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Happy Thanksgiving from Mondo Cult Online

We hope you'll enjoy this delightful bit of metafiction
from one of our favorite writers,
penned exclusively for Mondo Cult.


Something Fishy This Way Comes

or Melvin Misses the Boat

by Dafydd abHugh

Nautilus Books and Reproductions

From: Phineas Gillrayn-Flewk, junior peon

To: Ajax Paige, Grand High Poo Bah

cc: J. Huston, R. Broadberry

Date: February 23rd, 1956

Memo: "Moby Dick" project

In re: Ancillary revenue/

Novelizing the MGM film written by

Roy Broadberry and John Huston


Jax, I have just finished the most torturous waste of good pulpwood I have ever swallowed, which, on your orders, I dutifully digested in a marathon THIR-TEE-SIX-HOURS, despite its extraordinary length of better (or worse!) than SIX HUNDRED VERY ODD PAGES.


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Happy Halloween 2014

We have bad news and good news. The bad news (TRICK) is that there will be no more hard copies of Mondo Cult. We will continue publishing our Literary Outlaws online.

The good news (TREAT) is that we will be publishing books under the Mondo Cult Imprint. The plan is to do one a year. In 2015 we will be publishing The Art of L.J. Dopp.

Mondo Cult House Artist Dopp, received a Best Cover Honorable Mention for Mondo Cult 3’s cover from the 2012 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Today the cover, tomorrow The Book!

Meanwhile, back at the site, recent articles include: Mike Copner’s review of Cult Movies favorite Frank Dello Stritto’s latest book; Jerry Jewett’s live music coverage of CALICO the band; L.J. Dopp’s interview with screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner; Richard Schellbach’s monthly mutterings Grey Matters and of course, the latest Adventures of Mondo Girl (Vicki Marie Taylor).

Forthcoming articles include pieces on DUNE, TWIN PEAKS, Peter Lorre, Ray Harryhausen, the new GODZILLA, the Eternal Zombie, an original look at Ray Bradbury’s screenplay for MOBY DICK. There are even rumors that Ron Garmon may finish his life’s work, The Sun Never Sets of the Hammer Empire. Last, but not least, rest assured that we will never fail to keep Mondo Readers up to date on the ongoing success of Silicon Assassin.

One of the joys of Mondo Cult, for us, is our continuing professional association with Buddy Barnett. Not to mention the continued decades old friendship that we all share.

Finally, Bill Ritch (who reviewed Volume 1 of Bill Patterson’s Authorized Heinlein Biography in MC3) will be reviewing the final volume on the site. Along with the review, Brad will do a tribute to Patterson and John DeChancie will provide a poem honoring the work of Heinlein, our American H. G. Wells.

And now, for a final treat this Halloween, our resident poet takes us on flapping wings of verse to attack the towering subject of Gojira.

—Jessie and Brad


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SILICON ASSASSIN on YOU TUBE | Keep Up With The Hit Counter!


Lest we forget, we honor the original cast that launched the Silicon Assassin series.
(L to R) Vicki Marie Taylor, Paula LaBaredas, Charles P. Hammill, Victoria Plumb,
and our star, Richard Hatch.



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Thanksgiving Turkeys

In case the title doesn’t give it away, this month’s column is about some of my favorite less-than-stellar motion pictures. Yes, as much as it pains me, I put the word “Turkeys” in the title. But, if I’m being completely honest, I abhor the word being used to describe movies that I grew up with and have a warm, fuzzy fondness for.

To me, turkeys have always been big budget boners – whether they be vanity projects that big-name stars just had to see committed to film (“Battlefield Earth”, “After Earth”) or just directors/producers who believed they had a handwritten invitation to the last supper (“Heaven’s Gate”, “The Postman”). But when a filmmaker – mega talented or falling a tad short – takes $1.87 cold hard American cash that he or she earned from a paper route and, along with a booklet of S&H Green Stamps, makes a movie, no matter how epic the fail, I have a hard time classifying it as a turkey. Take Ed Wood, William Beaudine, Del Tenney, Don Dohler and other directors whom the lubberly Medved brothers love to slam. It may not be the most popular of opinions but I find more passion in their work than I found in a single frame of “Heaven’s Gate” – apologies to Michael Cimino because I honestly love much of his writing and directing.


