An Important Horror Hostorical Resource:
"Everybody should read this book. EVERYBODY!" — Ray Bradbury
"John Stanley has definitely shaped a
well-rounded study of American horror hosts,
Legendary San Francisco Bay-area TV horror host and "Creature Features" movie reviewer JOHN STANLEY was kind enough to send old poor E-gor a review copy of I Was a TV Horror Host, the latest in a long shelf-full of very entertaining and informative books Stanley has written over the last 40 years. This one is part autobiography, part horror host history, part insightful overview of the major fantasy fandom movements in Stanley's lifetime, part personal scrapbook of rare photos and career memorabilia and completely fascinating! The 210-page book, richly illustrated with 556 photos (many in print for the first time), provides an excellent introduction to the world of horror hosting and many other related subjects of interest to Monster Kids, centered on an in-depth examination of the television careers of both John Stanley and his Creature Features-hosting predecessor and mentor at KTVU in Oakland, cigar-chompin', rockin' Bob Wilkins.
I Was a TV Horror Host is the definitive book for any Creature Features fan, with the whole story of how Wilkins' and Stanley's long-running (1971-1984) Saturday night horror series got started, and how they differed in their handling of the straightforward, monster-less role as its host.
Since the San Francisco Bay area is a major venue for the entertainment world,
one of the most unique features of the Creature Features shows hosted by both Wilkins and Stanley
was an incredible series of on-the-set celebrity guest interviews.
The book spotlights John Stanley's exclusive interviews, conducted both for the TV show and for his San Francisco Chronicle
feature articles, with
established and up-and-coming talents like:
Of very special interest to this reviewer is Stanley's long chapter on the pre-TV horror hosts from movies and radio shows like Inner Sanctum, The Witch's Tale, and Lights Out — loaded with information and photos, the raw data from this section of the book would make a great addition to this website!
The book has received lots of publicity in the San Francisco-Bay Area, (where John Stanley has been making personal appearances for signings at bookstores), as well as excellent reviews and favorable coverage on national radio, from George Noury's Coast to Coast AM to other shows in various markets stretching from Washington State to the East Coast.
Anyone interested in TV horror hosts or the fifties-to-the-present Monster Boom in general will LOVE this book,
now available through your favorite book store, or directly from the author himself!
See ordering details on the sidebar.
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John Stanley's I Was a TV Horror Host is now available in stores and at his website.
Order I Was a TV Horror Host from Amazon.com!
You can order a personally inscribed and autographed copy of this book directly from John Stanley at his website, www.stanleybooks.net, or by writing to:
Creatures at Large Press
The cost from John Stanley is $25 per copy (tax & shipping included), via check or money order (or PayPal;
see details at www.stanleybooks.net).
Fans can send e-mail to John Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A great selection of DVDs, CDs and other collectibles from Bob Wilkins' and John Stanley's shows is available from the Creature Features Store on the official Bob Wilkins website!