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Michel Parry – Christopher Lee’s ‘X’ Certificate

Posted by demonik on September 8, 2007

Michel Parry (ed) – Christopher Lee’s ‘X’ Certificate (Star, 1975)

Christopher Lee’s X certificate

Introduction – Christopher Lee

Fritz Leiber – The Spider
Henry Kuttner – I, The Vampire
Robert Bloch – Talent
Basil Copper – Amber Print
Clark Ashton Smith – The Gorgon
Peter Flemming – The Kill
Richard Matheson – Blood Son
Robert E. Howard – The Black Stone
W. C. Morrow – The Monster Maker
Bram Stoker – The Judges House

Stories pertaining to the perils of the film industry (see also Peter Haining’s The Hollywood Nightmare) and Lee’s experiences of same, even if the stories are selected by Parry. The majority need no introduction, although Leiber’s delightful The Spider  isn’t as well known as it deserves to be. You’ll probably have most of these stories a number of times over, but that doesn’t make the likes of Matheson’s brilliant vampire story, Flemming’s werewolf yarn or Morrow’s variation on the Frankenstein theme bad stories and fans of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will surely appreciate Basil Copper’s unseen footage.

Lee’s introduction contains the perennial grouching about playing Dracula, and why he won’t be doing so again …

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