautiful Girls In The World" is the only complete history of the Canteen. Meticulously researched, it is filled with exclusive interviews and over 160 evocative photographs that preserve the memories that would otherwise be lost.



"Here’s a welcome look inside the nightclub/restaurant co-founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield to entertain servicemen during World War II. While it’s been mentioned in many surveys of 1940s Hollywood (and was the subject of a Warner Bros. feature film) this book chronicles the history of the institution, offering facts and figures along with personal anecdotes. Best of all, it is profusely illustrated, with many shots of stars (from Marlene Dietrich to Orson Welles) who volunteered there."
- Leonard Maltin


You can order a copy of HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN: WHERE THE GREATEST GENERATION DANCED WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRLS IN THE WORLD by Lisa Mitchell and Bruce Torrence here:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=hollywood%canteen&product_id=510





Sunday, September 22, 2013

Adam Nedeff - Book tour!

BOOK TOUR ADVENTURES
 
By
 
Adam Nedeff

            In July, I officially became a published author with the release of my first book, Quizmaster: The Life and Times and Fun and Games of Bill Cullen. Once the reality had set in that my work was now available for purchase around the world, I got to work on the most rewarding part of being an author: scheduling a vacation and calling it a “book tour.”

            Luckily, I was able to cobble one together nicely. I attended college at Marshall University (yes, the one from the movie) in Huntington, West Virginia, about two hours south of my hometown of Vienna, West Virginia. There, I majored in Radio & Television. Moving to Los Angeles six years ago had been a risk that didn't fully pay off where my major was concerned; I was a working disc jockey in West Virginia but had a rather hard time finding my way back behind a microphone once I moved to LA. But plenty of my friends back home had. A book tour, for me, meant simply letting some friends know I was rolling into town.

            And immediately, I filled my calendar. My ex-roommate, Brandon, would do a story about me for WOWK-TV in Huntington. My friend Ernie, who gave me a stack of 8x10s of Bill Cullen when I was 16, which got my started on my photo-collecting hobby, booked me on the radio show that he helped produce. My old classmate Clark set me up with an interview on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's statewide network of stations. Another college buddy, Stefanie, got me booked on her radio station's morning show. Kyle, my former supervisor at WMOA in Marietta, Ohio, eagerly told me the door was open and that I was welcome to drop by any day. Ric, a former co-worker at Results Radio in Parkersburg, shocked me by eagerly inviting me to stop in for an interview. Why was I shocked? More on that later.

            I had a few nuts that I had trouble cracking, though, mostly involving, naturally, stations where I didn't have a contact. I wanted to do something in Wheeling, West Virginia, where my mother's side of the family lives and a city that I remember fondly from countless visits to my grandparents' farm. That didn't go anywhere. My small hometown has only one TV station that does local programming of any kind, WTAP, and I couldn't seem to get a foot in the door there.

 
            And then there was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was a very important city to me. It was the hometown of Bill Cullen, the game show host that I admired enough to write a book about. And during his lifetime, Pittsburgh was proud of their hometown boy who made good in big time radio and television. One of the cute things that I spotted a few times while researching the book was the way that the local press always amended the press releases that mentioned Bill. If I saw something in a local newspaper from, say, Milwaukee, that said “Bill Cullen will be the host of a new game show on NBC...,” the same press release would appear in a Pittsburgh newspaper, but it would read, “Bill Cullen, who started out in Pittsburgh, will be the host...”

            I figured that surely some media coverage would come my way in Pittsburgh. No luck with newspapers. Radio was hard, too. The local talk radio was heavily political and none of the programming seemed like a good fit for a guy just trying to have a pleasant chat about a game show host. Even the radio stations where Bill had worked didn't really have a place for him. WWSW, the station that gave him his first job, was music intensive and didn't want guests. KDKA-AM wasn't a political talk station...it was all sports. No luck there.

