Actress Ruth Hussey, perhaps best known to horror fans as
the co-star of the classic 1944 ghost story "The Uninvited,"
died at a nursing home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., from complications
following appendicitis. She was 93. In 1940, Hussey was
Oscar-nominated for her supporting part in "The Philadelphia
Story," which co-starred James Stewart, Cary Grant and Katharine
Hepburn. Born in Providence, R.I., Hussey studied acting,
was a radio fashion commentator and a model before landing
a role in the touring company of "Dead End," Sidney Kingsley's
play about life in a New York slum. This brought her to
the attention of an MGM talent agent and she was soon cast
opposite Spencer Tracy in the 1937 feature "Big City." She
had supporting parts in "Man-Proof," "The Women," "Blackmail,"
"Another Thin Man," "Northwest Passage" and others. Following
her success in "The Philadelphia Story," she continued to
work in supporting parts in such features as "H.M. Pulham,
Esq.," "Tennessee Johnson" and "Tender Comrade." "The Uninvited,"
which co-starred Ray Milland, Gail Russell and Donald Crisp,
is considered by many to be among the finest ghost stories
ever filmed. In it, Hussey and her brother, played by Milland,
purchase an old house on the Cornish coast. At night, they
hear crying and ghostly sounds, experience strange depressions,
and gradually learn about the house's dark past. Hussey
later appeared as Jordon Baker in the second filmed version
of "The Great Gatsby," starring Alan Ladd, and played the
spouse of John Philip Sousa in the biopic "Stars and Stripes
Forever," with Clifton Webb in the title role. She worked
extensively in television throughout the 1950s, appearing
on such programs as "The Ford Television Theatre," "Studio
One," "General Electric Theater," "Science Fiction Theater"
and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."
THE B MOVIE MONTH IN REVIEW
IN THE WHEEL" FANS
So, you're a true horror fan, eh? You've made the hobby
the center of your life, you attend all the conventions,
own every special edition DVD, got a linen-backed "Nightmare
on Elm Street" poster, a traffic citation autographed by
Karloff, a Lugosi cigar stub, three copies of every Anne
Rice book and a shrine to Chris Lee in your bathroom? You're
just a beginner! The folks who stage HAuNTcon (and yes,
the name is upper and lower cased that way) are dedicated
to a degree you can scarcely fathom. What is HAuNTcon? It's
the "National Attraction Tradeshow and Convention" for the
Haunted Attraction and Halloween industries. This is a gathering
of guys familiar with every nut, bolt, screw, plank and
paint stroke on darned-near every spook house extant. They
make the rides that make the whole world scream. You know
those things that go "bump" in the night? These guys make
'em "bump." They know and celebrate the history of haunted
attractions and host an exhibition demonstrating state-of-the-art
Haunted House paraphernalia for those interested in expanding
or upgrading their thrill rides.
HAuNTcon attendees can "visit the haunts you have always
wanted to see. Board comfortable buses with 150 fellow haunters
on a two-day trek for lights-on and lights-off tours of
Haunted Attractions in a nearby city." And, when not busy
attending costume balls and "haunted garage sales," guests
are invited to "attend the many local Haunt Tour/Socials
to get an off-season look at other Haunts and network with
both amateur and pro Haunted Attraction owners, managers
and key staff from the U.S. and Canada." There's also a
lineup of celebrity guests. Last year's included Gunnar
"Leatherface" Hansen, Reggie "Phantasm" Bannister and George
Lutz, the real-life owner of that horrible house in Amityville
that spawned a best-selling book and several movies.
These "dark ride" devotees are hardcore horror fans. Still,
there is one sub-specialty that must be cited for singular
devotion, one that truly separates the doers from the dabblers;
HAuNTcon is sponsored by Haunted Attraction Magazine, the
Halloween Vendor Coalition, The Scream Syndicate and Dallas
Trocars Funeral Car Club. The latter aggregation is made
up of mechanics and car customizers who restore hearses
and other funeral vehicles. They hold funeral car rallies
boasting such events as "Casket Racing Soap Box Style!"
One such rally is a part of this year's HAuNTcon festivities.
Following a hearse parade, funeral car buffs are encouraged
to "share tips on hearse customization and restoration with
other funeral car owners ... so polish up your coffin and
spruce up your corpse." HAuNTcon happens April 22-24 at
the Adam's Mark Hotel in Dallas. To learn more, check out:
While you're at it, rev up your rod and roll on over to:
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It is a good thing to cite those who are uniquely dedicated
to preserving classic films. This particular citation goes
to an uncommon group of musicians known as the Alloy Orchestra.
This three-man aggregation has worked with such groups as
Film Preservation Associates, The Rohauer Collection, and
George Eastman House to present beautiful prints of silent
classics accompanied by their unorthodox musical scores.
According the group's Web site, "An unusual combination
of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives
the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable.
Utilizing their famous 'rack of junk' and electronic synthesizers,
the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety
of styles. They can conjure up an entire symphony or a simple
German bar band of the '20's." Among the films restored,
re-scored and presented by Alloy are "The Lost World," "The
Black Pirate," "A Trip to the Moon," "Metropolis," "The
Unknown" and "Nosferatu." Only recently, the Orchestra presented
the silent classic "Phantom of the Opera" at the Maryland
Film Festival" accompanied by their peculiar instrumentation.
Sampled organ music and traditional instruments including
accordion, clarinet and glockenspiel were employed, as well
as truck springs, horseshoes and other found objects. According
to a Washington Post account, Ken Winkour (who co-founded
the group with Roger C. Miller and Terry Donahue) and his
wife, filmmaker Jane Gillooly, purchased their own "Phantom"
negative and personally oversaw its restoration. Now in
their 12th year, the Alloy Orchestra has appeared at dozens
of national and international film festivals, and several
of their restorations are available on CD, VHS and DVD.
For more info, check out:
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NEWSOM'S "NAKED" AMBITION
Filmmaker, writer and cinemonster historian Ted Newsom recently
unveiled his film, "The Naked Monster," at the RiverRun
Film Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. "It really, honest
to God, was 20 years in the making," says Newsom. The film
is an homage to vintage creature features, and was originally
titled "Attack of the B-Movie Monster" when Ted began piecing
together this labor of love way back when. His nostalgic
monster romp is filled with familiar faces doing star turns
and cameos. Some are now, sadly, dear and departed. "I think
I have the most wonderful cast anybody could ever ask for,"
says Ted. The late, great Ken Tobey is prominently featured,
as is scream queen Brinke Stevens, with cameos by John Agar,
Lori Nelson, Jeanne Carmen, John Harmon, Les Tremayne, Ann
Robinson, Robert Clarke, Robert Cornthwaite, Robert Shayne,
Paul Marco, Forry Ackerman, Gloria Talbott, Michelle Bauer,
Linnea Quigley, Bob Burns (in ape-suit and out) and Daniel
Roebuck. "Plus," Newsom adds, "we've got a 60-foot green
Monstersaurus (Erectus) who sinks the Titanic, smashes a
dam, prowls through Bronson Caverns, destroys the Eiffel
Tower, the Capitol and Big Ben, kicks a T-Bird over the
Golden Gate Bridge, juggles a school bus, pulls James Dean
apart at Griffith Observatory and lays eggs at Vasquez Rocks!"
Add just a dash of nudity and a Ronald Stein score. What
B-movie booster could resist? Watch this space for developments
OPERA A SHORE THING
An opera based on the science fiction classic "The Fly"?
It's the truth, so "help me! Help me!" The Associated Press
reported that Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore
is currently working on an opera based on the David Cronenberg
remake of the classic 1957 film that starred Vincent Price
and David Hedison. Cronenberg is collaborating with playwright
David Henry Hwang. Hwang's play "M. Butterfly" was turned
into a feature film by Cronenberg in 1993. Shore has scored
nine of Cronenberg's films, including "The Fly." Jeff Goldblum
and Geena Davis starred in Cronenberg's graphic 1987 remake.
Shore is one busy composer these days, touring the world
conducting his "Lord of the Rings Symphony" and scoring
director Peter Jackson's "King Kong" remake. "The Fly,"
which is to be staged by the Los Angeles Opera, is tentatively
scheduled for a 2007 premiere.
