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Which of the following books would you recommend to me?

1. Christopher Lee - Tall, Dark and Gruesome
2. CHRISTOPHER LEE by Jonathan Rigby

Does the latter one cover LOTR and SW2 more than just mentioning them?



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Short answer: Both!

That being said, while the Rigby book makes only minor reference to both LOTR and SW it does feature a short foreword by George Lucas. However, reading Tall, Dark and Gruesome should pretty much be mandatory for all members here, even though both SW and LOTR are not covered Wink

Whichever you choose (or both) you are in for some good reading. I expect that if you take the time to actually look, you'll find a fair bit of commentary on both books in the Forums here.

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Charles is right, you should read both.

I have both of them and I have extremely enjoyed reading them .

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Has anyone read the Tall, Dark, and Gruesome book by Christopher Lee? If so, is it a really good book?



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I haven't read it - yet - but I've heard enough about it to know that it's well worth the read. Smile

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I have read T,D, and G.

It cover the years from his childhood, to the year that he was making Jinnah. He led a very interesting life. There are parts in the book that will make you laugh, make you cringe, and make you think. It



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Has anyone read the Tall, Dark, and Gruesome book by Christopher Lee? If so, is it a really good book?

It's the "bible" of CL-fandom. Essential reading for any fan.



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Has anyone read the Tall, Dark, and Gruesome book by Christopher Lee? If so, is it a really good book?

A good book??No way. It's a WONDERFUL book. Buy both the British edition and the american edition with one new chapter.



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Get 'em both. They are spectacular. Too bad there isn't more Star Wars Ep II and Lord of the Rings coverage though.

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Thank you Alfonso and Joakim for your answers to my post.

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Where would be the best place to look for a new copy of Tall, Dark and Gruesome in the UK? I checked out Amazon.co.uk briefly, but they only have one pre-owned, paperback copy of the book available, and I'd prefer a new one, to be honest. I could check out my local highstreet, too... but any suggestions or good websites would be welcome!

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Where would be the best place to look for a new copy of Tall, Dark and Gruesome in the UK? I checked out Amazon.co.uk briefly, but they only have one pre-owned, paperback copy of the book available, and I'd prefer a new one, to be honest. I could check out my local highstreet, too... but any suggestions or good websites would be welcome!

I recently had the same problem and was told that T,D & G was out of print in Australia and the U.K. and that I'd better hurry to get one of the remaining US copies (which I did, although it has yet to arrive).

You might find an unsold copy in a store somewhere but I wouldn't count on it and all the used copies of the 1997 edition listed by bookfinder.com cost more than buying it direct from Amazon US. I'd buy the used one from Amazon U.K. if I was you 2.50PS is a steal and used books have character Tongue

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I was going to suggest that interested parties might buy the most recent American edition of Tall, Dark and Gruesome directly from the publisher, .Midnight Marquee , but it appears they are no longer shipping outside of the USA. This practice may explain why many of their books are on sale for $5 a piece. Nothing like limiting your market to boost those sales! (Sarcasm, in case this was not obvious)

Instead allow me to suggest the Advanced Book Exchange store search. Click
here and enter Tall Dark and Gruesome into the title field. Entering Christopher Lee into the author search is not advised, as the historical author of the same name will clutter the results. Worth a shot at any rate!

Good luck!

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If anyone in the UK wants a copy of TALL, DARK AND GRUESOME -- considering that Midnight Marquee doesn't ship overseas, I'd be more than happy to help. Simply buy it from Midnight Marquee and have it shipped to me here in the States. I'll mail it to you in Britain.

If anyone is interested, PM or e-mail me privately. Hey, we fans have to help each other!Cool



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I just have to pop in and post about Midnight Marquee. I've been on their mailing list for years. I think they're in dire straits financially. They've stopped selling to bookstores (because bookstores buy in bulk and get discounts). They've also ceased their postal mailing list (got a notice about that one) and discontinued their 1-800 number.
However, they do have bookplates to go with their copies of Tall, Dark and Gruesome signed by Mr. Lee. They are also now on ebay under

selling original lobby cards from a private collection. Last week they had a European poster from Dracula AD 1972 that I'd never seen before (and went way too high for me to actually get).
I'm not affiliated with them but I've been dealing with them for quite a while. I do trust them. They are one of the very few businesses I deal with on the Internet or otherwise.



