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Film Tricks: Special Effects in the Movies
Harold Schechter, David Everitt

H. Quist, 1980


The Manly Handbook
David Everitt, Harold Schechter

Berkley Trade, 1982

If you don't wear designer jeans, stay up until all hours to watch Robert Conrad reruns, instantly switch stations when a Barry Manilow song comes on the radio, daydream about leading a commando attack against the Richard Simmons Show and aren't French...then this book is for you! This humorous classic will teach you all you need to know about acceptable manly conduct. It covers everything from style, making friends, fighting, food, media and ...


Conversation Pieces
Kurt (Sel. ) and Schechter, Harold(Sel. ) Brown

Everyman's Library, 2007

To write a poem is to become part of a great conversation with one's literary predecessors, but the poems in this anthology are a special breed, their authors deliberately addressing a particular poem or poet of the past or present. They may be replies, reproofs, updatings, acts of sabotage or adulation; they may argue with, elaborate upon, poke fun at, or pay tribute to their originals. From Raleigh's famous answer to Marlowe's "Passionate ...


Original Sin: The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman
Jim Jarmusch, Harold Schechter

Green Candy Press, 1998

Art. Artist Joe Coleman's ORIGINAL SIN contains visually stimulating and radically graphic nightmarish images. Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, historian Harold Schechter and art critic/poet John Yau contribute essays to this extremely dark "coffin table" book. Joe's work is often compared to illuminated manuscripts because of the great detail contained within each piece. His acrylic paintings depict acts of violence, some of which even include gory ...


Patterns in popular culture: A sourcebook for writers
Harold Schechter, Jonna G. Semeiks

Harper & Row, 1980


Deviant: The Shocking and True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
Harold Schechter

Pocket, 1989


The Manly Movie Guide: Virile Video & Two-Fisted Cinema
Harold Schechter, David Everitt

Berkley Trade, 1997

In the search for quality entertainment, a man must be heavily armed against the snobbery and derision of a Leonard Maltin or a Janet Maslin. Here, at last, is a movie reference guide that doesn't look down its nose at action films, but actually celebrates the genre. Based on rock-hard decades of macho wisdom, The Manly Movie Guide is your ticket to movies that shoot first and ask if it makes sense later. Yet this masterful compendium goes ...


The Hum Bug
Harold Schechter

Pocket, 2002

Premier mystery author Harold Schechter revisits the chilling world of NEVERMORE in this novel of historical suspense, the second in his critically acclaimed series starring Edgar Allen Poe. It's the spring of 1844, and Edgar Allan Poe and his young wife, Sissy, have moved to the publishing centre of America, New York City. When P.T. Barnum, the 'Prince of Humbugs', advertises a display of Davy Crockett's authentic belongings, Poe is determined ...


The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
Harold Schechter

Ballantine Books, 2007

From renowned true-crime historian Harold Schechter, whom The Boston Book Review hails as “America’s principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers,” comes the riveting exploration of a notorious, sensational New York City murder in the 1890s, the fascinating forensic science of an earlier age, and the explosively dramatic trial that became a tabloid sensation at the turn of the century. Death was by poison and came in the ...


The Mask of Red Death
Harold Schechter

Ballantine Books, 2004


Harold Schechter

Pocket Books, 1991

Known for meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed accounts of horrific true crime legends, Harold Schechter takes readers inside the very heart and mind of true evil. Here is the grisly truth of Ed Gein, the killer whose fiendish fantasies inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' - the mild mannered farmhand bound to his dominating mother, driven into a series of gruesome and bizarre acts beyond all imagining. In chilling detail, DEVIANT ...


Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

Everyman's Library, 2011

Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem is a spine-tingling collection of terrifically creepy poems about the deadly art of murder. The villains and victims who populate these pages range from Cain and Abel and Bluebeard and his wives to Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, and Mafia hit men. The literary forms they inhabit are just as varied, from the colorful melodramas of old Scottish ballads to the hard-boiled poetry of twentieth-century noir, ...


The Serial Killer Files
Harold Schechter

Ballantine Books, 2004

"The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers." Synopsis: "What drives a serial killer to commit shocking and heinous acts? Is this a modern phenomenon? How do these monsters among us choose their victims? These questions and many more are answered within... From killer couples to black widows, cannibals to torturers, Harold Schechter presents remarkable in-depth case studies of homicidal psychopaths and maniacs, ...


The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End

Ballantine Books, 2009

In the tradition of Mary Roach’s bestselling Stiff and Jessica Mitford’s classic exposé The American Way of Death comes this meticulously researched, refreshingly irreverent, and lavishly illustrated look at death from acclaimed author Harold Schechter. With his trademark fearlessness and bracing sense of humor, Schechter digs deep into a wealth of sources to unearth a treasure trove of surprising facts, amusing anecdotes, practical ...


Harold Schechter

Gallery Books, 2009

In an era that produced some of the most vicious female sociopaths in American history, Jane Toppan would become the most notorious of them all. AN ANGEL OF MERCY In 1891, Jane Toppan, a proper New England matron, embarked on a profession as a private-duty nurse. Selfless and good-natured, she beguiled Boston's most prominent families. They had no idea what they were welcoming into their homes.... A DEVIL IN DISGUISE No one knew ...


True Crime: An American Anthology
Harold Schechter

Library of America, 2007



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