Book Review: Boris Karloff: A Gentleman’s Life


Boris Karloff: A Gentleman’s Life
By Scott Allen Nollen.
Published by Midnight Marquee, 1999. 356 pages.

Probably one of the most famous of classic horror stars, his name almost being synonyms with Frankenstein. All horror fans know might now a lot about Boris Karloff’s career in the horror genre. But there’s a lot of information about Karloff’s life, and his work outside the genre that they probably don’t know. Not to mention that there’s plenty of interesting items about his horror films that some might not know. Since Karloff is one of my personal favorites, we were thrilled to read about this man’s incredible life.

Did you know that Karloff was one of the founding members of the Screen Actor’s Guild? Or that he actually won a Grammy Music Award for Best Children’s Album? Or that he played Captain Hook in a stage play version of Peter Pan? All of this, plus plenty more little tidbits can be found in this entertaining and highly informative biography on one of the most famous and most loved Hollywood bogeymen.

The book not only lists all his film work, but also the countless radio programs, stage work, and everything else that was part of his long career. We couldn’t recommend this book enough.

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