FOR LITERACY: A NOVEL CONCEPT
Many monster devotees are already familiar with the work
of artist Joe DeVito. He's recently been on a breathless
book tour to promote his "Kong: King of Skull Island." The
veteran painter and sculptor collaborated with writers Brad
Strickland and John Michlig to produce this unique illustrated
novel, which was sanctioned by the estate of Kong creator
Merian C. Cooper and features an introduction by Ray Harryhausen.
Devito is also featured in Illustration '05, the debut issue
of a planned quarterly mag. The initial offering also spotlights
the art of Peter De Seve, Marc Gabana and Joseph Csatari.
Also commendable is Devito's participation in the "One Book"
initiative, "a nationwide effort to broaden and deepen an
appreciation of literature. The intent is to bring people
of all backgrounds and ages together to foster unity and
literacy through sharing books and discussing the important
issues raised by their reading." DeVito will be presenting
"Kong" readings, slide shows and Q&A sessions at various
Pennsylvania county libraries. For more about Joe and his
work, check out:
To take a sneak peak at Illustration '05, visit:
For more on the "One Book" program, go to:
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WITH A HEART
Luminaries from the worlds of horror literature, horror
films and music have donated collectibles to be auctioned
for the benefit of Devon Doherty, a 12-year-old girl with
terminal cancer. Devon's illness was in remission until
recently. Now celebs including MGM Studios, science fiction
author Nancy Osier and rock band Cold Play are banding together
to raise money for medical bills and to make her final days
with her family as happy as possible. Proceeds will also
go toward establishing an organization in her name dedicated
to assisting local families in the early stages of a child's
diagnosis of a serious illness. The auctions are organized
and sponsored by bookseller Matt Schwartz, Brian Knight,
Harry Shannon and Mark Tyree. Among items auctioned so far
are two rare autographed advance reading copies of the Christopher
Golden novels "The Ferryman" and "The Boys Are Back in Town,"
donated by Golden; an advance reading copy of the Richard
Laymon novel "The Lake," with a letter of authenticity,
plus 6 months' free membership to the Leisure Paperback
Horror book club donated by Leisure Books; an autographed
first edition 1981 hardcover copy of Bill Pronzini's novel
"Masque," donated by Pronzini and a 2003 Coldplay tour program
book autographed by all members of the band. Other donors,
according to the horror fan site "bloody-disgusting.com,"
include Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, Tenacious D, Miramax,
Disney and Warner Bros. Many of the auctions have ended
as this is being written, but Schwatrz's "Shocklines" Web
site promises that "many more" are forthcoming. For more
For more about Devon, visit:
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THE DEVIL TO THIS BRIT FEST
The 4th Fantastic Films Weekend, staged by the National
Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford,
UK, happens May 20-24. Because the three previous fests
were so successful, promoters have extended the show to
a three-day event. Highlights this year include an "Exorcist
Marathon" featuring back-to-back-to-back-to-back screenings
of all four "Exorcist" films, special screenings of George
Romero's "Dawn of the Dead, Fritz Lang's silent classic
"Der Mude Tod" accompanied by live music and a 70mm print
of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" shown on a giant curved
screen. Of special interest to B Monster readers is a screening
of Jacques Tourneur's "Night of the Demon," shown in conjunction
with the release of "Beating the Devil: The Making of Night
of the Demon," by Tony Earnshaw. Fans of contemporary (and
decidedly downbeat) sci-fi will be treated to Imax screenings
of all three "Matrix" films. For more info, check out:
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CELLAR SERVES UP THE "BOOS"!
On 14th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in New York City,
you'll find a swinging club called Cellar. Five bucks will
get you their special "Spiked Prom Punch." In fact, every
Monday you can treat yourself to a "scary movie and a spine
tingling drink special," according to Heather, Cellar's
bartender and self-described "horror nut." (They're also
outfitted with a full espresso bar for you cafe gourmands.)
May is "Horror on the Dance Floor" month (hence the prom
punch) and the schedule of films is as follows:
-- May 2: "Carrie"
-- May 9: "My Bloody Valentine"
-- May 16: "Pep Squad"
-- May 23: "The Prowler"
-- May 30: "Prom Night"
There's never a cover and the popcorn is free! You can
give 'em a buzz at 212-477-7747. Or pay 'em a visit and
raise a toast "to Gods and monsters" (and remember to tip
Heather and her co-workers generously). In either case,
let 'em know the B Monster sent you!
