With as many titles that I add to my library each and every year, if I don’t force myself some rules, I’ll never get through some of these. Back in 2015, I’ve set myself a goal to get through at least one book per month. That year I almost made it, getting through eleven. Then last year, I devoured fourteen titles! Then this year I did even one better and made it to fifteen titles. Trust me, I wish I had the time to double that number since when you have over a thousand titles in your library, and are constantly adding new ones, it is a never ending quest. But one I that I just love. Just like my Best Of movie lists, these are not titles that came out this last year, but ones that I finally got around to. Out of those fifteen, here are the top five that I would recommend the most:
- A Youth in Babylon by David F. Friedman – The stories this man has, being one of the original 40 Thieves, is something that every fan of exploitation cinema needs to hear. They are priceless and so much fun.
- Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration by Gregory William Mank – If you are looking for a book on Boris Karloff and/or Bela Lugosi, then this is your book. There is so much background on these two icons, not just them working together, but their own history as well. It really is an essential tome in any horror fans library.
- It Came from the Video Aisles by Dave Jay, William S. Wilson, & Torsten Dewi – I’m not even a huge fan of Full Moon and their movies, but I do love reading about low budget filmmaking and there is no one more interesting at this than Charles Band and Full Moon. This book was a real joy to read with plenty of great stories from the trenches.
- Twisted Visions: Interviews with Cult Horror Filmmakers by Matthew Edwards and Interviews Too Shocking to Print! by Justin Humphreys – I’m putting both of these titles together because they are similar in content, interviewing filmmakers that are not too well known, even though they should be. Both Edwards and Humphreys did an incredible job bringing information about these unsung heroes of cult and B-movie productions that really need to be remembered for the stellar work they did, usually with little or no money or time, or both.
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