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Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster

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Boris Karloff - A name synonymous with horror.Drawing on detailed research, previously unpublished letters, and interviews with those who knew him this new biography dispels the often repeated myths associated with the star - many perpetuated by Karloff himself - and reveals a wealth of new information about the private and professional life of Boris Karloff.Although ...more
Hardcover, 568 pages
Published March 14th 2011 by Tomahawk Press (GA)
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Yasmin
Feb 10, 2014 Yasmin rated it really liked it
While I was reading the first few chapters I actually couldn't decide how this book differed from Gregory Mank's book, other than this one didn't mention Bela Lugosi in the same detail. Then some incidents Gregory Mank's book mentioned seemed to happen differently from the same incident and people in this book? Who to believe! Further along this book did produce more detail, however, some comic turns on the set of certain films didn't get a mention. Once again for lack of detail like Gregory ...more
Jim Dooley
Jun 08, 2013 Jim Dooley rated it it was amazing
This is a truly stunning biography of my favorite actor. The research had to have been exhausting because Karloff himself once indicated that the story of his life would be too boring to make into a movie, and this book belies that statement.

The actor intentionally made himself something of an enigma. I don't believe this was done in an attempt to make himself more interesting, but rather because he felt his personal details should be his alone, even keeping some of them from his family. He ofte
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Mark
Sep 11, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, non-fiction
For horror aficionados, Boris Karloff needs no introductions; he is the face of movie horror’s ‘golden age’, although admittedly that face is usually smothered in the prosthetics that transformed him into the Monster that made his name.

Frankenstein (1931) propelled the then jobbing film actor onto the world stage of international stardom, but by the time this ‘big break’ landed him on his lead-weighted feet, he already had a solid 20-year career as an actor behind him. Ironically, the role of th
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Michael Kocher
Feb 09, 2015 Michael Kocher rated it it was amazing
To some unversed in the lure it may seem like a textbook but to a Horror fan this is an essential and fascinating read. We truly do get a sense of Karloff the man here as well as meticulous research into nearly all of his films.
Amy L. Campbell
Aug 15, 2014 Amy L. Campbell rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Good information, but the presentation is somewhat repetitive and dry. the inclusion of a number of pictures and promotional images adds much to the volume, but if you are looking for a compelling read about Karloff, this is not that book.
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