WRAPS HIS FRANKENSTEIN HOMAGE
We told you a while back about filmmaker William Winckler
and his determination to produce a film that does justice
to the legacy of the classic Universal horrors. The director
recently announced that principle photography of his black-and-white
tribute, "Frankenstein vs. The Creature From Blood Cove,"
has wrapped. "We really captured the look of a multimillion-dollar,
widescreen, Panavision film," Winckler said in a press release.
"The closer we're getting to completion, the happier I am
with the production. There's no question that 'creature
feature' fans are going to love it!" Winckler has been vehement
in his contention that the classic horrors of the past have
been "mocked or parodied in big-budget adventures like 'Van
Helsing,' but no modern producer has attempted to recapture
the heart, soul and style of the classic monster films.
We're changing that." Winckler's film takes place in a seaside
village where the Monster is resurrected, encountering an
amphibious man-beast. The film stars Larry Butler and Alison
Lees-Taylor and features Butch Patrick of "Munsters" fame,
as well as Troma Films honcho Lloyd Kaufman. Winckler is
perhaps best known as the director of the Russ Myer-inspired
exploitation feature "The Double-D Avenger."
CON SO BIG IT HAS THREE NAMES!
You've got plenty of time to plan for this one: L.A.con
IV aka The 64th World Science Fiction Convention, aka Worldcon,
will take place August 23-27th, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif.
Confirmed guests as of this writing include author Connie
Willis, artist and "Dinotopia" creator James Gurney, longtime
fan, organizer and sci-fi enthusiast Howard DeVore and,
billed as a "special guest," Frankie Thomas," the actor
best known as "Tom Corbett" of the pioneering 1950s TV series
"Tom Corbett, Space Cadet." Details are still sketchy at
this early juncture, but the sprawling convention will occupy
two Anaheim hotels AND the Anaheim Convention Center. To
keep track of developments, check out:
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NEW ON DVD
Portions of the following may be familiar to long-time
B Monster readers, but if distributors can repackage and
re-release films, we can do the same with reviews. Fair
("Invaders From Mars," "Attack From Mars," "Flight to Mars")
INVADERS FROM MARS (1953)
Let's start with the ending, one which has been confusing
genre-film fans for a generation. It's certainly giving
nothing away at this late date to pose the question: Was
it, in the end, all a dream? Dreams are key to this classic
film's success and, some would say, failings. John Tucker
Battle, who conceived the basic idea for the film, was inspired
by a dream his wife had. But Battle wanted the filmed story
to be portrayed as reality without the dream-ending cop-out.
In fact, when a condensed script based on his idea transformed
his reality-based story into a dream, he insisted his name
be taken off the film. And what of the varying endings that
have puzzled sci-fi buffs for years? The fact that multiple
versions of the film have existed for decades might explain
the fan's confusion. (Maybe the VIEWERS dreamed the whole
thing.) Fact is, when the film was sold in the U.K., distributors
said it wasn't long enough, insisting that new scenes be
shot. Producers complied, recutting existing U.S. copies
and shipping them overseas. Fans remember long versions,
short versions, color and black and white versions, versions
cut for TV. Oh, it was a mess. But rest easy. A 35mm negative,
color separations and Cinecolor master print now reside
safely in a climate-controlled vault in Kansas.
So, what about the movie itself? Dreamlike doesn't begin
to describe it. Many baby boomers, upon viewing the film
as adults, are surprised that, even as children, they ever
found the film frightening, suspenseful or otherwise entertaining.
It IS one bizarro movie; a candy colored, blatantly simplistic
fable designed and directed with Spartan integrity by William
Cameron Menzies. But the stripped-down sets, broad acting,
choir soundtrack, forced perspectives and gorgeously fake
backdrops are PRECISELY why the movie works. It's a kid's-eye
view of a terrifying event. It's supposed to reach the child
in you. If you can't come to it on those terms, you probably
shouldn't bother -- but you'll be missing a one-of-a-kind
film. Nothing quite like it has been made since. (The remake
was a disastrous miscalculation. Its makers missed the point
entirely.) A hallmark of the films Menzies designed ("Things
To Come," "Gone With The Wind," "The Whip Hand") was a calculated
artificiality from which "Invaders From Mars" benefits greatly.