            I tried television. KDKA-TV, now a CBS affiliate, was the first place I called, and the guy who took my call actually hung up on me in mid-sentence. Seriously.

            I vented my frustrations a little bit on Facebook, but then cooled off and decided to go about this differently. I did a simple Google search for “Pittsburgh Today Live producer.” Pittsburgh Today Live was KDKA's local morning news/talk show, and came up with the name Jill Neely. I found her e-mail address and, without mentioning that somebody (I still don't know who, and at this point I don't really care to find out) had hung up on me, I explained who Bill Cullen was, told her about my book, gave her a brief explanation of why I thought it would be a good segment, and attached a press release. Immediate reply!

            She asked for a free copy of the book. I contacted my publisher and got that arrangement. And she gave me a date to come into the city and tape the appearance. Swish!

 
            Meanwhile, on the home front, my mother had been hard at work. As it turned out, she had a knack for being an agent that had never presented itself before. I now had a speaking engagement at a local library, my old elementary school, my old high school, and another high school in the area.

            For the speech at the library, I thought it would be fun to put together a series of video clips of Bill saying and doing funny things. Using only the power of an unusually large DVD collection and my ability to retain any funny thing that Bill Cullen had ever said, I managed to whip up about 15 minutes worth of stuff from eight shows. It was simultaneously thorough and thin. The man hosted 40 shows on radio and television, and at the same time, 15 minutes just seemed way too long for something that I only intended to “warm up” the audience.

            So I did the only thing I could. I did a hidden upload on YouTube, contacted Victoria—a friend and more importantly, a friend who's not a game show fan—and sent her the link, along with a simple question: “Is this funny?”

            Victoria asked me for the original file and, just out of the goodness of her heart, got to work. Two days later, she sent me a more palatable eight-minute cut, with pacing drastically improved. She removed almost none of the clips, but instead focused the effort on very careful, judicious editing. She cut it down to the bone and didn't lose one laugh. It was magnificent, particularly given that that she didn't love game shows the way I did.

            When I thanked her, she said “It was my pleasure to do it. Bill was a damn charming man.”

            It was nice to know that I wasn't the only one who could see that.
 
 

            My first stop on the journey was Strategicon, a gamer convention near LAX. I attend it regularly along with my roommates, and I was surprised and flattered to arrive with five copies of Quizmaster stashed in my luggage, and by the end of Labor Day weekend, I had sold all of them to some of the other regulars. Nick, one of the guys who helps organize the events, asked if I would come back for the February convention and speak about the book. This was terribly exciting news—now I had a SECOND thing to use Victoria's video for, and therefore, I felt less guilty about all the free labor she had done for a single library gig.

            At the end of the weekend, I learned a tremendous lesson about the power of making a good impression. My roommate works for a major hotel chain, which means we can get hotel suites for insanely cheap whenever we do conventions. Once the convention ended, I decided to stay an extra night. It seemed pointless to go from the LAX area to Glendale and then ping-pong right back to LAX the next day, so I just forked over an extra $30 for one more night of the most luxurious accomodations the hotel had to offer.

            The next morning, I put on the gold watch I got for free six years ago as a gift from a wonderful boss. I put on a pair of brass rings that were deceptively cut and shaped to look like gold. And because a garment bag is the most irritating, cumbersome thing to haul through an international airport, I put on my one suit so I wouldn't have to lug it around. I tell the front desk I needed a cab to the airport. And I think what happened was, they heard the room number I gave and knew it was a suite, saw me wearing a suit, saw me wearing gold and “gold,” and made a few logical jumps from that, and instead of a cab, they sent me to the airport in a chauffeur-driven Lincoln Towncar.

            I arrived in the Akron-Canton Airport that night and my parents warmly greeted me because, you know, they're my parents and they have to. We headed back to Vienna, West Virginia and I settled onto the fold-out sofa bed.

