Monday, May 28, 2012

20 Novelizations That Never Got Published

Compiled by Chris Poggiali
and Michael Gingold

Actually, two of these are photonovels and one is a screenplay, so to be more accurate (some would say nitpicky) it's 17 novelizations that were announced for publication but ultimately never reached completion. We would've bought most of these if they'd seen the light of day.

Fotonovel announced but scrapped once the movie bombed

Novelization by Cathy East Dubowski, from HarperEntertainment

A novelization was announced by Dale Books

Novelized by William Johnston, from Lancer Books

DEATH WISH 3 (1985)
A novelization was announced in the trailer, but reportedly one phone call from Death Wish author Brian Garfield put a stop to it

Pocket Books novelization by Max Allan Collins

ED (1996)
A junior novelization by Elaine Moore, from Price Stern Sloan

The movie was released as DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST but the novelization -- written by Steven Piziks, from Pocket Star -- was never published.

GIGLI (2003)
Novelization by Robert Westbrook, from Onyx, apparently unpublished

An illustrated hardcover novelization from Putnam & Sons

Novelization by Wendy Loggia, from Dell Books

A color "Cine-Manga" photonovel from TokyoPop

A British novelization by Jonathan Clements, from Black Flame

Novelization from Berkeley, written by David Jacobs

Dennis Hopper's screenplay was to be published by Signet Film Series

A junior novelization by Marc Cerasini, from Simon Spotlight

OCEAN'S 12 (2004)
Novelization from Onyx

Announced by Disney but unpublished

Novelization by Steven E. McDonald, from Tor

British novelization from Black Flame, written by Stephen Hand

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE SENTINEL (1974)

October 5, 1974

October 15, 1974

November 24, 1974

The Sentinel
by Jeffrey Konvitz
Simon & Schuster, 1974

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: COMMANDER AMANDA (1969)

May 18, 1969

Commander Amanda
by George Revelli [Geoffrey Bocca]
Grove Press, 1968

Also published as Commander Amanda Nightingale and Amanda in France, this is the first of four sexy spy adventure novels written by Geoffrey Bocca as "George Revelli." The other books in the series are Resort to War (also published as Amanda on the Riviera), Amanda's Castle (also published as Amanda in Germany) and Amanda in Spain. No Commander Amanda films were ever produced.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Paperback Newsreel (April/May edition)

The latest issue of The Paperback Fanatic (#22) arrived the other day, and its chock full of novelization and tie-in goodness. First up is "Planet of the Tie-Ins," Cranston McMillan's roundup review of the PLANET OF THE APES movie, TV and cartoon novelizations. Next, Johnny Mains' column "The Paperback Dungeon" looks at David Sherwin's published screenplay if... (Sphere, 1969), the DR. CRIPPEN movie tie-in by Michael Hooker (Digit, 1962), and The Disoriented Man by Peter Saxon (Mayflower, 1966), which became the Vincent Price/Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing terror team-up SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (Popular Library published a tie-in edition in 1970). Finally, Graham Andrews reviews Robert Bloch's novelization of THE COUCH (Gold Medal, 1962) for the "Fit to be Tied" column. Great stuff as always. Issues are limited runs and sell out fast, so grab one while you can! Order a subscription to The Paperback Fanatic here.

A couple of related blog posts went up in late March and just missed being included in our February/March edition. Over at The Grindhousehold, Lucas J. Gutman reviewed Philly by Dan Greenburg, the kinky 1969 thriller that was loosely adapted into the popular 1981 sex comedy PRIVATE LESSONS. Read about it here.

Similarly, Samuel Wilson of Mondo 70 wrote a "book into film" blog post comparing Alan Le May's novel The Searchers to the John Ford film THE SEARCHERS, a terrific piece that can be found here.

Grand Central Publishing has a movie tie-in edition of Seth Grahame-Smith's bestseller Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter now available. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 22nd.

Here's one from from last December that managed to sneak by us: The Divine Woman by Gladys Unger, a novelization of a lost Greta Garbo movie from 1928. Based on the shooting script by Dorothy Farnum, which itself had been adapted from Unger's 1925 stage play "Starlight," THE DIVINE WOMAN (directed by Victor Sjöström) was stored in the same MGM backlot vault that housed Tod Browning's LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927), and both were destroyed in the same fire. Only a single nine-minute reel still exists today, discovered two decades ago in a film archive in Moscow. The book is available from BearManor Media.

Another one that got by us last year is the new American edition of the DAWN OF THE DEAD novelization by George Romero and Susanna Sparrow. It came out November 10th and is available in hardcover and paperback from St. Martin's Griffin. Meanwhile...

...a new British edition was just published May 10th and features an introduction by SHAUN OF THE DEAD star Simon Pegg. It's available in paperback only from Sphere.

It's Hammer time again! On July 5th, a new Hands Of The Ripper novelization will be released by Hammer Books. The author is Guy Adams, who also wrote the new KRONOS novelization (An earlier HANDS OF THE RIPPER novelization, by Spencer Shew, was put out by Sphere 1971).

Also on July 5th, Hammer will publish Shaun Hutson's new novelization of X THE UNKNOWN. And finally...

...Mark Morris' new novelization of VAMPIRE CIRCUS will be available October 4th. That's all for now! See you in a month or two for the next installment of The Paperback Newsreel!

Compiled by Chris Poggiali & Darrin Venticinque

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE LEAVENWORTH IRREGULARS (1974)

March 31, 1974

The Leavenworth Irregulars
by William D. Blankenship
Bobbs-Merrill, 1974

The movie was never made.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: WHERE THE DARK STREETS GO (1969)

November 26, 1969

Where the Dark Streets Go
by Dorothy Salisbury Davis
Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1969

This was eventually produced as the CBS made-for-TV movie BROKEN VOWS (1987), starring Tommy Lee Jones, Annette O’Toole and M. Emmet Walsh.