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Unmutual

by Brad Linaweaver

"Our elections are the envy of the world."

Sam Waterston's character gives a pep talk in THE NEWSROOM

Every now and then, I watch all the episodes of my favorite continuing character TV series. It's an iconic vision from the 1960s. There are seventeen episodes, an hour each.

I refer, of course, to the greatest cult television show of all time, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner. It wasn't only different from other shows. It stood in opposition to other shows, including the wrongheaded attempt at a remake.


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I Saw What I Saw When I Saw It

Growing Up in the 1950s & 60s

With Television Reruns and Old Movies

Frank J. Dello Stritto—Self Published—2014—400 Pages


reviewed by Michael Copner

It has been said that every member of the Baby Boomer Generation recalls where they were when they heard the news in 1963 that President JFK had been shot. In his new book, I Saw What I Saw When I Saw It, writer Frank Dello Stritto makes the contention quite clear that most in our Monster-Boom Generation know where they were and in what stage of development their life was when they discovered horror and sci-fi. In a unique blend of autobiography and film commentary, Mr. Dello J. Stritto unfolds his own unique discovery of our favorite film genre in a way to which every film fan may relate.

The development of motion pictures, radio and television—how each evolved and held influence over the other media—that is one focus of this book.

How the post cinema mythology was unveiled randomly on TV in the 1950s and 60s to a young generation of viewers, and particularly the impact it had on family life, and later career decisions. These are the base of a second connecting thread running through this book.

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Portrait of C. Courtney Joyner by L.J. Dopp

A Conversation with

C. Courtney Joyner

Interviewed by L.J. Dopp

C. Courtney Joyner is foremost a writer—of screenplays, teleplays, short stories, and lots of non-fiction. He’s had over 25 scripts produced, and has directed three of them. He’s an avid collector of all things Universal—as in horror—as well as nearly all things filmic, and has been my friend for 27 years. Court is also a well-known western writer and a film historian to the point that AFI calls him to host their screenings and DVD distributors seek out his commentaries for classic films. This interview was taped at my Sherman Oaks apartment on two Wednesdays, February 8 and 22, 2012.

LJD: You made a film when you were a student at USC—how did you get Sam Peckinpah to go along with the documentary?


CCJ: It was difficult; I just sat down and started writing letters… to everybody I could think of who’d worked with Sam. I had no contact info for anyone, so if I got any answer at all it was from some agency telling me they weren’t interested—that type of thing. Finally, the two people who responded were L.Q. Jones and Warren Oates. And—Warren Oates wrote me a very, very sweet letter from his filming location.

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Atlas Shrugged Part 3

"Who Is John Galt?"

Report from the Set

by J. Kent Hastings

On Monday, February 3rd, 2014, I visited the set of Atlas Shrugged Part 3: "Who Is John Galt?", the final movie of a series that completes the first film adaptation of Ayn Rand's 1957 perennial best selling novel.


Harmon Kaslow, one of the producers of Atlas Shrugged, invited J. Neil Schulman to the set and Neil brought me in on the deal. Neil rated the invite as the author of the prophetic 1979 novel, Alongside Night, and also as the director/screenwriter of its movie adaptation (being released this year). I was an editor on Alongside Night and like Neil, I wore other hats on the production. Neil is arranging an exchange of movie trailers between the film projects and discussing promotional tactics with the associate producer of Atlas Shrugged Part 3's new media efforts, Scott DeSapio.

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Texas Frightmare Weekend

An Event NOT To Be Missed

Everybody's gonna be in Texas in May, including our very own Mondo Girl, Vicki Marie Taylor.


