Science Fiction Stars and Horror Heroes

Interviews with Actors, Directors, Producers and Writers of the 1940s through 1960s


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About the Book

Twenty-eight terrific interviews with some of the sharpest and most talkative stars and movie makers of the classic (and c-r-a-z-y!) SF and horror films of the past: Richard Matheson, Janet Leigh, Acquanetta, Hazel Court, Kim Hunter and others reminisce at length and with great good humor about their days on the sets of Psycho, Planet of the Apes, Superman; the Poe, Hammer and Lewton films, and exploitation greats like Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

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: 462
Bibliographic Info: 163 photos, filmographies, index
Copyright Date: 2006 [1991]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2857-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      ix

Acknowledgments      xiii

Acquanetta      1

Phyllis Coates      19

Hazel Court      39

Richard Devon      53

Gene Fowler, Jr.      69

Arthur Gardner/Arnold Laven/Paul Landres/Pat Fielder      81

Albert Glasser      95

Bernard Glasser      109

Herk Harvey      127

Gordon Hessler      141

Louis M. Heyward      155

John Howard      185

Kim Hunter      205

Robert Hutton      225

Nancy Kovack      243

Anna Lee      253

Janet Leigh      275

Richard Matheson      289

Gregg Palmer      321

Mala Powers      339

Robert Shayne      355

Yvette Vickers      369

Katherine Victor      385

Virgil W. Vogel      401

Robb White      413

Index      433

Book Reviews & Awards

“fabulous…Weaver has brought together so many interviews of key figures…I literally can’t name them all”—Cornerstone Magazine; “candid…a must”—ARBA; “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”—; “fascinating”—VOYA; “this one is informative…greatly nostalgic”—Library Journal.