The cast is a Who's Who of B-movie favorites -- Arthur Franz,
Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Robert Shayne, Milburn Stone
and, of course, Jimmy Hunt as the pint-sized Martian fighter
who MAY have dreamed the whole darned thing. "Invaders From
Mars" is many things, but it is NOT dated. It's just too
strange, too unlike other films of its vintage to BE dated.
(David Lynch may well have learned a thing or two about
pacing, composition and the tenuous line separating dreams
and reality from this film.) That strangeness has kept it
alive in the memories of sci-fi fans for 50 years. But,
if you think you're too grown up to enjoy it, then you probably
ATTACK FROM MARS (1988)
Wade Williams is a science fiction fan, collector, producer
and all-around entrepreneur. He holds the rights to the
films in this package, which have been distributed via his
Englewood Entertainment company. Williams met sci-fi star
Robert Clarke while the actor was touring with The King
Family and made a stop in Williams' native Kansas. The collector
and "The Hideous Sun Demon" struck up a friendship and Clarke
eventually sold Williams the rights to "Sun Demon" and helped
him secure the rights to other films, including "The Astounding
She Monster" and "Monster From the Surf." Fast forward to
1988, the year Williams bankrolled the Kansas-based sci-fi
homage "Attack From Mars," originally titled "Midnight Movie
Massacre." Williams brought Clarke and "War of the Worlds"
star Ann Robinson to Kansas to perform featured cameos.
Directed by Mark Stock and featuring an amateur cast, the
film is a hash of ideas culled from such cinema and TV sources
as "American Graffiti," "Space Patrol," "Revenge of the
Nerds," "Back to the Future" and "The Blob." The plot involves
patrons of a Burbank movie theater who find themselves under
attack by an alien creature. It's a crude but affectionate
salute to the '50s. Sort of a homemade "Happy Days" Halloween
FLIGHT TO MARS (1951)
I have great affection for this incredibly dull film and
I'll make a brief, labored attempt to explain. It's got
rocketships, it's colorful (love those Crayola-hued, "Destination
Moon" suits), it's cute and wistful, and the cast is great
fun to watch, but I can't defend the pacing and laughable
gaffs in storytelling. (Our heroes begin hatching an escape
plot while their captors are still in earshot. Oh, well.)
Director Lesley Selander was one of the most prolific in
B-movie history, from "Hopalong Rides Again" to "The Vampire's
Ghost" to "Arizona Bushwhackers" (So, what can I tell you?
Cut the man some slack.) Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz
and Virginia Huston fly to Mars, where they find some of
the most seasoned supporting players in B-movie history
running the planet: Morris Ankrum, Robert Barrat, Trevor
Bardette, Stanley Blystone and Tristram Coffin, among others.
Heck, I'd go to Mars in a heartbeat if I could hang out
with those guys.
SHIP/THIR13EN GHOSTS (Back-to-back)
Both of these films are the product of Dark Castle Entertainment,
the company founded by Hollywood big shots Joel Silver and
Robert Zemeckis to produce modestly budgeted shockers that,
so far, have been "in name only" remakes of vintage films.
This "Ghost Ship" bears no resemblance to the Val Lewton/RKO
"Ghost Ship," and none was intended. It was just a good
title. It begins rather wistfully aboard an Italian cruise
ship circa 1962. Passengers and crew are enjoying a cocktail
party and dance on deck, when suddenly a cable snaps and,
before the movie is three minutes old, people are mutilated,
decapitated, limbs severed, in some cases heads are sliced
neatly in two, noggins slowly splitting in half as the camera
savors the moment. Hundreds of bodies litter the deck in
pools of blood. The only survivor is (shades of Stephen
King) a little girl. (What prurient interest do contemporary
filmmakers have in seeing children terrified?) Cut to the
present day. Crusty old skipper, Gabriel Byrne, leads a
team of greedy salvagers who've discovered the derelict
Italian liner adrift in the Bering Sea. The law of the sea
is "finders keepers," so they board the cavernous hulk to
claim whatever booty may be left. All the character types
are present: the hotheaded guy, the suspicious-looking guy,
the feisty chick-in-a-man's-world, the doomed black guy.