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My copy finally turned up today and I was delighted to find that the 1999 Midnight Marquee edition has both extra text and photographs when compared to the 1997 British edition. I am glad I had to go out of my way to get it, if it had still been in print anywhere else I'd have missed out.Tongue

It makes an excellent companion to the combined edition of Peter Cushing's books that they publish, which also had a lot of extra material. I can recommend that people take advantage of the opportunity to get them while they are still available (the Cushing volume is already in short supply, and I've no doubt T,D & G shall be soon enough).

Kikishwa



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Well I just bought the used one on Amazon.co.uk so sorry Jurious. I spent a fruitless Saturday searching for this book in the good old fashion way, however that book search link was quite good to id. some places in UK where they have copies.
I look forward to reading this book to get some good ideas for questions for Mr. Lee and also getting an idea of what it was like back in the Bray years.
Can anyone recommend a good Peter Cushing book to complement the Christopher Lee book?



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Can anyone recommend a good Peter Cushing book to complement the Christopher Lee book?

Yes, the perfect book is 'An Autobiography and Past Forgetting' by Peter Cushing, Midnight Marquee Press, Inc. ISBN 1-887664-26-2, still available from Midnight Marquee http://www.midmar.com/cushing.html directly for $20US (this is listed as being of limited availability). There is also a copy listed on Bookfinder.com for $25US from Hollywood Canteen

which is where I purchased my copy.

This publication contains both volumes of Mr. Cushing's autobiography and a section by Joyce Broughton his friend/secretary of some 35 years, which covers the final years of his life. It is in many ways a true companion volume to the Midnight Marquee edition of T,D & G.

Kikishwa

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I have a question for fans who may have the original hardback copy published in 1977.

I don't have this book myself (I have the re-released hardcover) but recall reading it from our local library. If memory serves me right, it contained a publicity photo taken in 1963/4 on the set of AIP's COMEDY OF TERRORS with the lead cast (Basil, Boris, Peter L, Vincent) assembled around a piano, and on the piano was a sheet of paper with a large inscription "To Christopher" - did I imagine this??? Was it a genuine photo (after all, only Boris had worked with Christopher at this time)



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You are correct, It's on page 225.

The paper reads:

"For Christopher. A sourvenir of three great gentlemen and me"
Vincent.

The photo is genuine since It belongs to Mr Lee's private collection.

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Aah thanks. Am I right in thinking it's a photo signed by Vincent for Christopher some years later (after what must have been their first meeting in 1969) - I have seen this picture in other publications WITHOUT any inscription thereby assuming it was a publicity photo for COMEDY OF TERRORS.



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I was just wondering does anybody here know how I can get that book,Tall,Dark and Gruesome,here,in Finland...?I have no Visa or Mastercard,and I do not know anybody who could order it to me and there aren't any that kind of shop near by that they could order it to me there...



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not wanting to point out the obvious you're in a jam. I got my copy from Amazon paying with Credit Card for a very good price.
I would recommend ordering on internet via amazon or similar so u get a good deal and don't have to wonder around in search of the book.
so sorry to point out the obvious but u need to find a friend or member of family who can pay for it using visa or get a visa card.
Any other way will cost a lot of money.



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I was able to check out that T, D, and G book at my library on Friday and I took just three days to read the book. I thought the book was very good.



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Look into pay pal.

You can set up an account for your self through your checking account.

Old Soul



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Thanks for your advices.I can't get Visa or Mastercard on my own but I think that I have found someone who owns the card and could perhaps order The Tall,dark and Gruesome book to me...



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I happen to have two copies

I happen to have two copies of "Tall, Dark and Gruesome", so I could send you one copy it you wish.

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Tall Dark and Grusome but

Tall Dark and Grusome but thene again I have both I would tell you get both if you can they our a must.

Laurel

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Re. Tall, Dark and Gruesome

I don't understand. I thought Tall, Dark and Gruesome was freely available everywhere under its revamped title, Lord of Misrule?

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