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Just ran into my Atlanta neighbor Phil Nutman recently, and he told me the latest on his history of Amicus, which is being published as the latest issue of LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS. It was commissioned as a book years ago, but that deal fell through. The book had the participation of Milton Subotsky, and apparently Phil had access to all sorts of insider documents, so this is surely a must for British horror fans.

http://www.littleshoppeofhorrors.com/
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Looks great! Thanks for the heads up Mike.

I'll definitely be buying this though hopefully a retailer in the UK will stock this as the $10.40 shipping charge is a bit much for me at the moment.
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Good news!The ever reliable FAB Press have this up for pre-order - £6.50 plus £1.99 P&P.

http://www.fabpress.com/vsearch.php?CO=SP198
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Release via e.mail from the author himself:


SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN: THE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF AMICUS PRODUCTIONSBy Philip Nutman  DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS, TORTURE GARDEN, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, ASYLUM, the original TALES FROM THE CRYPT film… classic British anthology horror movies made by Amicus Productions, who worked extensively with author Robert (PSYCHO) Bloch. Now the full story can be told…

In 1985, critically acclaimed, award-nominated writer and journalist Philip Nutman was commissioned to pen the definitive, illustrated history of Amicus Productions, the chief rival to Hammer Films in the British horror movie market of the1960s and ‘70s. Twenty-three years later, the manuscript – now expanded to over 80,000 words – will finally be published in a special issue of LITTLE SHOPPE of HORRORS magazine, one of the longest-running publications devoted to British horror films.

Given unprecedented access to over 600 pages of confidential company documents, memos, faxes, treatments, screenplays and production information, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN: THE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF AMICUS PRODUCTIONS is the definitive critical history of one of the most beloved British film companies during the golden era of horror films when the names Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price guaranteed chilling suspense and shocking scares from quality low budget movies.

· Written and compiled from over 40 hours of exclusive taped interviews, including producer-screenwriter Milton Subotsky, director Roy Ward Baker, screenwriter Christopher Wicking, production manager Theresa Bolland, film editor Peter Tanner and production designer Tony Curtis.
· Contributions from directors Freddie Francis, Gordon Hessler and Paul Annett, and author/screenwriter Robert Bloch.
· Extensive, exclusive quotes from a never-published interview with producer Max J. Rosenberg, conducted by acclaimed film historian Tom Weaver.· Featuring over 260 stills, international posters and ad mats – many never-before-published.
· Stunning front and back covers by Mark Maddox and acclaimed animator Bruce Timm.
· Original artwork by comic book legend Stephen B. Bissette (SWAMP THING), acclaimed poster artist/designer Graham Humphreys (THE EVIL DEAD, et al), Adrian Salmon and Neil Vokes. Plus original sketches by Peter Cushing!
· A guide to Amicus films on DVD.
· Complete, detailed filmography of all Amicus productions.

Learn:
· How CITY OF THE DEAD (aka HORROR HOTEL) nearly didn’t get made and its connection to the Hollywood Ten;
· How DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS was financed three weeks after the start of principal photography;
· That Amicus wanted to turn superhero Spider-Man into a movie written by Lenny Bruce in the early ‘60s;
· What was censored from THE SKULL;· Why Oscar winner Freddie Francis nearly quit directing after making THE DEADLY BEES;
· The truth concerning the behind-the-scenes creative battles over SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, and how Rosenberg & Subotsky were barred from the set of their own movie;
· How the anthology film ASYLUM was in British movie theaters 14 weeks after the start of filming and before TALES FROM THE CRYPT was released;
· How the success of Amicus led to the company’s downfall;
· And much, much more…

100 Pages. Color, laminated covers. B&W interiors.  Signed copies (limited to 300) $12.00 plus S&H direct from the author. For more info and ordering instructions (PayPal included) <http://www.PhilipNutman.com>www.PhilipNutman.com
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Cool stuff! I've got a copy on pre-order via Fab Press, really looking forward to reading it. :'(
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My copy arrived yesterday and it's a beauty! This is cram packed with text and will keep me going for quite a while.

It's a 'must buy' item for anyone with even a passing interest in Amicus and British horror.
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Agreed Jonny! For Amicus fans this the definitive read. Wonderful stuff!
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