Keep score as they get picked off, one-by-one, done in by
various grisly methods by the malevolent spirits that haunt
the floating graveyard. Truth be told, there are one or
two impressive shots, but the predictability and sheer mean-spiritedness
of the enterprise dilute their merit.
laughable tagline used to promote "Thir13en Ghosts," a completely
unnecessary remake of William Castle's schlocky 1960 gimmick-shocker,
should tell you all you need to know about it: "Misery loves
company." We'll assume that applies to everyone who recommended
this film to a friend. The unmitigated nastiness this film
oozes might reflect an astounding laziness on the part of
the filmmakers, apparently working under the assumption
that moviegoers are so callous, numb and jaded that an utterly
vacuous parade of gore effects is the only thing that will
sell tickets. Sadly, the box office returns suggest that
their assumption is entirely correct. The movie cost relatively
little to make (these days, $20 million is relatively little),
with most of the money presumably going to "respectable"
actors -- Tony Shaloub, Embeth Daidtz, F. Murray Abraham
-- in order to bring a whiff of class to the enterprise.
The film turned a tidy profit. Some critics might be tempted
to draw comparisons to the grisly EC horror comics of the
'50s, but there was an element of humor about the EC stories
that has somehow changed with the passage of time into the
just-plain-abusive cynicism evident in too many contemporary
I thought the premise was very promising. The title refers,
of course, to the static and fuzz that is forever in the
ether, emanating from our radios and televisions when they
have no fixed signal. Many ghost hunters believe that the
voices of the dead are decipherable in this hissing as they
try to make verbal contact from the great beyond. It's called
EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena. Sounds like a great hook
for a spooky movie? It is! Did they mount a successful shocker
using EVP as a springboard? Well, sort of. Most scary movies
these days are half-premise and half-payoff, with very little
character-building or layered tension. The shocks all come
in a rush of loud music and crashing glass. With but a few
exceptions, gone are the days of establishing mood and generating
atmosphere. "White Noise" tries a little harder than most
to create an unsettling ambiance, but (a semi-spoiler coming
here) it betrays its intriguing postulations by deteriorating
into the same old serial killer, manhunt mish-mash we've
seen a thousand times.
Michael Keaton plays Jonathan Rivers, a bereaved husband
who stumbles upon EVP in the course of his grieving. In
no time, he's positively obsessed with the practice, installing
all manner of electronic gadgetry in his home in hopes of
discerning his departed wife's voice amid all the crackling
and popping. Debra Kara Unger portrays a simpatico EVPer
who is driven to drastic ends by the ghostly utterings indirectly
foretelling the fates of several missing persons. There
are some creepy scenes of misty faces -- including that
of Keaton's dead wife -- appearing in snowy TV screens,
accompanied by unearthly screams and chilling noises. All
moderately astute moviegoers will have figured out midway
through this picture (spoiler alert!) that the voices are
dropping clues regarding the strange disappearances and
apparently preventable deaths of several young women. This
revelation signals the film's rapid degeneration into a
fairly predictable detective yarn. It's a shame, too, because
the EVP canard could have been exploited to produce a very
effective ghost story. Exploring the mysteries of the afterlife
is a far more intriguing prospect than tracking down one
more crazed killer.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Michael F. Blake, whose books are available through Vestal
Press or at http://www.amazon.com
David Colton, organizer of the Rondo Hatton Awards http://www.rondoaward.com
Vincent DiFate, http://www.vincentdifate.com
Harris Lentz III, whose books are available at http://www.mcfarlandpub.com
Bob Madison, founder and CEO of Dinoship, Inc. http://www.dinoship.com
Bryan Senn, whose books are available at http://www.mcfarlandpub.com
and at http://www.midmar.com/books.html
Tom Weaver, whose books are available at http://www.mcfarlandpub.com
and at http://www.dinoship.com
"Thrills come rocketing to the screen as science smashes
a new frontier!" -- Project Moon Base