Sunday, June 06, 2010


Donna is just now putting the final touches on the inside covers, but the front cover -- an image of Romy Schneider from HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO made still more scintillating by Charlie Largent -- is ready for unveiling!

You may note that this is indeed our 20th anniversary issue and, for the first time in those 20 years, my name is on the cover. Other contributors like Kim Newman and Steve Bissette have had this honor, but this is a first for me, in this country anyway. For those of you who have been clamoring for me to write more for VW, I actually wrote more than half of this issue -- the Franco essay alone is our longest single-piece feature article ever, practically novella-length at 34 pages (advertising free, of course), plus there's three-page "Watchdog Barks" editorial and I also reviewed some films, including CLOUZOT'S INFERNO. So no one can say I didn't give this anniversary issue my best shot.

Also in this issue, David J. Schow performs a post mortem on FEATURES FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, a book that McFarland and Company withdrew from sale slightly more than a month after its publication date. It's our longest book review ever! Plus Kim Newman on SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, John Charles on some Paul Naschy rarities, and much more. For more details, visit out Coming Soon pages here.


  1. Anonymous7:01 PM

    cool cover!

  2. Gary Redman1:58 PM

    I'm looking forward to Mr Schow's take on FEATURES FROM THE BLACK LAGOON which was and continues to be a great source of debate over at the CHFB

  3. Anonymous2:52 AM

    Romy Schneider and Jess Franco - you have great taste. I can't wait!

  4. De Minimis6:21 PM

    Got my copy in the mail yesterday!
    As usual, I've found several new things to check out, and makes me want to give Franco another try [haven't seen any of these earlier films.]

    Great to hear that you're making the sold out issues available again...any word as to what's next in line for that?

  5. We're undecided about which back issue should be next in line for the reprint treatment. We'd be glad to hear suggestions!


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