I actually made my self-imposed deadline of October 20 with Classic Movie Monthly #2, but I didn't want to bug you about it until after Monday's Helen Twelvetrees TCM marathon had run.
Anyway, Classic Movie Monthly #2 is now available for your Kindle (or other reading device, see details on Amazon page). I think that the best way to announce these going forward is to preview the issue by reprinting the introduction page. It follows below the cover image.
Thank you for making the inaugural edition of Immortal Ephemera’s Classic Movie Monthly successful enough to raise my own anticipated level of excitement while preparing this second issue.
I’ve approached Classic Movie Monthly with the idea of keeping it timeless by presenting evergreen articles about classic movies of the interwar period, especially the 1930s. While putting this issue together, I decided to add a more timely feature in hope of also generating a more immediate interest in the content.
To those ends you’ll find a page including recommendations of ten movies of the 1930s that are scheduled to play on Turner Classic Movies in November 2016. I tried not to select the most obvious titles, putting an emphasis on both obscurity and scarcity, but mostly just pointing to some of my favorites that I spotted on the TCM schedule. In addition, one of the ten titles is highlighted with a brief capsule review.
As for the main course, just like our first issue I provide three heaping servings:
It’s October—I had to go the horror route. I was tempted to include an article about a classic covering the world of politics, but I think we’re all pretty much worn down by election season at this point. Instead, I opted to use horror films in the way they’ve always been most successful: escape.
Since this is the first issue of Classic Movie Monthly timed to Halloween, I decided to offer up a trio of chillers starring the trinity of Universal horror stars: Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney Jr. I mixed it up a little by including a Warner Bros. entry starring Karloff, and then spread the two Universal titles almost a decade apart.
This issue’s exclusive original article covers one of Universal’s big four—or big three, if you prefer to narrow it down—classic horror entries: The Wolf Man. In addition to looking at some of the action of the film, this article examines Lon Chaney Jr.’s slow Hollywood rise, the death and rebirth of the horror film at Universal in the 1930s, and the legacy of not only The Wolf Man, but all of the key Universal horror titles.
Universal’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue has never scored as well as either Dracula or Frankenstein, but continues to to find new fans. Despite its often jarring alternating views of what becomes for many a laughable monster, Murders in the Rue Morgue benefits from visuals inspired by German Expressionistic thrillers and the performance of Bela Lugosi, as always giving his all, this time as a menacing character that Poe didn’t even write! An Immortal Ephemera reprint that now includes inline citations along with its latest edit.
We’re familiar with the Warner Brothers ripped-from-the-headlines approach to their crime stories, so what would you expect to happen when they got their hands on Boris Karloff in 1936? It’s the monster versus the mob with a newfangled medical apparatus bearing Lindbergh’s name figuring in the horror angle. A look at The Walking Dead and its Lindbergh Heart from the Immortal Ephemera archives with inline citations and a fresh edit.
Also included is a look at another old movie collectible. This issue it’s the 1936 set of Ardath brand “Who Is This?” tobacco cards. Besides including a few sample images and a complete checklist, this entry includes some background information about tobacco and trading cards as well as the UK-based Ardath company.
While I have been able to measure sales of that first issue, I haven’t received much in the way of direct feedback. There’s no better way for me to gauge your interest than by your leaving a review on Amazon, which also has the added benefit of fueling future sales to new readers.
That does it for the previews! Here’s hoping you enjoy horror-themed issue #2 and return for Classic Movie Monthly #3, which will be available by November 20, 2016. With thanks—
Once again, you can preview or purchase Classic Movie Monthly #2 (eBook) HERE.
I'll be back with a new article or review before the weekend.