Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi by Sandra Niemi



Maila Nurmi, the beautiful and sheltered daughter of Finnish immigrants, stepped off the bus in 1941 Los Angeles intent on finding fame and fortune. She found men eager to take advantage of her innocence and beauty but was determined to find success and love. Her inspired design and portrayal of a vampire won a costume contest that lead to a small role on the Red Skelton show which grew into a persona that brought her the notoriety she desired yet trapped her in a character she could never truly escape.

This is Malia’s story. Her diaries, notes, and ephemera and family stories bring new insights to her relationships with Orson Welles, James Dean, and Marlon Brando. Sandra Niemi―Malia’s niece―fills in the nuances of her life prior to fame and her struggles after the limelight faded and she found a new community within the burgeoning Los Angeles punk scene who embraced her as their own.

Includes rare photographs.

Editorial Reviews


It’s nice to know Vampira can still startle. “Glamour Ghoul” is an enjoyable book about a fascinating woman ― and puts the nail in Vampira’s coffin in the best possible way. — Scott Bradfield ― Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Born in Astoria, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in 1969. A mother, grandmother and cat lover, I spent forty-three years working minimum wage jobs. In retirement, I finally used my education to write this book honoring my aunt, Maila Nurmi

Product details

  • Publisher : Feral House (January 19, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1627311009
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1627311007
  • Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches


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