            The next day, I had nothing scheduled, but that changed abruptly. My hometown newspaper had printed a story about me and all of a sudden, I was contacted by WTAP, the NBC station that I couldn't reach. Reporter Todd Baucher, a name I was more than familiar with (he's been with the station for longer than I've been alive so I grew up watching him) sent me an emphatic e-mail saying that he had seen me in the paper and saying he wanted to feature me on the news. I went to the studio, where Todd greeted me warmly and began talking my ear off about game shows. My whole life, I had a kindred spirit working in TV news and I didn't know it. I mean, he knew game shows. We stood there and swapped trivia while he set up his equipment and he couldn't be stumped. He interviewed me for ten minutes and then I was on my way.

            The following day I spoke at Parkersburg High School and spent eight periods talking to students about the process of writing a book. My mother has been a teacher for about 40 years now and I don't know how she does it. I was completely hoarse by the end of those seven hours and went straight to a convenience store for a bag of honey drops.

            And then it was off to WMOA, where Kyle Wenzel interviewed me and it turned out to be the fastest 90 minutes of my life. Neither of us could believe it was 5 pm when he wrapped it up, which I think speaks to Kyle's skill as an interviewer. He just kept finding things to ask me.

            Friday, I spent three periods speaking at my old high school, Parkersburg Catholic. I've been back there a handful of times since I graduated, almost entirely for basketball games before I moved to Los Angeles, but I'm always struck by the progress that school has made since I've been there. A new parking lot; a new weightlifting room; new lockers; air conditioning; new flooring in the cafeteria. And then at one point, I excuse myself to use the restroom, and ye gods, the boys' bathroom at Parkersburg Catholic has not been touched since 1996. I think I saw some of my brother's spit stains on the ceiling.

            And then it was off to Results Radio, the cluster of six radio stations that fired me in 2006. It was a sore spot for me because not only had I been fired, but it was really my first experience with being completely certain I would succeed at something and then failing. To summarize my experience working there, my boss had promised me a promotion after I had been there for three months. Six months after that, I was working for minimum wage for 12 hours a week, and asked him what happened to the promotion. He sort of tap-danced about how there just wasn't a spot for me, I think because he expected me not to notice that the specific position he had promised me six months ago was still wide open. And then I pointed that out to him. A week later, he scheduled me for a shift he knew I couldn't work (because of the day job I had taken by that point) and then fired me for not showing up.

            It wasn't until I rolled into town that I found out that he had just left the company, and his position as programming manager was now being filled by Ric, who was the most vocal supporter I had during my time as an employee. Ric welcomed me, we got caught up, and then Ric introduced me to the Djs at the various stations in the building and laid out the agenda. I would just walk from studio to studio, station to station, and give an interview on each one. It was an incredible afternoon, and a productive one, judging from the boost in sales I saw on Amazon that day. Being welcomed so warmly by the folks who were running that place made me feel a little like Lt. Dan swimming in the middle of the thunderstorm. I made my peace with a part of my life that I still felt bitter about.

            And then I headed to my old elementary school and talked to the 6th grade class about the harsh realities of chasing your dream. It was a speech I gave off the top of my head two years ago and my old teacher, Mr. Vierheller loved it so much that I think I have a standing invitation. I think it's a worthwhile lesson—Pursuing my dream at this point means I'm totally broke; I work two jobs just to stay afloat; writing a book isn't making me rich, it's just going to making me slightly more comfortable and put a LITTLE money in the bank; I have to live with four other guys because living alone in LA means $800 a month for a living room with a toilet next to the stove. And yet, I'm happier with that than I would have been settling for a decent paycheck in anything safer, so kids, friggin' go for it.

            I spent the weekend polishing and repolishing my speech for the library. On Monday, I hopped in the car and drove to Pittsburgh and brought along a couple of copies of the book for a special purpose.

            I had located the address of the home in Pittsburgh where Bill was born and raised, and I had a few photos to use as a point of reference. A check of Google Maps' street view function and some confirmation from a few game show fans familiar with Pittsburgh had determined a wonderful thing: Bill's house was still standing.

