Maximum Effort

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AuthorHouse, 2002 - Law - 188 pages

Halloween Candy is a Jack O'Lantern of a book. An anthology of horror fact and fiction, newly stuffed after a night of trick-or-treating with film critiques, short stories, haunted house reports, punditry, a screenplay, and an interview with Dark Shadows actor Jonathan Frid. Writings dark and serious and whimsical, and all else that is horror.

Included are new items, and reprints from Wicked Mystic, 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, Midnight Marquee, Horror, Sci-Fi Universe, and Filmfax. Filmfax trimmed my interview of Jonathan Frid, perhaps assuming few readers were interested in Frid's childhood and early career. I restore that information for those who are.

This horror anthology book also contains my horror anthology screenplay . . . Halloween Candy. A screenplay that was honored with an American Film Institute reading (moderated by Robert Wise--The Haunting), was thrice-optioned, and at one point was set to be directed by Tom Savini. This book contains both the screenplay and a recounting of "the making of Halloween Candy." Or rather, how the film almost got made . . . again and again and again. A behind-the-scenes look into the world of low-budget horror filmmaking.

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