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Creatures of the Night That We Loved So Well: TV Horror Hosts of Southern California Paperback – February 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Sabre-eBooks.com; 1st edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615574920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615574929
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Great Book of Knowledge for the TV Horror Show Lover! There is a wealth of information not previous known by everyone about these icons of Television history. A great read that I would highly recommend to anyone with a thirst for the Macabre. --LeslieBruce, Barnes and Noble Website --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jim Fetters grew up watching and recording TV horror host shows on a reel to reel tape recorder starting in 1962. Finding the tapes years later inspired him to start a website, which led to contact from directors, script writers, actors, and the creators of the programs he so enjoyed. He's also written articles and worked as webmaster for Scary Monsters Magazine. Currently he lives in Mountain Home, Idaho and spends his time writing and dreaming when he's not acquiring history from nationally shown TV horror hosts.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Graves on May 31, 2011
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I grew up in San Diego the same time as the author (he grew up in the SD suburb of Lemon Grove, I grew up in Chula Vista) and we are about the same age, so for that crop of dudes out there just like us who loved all of the horror hosts, Aurora monster models, Famous Monsters magazine, watching Lon Chaney Jr. go through the moonlight change, and toughed-out the creakiest moments of the Universal classics (you get the idea, but you can't count yourself among the crop unless you stuck it out watching 'The Mummy' with Karloff and 'Dracula' with Lugosi, again and again, and again... as well as enjoyed those cheesy "Pizza Man' commercials that ran at 2 a.m.) this book is a treasure.

I am half way through it and loving it. There are loads of informational surprises and I give James huge credit for the research. I never, never thought I'd get to the bottom of who played Ghoulita, find out anything about her or the show (which I thought ran forever but, alas, it only lasted a few months); and Larry "Seymour" Vincent was a god to my brother and I during all three incarnations of his series (with all 3 different stations).

If you're a self-professed and proud horror geek like the rest of us, buy it without question, Fringies. Great work, James.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Love on April 20, 2011
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I see that this book is also offered in a Kindle e-version. That might be OK for casual reading, but I'd recommend getting the printed version. Much of this 365-page book is packed with detailed reference material that has been sadly lacking in earlier volumes on the subject.

People interested in Southern California and National Horror Hosts from their very beginnings in the early 1950's to today, will love this book. It is a MUST for monsterkids and scary movie rugrats who delighted in staying up late in the 50's and 60's to watch the classic Universal monsters lumbering accross their flickering B&W TV screens.

The Horror Hosts and Hostesses are presented here with numerous photographic illustrations, bits of scripts, movie playlists, TV Guide display ads - even court transcripts (Remember when Ottola Nesmith was sued by Frankenstein actress Mae Clarke?).

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andacar on July 30, 2011
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I remember staying up late to watch the horror show hosts come "alive" on TV back in the late 70s. I lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but cable TV had just made its appearance, and we got KHJ TV all the way from Los Angeles. Grimsley became my obsession during an impressionable period, and I'm happy to say he and his fellow horror show hosts have stunted my growth and warped my mind ever since. You can barely find any information on this fascinating and now little known (except perhaps Elvira) niche in the history of TV. Thanks so much to the author for going to the trouble to do all this research. A note to him by the way: I remember two you didn't put into the book: One was Simon from Simon's Sanctorum, who was a disembodied head who talked in a rather grand manner. The other was Captain USA, who had little to recommend him and who I barely remember anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A Manor on February 11, 2015
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My wife, Elissa, bought me a copy of this and it ranks now as my all-time favorite book about horror hosts. This is easily the most complete and well-written of all the books on the topic. I am not merely a casual fan of horror hosting, but in the midst of developing my own program and using this as inspiration and homework. - Michael A. Manor, Chief Ghoul and Coffin Washer of Desolation Theater (a Tomb in Progress)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josie May on December 24, 2014
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Very well-researched book about all the late night "fright" hosts from long ago......considering that Grimsley was/is a personal friend of mine I was especially interested in reading it. And really brought back some memories. The author did a great job with this genre...
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