NEWS

Coming soon in The Creeps magazine #26 — two more stories by Don.

Don has been asked by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. to right the foreword  to a new edition of the Burroughs novel Tarzan and the Lost Empire.

Very happy to present the 1st issue of  Vampiress Carmilla, the brand-new horror-comics magazine from Warrant Publishing, the same company that gives you The Creeps, edited by Rich Sala. Don wrote some stories in this issue, including Carmilla’s origin.  He is also the magazine’s Associate Editor. Vampiress Carmilla It will be out this November — but the wait will be worth it

 

 Available now (click Store, above)!

Don just found out that an in-depth interview he did a couple years ago is on YouTube.  Much of the interview is devoted to his movie Tales of Frankenstein. If you’d like to listen to it, click Monster Kid Radio .

Don just learned that “Bad Choke” — the only story he ever wrote for the Skywald line of horror-comics magazines, and decades ago — has been reprinted, included in the 2nd volume of the Psycho collection…

   

 

Don had been scheduled to be a guest this August at Terrificon, to be held in Mohegan, Connecticut.   Unfortunately, because of the Coronavirus situation, that even has been canceled, but will probably be held in August of 2021.  Again Don has been asked to be a guest.

Back in the mid-1970s, some stories Don wrote for the Red Circle (Archie) comic-book line — Chilling Adventures in Sorcery and Madhouse — were illustrated by Vicente Alcazar, a great new-to-the-USA artist from Spain. Recently Rich Sala, editor of  The Creeps and Vampiress Carmilla, told Don that Vicente had joined his Warrant Publishing Company bullpen — and asked if he could write a story tailored to Vicente’ style. Rich’s only requirements were that the story include ghosts, a haunted house and run 5 pages. Two days later Rich had the story, all requirements met.  Don is tthrilled to  work with Vicente again after more than 4 decades.  The story will appear in Vampiress Carmilla.

                                                

The Creeps editor/publisher Rich Sala asked Don to write a story to go along with this cover painting by artist Ken Kelly. It’s kind of a reunion for Ken and Don, as Ken did the cover art for a 1981 New English Library edition of Don’s novel Frankenstein Lives Again!

                                                          

Don recently did an interview for the Epic Marvel Podcast, mostly focusing upon my work for Marvel Comics. To hear it, go to… https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/27618816/download.mp3

Marvel issued this hard-cover volume of 1970s Captain America comic-book stories, some of which were written by Don. To provide some information about scripting those stories, Don was commissioned by Marvel to write a special introduction for this collection.

Well, there is a positive side to the current Coronavirus crisis. Stuck at home, Don has kept busy working — including writing more stories for Vampiress Carmilla magazine,  re-writing a movie treatment for a producer friend in Japan, and gathering images for the cover art of a new (still secret) pulp-style novel he’s written to be published by M3 Publishers (McNae, Marlin & Mackenzie).

 

                       

 

From David Matthews: “I saw The Invisible Man at the Alamo Drafthouse (Brooklyn) last night and the pre-show program included this black and white short from 1962 called The Invisible Teenager that was pretty good. And then I got tell my friend how I’d met the director before. Hope you’re well.” Here’s the (spoiler alert!) ending of Don’s old amateur movie… (So. does that quality for a theatrical release?)  All of Don’s amateur movies can be seen on the DVD set I Was a Teenage Movie Maker.

                 

And on a similar note, this message subsequently came in from Jeff Mariotte: ” Don, I’m at the Alamo Draft House in Chandler, AZ, and they showed a clip from The Day I Vanished in the pre-show for !”

                                           

 

Don is set to direct at least two movies for producer Gregory Hatanaka’s Cinema Epoch this year.  The first is As I Kiss You, a character drama, and the second is a thriller. Hatanaka’s company will also distribute the films.  But the projects have been delayed because of the Coronavirus crisis.

“Marquis Who’s Who” informed Don that he is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 

Due to the very sad death of his good friend, the multi-talented Nicola (Nick) Cuti, Don will be assuming his chores and title as Associate Editor for The Creeps magazine.  Don first heard of Nick in the first issue of Vampirella, in which they both had stories. 

