It Came from Horrorwood

Interviews with Moviemakers in the SF and Horror Tradition


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About the Book

Tom Weaver’s classic fifth volume of interviews is now back in print. Originally published as It Came from Weaver Five in 1996, this collection goes behind the scenes with 20 of the most talkative people of Hollywood’s horror, science fiction and serial films of the 1930s through 1960s.
Delores Fuller loaned Ed Wood her angora sweater, but didn’t fully realize he was a transvestite until Glen or Glenda was released. Tom Hennesy played the title role in Clint Eastwood’s first movie—Revenge of the Creature. The interviewees include Fuller, Hennesy, Junior Coghlan, Charlotte Austin, Les Baxter, John Clifford, Mara Corday, Kathleen Crowley, Michael Fox, Anne Gwynne, Linda Harrison, Michael Pate, Gil Perkins, Walter Reed, Joseph F. Robertson, Aubrey Schenck, Sam Sherman, Gloria Stuart, Gregory Walcott and Robert Wise. Also included is “A Salute to Ed Wood,” with illustrations by Drew Friedman.

About the Author(s)

Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times called him one of the leading scholars in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images called him “the best interviewer we have today.” He is a frequent contributor to numerous film magazines and has been featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is the author of numerous reference and other nonfiction books about American popular culture.

Bibliographic Details

Tom Weaver
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 396
Bibliographic Info: 88 photos, filmography, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2004 [1996]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2069-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8216-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii

Introduction     1

Charlotte Austin     5

Les Baxter     25

John Clifford     39

Frank Coghlan, Jr.     49

Mara Corday     65

Kathleen Crowley     87

Michael Fox     101

Dolores Fuller     123

Anne Gwynne     147

Linda Harrison     161

Tom Hennesy     175

Michael Pate     187

Gil Perkins     209

Walter Reed     235

Joseph F. Robertson     255

Aubrey Schenck     269

Sam Sherman     287

Gloria Stuart     313

Gregory Walcott     327

Robert Wise     341

A Salute to Edward D. Wood, Jr.     353

Index     369

Book Reviews & Awards

Classic Images Book of the Month
“one of the leading scholars in the horror field”—New York Times; “the king of the monster hunters”—USA Today; “one of our foremost fantasy film historians”— Sight & Sound; “CLASSIC material. Tom Weaver has an interviewing style that is unparalleled. He makes his subjects come alive, and his knowledge is so immense that nothing gets past him. There are very few consistently excellent and reliable film writers out there like Tom Weaver…what a great book”—Classic Images; “great fun”—Big Reel; “Tom Weaver has enjoyed a lengthy career writing about the horror genre through his reference guides and countless magazine contributions. His interviews are thorough and informative but presented conversationally, as though he is simply visiting with an old friend. Weaver expertly guides the talk in a way that allows him to ask his questions in an informal manner, and likely he received a more detailed answer than if he had approached the subject as a journalist would”—; “recommended”—Midnight Marquee; “worth its weight in gold”—Film Review; “the author has obviously done his homework…careful to ask intelligent questions”—American Cinematographer; “more of what Tom Weaver does best—find and interview (with gusto) people in front of and behind the camera from horror and sci fi flicks…another topnotch Weaver opus”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “very thorough and well written”—Samhain.