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Australian Gothic: The Untold Story of the Australian Dracula Stage Tour of 1929 - Coming Very Soon

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My latest book, published by Wildside-Kronos, will be ready to ship in the coming week.  If you have any interest in theatre in Australia, or horror movies, or plays or just history in general, then you'll want to read this.  Complete with an introduction by the legendary Stephen Bissette and original (and amazing) illustrations by Steve Lehman, this is shaping up to be beyond my wildest expectations.

I'll post the links when they're ready, so you can rush out and buy this.  As always, I'm more than happy to talk about the topic, just ask and you'll find it difficult to shut me up.

They Don't Make Ads Like This Anymore: The Miracle Man

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Despite being released in 1919 in America, this Lon Chaney classic wasn't released in Australia until early 1920.  It's as good an ad as you're likely to see, and with an image that I'm pretty sure was created by a local Australian artist.

And, you never know, a complete copy of this film might well still exist, sitting in a box in an attic somewhere...just waiting to be discovered.

100 Years Ago: The Great McEwin - Would Make A Cat LAUGH

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100 years ago today I'd be buying tickets to see The Great McEwin, and if that cat didn't chuckle on it's own accord, I'd be throwing fruit at the stage.  I mean, just look at those reviews.  If McEwin wasn't your tonic, then I don't know that anyone could have helped you.

A few weeks later The Great McEwin was reviewed.


McEwen at the Town Hall. McEwin still holds Adelaide laughing at mystified. For three weeks he has drawn great crowds to the Town Hall, for few can resist his magnetism, and those who do are missing one of the most interesting a and amusing shows seen in Adelaide. Many people have gone over and over again to see him, and are still reserve seats ahead, for it is impossible to tire of the entertainment.  If anyone want a laugh cure, McEwin is the best physician and he never fails. Sceptics have only to see his performance to be convinced. Hypnotism is a science, beneficial to the utmost degree, and McEwen is a worthy exponent of that science. His sh…

The Guyra Ghost Mystery - Solved?

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What would you say if I told you that, after nearly 100 years, the mystery of the Guyra Ghost has been solved?  Well, that's exactly what I'm about to reveal, later this year.

Since I wrote about the long, lost, Australian film, "The Guyra Ghost", for Monster! #31, I became interested in the event itself.  So I immersed myself into the mystery and felt, as always, that there was far more to this than what we've always read.  And I was right.

For, you see, I believe I've uncovered the person responsible for at least part of the so called haunting.  I won't name that person here, or why I suspect them, but, suffice to say, the book that I will be publishing as a limited edition will explain all.

Watch this space...

They Don't Make Ads Like This Anymore: Starlord

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They Don't Make Ads like This Anymore: Marvel Preview

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Uncle Stan Says, "Happy 4th of July!"

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Ok, so it's the 5th here.  And I'm not an American.  But I am amused by the amount of Americans who, over the years, have expressed their amazement that we Australians don't celebrate their Independence Day.  My standard answer, I'm sure we will, on the same year that Americans celebrate Australia Day.  But plenty of Americans have wished me well on Australia Day, so allow me to return the favour.

Enjoy your day of days and try not to shoot yourself or anyone else for that matter.