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Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff

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Gregory William Mank, a Delta, Pennsylvania, freelance writer, has acted in more than 100 stage productions. He has written numerous books on classic horror films.


"explores the truths behind the mysterious Karloff and the enigmatic Lugosi...brings to life the compelling and complicated saga of the horror kings...add this to your shelf" - Library Journal "engaging...Mank's prose is accessible and informative, weaving production history, fan gossip, suggestive analysis and lovingly detailed plot summaries into a tapestry that will appeal both to the student as well as to the interested reader. Libraries at all levels" - Choice "meticulously researched...grandly paints a portrait of the two stars and the spooky past of Universal, Hollywood's top scare studio of the 1930s and 1940s" - USA Today "it is clear Mank has a huge respect for the actors he writes about" - The Idaho Librarian "this is an incredible book. I can barely scratch the surface of the information and secrets that Mank has uncovered. Suffice to say that this book is the one book you must own if you are a fan of Lugosi and Karloff" - Fangoria "improves upon [Mank's] already commendable original book from nearly 20 years ago. It is a welcome expansion covering the careers of two masters of an ever-popular movie genre and is most highly recommended to any fan of horror cinema" - Rogue Cinema "massive and fascinating" - VideoScope "McFarland simply publishes the BEST books about film. They are always well-written and well-researched" - "Mank's latest offering, his monolithic dual biography of the genre's most memorable icons...proves his storytelling prowess and acute attention to detail have only strengthened with time. Not only has Mank nearly doubled the page length (which means more story, more facts, more juicy tidbits-a definite trademark of this author) but the book is informed by scores of new interviews that Mank has conducted in the two decades since the first edition's release...this is truly the gift that keeps on giving" - Video Watchdog "worth every dime...Mank's a colorful wordsmith...sets a crisp pace throughout. It's also scrupulously researched and accurate to a fault. And the stills! Here is a gallery for fans who think they've seen everything." - Greenbriar Picture Shows "the phrase 'revised and updated' hardly does justice to the work Greg Mank has done in completely rewriting his original, landmark volume. Meticulously researched...and entertainingly written, this book will stand as the final word on both is like a brick, a hefty tome both in terms of physical presentation and the priceless content. Even if you've got the original, the new version is so different it's worth a re-investment. You won't be disappointed...the best example of its type. A must-have volume" - "superbly written...exceptional...beautifully...illustrated...BRAVO" - Scary Monsters Magazine " of the finest books ever written about horror's two greatest icons" - VideoScope "excellently written" - Little Shoppe of Horrors "excellent...well-written and well-researched. If Mank is behind it, you know it will be good" - Mania "highly readable and highly recommended...once you start this book, it'll be hard to put down" - Operaphile.

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