Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Paperback Newsreel (February/March edition)

Hammer Film Productions' The Revenge of Frankenstein (Panther, 1958), a novelization that was originally published only in England, made its extremely belated U.S. debut in February in a softcover edition from Bear Manor Media. The second volume in a series of 1950s and '60s horror novelization reprints edited by noted film historian and author Philip J Riley, it can be ordered directly from Bear Manor.  Future reprints in this series will include Gorgo by Carson Bingham (Monarch, 1960), Panic in Year Zero! (originally published as End of the World) by Dean Owen (Ace, 1962), The Pit and the Pendulum by Lee Sheridan (Lancer, 1961) Poe's Tales of Terror by Eunice Sudak (Lancer, 1962), The Raven by Sudak (Lancer, 1963), and Reptilicus by Owen (Monarch, 1961).

While we're on the subject of Hammer, the recently resuscitated studio has started a publishing division, and their first half dozen paperbacks should be of interest to our readers. There's a tie-in edition of The Witches by Peter Curtis now available, with a new foreword by director Cyril Frankel

Guy Adams' new novelization of KRONOS (a.k.a. CAPTAIN KRONOS, VAMPIRE HUNTER), with a foreword by director Brian Clemens, is also available. The previous KRONOS novelization (Fontana, 1974) was written by Hugh Enfield.

A novelization of TWINS OF EVIL by Shaun Hutson, with a foreword by director John Hough, can also be found, and a VAMPIRE CIRCUS novelization by Mark Morris will be released in October.

One of the recent Hammer productions, THE RESIDENT, has been novelized by Francis Cottam.

Wake Wood by Karen Watkins is another novelization of a new Hammer joint.

Compiled by Chris Poggiali and Darrin Venticinque

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