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Since first hearing about this series, a few years back, I was curious as to where it disappeared. To begin with, only 14 episodes were ever produced. Great directors, writers and actors were involved with the productions. It was produced by legendary David Susskind and had some brilliant make-up effects by the one and only Dick Smith. Never mind that the host of the show was the brilliant (and spooky) author Roald Dahl. Talk about a recipe for success! 

Martin Grams, Jr. has compiled more information than I ever thought possible in one source - THE definitive go-to book for everything you always wanted to know about a series that should have been a certified hit... but wasn't.

It's a quick and enjoyable read that's chockfull of important information about a series, once feared completely lost. Hope springs eternal that there will be an official release of the entire series, at some point in the near future. Fans deserve to see this series. For now, only ten of the fourteen episodes are on YouTube in varying and questionable quality. But they are all we have until we get to see the series in its entirety. Kindle and Softcover editions of the book are available on Amazon. Do yourself a favor and grab this one.

'Way Out: A History And Episode Guide To Roald Dahl's Spooky 1961 Television Program - Martin Grams, Jr.

Publication Date: 7-24-2019

SRP $19.95

Softcover – 176 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1082086762

When I saw the announcement for “The Outer Limits At 60” I thought, “I’ve already read “The Outer Limits Companion” about 15 years ago, and “The Outer Limits At 50” a decade ago. Am I actually going to learn anything about the series that I hadn’t known before?” I’m relieved to be able to report that the answer is a resounding “Yes”!

David J Schow, one of the leading authorities on The Outer Limits and prolific writer, has once again done The Outer Limits proud! The new book isn’t a reprint as much as an important update for those who love the original series – fans like my Editor, who gave me one of his two copies, because he didn’t want anyone reading his personal copy and “mucking it up”, at the cost of a review. (He’s like that.) The book brings us into the era of streaming... and covers, extensively, the release of Kino Lorber’s gorgeous and extras-heavy Blu-Ray sets – along with an exhaustive history of the endless MGM/UA no-frills home video releases that made the Blu-Rays so sweet.

If you are a fan of The Outer Limits, get this book. If you missed the releases of past books, and now look at their hefty prices on eBay and regret your decisions to balk, get this book. Even if you’re just a fan of great science fiction television, get this book.

In a nutshell, GET THIS BOOK!

The Outer Limits At 60 - David J Schow

Publication Date: 6-19-2023

SRP $30

Hardcover – 130 pages

ISBN-13: 979-8395746504

The Outer Limits At 60 - David J Schow

Publication Date: 6-19-2023

SRP $20

Trade Paperback – 130 pages

ISBN-13: 979-8388243157



Clouds obscure the starless heavens for a moment, heavy and ominous in the black firmament. Then suddenly they clear, exposing a full moon streaked with red like a killer’s face, a stalking moon staring down at man’s evil on the earth below.]

Thus began one of my favorite reads of the past year. I was always a massive fan of the 1985 horror masterpiece, Fright Night. But as much as thought I knew the movie, through my obsessive viewings (At least 3x per year for the past decade and a half!) I had learned so much more after reading "Fright Night: The Original Script" by the film's Writer/Director, Tom Holland. (My hardcover copy is autographed, obviously.)

Pound for pound, the movie Fright Night has more of that classic-monster-vs-modern-teen feel than just about any other film from the 80s. Reading the script gives yet another level of enjoyment and understanding of the place where all of the characters are coming from - their roots. It's subtle, but it's there in the dialogue, settings and stage directions. If you are a fan of Fright Night, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Tom Holland's "Fright Night: The Original Script". It enhances the already-great movie, more than you can imagine. That's always a good thing.

"Fright Night: The Original Script" by Tom Holland

113 pages

ISBN 2370000731883

SRP $45.00 (But he runs sales. Mine cost $39.99 for the autographed copy and was well worth the price.)