            I entered the address into my GPS, pulled up, and saw how lucky I was that the house was still there. During my research for the book, I saw a quote from Bill saying that his house was in the middle of a “nine-square-block Polish neighborhood.” Looking around the area, Bill's specific block was all that remained. It was almost completely surrounded by a hospital. With hands shaking, I autographed a copy of the book, took a breath and approached the door.

            Nobody home. Not at the moment anyway, but it was unmistakably occupied. There was mail in the mailbox, there was a package from UPS stuffed into the screen door, and furniture and photos on the wall were visible through the living room window. Somebody lived there. Somebody who, more than likely, didn't know that their home had hosted the birth of the original host of The Price is Right. Maybe it's mentioned somewhere in the leasing agreement, but I doubt it. I marked the page of my book where a photo of the house appeared and left it tucked into the door next to their package. Part of me is disappointed that I didn't meet anybody. Part of me kind of likes imagining the reaction it got when they opened the book.

            That night, I had dinner with Dave Roman, a Pittsburgh area game show geek who kindly paid for dinner at Al's, a lovely spot. I stayed overnight in the home of Jeff and Corey. Corey was a schoolmate who was in the grade below me, and she & I have sort of a weird friendship, in the sense that during our 12 years in school together, I don't think we said 12 words to each other. But for whatever reason, we grew much closer after I had moved out to Los Angeles, and now we speak or swap e-mails fairly regularly. And her husband is a really nice guy and a good person to have a conversation with. He's the kind of guy who can latch onto any subject matter and get talking about it. So I enjoyed spending the evening with them and getting caught up.

            The next morning, I rolled into KDKA and was very warmly greeted by the staff and the show's host. It was another great interview, and the host caught me completely off-guard by asking a question that illustrated that she had read the book, which I honestly wasn't ready for. At the end, the producer and host both had a long conversation. They asked for a copy of the book to send to a former KDKA reporter now working at the Boston ABC affiliate; apparently, he's a giant game show fan and they said they were thinking of him the entire time I was talking because not only am I a game show fan, but I apparently have a voice very similar to his. The producer found out I have other books in the pipeline and eagerly told me, “Oh...well, the door's open. Just let us know when you're going to be in Pittsburgh again. You have a standing invitation.”

            And with that, I headed to the public parking facility where I had stored my parents' van for the day, and was a little stunned to discover a public parking facility elsewhere in America that actually screws you harder than the ones in Los Angeles ($17 for two hours???)

            I returned to Vienna, power-napped, and then headed to the Vienna Public Library. My mother had eagerly prepared batches of cookies for the night. I arrived at the library and was greeted by so many familiar faces: family, friends, former teachers, the family doctor, and even one of the high school kids I had spoken to. Victoria's video delighted the audience, and my speech kept them largely occupied. I sold 25 books by the end of the night. It would have been more, but 25 was literally all I had, so I had to give instructions to everybody else who wanted a copy and my first order of business after returning to Los Angeles was placing another order of books. Happy problem.

 
            And then for my final day of the book tour, I woke up at the crack of dawn to do a morning radio show in Huntington, and then headed to my alma mater, Marshall University, where I was treated like a bona fide celebrity. They took photos, had me read liners for station breaks, gave a magazine interview, and then spent a few moments chatting it up with some fine folks at WMUL-FM, the station where I spent so much of my college years. I had to haul it to Charleston for an early afternoon booking at West Virginia Public Radio, and I discovered an interesting phenomenon. If you've ever listened to public radio, you know everybody there has a distinctive way of speaking: soft, almost a mumble, and directly against the microphone. And for whatever reason, being in that en vironment causes you to just naturally speak that way. I got no instructions from anybody; I just...did that.

