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About William Schoell
I am the author of over thirty published books, including novels, biographies, celebrity/movie star books, and books on pop culture and the performing arts. My books reflect my interests, which are diverse -- everything from opera and "serious" theater to comic books and monster movies -- and a lot of things in-between. I have also been a reporter, a talk show host, an activist, and a blogger. I was born in Manhattan where I live, and it is a city I love, whose energy always excites and inspires me.
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Joan Crawford: The Essential Biography explores the life and career of one of Hollywood's great dames. She was a leading film personality for more than fifty years, from her beginnings as a dancer in silent films of the 1920s, to her portrayals of working-class shop girls in the Depression thirties, to her Oscar-winning performances in classic films such as Mildred Pierce. Crawford's legacy, however, has become somewhat tarnished in the wake of her daughter Christina's memoir, Mommie Dearest, which turned her into a national joke. Today, many picture Crawford only as a wire-hanger-wielding shrew rather than the personification of Hollywood glamour.
This new biography of Crawford sets the record straight, going beyond the gossip to find the truth about the legendary actress. The authors knew Crawford well and conducted scores of interviews with her and many of her friends and co-stars, including Frank Capra, George Cukor, Nicholas Ray, and Sidney Greenstreet. Far from a whitewash—Crawford was indeed a colorful and difficult character— Joan Crawford corrects many lies and tells the story of one of Hollywood's most influential stars, complete with on-set anecdotes and other movie lore.
Through extensive interviews, in-depth analysis, and evaluation of her films and performances—both successes and failures—Lawrence J. Quirk and William Schoell present Crawford's story as both an appreciation and a reevaluation of her extraordinary life and career. This fascinating book tells the behind-the-scenes story of one of Hollywood's great dames.
They called it porodyne. A bizarre by-product of bio-engineering, porodyne has been found -- quite accidentally -- to have some very special properties. Properties that could render cosmetic surgery obsolete. Properties that could turn Barrows Industries into a billion-dollar gold mine. The changes porodyne makes in human skin are permanent. It could mean new life for burn victims, people scarred by accidents, old folk yearning to be young again, models who insist on being more beautiful…
But the miracles it promises its first human test subjects rely on one all-important -- and totally unpredictable -- element: their desire to become beautiful. And if beauty results from beautiful thoughts -- what unnatural horrors must await those consumed by evil?
David Hammond and Anna Braddon arrive in Milbourne, Connecticut where the horribly mutilated body of Anna's brother has been discovered. Nobody knows what caused Jeffery's death, or the mysterious disappearance of other townspeople.
Only one man has the courage to seek the truth, and in a subterranian cavern beneath Milbourne's quiet streets, he has come face to face with a horror beyond description. But he can never share his dreadful knowledge, for the sight has driven him insane . . .
The deeper the party descended into the ruins, the more unbelievably horrifying it became. Huge slug-like monsters with a hunger for flesh left trails of slime and blood through the hellish labyrinth, but the greatest terror was yet to come, as the men realized with growing panic that the cavern walls were actually composed of living flesh . . .
The explosion of horror titles following the relaxation of the comics code in the '70s is fully documented with chapters on Marvel's prodigious output--The Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night and others--DC's anthologies--Witching Hour and Ghosts--and titles such as Swamp Thing, as well as the notable contributions of firms like Gold Key and Atlas. This book examines how horror comics exploited everyday terrors, and often reflected societal attitudes toward women and people who were different.