Hollywood filmmaker Sam Irvin (director of ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HILLS, executive producer of GODS AND MONSTERS, author of KAY THOMPSON: FROM FUNNY FACE TO ELOISE) looks back at his outrageously charmed and hilarious life as a closeted gay monster kid who, as a teenager, created his own fanzine BIZARRE as a conduit to meet his horror film idols.
The book is part coming-of-age memoir and part collection of Sam’s vintage 1970s interviews and encounters with Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Donald Pleasence, Diana Rigg, John Carradine, Ingrid Pitt, Jane Seymour, Alec Guinness, Stephanie Beacham, Linda Hayden, Madeline Smith, Ralph Bates, Shane Briant, Michael York, Margaret Leighton, Robert Morley, Jonathan Frid, Patrick Magee, Joan Collins, Robert DeNiro, Hervé Villechaize, Terence Fisher, Robert Fuest, Brian De Palma, William Friedkin, Brian Clemens, Sir James Carreras, Michael Carreras, Freddie Francis, Roy Ward Baker, James Bernard, Forrest J Ackerman and scores of others.
You will be astounded by Sam’s intrepid adventures, including spending a day on the set of the James Bond film THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN as a personal guest of Christopher Lee – and the crazy limo ride they took back to London with a very drunk Hervé Villechaize! Or the time Vincent Price recognized Sam at a West End theatre and took him backstage to meet Diana Rigg! And that all happened on the very same day!
350 pages, 200,000 words, 600 photos (many in color), 25 color cartoons by Dan Gallagher (illustrator of SAM’S TOILET PAPER CAPER!), and a special Foreword by Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!
All profits from this book are being donated to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ youth.