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An actors’ curse

‘I’m celebrating my fiftieth year with my first published book,’ writes subscriber Mark Iveson.

‘To call it amazing is something of an understatement.

‘I’ve been a horror fan since childhood and what I find fascinating about the old chillers were the actors. As well as being movie heroes, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price were also exceptionally talented men whose committed performances could turn a dismal horror film into a masterpiece.

‘My journey from novice to author began several years ago when I started writing a reference book about everyone associated with the genre. As I continued my research, I became intrigued by the downside of horror typecasting and how it could seriously affect an actor’s career.

Cursed Horror Stars charts the rise and fall of five genre favourites. It focuses on how typecasting, along with alcoholism, drugs and personal problems exacerbated their career declines. My book is a tribute to these fine men who clearly deserved a lot better in their lives.

‘The journey continued when I started making annual trips to the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School; my buskers’ night there is a very popular evening event (I play guitar and run my own buskers night in Newcastle). With the support of fellow writers who have become good friends, I took the next step by writing articles for the movie webmag Shadowlocked.

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