            And then back to Huntington for my final set of interviews. WOWK now shares a building with Kindred Communications, where my buddy Ernie works. So I was interviewed by WOWK while waiting to begin my interview for WRVC, and again, I was treated as if a big deal. It was a shock to go from being some guy in Los Angeles to being treated like a minor celebrity back home and then go right back to LA and “some guy” status. I gotta finish writing these other books now. I rather liked the star treatment.

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We would like to thank Adam for taking the time to tell us about his book tour!!  If you would like to order a copy of QUIZMASTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES AND FUN AND GAMES OF BILL CULLEN, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=adam%nedeff&product_id=655

Friday, September 20, 2013

Nat Segaloff

FINAL CUTS: THE LAST FILMS OF 50 GREAT DIRECTORS (AUDIOBOOK) by Nat Segaloff.

FINAL CUTS: THE LAST FILMS OF 50 GREAT DIRECTORS (AUDIOBOOK) by Nat Segaloff

This audio book is a downloadable 818 MB file (compressed) in MP3 format. After you check out, we'll provide instructions on how to download this product.

Critic-producer Nat Segaloff was granted access to private papers, production records, never-before-published interviews, and specialized archives in reconstructing the colorful, touching, and sometimes scandalous stories behind the making of the last films of some of Hollywood’s top directors. Winningly readable and yet meticulously researched, its substantial entries range from Robert Aldrich and Robert Altman to Peter Yates and Fred Zinnemann, and John Ford and Howard Hawks to Otto Preminger and Richard Brooks. Certain to attract controversy because of whom it ignores as well as whom it includes, Final Cuts presents fifty widely varied chronicles of success and failure, inspiration and ennui, elation and heartache, and every other emotion enjoyed or endured by the greatest filmmakers that Hollywood ever knew.

About the Author
Nat Segaloff always wanted to write and produce, but it took him several careers before he learned how to get paid for it. He was a journalist for The Boston Herald covering the motion picture business, but has also variously been a studio publicist (Fox, UA, Columbia), college teacher (Boston University, Boston College), on-air TV talent (Group W), entertainment critic (CBS radio) and author (nine books including Hurricane Billy: The Stormy Life and Films of William Friedkin and, as co-author, Love Stories: Hollywood's Most Romantic Movies). He has contributed career monographs on screenwriters Stirling Silliphant, Walon Green, Paul Mazursky and John Milius to the University of California Press's acclaimed Backstory series, and his writing has appeared in such varied periodicals as Film Comment, Written By, International Documentary, Animation Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Time Out (US), MacWorld, and American Movie Classics Magazine. He was also senior reviewer for AudiobookCafe.com.

His The Everything® Etiquette Book and The Everything Trivia Book and The Everything® Tall Tales, Legends and Outrageous Lies Book are in multiple printings for Adams Media Corp.
As a TV writer-producer, Segaloff helped perfect the format and create episodes for A&E's flagship "Biography" series. His distinctive productions include John Belushi: Funny You Should Ask; Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop; Larry King: Talk of Fame; Darryl F. Zanuck: Twentieth Century-Filmmaker and Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! He has written and co-produced the Rock 'n' Roll Moments music documentaries for The Learning Channel/Malcolm Leo Productions, and has written and/or produced programming for New World, Disney, Turner and USA Networks. He is co-creator/co-producer of Judgment Day with Grosso-Jacobson Communications Corp. for HBO.

His extraterrestrial endeavors include the cheeky sequel to the Orson Welles "Invasion From Mars" radio hoax, When Welles Collide, which featured a "Star Trek"® cast. It was produced by L.A. Theatre Works and has become a Halloween tradition on National Public Radio. In 1996 he formed the multi-media production company Alien Voices® with actors Leonard Nimoy and actor John de Lancie and produced five best-selling, fully dramatized audio plays for Simon & Schuster: The Time Machine, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World, The Invisible Man and The First Men in the Moon, all of which feature "Star Trek"® casts. Additionally, his teleplay for The First Men in the Moon was the first-ever TV/Internet simulcast and was presented live by The Sci-Fi Channel. He has also written narrative concerts for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, celebrity events, is a script consultant, and was a contributing writer to Moving Pictures magazine.

