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Dr. Phibes - In The Beginning Paperback – July 10, 2011
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Author and screen writer WILLIAM I. GOLDSTEIN is the original creator of the DR. PHIBES character and best-selling author of THE CULT-CLASSIC DR. PHIBES SERIES. His screen credits include 'The Abominable Dr. Phibes' (AIP 1971) and 'Dr. Phibes Rises Again!' (AIP 1972) https://www.facebook.com/William.I.Goldstein http://authorized-dr-phibes-blog.blogspot.com/
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William Goldstein has created yet another great book with the diabolical Dr Phibes and Vulnavia up to their old tricks while trying to save the good doctors wife Victoria.
Dr Phibes and Victoria's past is also covered here and I totally enjoyed reading that.The book is so good I can imagine Vincent Price snd Virginia North in the roles.
If you love Dr Phibes then get this book it is so worth it
Along with co-authoring the original film and an early draft of its sequel, Goldstein also authored the two movie tie-in novels for Award Books in the early seventies. Both books are far more literate than most novelizations of the era as Goldstein took the time to not only add material that couldn't make it to the screen, but present Phibes in a more realistic and tragic light as his original screenplay had intended. It is this more serious take on Phibes that is represented in Goldstein's new novel. DR. PHIBES - IN THE BEGINNING serves as both a prequel and sequel to his two earlier books as the author weaves in and around his earlier stories to fill in the gaps and create a satisfying fabric from which future stories can be drawn. Those expecting the camp fun of the films may be disappointed. This is pure, unadulterated Phibes as his creator intended treated with the dignity this tragic character demands. For myself, I love equally both visions of the property. The films remain a special achievement and one that always makes me wish Vincent Price and Bob Fuest had continued the series. That, of course, is impossible. Happily, William Goldstein is alive and well and was able to expand his Phibes literary saga for all to enjoy.
For those put off by the fact that this is currently available as an e-book only, please note that Amazon offers free download of the Kindle for PC software that allows you to read eBooks on your PC or laptop without buying an expensive e-reader. Mr. Goldstein has ambitious plans for the property including an omnibus print edition of all three books, but his plans require Phibes fans showing their support and interest. Hopefully, Mr. Goldstein will be getting the word out via genre magazines and horror conventions. Phibes' co-creator's take on the character is worthy of attention and respect and this book marks a welcome return for both creator and creation after far too many years.
Having never read the first novelizations, I decided to read this first. That was a mistake, a thing I so rarely make.
Learn from my error, read the original novels first before this, if you choose to read it at all.
But, if you are a Phibes fan, you'll want to read this for sure. It may not be great, but it's like a new encounter with old friends, albeit murderous friends. The back story is worth the book alone. The modern story is not so great.