THE GRUESME TENSOME, a fiction anthology from Novello publishers celebrating the films of Herchell Gordon Lewis, is now available for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gruesome-Tensome-T
I first met Herschell at a convention in Pittsburgh, where I gave him a copy of SLIME CITY even though I knew he'd never watch it (I almsot never watch the DVDs given to me at shows either, sorry). When I saw him at Chiller in New Jersey, he was walking arund with a cane, and I feared he was in poor health, That must have been 12 years ago! Next, he came to Buffalo to receive an award from a local film festival, screen 2,000 MANIACS, and sing that song of his. I did PR for the festival, and I was pleased we got the cover of Artvoice and packed the house. I had him and his wife over for dinner, along with Roy Frumkes, and he told us some great stories. I had a cake made with posters for one of Herschell's movies and Roy's STREET TRASH. He's a charming fellow, to be sure.
Perhaps one year later, someone hired me to write a screenplay which that person would direct and produce. I think he had a title, "Who Is Killing the Scream Queens?" but not much else. I wrote a script that found a killer stalking a horror convention and the set of a low budget horror film, and it featured fictionalized versions of Debbie Rochon and Herschell (as the unlikely hero). I really liked the script, but he guy who hired me to write it never made it. When Nick Cato asked me to write a story for THE GRUESOME TENSOME I remembered that script, and really wished I could have done something with it. Instead, I wrote a story that also features a fictionalized version of Herschell, set in the convention scene, but it's a totally different story. It's nice to share a TOC with friends, and I'm glad the book is almost out after several delays. Awesome cover!
Note to self: when writing good scripts for piss poor money, always a include a reversion clause in case the film is never made.