Cult Movies Press is owned and operated by Linda & Frank Dello Stritto. CMP publishes quality hard-cover books of Frank’s writings on classic horror films. Our books to date are:
VAMPIRE OVER LONDON
Bela Lugosi in Britain
(co-authored with Andi Brooks)
A QUAINT & CURIOUS VOLUME OF FORGOTTEN LORE
The Mythology & History of Classic Horror Films
I SAW WHAT I SAW WHEN I SAW IT
Growing Up in the 1950s & 1960s with Television Reruns & Old Movies.
A WEREWOLF REMEMBERS
The Testament of Lawrence Stewart Talbot
CARL DENHAM’S GIANT MONSTERS
THE PASSION OF THE MUMMY
Frank is a “monster kid” (aka, “monster boomer”), one of the post-World War II baby boomers raised when the horror and monster movies of the 1930s and 1940s were rediscovered on television. His odyssey of discovering the old movies is described in his memoir, I SAW WHAT I SAW WHEN I SAW IT.
For old movies, Frank never quite grew up, and he has been writing and speaking of his favorite films for most of his life. His special “hero” is Dracula-portrayer Bela Lugosi. In the late 1990s, when he and Linda were living in Aberdeen, Scotland, he teamed with another Lugosi fan, Andi Brooks, to research an overlooked year in Lugosi’s life, when the actor sought a comeback in Britain in 1951. They found many people who had worked with Lugosi or saw him perform. Virtually none of them had ever spoken of their experiences with him. Andi and Frank intended a journal article, but so much new information with unearthed that the project became a full-length book, VAMPIRE OVER LONDON.
While Frank researched input for his books, he always wrote magazine articles. Cult Movies Magazine had no restrictions on article lengths, and Frank’s more comprehensive pieces were published there. The articles delve into the sometimes subtle themes, ideas, and histories in the films that are easily overlooked. The essays are collected, with some original ones, in A QUAINT & CURIOUS VOLUME OF FORGOTTEN LORE.
Frank’s first three books are collected in a boxed set, the CULT MOVIES PRESS HORROR TRILOGY, which one reviewer calls “the tri-angulated crossfire of movie fandom: history, analysis and memoir.”
After completing the trilogy, Frank returned to his “first love”—not an investigation of the making of the movies or their themes, but the characters in them. As a boy, whenever a movie ended, he pondered about the lives of the characters before the story started and after it ended. And—for characters who appeared in multiple films—about their lives between the movie plots.
The films don’t tell us that, so Frank filled in the blanks with A WEREWOLF REMEMBERS (in which the lost journals of Lawrence Talbot, the Wolf Man, are discovered) and CARL DENHAM’S GIANT MONSTERS (the aged captor of King Kong, and fugitive from the lawsuits and indictments that followed Kong’s rampage through Manhattan is discovered on a small Indonesian island), and THE PASSION OF THE MUMMY (the spark of life continues in dormant Kharis, on display in a museum, and his mind still holds a secret that the Cult of Karnak-Arkham must learn).
A fourth novel, PATRON SAINT OF THE LIVING DEAD, is planned.