Don just received his Rondo Award for TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN, which won for best independent movie for 2018. Many thanks to David Colton, founder of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. and artist Kerry Gammill, who sculpted the trophy.
The “TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN Graphic Anthology,” featuring stories adapted by Don from his movie, will be out in June! For a sneak video peek, courtesy of publisher Bill Cunningham of Pulp 2.0 Press, click this link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=523707141493115&hc_location=ufi
The Creeps magazine, issue number 19, is out now and features this story by Don — artwork by Santos Zaballos.
On May 11, at a combination birthday party for Scott Fresina (who played the Monster in TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN) and jam session, Don got up on stage with his old/classic Gibson SG electric guitar, stepped up to the microphone and, with Scott. drummer William H. Malouf (formerly of the band Radio Werewolf) and a bass player, performed some old 1950s and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll numbers. This was Don’s first such performance for an audience since 1968! It went over so well, despite the fact that this was the first time they’d all played together, that Scott wants them to start rehearsing and work up a complete set. Don is very much looking forward to this!
See the new issue (# 112) of Scary Monsters magazine for an interview with Don conducted by Larry Underwood (TV “horror host” Dr. Gangrene).
Editor/writer Dario Lavia just sent Don from Spain these two new publications! The one devoted to Frankenstein includes a nice section on Don’s film TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN and also his old amateur Frankenstein movies; and Cineficcion features a lengthy interview with Don mostly about his involvement with the Frankenstein theme, including movies and publications. Gracias, Amigo! (Don just wishes he could read Spanish!)
Those of you who have enjoyed Don’s What If? stories Marvel Comics back in the 1970s may be happy to know that they are being collected in book format. The first volume has just been published, with presumably a second yet to come.
Many thanks to producer Guillaume Lebeau and director Thibaud Bertrand for including Don in the documentary they are filming about his friend and former boss, the late Stan Lee, for French TV. The documentary may include clips from the amateur SPIDER-MAN film Dlon made back in 1969. Their production company is the Otago Group.
The McNae, Marlin & Mackenzie publishing company will publish, for the first time, Don’s novel JAWBREAKER VS. THE SCARLET SKULL, a “pulp” style adventure novel inspired by the old Republic movie serials (e.g., Mysterious Doctor Satan and The Crimson Ghost). “M3” will also be reissuing — two titles per single volume — my non-fiction books TRUE VAMPIRES OF HISTORY and TRUE WEREWOLVES OF HISTORY, also the novels BUGGED! (horror) and SPAWN (science fiction); see “writing credits.”
Don continues to sell various items on Ebay, including signed copies of his paperback book TRUE VAMPIRES OF HISTORY (rare 1st edition, 1971, like new), the magazine-format copies of his New Adventures of Frankenstein series of stories (brand new condition), plus the collectors’ TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN 2019 CALENDAR.
What’s Don been doing lately? Plenty — and seems to be busier than ever. Most of his recent professional time has been centered on two things — promoting his TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN movie, the second film from his company Pecosborn Productions, and available on VOD and DVD, and writing comic book scripts for THE CREEPS magazine. The film was released for 2018’s Halloween and also to celebrate the 200 Anniversary of Mary Shelley classic novel Frankenstein. DANCES WITH WEREWOLVES, Pecosborn’s first movie, is available on VOD and will soon be released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Leomark Studios. As far as THE CREEPS is concerned, Don keeps writing horror scripts for that Warrant Publication. To date the magazine has stockpiled a huge inventory of his scripts, numbering many times more than his total output years ago for Warren Publishing Company’s CREEPY, EERIE and VAMPIRELLA magazines — and, Don honestly believes, these new tales are much better!
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 (who welcomes challenges) has tackled a new kind of writing — trading cards. He has just completed writing a 50-card collectors set based on his new movie TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN. The cards, using color still photos from the film and telling the film’s story-line, will be issued in the next few months.
Don often collaborates with his good friend Steve Kaplan, who owns a great modeling agency in Las Vegas. Steve’s agency is known for having the best “Las Vegas Trade Show Models“ in Las Vegas. His agency is called “LVModels” for short and books models for trade shows, conventions, print ads, event staffing, etc… It is based in Las Vegas, but sometimes gets bookings for models in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego. Frequently Steve calls Don, who knows quite a few LA-based models, for referrals. Don is only too happy to help.