Coming Soon: VHS Doc, Bleeding Skull book, and Xerox Ferox!
Just a quick note on some developing book and film projects we've been following, and that you should add to your Christmas list for next year:
First, author John Szpunar will debut his new book, Xerox Ferox: The Wild World of the Horror Film Fanzine, at Fantacon 2013 in Albany, N.Y. Published by HeadPress, the book includes interviews with more than 50 'zine editors from the 1970s and 1980s, providing the inside scoop on titles like Sleazoid Express, Gore Gazette and Deep Red.
HeadPress is also publishing Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey, based on Joseph Ziemba's excellent Bleeding Skull website. The current site is idle while Ziemba and Dan Budnik finish up the book, but they are providing updates on Facebook. The book is also due out in 2013.
Finally, a gaggle of enterprising filmmakers in Austin is working on a VHS documentary called Rewind This!, about the cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape. You can check out the trailer below:
The Dead Next Door is a blog about regional or "backyard" horror and science fiction films made from the late 1950s to the earlyl 1990s (and beyond). These films were released during the peak years of independent film production, created by a motley crew of seasoned pros, gifted amateurs, and enthusiastic genre fans, along with dozens of eccentric dreamers -- doctors, lawyers, insurance salesmen, publishers, commercial filmmakers, TV production crews and moonlighting pornographers -- all looking for their big break or a fast buck or both.