Television Horror Movie Hosts: 68 Vampires, Mad Scientists and Other Denizens of the Late-Night Airwaves Examined and Interviewed



Midnight, 1954. A striking woman in a torn black dress slinks down a cobwebbed, candelabra’d corridor. She stops, shrieks hysterically into the camera, then solemnly says, “Good evening, I am Vampira.” Her real name is Maila Nurmi and she was the first in a long line of television horror movie hosts, commonly seen on independent stations’ late-night “grade Z” offerings dressed as some zany ghoul or mad scientist. This book covers the major hosts in detail, along with styles and show themes. Merchandise tie-in and fan reactions are also chronicled. The appendices list film and record credits.

Editorial Reviews


“well worth reading”―Classic Images; “factual information is provided…many black-and-white photographs will…delight fans…a must for public and school libraries”―ARBA; “recommended”―SFRA Review; “wonderful”―Midnight Marquee; “a nostalgic treat”―Shock Cinema; “immensely informative and terrifically entertaining”―VideoScope; “in-depth”―Rapport; “[a] wealth of rare stills”―Video Watchdog; “interesting nuggets”―Bite Me.

About the Author

The late Elena M. Watson was an editor for the National Capital Area Skeptical Eye.

Product details

  • Publisher : McFarland (November 1, 2000)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0786409401
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0786409402
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
  • Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.51 x 9 inches


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