Nat is the co-author of The Waldorf Conference, a comedy-drama about the secret meeting of studio moguls that began the Hollywood Blacklist. The Waldorf Conference had its all-star world premiere at L.A. Theatre Works. and was acquired for production by Warner Bros. Television. He produced a subsequent production to benefit the Hollywood ACLU and the Writers Guild Foundation, and has also produced such other celebrity events as a public reading of censored books and a recreation of the classic anti-HUAC broadcast, “Hollywood Fights Back.” He was staff producer for The Africa Channel, wrote and co-directed the dramatic short, Devil’s Run, and his biography of acclaimed director Arthur Penn (Arthur Penn: American Director) is published by the University Press of Kentucky. His forthcoming book for 2013 is Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors (Bear Manor Media), and he is also a frequent special guest on the NPR word/game show “Says You!”

"While debut films often reveal the promise of a great career, the final works of prominent directors run the gamut from great capstones to utter embarrassments. Segaloff has done his homework, and drawn on many first-hand interviews, to provide a wide range of stories that present a wide variety of experiences. With each director occupying a brief chapter, this is the kind of book that’s hard to put down once you dip into it, whether you’re interested in Robert Altman, Arthur Penn, John Ford, or Otto Preminger. Good anecdotes, backed up by solid research and an insider’s savvy sense of the film industry make this a welcome addition to any film bookshelf."  -- Leonard Maltin
"The intriguing premise and Segaloff's thorough research makes it a solid read for cinema buffs."
- Shocking Cinema Magazine


The audio book is available from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=684

Philip J Riley

We are proud to announce the publication of MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Elsie Lee, Roger Corman interviewed by Lawrence French, edited by Philip J. Riley.

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Elsie Lee, Roger Corman interviewed by Lawrence French, edited by Philip J. Riley

Vincent Price and director Roger Corman, the masters of screen terror joined forces to make their seventh film together, and their first in England, "The Masque of The Red Death." Based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most macabre and bizarre stories, it adds new dimensions to motion picture shock, terror and horror. An American International Pictures production, it is set in 12th century Italy, where Prince Prospero (Price), a devout worshiper of Satan, rules tyrannically in a land stricken by a mysterious plague. Prospero’s cruel whims include toying with the fear-stricken peasants under his domain, in order to satisfy his own diabolical pleasures.
Deliverance . . . or Doom?

"The day of deliverance is at hand." That was the prophecy of the mysterious man cloaked in red. But the villagers had little time for rejoicing. For a few scant hours later, the people were dying of that grimmest of all plagues—the Red Death!

And within the castle that ruled this desolated land, even eerier events were happening . . . as the purity of the lovely Francesca battled the evil of Price Prospero . . . and unearthly forces gathered for a mad, grim masquerade!

You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=683

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Star of India

I would like to remind our readers that we have some excellent books in our back catalogue, including this one: STAR OF INDIA: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF SABU by Philip Leibfried

STAR OF INDIA: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF SABU by Philip Leibfried

Among the top child stars of the 1930s and 1940s was a former stable boy from southern India, the only star with a single name - Sabu.  Born Selar Shaik in 1924, he vaulted to stardom in his first film, a British production entitled Elephant Boy (1937).  For the next decade he either starred or was featured in several finely crafted adventure films, including the fantasy favorite The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and the definitive version of Rudyard Kipling's perennially popular Jungle Book (1942).  Adapting to modern western ways proved remarkably easy due to his  above average intelligence and innate charm.

After moving to America, the popular performer became a U.S. citizen in 1944, and did his bit for the war effort as a belly gunner, seeing action in the Pacific theater.  In the post-war years Sabu's career began its inevitable decline.  Fantasy and exotic adventure films were not as popular as during the war, and Hollywood studios found the dark-skinned actor difficult to cast.

