Thursday, March 19, 2015


The Forgotten Horrors line of movie-reference books has grown considerably since we launched the set of uniform and expanded editions during the earlier 2010s. I'm at work just now (spring of 2015) on Forgotten Horrors Vol. 8: The Resurrection of Edgar Allan Poe, which will open at 1960 (and a lasting cycle of Poe adaptations from Roger Corman and my cousin Vincent Price).

The following catalogue of Amazon eStore addresses will prove helpful in singling out the individual volumes and their spinoffs. These titles render all earlier editions obsolete, or at best nostalgic relics. Only the Cremo Studios editions conform to the intentions of the historians, critics, and design talents in charge. The distinctive Forgotten Horrors logotype (above) is the signature element.

We here at Cremo Studios appreciate your interest, and likewise your help in keeping Forgotten Horrors the longest-running genre-study franchise in commercial publishing. Since 1979, that is. And still running. And herewith, the titles and eStore links:

  • Hounds of Zaroff: This Rondo Awards-nominated study describes how Richard Connell's famous story of 1924, "The Most Dangerous Game," has persisted into the New Century as an indelible influence. Michael H. Price and the late George E. Turner began tracing that influence as early as the 1960s, while interviewing the filmmakers responsible for the first adaptation, 1932's The Most Dangerous Game. The research has continued apace, and it all comes together in Hounds of Zaroff. The book compiles kindred films, remakes, knockoffs, ripoffs, and toss-offs into a 250-page survey -- from the original film, through such famous titles as PREDATOR and THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, through rank obscurities like WALK THE DARK STREET and CONFESSIONS OF A PSYCHO CAT. The coverage extends into the present day, with the HUNGER GAMES pictures of 2012-2013 providing a coda. A coda, yes, but never a cul-de-sac for one of the most often-filmed stories ever to see the light of cold print. The eStore:
  • Forgotten Horrors to the Nth Degree: In which Michael H. Price and John Wooley continue their exploration of the Badlands of Grindhouse Cinema -- an expanded compilation of their acclaimed Forgotten Horrors columns for Fangoria magazine. The Afterword is by artist and film theorist Stephen R. Bissette, who chronicles a wealth of chillers with origins in his native Vermont. The cappers include a comprehensive survey of the bizarre filmmaking career of Larry Buchanan (of Mars Needs Women), a sampling of Mike Price's long-out-of-print columns for the New York Times News Service, a primary-source history of the Gore Film Trilogy of Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman, and a study-in-depth of Leo Fong's career in martial-arts thrillers. The eStore:
  • Forgotten Horrors Vol. 7: Famished Monsters of Filmland covers the closing years of the 1950s, in context with a burgeoning market for the trappings of a year-'round Halloween. Shock! Theatre brings the chillers of the Depression Era to television, and American International Pictures gets more serious with a craze for youth-exploitation horrors. And William Castle delivers Macabre, House on Haunted Hill, and The Tingler to launch a celebrated string of gimmick-horrors. The eStore:
  • Forgotten Horrors Vol. 6: Up from the Depths brings postwar decade up through 1957, heralding the genre's boom-or-bust stretch of the late 1959s with such watersheds as Herman Cohen's teenage-monster cycle and the rise of Bert I. Gordon's gigantic-monster cycle. The eStore:
  • Forgotten Horrors Vol. 5: The Atom Age tracks the rise of the post-WWII atom-age scare-shows, from George Pal's Destination Moon to William Cameron Menzies' Invaders from Mars and delves into the emergence of William Castle (with an offbeat exploitation film called It's a Small World) toward his "Master of Horror" reign of the late 1950s and 1960s. The eStore:
  • Hounds of Zaroff: The Most Dangerous Game as a Persistent Muse to the Movies is the Rondo Awards-nominated study of Richard Connell's famous short story of the 1920s, "The Most Dangerous Game," and its influence upon filmmaking from 1932 into the New Millennium, Or from RKO-Radio Pictures' The Most Dangerous Game through The Hunger Games and beyond. The eStore:
  • Forgotten Horrors Vol. 4: Dreams That Money Can Buy is in preparation for a revised and expanded edition. And more about that presently.
  • Forgotten Horrors Comics & Stories covers the influence of the independent horror and SF films upon the comic-book industry, utilizing generous examples of complete comic-book stories. Included are John Wooley's Tor Johnson, Hollywood Star, an early-1950s takeoff on Destination Moon, and a fanciful revision of 1932's The Vampire Bat. The eStore:
  • Forgotten Horrors Vol. 3: Dr. Turner's House of Horrors covers the genre during the middle years of World War II, combining new research with elements from founding author George E. Turner's moviegoing notebook of the 1940s. A heavy-duty concentration of the chiller factories of Monogram Pictures and Producers Releasing Corp. The eStore:
  • Forgotten Horrors Vol. 2: Beyond the Horror Ban catches the genre in revival following a ban by foreign censorship groups. The centerpiece is a detailed rundown on Bela Lugosi's so-called "Monogram Nine," with numerous additional obscurities. The eStore:
  • Forgotten Horrors: The Original Volume, Except More So is the series-launcher, expanded considerably from prior editions -- and now containing the original version of George Turner & Mike Price's 1975 manuscript, in addition to many new chapters and insights and illustrations.  The eStore:
  • The Music of Forgotten Horrors Vol. 3: Forgotten Horrors of the Gramophone is the Rondo Award-nominated compact-disk compilation of hair-raising phonograph records, from the early days of recorded sound. And yes, the scary business pre-dates movies and comic books and radio and teevee. The eStore:
  • The Music of Forgotten Horrors Vol. 2!: A selection of pop, rock, and jazz novelties that by turns foreshadow and reflect the Old School horror movies. Tiny Parham's "Voodoo" (1929) stems from the same popular craze that gave rise to the film "White Zombie" in 1932. Joel Shaw's jazzified tune "White Zombie" (1932) is a timely response to the movie's box-office success. Herman Cohen promoted "Horrors of the Black Museum" and "The Headless Ghost" in 1959 with a rock-and-roll record. You get the picture. The eStore:
  • The Music of Forgotten Horrors Vol. 1 is out of print.

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