Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Boris Karloff Blogathon: Day Five

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff.

The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration,
with a Complete Filmography of Their Films Together.

Contributors: Gregory William Mank (author)
Format: Hardback, 254 x 178mm , 701 pp, ca. 250 photos
(12 in colour), notes, bibliography, index
Publication date: 15 Aug 2009
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN-10: 0786434805
EAN: 9780786434800

"Dracula" and "Frankenstein's Monster" are horror cinema
icons, and the actors most deeply associated with the two
roles also shared a creative friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris
Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror films, and
over the years managed to collaborate on and co-star in eight
movies. Through dozens of interviews and archival research, this
book examines the Golden Age of Hollywood, the era in which
both stars worked, recreates the shooting of Lugosi and Karloff's
mutual films, examines their odd and moving personal relationship
and analyzes their ongoing legacies. Features include a fully
detailed filmography of the eight Karloff and Lugosi films, color
inserts of the eight movie posters, and more than 250 photographs.


"Meticulously researched (Mank has been writing on the subject of
classic horror for years and was able to interview many of the people
behind those movies of the 1930s and 1940s in the late 1980s, when
there were many more still around), and entertainingly written, this
book will stand as the final word on both actors....Mank’s book is the
best example of its type.
"--Total SciFi Online

"This is an incredible book. I can barely scratch the surface of the
information and secrets that Mank has uncovered. Suffice to say that
this book is the one book you must own if you are a fan of Lugosi and

"The Mank book, which he calls an "obsession" since his first
interviews with Lugosi's ex-wife in 1974, is meticulously researched
and more than 300 pages longer than the original. It grandly paints a
portrait of the two stars and the spooky past of Universal, Hollywood's
top scare studio of the 1930s and 1940s.
"--USA Today

Explores the truths behind the mysterious Karloff and the enigmatic
Lugosi...brings to life the compelling and complicated saga of the
horror kings...add this to your shelf
”—Library Journal

Excellent...well-written and well-researched. If Mank is behind it,
you know it will be good

>>Author Biography:

Gregory William Mank, a Delta, Pennsylvania, English teacher, has
acted in nearly 100 stage productions. He has written numerous
books on classic horror films.


Gregory Mank

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