Andy's Reviews > Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre

Dark Carnival by David J. Skal
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Mar 19, 08

bookshelves: hollywoodbabylon
Recommended for: horror film fans
Read in February, 2008

Weird book that contradicts itself several times (was Dracula a flop or wasn't it?). The gossip on the making of "Freaks" is worth the price of the book alone. And anything about Lon Chaney is entertaining to read.
What I liked about the book was the way the authors explained how Browning's perpetual storytelling of cripples made World War I veterans feel like someone in Hollywood was compassionate to them. I never thought of that!
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