Our readers know that one area we make a lot of effort to focus on is horror literature, and today comes a book that every horror fan should add to his/her collection: Stephen Jacobs’ mammoth tome Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster.
Releasing on Monday, March 14, 2011, from Tomahawk Press, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster earned the ultimate seal of approval from Karloff’s daughter, Sara, who says, “This is the DEFINITIVE biography of my father! I am absolutely delighted to authorise and recommend and praise etc etc etc this book!”
Boris Karloff – A name synonymous with horror. Drawing on detailed research, previously unpublished letters, and interviews with those who knew him, this new biography dispels the often repeated myths associated with the star – many perpetuated by Karloff himself – and reveals a wealth of new information about the private and professional life of Boris Karloff. Although forever associated with his breakthrough role of ‘the Monster’ in Frankenstein (1931), Boris Karloff had a career that spanned almost 50 years and over 150 movies (and six wives) – from the era of the silent picture through to the days of the ‘Swinging Sixties’. His roles in Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Black Cat, and many others – most now considered classics of the genre – ensured his reputation as ‘The King of Horror’.
Born William Henry Pratt in Camberwell, South London, in 1887, Karloff defied family expectations and rejected a life in Government service. Instead he emigrated to Canada, where he finally found work as a professional actor. After years touring Western Canada and the United States, he arrived in Hollywood and tried his hand at movie acting. But success did not come overnight, and the actor worked in pictures for over a decade before being asked to test for the role of the Monster. As public tastes changed, Karloff was willing to adapt to the times and embraced work in the theatre, radio, and television. His experience of the movie studios’ treatment of his colleagues led Karloff to advocate actors’ rights, and he became instrumental in the creation of the Screen Actors Guild.
Few actors ever achieved the iconic status Karloff has been awarded. This is the only book that tells the WHOLE story!
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