It can be purchased from Tom Holland’s Terror Time Shop


Full Disclosure: My boss considers Author Sam Irvin to be a friend. He fully supports Sam's causes, loves his movies, (Especially Elvira's Haunted Hills) owns almost everything he has ever published, and is secretly jealous of his Tarzan-themed bathroom. But Sam and Rich are older [Editor's Note: Very much older!] than I am. Now, do I have I have a thing for reading about vintage movie making and the stars and directors from when my boss was a kid? You betcha! Bigtime! So, I picked this to be my first review for Richard J. Schellbach's MonsterKid Central. The book is titled, "I Was A Teenage Monster Hunter! How I Met Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing & More. All My Bizarre Fanzine Interviews And The Jaw-Dropping Dish Behind Them"... or as I lovingly refer to it, "IWATMHHIMVPCLPC&MBFIATJ-DDBT". I will start off by saying that Sam has had an extremely monumental geek life.

If any of us gets the chance to experience, and accomplish, one tenth of what Sam Irvin has done in his lifetime, we should jump at it. And the kicker is, "IWATMHHIMVPCLPC&MBFIATJ-DDBT", with its 350-pages, just covers his early writings and the celebrities he met along the way. There's so much stuff that he must have had to leave out, due to the fact that, if this book weighed any more than it does now, they'd need to put wheels on it.

Now, I say that things were left out, BUT there is absolutely nothing "missing" from this beautifully illustrated tome. It is a complete and richly detailed account of Sam's early fanzine, "Bizarre" and what it took to get the interviews that adorned its pages. It even covers an earlier endeavor; a fanzine called "Pit".   But what this book is best at, is as a kind of a pep talk. If you've ever doubted yourself, get this book. If you ever felt your problems were tough and you were likely to fail, get this book. If you have felt like an outcast, at any time of your life, get this book. It is a cure-all for the blues and a massive pick-me-up, if you're feeling like the hurdles you are facing are just a bit too high.

"IWATMHHIMVPCLPC&MBFIATJ-DDBT" is a love letter to all of us who write for a living and a monument to sticktoitiveness. Do yourself a favor and grab up a copy, (hardcover preferably) a.s.a.p.

 "I Was A Teenage Monster Hunter! How I Met Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing & More. All My Bizarre Fanzine Interviews And The Jaw-Dropping Dish Behind Them" (Ask for it by name!)

350 pages, 200,000 words, 600 photos (many in color), 25 color cartoons by Dan Gallagher (Illustrator of Sam Irvin's wonderful and whimsical, SAM’S TOILET PAPER CAPER!), and an extraordinary foreword by Sam's good pal, Cassandra Peterson; aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!

All profits from this book are being donated to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ youth.

Much like its title, "The Films Of Roger Corman: Brilliance On A Budget", by Ed Naha, is a brilliant book about a filmmaker who is brilliant with a budget. It perfectly marries the monetarily-stingy Roger Corman and the rebel filmmaker, Roger Corman with great success.

Being a big horror movie fan, I was certainly aware of Corman's spookier movies, like Not Of This Earth, Witchfinder General and The Haunted Palace. But I didn't know as much about films like Ski Troop Attack and Von Richthofen and Brown. That was the type of coverage that kept me glued to this book. Besides, Ed Naha is a wonderful writer who knows how to keep the reader coming back for more. His attention to detail is astounding and the trivia you'll glean from the book, will last you a lifetime, if you're anything like me.

Sadly, the book is no longer in print, so I had to borrow my Editor's copy. (He actually read the book in one sitting!) But it is well worth searching it out on eBay or from private sellers on Amazon. Make sure to check prices carefully. I saw some copies going for over one hundred bucks while there are perfectly fine copies for under twenty dollars on both eBay and Amazon.

"The Films Of Roger Corman: Brilliance On A Budget"

by Ed Naha

209 pages, with tons of great photographs

Arco Publishing

First Edition, published January 1, 1982

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0026PL4ZM