Filmmaker, magazine editor and writer Chris Alexander announced today that he is in production on a new book centering on a classic film series that stands among the most fascinating and enduring of all time.
CORMAN/POE: Interviews and Essays Exploring the Making of Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe Films, 1960-1964will be published by Britain’s Headpress Books and released in early 2022.
“No other film series means as much to me as those iconic eight pictures collectively referred to as Roger Corman’s ‘Poe Cycle’,” says Alexander.
“I’ve spent decades thinking about them, obsessing over them, re-watching them and writing about them. CORMAN/POE is my passion project; a collection of my thoughts and observations mixed with extensive, in-depth interviews that I’ve conducted with Roger over the years. I’m thrilled that Headpress has taken a chance on this book.”
Corman’s “Poe Cycle” officially consists of eight movies, starting with 1960’s HOUSE OF USHER then continuing with 1961’s PIT AND THE PENDULUM, 1962’s PREMATURE BURIAL and TALES OF TERROR, 1963’s THE HAUNTED PALACE and THE RAVEN and 1964’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and THE TOMB OF LIGEIA. Most of these pictures starred horror icon Vincent Price and were written (and “freely adapted”) by the likes of Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and Robert Towne. Popular in their time as escapist horror fare, the films have since gone on to be recognized as essential works of cinema.
CORMAN/POE: Interviews and Essays Exploring the Making of Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe Films, 1960-1964 is now in production and will be released by Headpress Books in 2022.