Monday, June 01, 2009

Introduction and Foreword of the CdC Book

I'm happy to announce the folks who took the time to write an Introduction and Foreword to the Cashiers du Cinemart book: Herschell Gordon Lewis and Chis Gore.

I know very few people with their own Wikipedia entries but Herchell Gordon Lewis is one of them. One of the most influential pioneers of exploitation cinema, Lewis anticipated both the "nudie cutie" (The Adventures of Lucky Pierre) and "splatter" films (Blood Feast). Some would even credit him for starting the biker film with his She-Devils on Wheels. The "Godfather of Gore" has made films about politics, fairy tales, swinging, and so much more.

And speaking of Gore (rimshot), Chris Gore should be a familiar name to readers of Cashiers du Cinemart and to film fans in general. Gore made a name for himself in the 1980s via Film Threat magazine. A fellow Michigander, Gore's written books, directed films, and hosted TV shows including a segment on G4's Attack of the Show and IFC's Ultimate Film Fanatic -- of which I was a contestant until I got booted.

That's a long story... one I wrote about in great detail in CdC #14. Now, readers will get to read the other side of the story with Gore's touching foreword to the Cashiers du Cinemart book.

I'm proud to include words by Lewis and Gore in the pages of my book. They're among some great company what with pieces by Rich Osmond, Chris Cummins, Andrew Grant, Skizz Cyzyk, Leon Chase, Michael Thompson, and Andrea White. The book also has original artwork by Nathan Kane, Jonathan Higgins, Pat Lehnerer, and Dean Stahl. With cover art by... well, let me have something to share next month. Stay tuned!

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