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November 06 , 2008

Confessions of a Scream Queen


In Confessions of a Scream Queen, writer Matt Beckoff interviews fifteen legendary 'Ladies of Horror.' Spanning over nine decades of cinema, Confessions is filled with entertaining and informative recollections and personal insights about Hollywood's best-loved horror films. Included are some rare and never before seen pictures.

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“There are a number of interview books currently available. The latest offering, from radio talk show how/Monster Kid Beckoff, is one of the best.

“Beckoff goes back to our roots: he opens his chat fest with Carla Laemmle (Lugosi’s Dracula) and Lupita Tovar (Spanish Dracula). Both women are an inspiration: each has reached the 100 year mark. They continue to live in their own homes and lead active lives. They have sharp memories, and speak eloquently about a long gone Hollywood whose like we’ll never see again.

“Elena Verdugo (House of Frankenstein) and Janet Ann Gallow (Ghost of Frankenstein) share sweet memories of Lon Chaney Jr. As with Carla and Lupita, it’s a fond look back at the Tinsel Town of our dreams.

“Beckoff also talks to scream queens of the 50s and 60s and 70s. Colleen Gray, who enjoyed a long career in various big studio films, recalls working with legends as Tyrone Power and John Wayne, until The Wasp Woman made her a cinema immortal in her own right. Hammer’s Ingrid Pitt is not afraid to speak up as she laughs about her reputation for appearing nude. Marilyn Burns of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre offers insight into the games struggling young actors must play in order to obtain roles.

“In all, Beckoff chats with 15 elegant, eloquent women. That the author is also a fan and a knowledgeable film historian adds a great deal of depth to these wonderful, intimate conversations. Many of these ladies have spoken up elsewhere, but Confessions of a Scream Queen offers a look inside their souls that other authors couldn’t capture.”

– Scary Monsters Magazine

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