Lon Chaney Jnr, Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, Bela Lugosi and Robert Quarry: five noted 20th Century actors who all, at one time or another in their careers, became associated with horror film roles; and who all faced restrictive typecasting and had their own, more personal demons to battle.
In this fascinating and authoritative book, researcher Mark Iveson presents insightful biographies of the five actors, whose lives all had tragic aspects – almost as if they themselves were somehow cursed by their most famous roles.
Five amazing, intersecting and often shocking life stories, involving tales of vampires, werewolves, child murderers and other assorted monsters, not to mention Sherlock Holmes – and, behind the scenes, devastating alcoholism, drug addiction, family scandal and financial ruin.
284pp. 6×9 format paperback book.
Published 3 November 2015
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Iveson was born in Gateshead. He spent his early childhood in London before returning permanently to the North-East as a teenager. He currently works as a civil servant for the Department for Work and Pensions.
A horror movie buff from a young age, Mark has a near photographic knowledge of the genre. He also loves science fiction, British film comedy and the James Bond series.
Mark began writing film, theatre and gig reviews for several work-related magazines and periodicals. He went on to write for the Glasgow-based vampire magazine Bite Me, provided theatre reviews for the North East arts magazine Up Front and non-film-related articles for the Swiss-based English-language magazine The Geneva Times.
Mark currently writes for the movie webmag Shadowlocked, where he has over thirty articles and reviews to his name. The articles are available at www.shadowlocked.com.
In addition to writing and cinema, Mark has a passion for music; he plays guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo. He sings and performs at several buskers’ nights around Newcastle as well as organising his own. He also plays the odd pub gig.
To help develop his writing skills further, Mark attends the Swanwick Writers’ Retreat at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire.
Photograph © Carolyn Eastgate.