Don’s short story “Dr. Karnstein’s Creation,” first published in the 1977 paperback THE RIVALS OF FRANKENSTEIN and reprinted several times since, the basis for a segment in his movie TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN, will be included in an anthology book of vampire stories edited by Charles Rutledge and Cliff Biggers, to be published later this year by Pavane Press.
Again Don will be a guest with a table at, with things he wrote to sign and sell …
Coming, another cover story — illustrated by Nik Poliwko…
Don is also proud also to have written the foreword to this new authorized edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel Tarzan and the Lost Empire, illustrated by Joe Jusko. ERB was a huge influence on Don’s writing and his becoming a writer.
Don wrote the foreword to Dracula of Transylvania, an epic new take on the original Bram Stoker novel, authored and illustrated by his very good friend (and fellow aficionado of classic monsters and dinosaurs) Ricardo Delgado. The book is now available on line from a number of sources.
The premiere issue of Vampiress Carmilla magazine is already out and here’s a sneak peek at issue #2 — featuring Don’s cover (painted by Sanjulian) story “House of Whacks,” about Lizzy Borden, illustrated by Doc Zab. Doc’s “splash page” (my text not yet added) is shown here…
Many thanks to Mike Stax of the rock group Loons (also publisher of Ugly Things magazine and author of the book Swim Through the Darkness, both of which include histories of Don’s old band, Penny Arkade) for the lengthy interview he did with Don with pertinent information relating to the still-secret project involving the Penny Arkade. Don will make an announcement here soon!
Over at Strange Particle Press, two of Don’s upcoming books are already in production. First up will probably be his new novel Jawbreaker vs. the Scarlet Skull, published for the first time, which is a tribute to the old movie serials and pulp magazines. As of this moment the cover art is being designed. Then a reprint of The Great Television Heroes, a book he co-wrote with best-selling author Jim Harmon, which, for too many reasons to mention here, will be re-titled Great Shows of TV’s Golden Age.
Soon Don will be making a Big Announcement regarding the Penny Arkade, the late-1960s rock band, produced by Mike Nesmith, in which he played bass guitar and keyboards and also did some singing.
GOOD NEWS! Strange Particle Press will reprint two more of Don’s old nonfiction books, these co-authored with Jim Harmon; also, Don’s novelization of his first professional movie.
Strange Particle Press is going to reprint a number of Don’s old nonfiction books, which they regard as “classics,” all long out of print, starting with these (more to come):
Strange Particle Press is going to publish Don’s new novel “JAWBREAKER VS. THE SCARLET SKULL” — an old-fashioned pulp-style/movie serial tale featuring a Copperhead/Black Hood-type masked hero; and also reprint two of Don’s old novels, ” BUGGED!” and “SPAWN.”
Coming soon! Don is in this documentary … among some great company!
Don can finally reveal that Roy Thomas Presents Frankenstein volumes 1 and 2 — with introductions written by Don — are a go, scheduled for publication early 2021. These books will reprint ALL of the “Frankenstein” tales in Prize Comics during the 1940s illustrated by Dick Briefer. Already available are volumes 3-8, which reprint all the subsequent stories published in Frankenstein #s 1-33
Reprinted again — Don’s old Solomon Kane stories for Marvel. Don wrote a lot of them and they are all included in this book. Another book, same format, will soon be coming out from Marvel including all of Don’s Kull the Destroyer stories.
Don recently did another interview, which you can read at Vents Magazine.
Available now (Don is quoted in the liner notes)!
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 had been scheduled to be a guest this August at Terrificon, to be held in Mohegan, Connecticut. Unfortunately, because of the Coronavirus situation, that event was canceled, but will probably be held in August of 2021. Again, Don has been asked to be a guest.
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
COMING! M3 Publishers (McNae, Marlin & Mackenzie), which published Don’s Tales of Frankenstein Collectors Photo-Boook, will be 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 feature artwork rather than movie stills on their covers, as they are not about films.
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. 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. Don is officially the agency’s West Coast Representative.
Lots of cool collectors products relating to Don’s movies and music are now available (see below):
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. For any of these signed items, send check or money order to Don at 2805 N. Keystone Street, Burbank, CA 91504-1604 (additional postage for purchase outside the USA). PayPal okay if using “Family” option (PP address: firstname.lastname@example.org). State if you want autographs personalized.
Index card with autograph. $10 (postage included); signed copies of anything sent to Don that he wrote or was involved with, $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). $20 plus $4.50 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 (while they last) of The Creeps and Vampiress Carmilla in which Don, who is also Associate Editor of the magazines, wrote (your choice of issue number, most issues with Don’s stories are still available). $15 plus $2.50 1st class postage & handling. Signed 12″ x 18″ posters of the covers are also available for the same price.
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– $7.50 each (free postage).
I Was a Teenage Movie Maker CD, soundtrack for the DVD set of the same title featuring Don’s amateur teenage-monster movies . A dozen 1950s-style rock ‘n’ role instrumentals, composed and performed by Don and David “Spider” Price. Signed by Don if requested (requiring removal of shrink wrap). $15 plus $3 1st-class postage and handling.
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