Welcome to a dark side of Hollywood you've never seen before . . .
This collection by Garris, a short-story writer and movie director perhaps best known for his cinematic adaptations of Stephen King's stories, includes eight stories and one screenplay, all of which, to one degree or another, flirt with the horror genre.
This is a First Signed Deluxe Numbered edition limited to 450 . This copy personally hand SIGNED by Stephen King, Clive Barker, Mick Garris, and Tobe Hooper on the Limitation page. This is very low number 31 of only 450 produced.
Gauntlet Publications. 2000. Written by hollywood directer Mick Garris. Afterword by Tobe Hooper. Concept sketches by Clive Barker! Hardcover. 327 pages.
Condition: As new. Unread condition with original dust jacket in protective Mylar sleeve.
Mick Garris has written or co-authored: Amazing Stories for NBC Movies: Batteries Not Included, The Fly 2, Hocus Pocus, Critters 2. Teleplays: Quicksilver Highway, Virtual Obsession, The Others. Television films: The Stand and The Shining.
A LIFE IN THE CINEMA is the first book from award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris. It is a collection of eight prickly tales and a screenplay that reach under the skin of real life and reel life to take you places you never realized you wanted to go. The title story, "A Life in the Cinema" and its sequel, "Starfucker", are set in the author's hometown of Hollywood, and provide a yellow-jaundiced look at a world you only thought was glamorous.
As Stephen King, in his introduction, says: "Here is a real Hollywood insider writing about the real inside world of filmmaking: the good, the bad, and the cheesy. These stories are both erotic and cynical, but they are above all well and fiercely told-when he's yarning about the tarnished tinsel underbelly of the town he knows (and clearly loves) the best, Mick Garris writes like a combination of Robert Bloch and James Ellroy, hardboiled noir with a ghastly little prink of the devil's own pitchfork."
Not all of the stories are Hollywood-based: Garris includes tales of a grandmother who is just as loving in death as she was in life, a geriatric trailer park with a randy secret, wistful and impossible love with a twist, the wrong kind of baby-love, and a deathly brush with fame. The book is capped with a screenplay by Garris, as well as "Chocolate", the story it's based on, providing, as King puts it, "a textbook seminar in the art and craft of adapting one's own work."