In the early 1950s he journeyed to Europe, appearing in a pair of Italian films and two circuses.  Sabu next made a triumphant return to his homeland where he acted in one film and tested for another.  Returning to America, the still young actor was seen in some minor films and one final foreign film made in Germany.

After appearing in a Disney film, India's first and most enduring international movie star passed away suddenly of a heart attack in December 1963, leaving behind an exceptional legacy of memorable motion pictures and an image of radiant youthfulness.  


You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=star%of%india&product_id=337

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Michael Hayde

Michael Hayde's book on Chaplin is almost complete and will be published very soon.  We are very excited about it, and early copies of the book show that it is going to be absolutely wonderful!

Michael has written a blog about the book which you can check out here:

: http://mutual-chaplin.blogspot.com/2013/09/book-designed-on-to-next-step.html

And we will keep you up-to-date with all further developments, very soon.

Friday, September 13, 2013

New Book - Fredric March

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of FREDRIC MARCH: A CONSUMMATE ACTOR by Charles Tranberg.

FREDRIC MARCH: A CONSUMMATE ACTOR by Charles Tranberg

Fredric March (1897-1975) was one of the most dynamic and versatile actors of his time.  On the screen he created memorable performances in such classic films as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Death Takes a Holiday, Les Miserables, A Star is Born, Nothing Sacred, One Foot in Heaven, The Adventures of Mark Twain, The Best Years of Our Lives, Death of a Salesman and Inherit the Wind.  Along the way he was nominated five times for an Academy Award and won the coveted statuette twice.  He had an equally distinguished career as a stage actor—appearing in such acclaimed Broadway productions as The Skin of Our Teeth and Long Day’s Journey Into Night—winning two Tony Awards—including the very first presented to an actor.  Despite this great record of success, Fredric March isn’t as well remembered today as some of his peers (Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, James Stewart) because unlike them he never developed a recognizable screen persona that followed him from film to film.  He was always characterizing—always hiding his own personality behind that of the character he was portraying.  He was the consummate actor who richly deserves to be rediscovered.

About the Author:
Charles Tranberg has written six previous books:  I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead, Not so Dumb:  The Life and Career of Marie Wilson, Fred MacMurray: A Biography, The Thin Man Films:  Murder over Cocktails, Robert Taylor: A Biography and Walt Disney & Recollections of the Disney Studios 1955-1980.  In addition he has written articles for such publications as Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age.  Mr. Tranberg lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=682

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Steve Hayes and Michelle Morgan

Wife Five - A Play by Steve Hayes and Michelle Morgan has received a very favourable review on the BookPleasures site.

WIFE FIVE, A PLAY by Steve Hayes and Michelle Morgan

You can read the review here:
http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/6378/1/Wife-Five-a-play-in-two-acts-Reviewed-By-Gordon-Osmond-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html#.UjBa4hpwbIU

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=michelle%morgan&product_id=672

New Book - Life in the Past Lane

We are proud to announce the forthcoming publication of LIFE IN THE PAST LANE, VOLUME 1 by Jason Hill.

LIFE IN THE PAST LANE, VOLUME 1 by Jason Hill

Here is what the author has to say about the book:

Let me say a few words about who should really take credit for this book and the two volumes that will soon follow it.

It all began over twenty five years ago when I was looking for some way to enhance my radio show which I called Life in the Past Lane.  At the time I was doing much the same thing that many others have done.  I was simply replaying radio shows of the past and talking about them. I got to thinking about the many performers and technicians who made them and were still around at that time. Why not call them up, talk with them and then play the results on the air? 

To make a long story short, I developed a sort of Hollywood and New York underground and managed to get access to some hard to come by phone numbers. Much to my surprise, those folks were all more than willing to talk at length about their careers and their lives.

It went so well that I decided to expand the project and include theatre, movies, early television and some fine musicians.  The end result was that, over a two year span I was able to record over eighty extensive interviews with some of the people who made media history.  Therefore—they are the ones who wrote this book. All I did was pull it together.

