The Television Horrors of Dan Curtis
By Jeff Thompson
Published by McFarland & Company, 2009. 200 pages.
Any one that grew up in the late 60’s-early 70’s knew the work of Dan Curtis. Whether it was because of his famous Dark Shadows series, or the many TV movies that he had been involved with, you knew his work, even if you didn’t know his name. Author Jeff Thompson has done an excellent job detailing the life and work of this man, who had a major impact on the world of horror.
The book gives a brief overview of his career, and then delves deeper into the horror titles. There’s a chapters on Dark Shadows, both the series and the films, the adaptations he did of the classics like Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr.Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and of course the creation of Carl Kolchak and the Night Stalker, as well as his other films.
There’s a lot of information here, with plenty of quotes from Curtis himself, along with reviews of his work from many different sources. It shows just the type hard working and dedicated person that Curtis was, and his desire to produce scary programs for television and the big screen.