COMING! M3 Publishers (McNae, Marlin & Mackenzie), which published Don’s Tales of Frankenstein Collectors Photo-Boook  is re-issuing two of his old non-fiction books, True Vampires of History and True Werewolves of History. This will be a double book (or what M3 calls a “flip book”) — turn Vampires over and you have Werewolves.  Don  worked up these dummy images, but the books will most likely feature artwork rather than movie stills on their covers, as they are not about films.  M3 and Don have plans for several more books this year, including an original novel.

                                                    

Lots of cool collectors products relating to Don’s movies and music are now available (see below):

          

 

Rigs Mordo and the other nice people at BLACK LAGOON magazine just published a comprehensive 38-page interview/article about Don . The magazine is from France-Belgium, but it’s in French. This is the “poster” back cover… 

 

AUTOGRAPHS

For those of you who have asked if you can get an autograph of Don, the answer is Yes, coming directly from Don. Available and signed (personally to you if requested) are the following items (other items found on Ebay, Don’s handle being dinodfg).  Orders can be combined to save on postage. For inquiries, Don can be contacted through this website or via Facebook:

Index card with autograph.  $10 (postage included); signed copies of anything sent to Don that he wrote or was involved ith, $10 plus return-stamped envelope or box.

8″ x 10″ glossy color photograph showing Don surrounded by some of the comic-book characters whose adventures he’s written, including three he created (Dr. Spektor, Dagar and Tragg).  $25 plus $2.50 1st class postage & handling.

True Vampires of History (1971, paperback), Don’s first published book (under his own name), brand new condition.  $15 plus $4 1st class postage & handling).

Magazine-format copies of his New Adventures of Frankenstein series of stories (brand new condition, but forgive all the typos!).  $15 plus $7.50 media rate postage and handling).

Collectors’ TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN 2019 CALENDAR, edited with photos taken by Don.  $7.50 plus $5.50 1st class postage & handling.

Signed copies of any issues of The Creeps and Vampiress Carmilla in which Don, who is also Associate Editor of the magazines, wrote (your choice of issue number,  while still available). $10 plus $2.50 1st class postage & handling.

                                                                           

 

Original fliers for some of Don’s movies — 8.5″ x 11″, full color,  two-sided, lots of photos from the films and great for getting cast and crew signatures:  Dinosaur Valley Girls and Scarlet Countess ($5 each),  Tales of Frankenstein, Blood Scarab, The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula  (aka Scarlet Countess) and The Mummy’s Kiss: 2nd Dynasty,  plus $2.50 1st-class postage and handling.

                                 

Tales of Frankenstein one-sided, color postcard from one of Don’s movies reproducing the film’s official poster;  also, postcard featuring Don with the Penny Arkade rock group–   $5  (free postage).

                             

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Don, in his capacity as West Coast Representative of Las Vegas Talent Agency (https://lvtalent.com/) , which books talent of various kinds for nationwide gigs, has been creating rosters for the agency’s“  Scream Queens” and (https://lvtalent.com/talent/scream-queens/) and “TV Horror Hosts” (https://lvtalent.com/talent/tv-horror-hosts/) sections.  So, if you are looking for any scream queens or horror hosts to appear at  your convention or other special event, check out those links.


 

AND…

Don created seven 2019 collectors calendars available with photos from his Pecosborn Productions movies TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN and DANCES WITH WEREWOLVES. For ordering information (now that we’re into 2019, prices have been reduced), see the “store” at www.pecosborn.com

Don often collaborates with good friend Steve Kaplan, who owns Las Vegas Talent Agency (Las Vegas Trade Show Models“) .  The agency books all kinds of talent for trade shows, conventions, movies and TV shows, commercials, print ads, event staffing, etc… Although based in Las Vegas, it also  gets bookings for in other parts of the USA.  Frequently Steve calls Don for referrals. Don is only too happy to help.  Don is officially the agency’s West Coast Representative.

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