‘What’s important about an actor is his acting, not his life.’ – Vincent Price
Vincent Leonard Price Junior died on 25 October 1993 from lung cancer, and complications of emphysema and Parkinson’s disease. His death left family, friends and fans with a great sense of loss, especially in Britain where The Times obituary described him as ‘the king of modern horror movies.’
Price was significantly influential in Britain. When American International Pictures, who Price was under contract with, established a base in London in the sixties, most of his subsequent movies were made in the UK. His British output consolidated his popularity among fans, and provided him with many career defining performances.
This book explores the British films of Vincent Price. From Masque of the Red Death and The Tomb of Ligeia, through The Abominable Doctor Phibes and Theatre of Blood, to The Monster Club and Edward Scissorhands, author Mark Iveson leaves no stone unturned in his love and appreciation of Price’s work. A fascinating tribute to a man who can never be equalled or replaced.
Reviews for Cursed Horror Stars:
‘Fascinating and authoritative.’ The Consulting Detective
‘A literate and pacy read. Informative and well researched.’ Amazon Reviewer
249pp. 6×9 format paperback book.
Published April 2020
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Iveson was born in Gateshead. He spent his early childhood in London before returning permanently to the North-East as a teenager. He currently works as a civil servant for the Department for Work and Pensions.
A horror movie buff from a young age, Mark has a near photographic knowledge of the genre. He also loves science fiction, British film comedy and the James Bond series.
Mark began writing film, theatre and gig reviews for several work-related magazines and periodicals. He went on to write for the Glasgow-based vampire magazine Bite Me, provided theatre reviews for the North East arts magazine Up Front and non-film-related articles for the Swiss-based English-language magazine The Geneva Times.
Mark currently writes for the movie webmag Shadowlocked, where he has over thirty articles and reviews to his name. The articles are available at www.shadowlocked.com.
In addition to writing and cinema, Mark has a passion for music; he plays guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo. He sings and performs at several buskers’ nights around Newcastle as well as organising his own. He also plays the odd pub gig.
To help develop his writing skills further, Mark attends the Swanwick Writers’ Retreat at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire.