Bela Lugosi: Midnight Marquee Actors Series Revised

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Since Bela Lugosi was the very first book published by Midnight Marquee Press, Inc. in 1995, and had been sold out for several years, we felt it was time to revise our best-selling title. We decided to inaugurate the Midnight Marquee Actors Series with horror film icon Bela Lugosi. The first reason was the fact that Lugosi is one of our favorite legends of the Golden Age of Horror Films. And the second reason is that the 1990s appeared to be the decade of his rebirth and rediscovery. With the release of pristine copies of Universal horror classics in attractively packaged, low-priced DVDs, the continued interest in cult writer/director Edward D. Wood, Jr. and the artistic triumph of Tim Burton s Ed Wood, which features Bela Lugosi (distorted history noted), a new generation of film fan was being introduced to the legendary bogeyman. As our writers attest, Lugosi was a very gifted actor, who appeared in only a handful of well-produced, quality vehicles, but whose reputation has mushroomed far beyond the movies in which he sometimes had to appear. But even the worst Lugosi film is better than most of the dreck passing for horror films today. What better star with which to start our Midnight Marquee Actors Series? And what better star to deserve a new revised and updated edition?

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GARY J. SVEHLA, the 2006 inductee to the Rondo Awards Monster Kid Hall of Fame, certainly deserves the honor. One of the original monster-kid progeny of Famous Monsters of Filmland, he forged a horror-film/horror-fan identity for himself by creating Gore Creatures in 1963, which developed into Midnight Marquee magazine, the longest continuously published horror-film journal in the world. Not content to rule the horror-film magazine world, he established Midnight Marquee Press in 1995 to contribute to, edit, and publish books of quality film criticism (like this one). He is also executive producer of two films from Midnight Marquee Productions. Somehow, he also finds time to teach high-school English in Anne Arundel County, Maryland:2007-2008 marks his 36th year. SUSAN SVEHLA has been aiding and abetting her husband Gary for over 20 years. She creates the distinctive cover montages and photo layouts that grace magazines Midnight Marquee, Mad About Movies, and Midnight Marquee books (like this one). She spent over one year layering and transforming photos into her first graphic novel based upon Spawn of Skull Island. But graphic design, layout, and editing were not enough of a creative outlet for her talents, and she has recently devoted her energies to feature-film writing, editing, and directing as the auteur of Terror in the Tropics (2005) and Terror in the Pharoah s Tomb (2006), DTV films that seamlessly combine contemporary actors with famous monsters of filmland.

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The book is a marvellous reference guide and also a thoroughly entertaining read. Midnight Marquee Press have already set their stall out by using the same format for Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. --The Missing Link

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