1) True Boardman-child actor in silent films & long time writer, producer and director for radio and television.
 2) Irving Fein-personal manager and agent for both Jack Benny & George Burns.
 3) Susan Sackett & Cheryl Blythe-Biographers of George Burns & Gracie Allen.
 4) Dick Jurgens-Swing Band Leader.
 5) Frank DeVol-Musician, Arranger and actor.
 6) Lina Romay-Singer with Xavier Cugat.
 7) Joan Peyser-Biographer of Leonard Bernstein.
 8) Janet Waldo-Many radio roles-Voice of Judy Jetson.
 9) Mel Blanc-Man of 1000 voices.
10)Ralph Bellamy-Over 80 film roles.
11)Evelyn Keyes-Many movies including Gone With the Wind.
12)Bill Dakota-Director of the James Dean Foundation.
13)Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee-Inherit the Wind, Mame and many other plays.
14)Arch Oboler-Writer, Producer and director of over 800 plays
 15)John Houseman-Federal Theatre plus, plus.
16)Elliott Lewis-Mr. Everything in radio.
17)William N. Robson-Radio pioneer and risk taker.
18)Norman Corwin and his Biographer, R. Leroy Bannerman (Both)


You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=681

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Far Out Radio

We are thrilled that Scott Teeters from Far Out Radio will be interviewing BearManor author Michael Druxman on Friday evening about his many BearManor books.  Then on Sept 20th, Bruce Torrence will be talking about his “Hollywood Canteen” book.

You can visit Far Out Radio at www.faroutradio.com


And you can order copies of the books here:

Michael Druxman books:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=druxman

Bruce Torrence's book:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=hollywood%canteen&product_id=510



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Jill C Nelson

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

GOLDEN GODDESSES: 25 LEGENDARY WOMEN OF CLASSIC EROTIC CINEMA, 1968-1985 by Jill C. Nelson has been featured on the Off Screen website very recently.

You can read the article here:
http://www.offscreen.com/index.php/pages/essays/golden_goddesses/

And the book can be ordered from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=golden%goddess&product_id=611

News from the Projection Booth

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS: THE MAKING OF A CLASSIC by Mark Thomas McGee

The projection booth has just interviewed Mark Thomas McGee, author of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS: THE MAKING OF A CLASSIC.

Here is what they had to say in the programme description:
 

"From the deep reaches of space the pods arrive, ready to take over the human race, erasing our humanity and turning us into walking vegetables. We're looking at the four versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (and a few other films).

Robert St. Mary and I are joined this week by Jamie D Jenkins of Devour The Podcast and the Lycan It! Werewolf Podcast."


The programme is now available on iTunes, Stitcher or the Projection Booth website: http://projection-booth.blogspot.com/2013/09/episode-130-invasion-of-body-snatchers.html


You can order the book here
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=body&product_id=519

 

Todd Tarbox

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

We are thrilled that ORSON WELLES AND ROGER HILL: A FRIENDSHIP IN THREE ACTS by Todd Tarbox has been reviewed in the New Yorker.

http://www.newyorker.com/

Congratulations to Todd who has worked so hard on this wonderful book and deserves much success with it.

You can order a copy here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=todd%tarbox&product_id=634

Steve Siporin

CRAZY, CRAZY HOLLYWOOD: WHAT REALLY HAPPENS BEHIND THE SCENES by Steve Siporin

We have recently caught up with Steve Siporin, the author of CRAZY, CRAZY HOLLYWOOD: WHAT REALLY HAPPENS BEHIND THE SCENES.  He tells us that American Film magazine have reprinted one of the stories from the book, entitled “Woody Allen’s Tweed Jacket,” in this September issue.  If you click on the link below it will take you directly to the correct page:

http://americanfilm.afi.com/issue/2013/9/archives#.UiZzslFBTw4

 And the front cover can be seen here:

 
You can order a copy of Steve's book from our website: