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Comment by Jean-Claude MICHEL on May 27, 2015 at 4:17am

Dear Mr. James M. Martin, I need to contact you about Tod Slaughter. I tried to send you a MP, but without success...

Jean-Claude Michel, France

Comment by Andrew Hall on March 19, 2015 at 12:26pm

Hey, I thought I'd mention that I have a vampire short story book on Kindle. There's also one Lovecrafty tale thrown in there, too.

Here it is if you want to take a look at it.

Comment by James M. Martin on March 18, 2013 at 6:14pm

To me, the zombie thing is sort of like Invasion of the Body Snatchers on steroids, only it isn't the same McCarthyite aliens planting seed pods that serve as exotropic foetuses in vegetative states; no, today, it's zombies.  And the message would seem a lot more nihilistic.  One might see the zombies as religious fanatics, one supposes, but in any case they are a troubling trend in American thought.

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Comment by James M. Martin on July 1, 2012 at 9:58am

Not exactly, Steph.  The first filmization of the popular melodrama, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was with Todd Slaughter, a beer and onions road show actor who chewed up scenery with greatest glee, always the villain, waxy mustache and all.  His movies only showed up at 3 a.m. and I rented 35mm prints of such as Maria Marten and Murder in the Red Barn and screened them at Royce Hall, UCLA.  That was how I met Dr. Reed.  The Depp was the musical version with Sondheim lyrics, but there is a non-musical version out there, too.  But the one I mean was made in 1936 and was titled Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Comment by Steph S. on July 1, 2012 at 9:50am

Hi again James!

I would love to hear your memories. 

Harlan Ellison is great - I love his Star Trek stories. 

I saw that movie The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Sweeney Todd with Johnny Depp and I really liked it.

So glad to have you in the group!

Comment by James M. Martin on July 1, 2012 at 9:39am

This would be as good a place as one might find to relate my memories of The Count Dracula Society, the late Forrest Ackerman and other incidents.  I have wanted to write a memoir of Los Angeles in the 60s.  I may still do it.  I've only today begun to appreciate some of the people I met through the CDS, including Harlan Ellison.  Dr. Donald Reed steered the group toward giving me a special honor one year for the revival of the films of melodrama genius Todd Slaughter. Lo and behold, Mr. Sondheim realized the potentialities in Todd's signature picture, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Todd was high camp.

Comment by Steph S. on February 12, 2012 at 2:22pm

Walking Dead returns tonight!

Lots of zombies!


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