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My upcoming book, Zombies: The Ultimate Visual History (insight Editions, Oct. 4, 2016) is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Here’s the publisher’s description and specs:

Zombies: The Ultimate Visual History is the indispensable visual tour of all things undead. Filled to the brim with hundreds of photographs, movie posters, and pieces of art, as well as quotes from zombie filmmakers, actors, makeup artists, writers, musicians, and visual artists, Zombies: The Ultimate Visual History constructs a graphic narrative from the origin of the archetype through to today’s current obsession with zombies. A treasure trove featuring removable ephemera and sidebars on how zombies have impacted popular culture, the book not only grants an extensive overview of zombie cinema and television, but also all related media, from video games and comics to toys and collectibles.

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608875156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608875153
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

I can tell you that I’ve personally selected more than 750 images for the book, and the designer may well add many more. Most in full color, many in gorgeous black and white (like the one above!). This will be the most complete visual volume on the history of zombies ever published.

Please pre-order it so the publisher will be impressed with my marketing efforts, and then share this post with all your friends! I’ll owe you a solid.

 

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More video from the Robocop Panel at Dragon Con 2014!

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Here’s some video from the Robocop panel I moderated at Dragon Con this year with Peter Weller and Nancy Allen. They were both terrifically nice and we had a great time talking about their classic movie. Enjoy!

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My Time After Time Reunion panel was very popular with videographers at Dragon Con this year! Here’s a bunch of links to versions online. The one above is from Mike Langford, who also sat with me on the Ray Harryhausen tribute panel.
 

 
This one is just the audio from the panel, with a few photos of Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and myself interspersed.

 

 

This one is from my friend Anne-Marie Whisnant, who was sitting on the front row recording with her iPhone.

Hope you enjoy these, and if you have links to any of my panels available online, please get in touch so I can share them here!

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I had the greatest time speaking with Malcolm McDowell and David Warner about their film Time After Time at Dragon Con 2013 in Atlanta. See what you missed?! Video by Donna Baker.

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Here’s where you can find me at Dragon Con this Labor Day weekend – I’ve got some great panels lined up this year, including hosting reunions with David Warner and Malcolm McDowell for TIME AFTER TIME as well as Warner and Ioan Gruffud for HORNBLOWER! Come see me, won’t you?

DRAGON CON

The below information is the TENTATIVE program schedule for Anthony Taylor.
Convention Dates are Fri(8/30/13), Sat(8/31/13), Sun(9/1/13), and Mon(9/2/13)
Anthony Taylor

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Title: Hornblower
Description: The stars of Hornblower are here to share their experiences during the making of this iconic series. David Warner, Ioan Gruffud, Anthony Taylor
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Grand Ballroom East – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival
Description: Bradbury’s work in the horror genre
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Roswell 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: British Horror
Description: A chat on the history of British Horror films and Television; from Hammer Horror to Clive Barker’s influence.
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Time After Time Reunion
Description: Stars Malcolm McDowell and David Warner discuss their trip through time as H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper in the 1979 classic Time After Time!
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Atlanta Ballroom – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel

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Title: New Pulp, Old Pulp
Description: Pulp fiction has been enjoying quite a resurgence recently.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Embassy A-B – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Twilight Zone: Serving Man Since 1959
Description: Celebrate and be freaked out by three series and a movie of the sci-fi classic.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Gerry Anderson Remembered
Description: Honoring the creator of Thunderbirds, and the moon-smashing excellence of Space:1999.
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Richard Matheson: Legend
Description: Tribute to the master of horror and suspense
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Roswell 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Ray Harryhausen Remembered
Description: We honor the architect of everything great about fantasy movies, from Jason and the Argonauts to Clash of the Titans and beyond.
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Time for me to start updating this blog on a regular basis again, sorry for the delay.

First up – I recently had the opportunity to talk about the James Bond films and what I love about them with the fellows at the Earth Station One podcast in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film series. In addition to Mike Gordon, Bobby Nash, and Mike Faber of ESO, we were joined by artist Mark Maddox, Raging Bullets podcaster Sean Whelan, and Alan J. Porter, author of “James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007.”

Click Here To Listen to the Earth Station 007 Podcast!

It’s bigger, it’s badder, it’s BOND… AND BEYOND!

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Evil In The Woods

Way back in the 1980s I used to do a little bit of acting. A very little bit according to most people with whom I worked. I was a co-star in one of the worst movies of all time, the stinker known as Evil In The Woods which was written and directed by William J. Oates and released in 1986 to absolutely no fanfare whatsoever. Thanks to some intrepid Youtube uploader, you can now view the carnage free-for-nothing. That’s my back to the camera there in the preview image, closest to the tree and dome tent. There’s really nothing good about this movie except some of the online reviews, such as:
“This movie caused me to become slightly retarded.”

“At first I was wondering why a 5 year old was walking through downtown Hot-Lanta by himself, but then when he demostrated (sic) his firm grasp of the Dewey Decimal System, I was releived (sic) to learn he was just a smart midget. Now the challenge is forcing myself to continue watching; maybe I’ll just break it down into 5 minute sessions so i don’t completely go insane.”

“(At) 20:51 could someone explain what just came out of the little persons butt? so far this movie makes perfect sense. i used to walk straight to my country house from the atl library everyday. much simpler times back in the 80’s.”

And my personal favorite:
“A movie intentionally made to test the mental endurance of the audience. Produced by MIT as a psychological experiment it fell into the hands of a desperate movie producer and was released on an unsuspecting public in an ironic twist that was essentially its original design.
It actually grossed 20 million and was nominated for an Oscar under the best non commercail release.catagory. (sic) It lost to an industrial trade film about sheetrock.”

I play Sam the sound man, part of a hapless movie crew lost in the woods filming a low budget horror flick in which Bigfoot meets miniature alien invaders and a pair of starcrossed lovers. Watching it again for the first time in a lot of years I’m proud not to be the worst actor in the cast (by far!), and I did get to kill a turtle monster with a machete and vomit onscreen, which was big fun!

I apologize in advance if you actually watch the whole film, and grieve for the eighty-nine minutes of your life that you’ll never get back. This movie is why I decided not to pursue a career in acting – and aren’t you glad?

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Woohoo! For the tenth straight year, I remain UN-nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award! I was only going for a three-peat, but this is overwhelming. >choke!<

Ok, so I may have actually done nothing nomination-worthy for about seven of those years, and its possible that the taste of sour grapes is in my mouth, but that could also be the cheap wine. Sometimes Boone’s Farm is the only balm that will heal, as I’m sure all of you would agree.

Many of you.

Any of you?

I would love to have seen any of the interviews or articles I had published this year nominated, and I think at least two were contenders, but I do believe that the ones that actually made the cut earned their spots. This year as for the past nine, David Colton, Kerry Gammill and the all volunteer staff of the Rondo Awards have worked very hard to field a ballot jam-packed with classic monster goodness, and I thank them for their efforts.

Here are just a few of my favorites on the ballot this year, and if you’re waffling on who to vote for, by all means let me influence you.

BEST SHORT FILM

— YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHAT THIS AD IS ABOUT, directed by Andreas Roth. German commercial will surprise you. CLICK HERE to view.

BEST BOOK

— THE HAMMER VAULT, by Marcus Hearn. (Titan Books, hardcover, 176 pages, $34.95). From the studio archives, documents, stills and memorabilia in a handsome package.

— MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads! by Kirk Demarais. (Insight, hardcover, 156 pages, $19.95). The shocking truth about what you really got if you ordered those X-Ray Glasses or Six-Foot Monsters.

BEST ARTICLE

— ‘Dare You See It? James Whale’s Frankenstein,’ by Pierre Fournier. MONSTERPALOOZA #1. Using vintage newspaper stories, ads and ballyhoo, what the public was told about the filming of Frankenstein in 1931.

— ‘The Making of Hands of the Ripper,’ by Bruce G. Hallenbeck. LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #26. How the shocking tale made it to theaters mostly intact.

— ‘Music by James Bernard: Themes For a Tapestry of Terror,’ by Steve Vertlieb, FILM MUSIC REVIEW, Fall 2011. Scoring the master of suspense and thrills.

BEST INTERVIEW

— Mimsy Farmer: ‘The Mimsy Farmer Experience,’ by Mark F. Berry. VIDEO WATCHDOG #162. Extensive talk with star of dragstrip films, Four Flies on Grey Velvet and more.

— Haruo Nakajima: ‘The Original Godzilla,’ by August Ragone. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #256. The man who played Godzilla, Rodan, Gargantua and many others recalls the hot suit, the staged battles and the work ethic.

BEST MAGAZINE COVER

My pal Mark Maddox has three in contention this year – Little Shoppe of Horrors #27, MAD SCIENTIST #23, and Undying Monsters #1 – A vote for any of them is a vote for great art.

In addition, Jeff Preston’s cover for Monsterpalooza #1 is in the race as well, and it’s a beauty, too.

BEST CONVENTION

Wonderfest. ‘Natch.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

I’m writing in Mark Maddox.

These are just a few of my favorites – the full ballot is now available online, and anyone can vote. The awards ceremony will be held again this year at Wonderfest in May, in Louisville, Kentucky. See you there.

 

Click the Rondo Banner below to be whisked to the website so that you may vote forthwith!

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Pledge Trip!

Last week, I delivered a 112 page screenplay called “Pledge Trip” to Centaurus Entertainment. It’s a frat comedy in the mold of Animal House. I re-wrote Eric Prokay’s original screenplay for the film, reformatting it to make it more friendly to feature film storytelling conventions. And to make it funnier.

The producers and the director were very happy with my take on it, and are scheduling shooting to begin in March. Not sure when it will be finished or released yet, but I’ll post about it when I hear something.

This is my first feature screenplay to be produced – very happy with the result and glad to be on track for release in 2012.

Also – I recorded a podcast with the Earth Station One crew today at Dr. No’s Comics and Games in Marietta, it should be online later this week. Check back for a link – the subject was favorite villains. I have two words to say on the subject: Norman Stansfield.

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