Back in 2005, Loyd and Sue Cryer decided enough is enough. There has got to be a blow-out Horror Con in Dallas. They got together with Rue Morgue and made the dream a reality. Texas Frightmare Weekend has been growing stronger and stronger year after year.


George Romero and Tobin Bell are this year's Honored Guests, and will be surrounded by no less than Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Earl Boen and Robert Patrick – to name only a few.

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Fade Into Day

J. Neil Schulman's

Alongside Night

Reviewed by Jerry Jewett

Ayn Rand published her monumental magnum opus Atlas Shrugged in 1957. Producing it for the big screen took until 2011 for the first of three segments, an achievement Rand did not live to experience. J. Neil Schulman wrote Alongside Night in 1979, with a substantially shorter 'gestation period' to reach the big screen beginning in 2014.


Both movies have in common that they deal with philosophies, ideas and the consequences of ideas, shockingly radical ideas offensive to neo-cons, majoritarians, liberals or other conventional or statist thinkers: ideas about moral culture, property, liberty and economics that are at odds with contemporary dogma and in defiance of historical trends.

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Mondo Girl Recommends...

Our own Mondo Girl, Vicki Marie Taylor, shows off her latest recommendation! Taylor, a long time fan of the iconic 80s actor Corey Feldman took the time to pose with his latest biography Coreyography and is demanding that all who are fans of Feldman add this to their collection or else!

Feldman shares intimate details of his friendship with Corey Haim, details of his career and discusses some of the perils and pitfalls of Hollywood. Feldman can also be seen in a horror film titled Six Degrees of Hell. Our lover of the world of horror, the sexy Taylor, also owns this film and says that Feldman carries the entire film as Super Stars tend to do. She notes that certain scenes remind her of childhood nightmares, which is a very good thing. Finally, she states that this film should be added to any horror film collection.

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Silicon Assassin

The Man of the Hour

by Jerry Jewett

Troubled times beget troubling art: witness Zamyatin's We, Huxley's Brave New World, Picasso's Guernica or Orwell's 1984. When life has become torturous or fearsome for ordinary people owing to usurpation of their rights and liberties by high-handed "executives," "administrators" or "leaders," conflict and strife abound. And in the early phases of consolidation of power after a coup d'état, things often go still worse for the subjected hordes. The early Soviet era in 20th century Russian history, or Hitler's acts of brutal police power after the Reichstag Fire, exemplify this.

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What Do Other Publications

Think of us?

Mondo Cult #3

Edited by Jessie Lilley

Published by Brad Linaweaver

2012, 1601 pages, $13

from the Prometheus newsletter

This brief review can in no way do justice to the third issue of Mondo Cult, which packs in several magazines' worth of material between full-cover pages. Although adhering to no solid publishing schedule, Mondo Cult, when it arrives, has become a critical vehicle for the review and study of classic film, music, books, and people of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. In this issue over 30 writers contribute articles. Photos of actors, writers, and other personalities fill virtually every page, along with images of classic movie posters, advertisements and cartoons, not to mention a Frank Frazetta picture on the back cover. One could spend hours reading and re-reading this magazine, and still discover or re-discover new aspects of what is covered.

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The Visible Ray

by Brad Linaweaver

There is a special fraternity that experienced a crushing loss this year. I count myself a member. We have no old dark house in which to meet. There are no arcane handshakes, or glittering rings on anyone's fingers, to herald membership in this particular fraternity.

Ray Bradbury referred to me as an honorary son. I've met others who received this honor. I told Ray that he was my second father. He heard that from a chorus of voices throughout the years. There is a fraternity, but the number is not infinite.

We now live in a world without Ray Bradbury. But memory never dies.

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Deap Vally

Live & CD

by Jerry Jewett

Sometimes things happen curiously, or rather, curiosity finds more than it sought. There I was, Tuesday, September 17th, with my Fender Showmaster stuck in the shop at McCabe's Guitars for upgrade work. I borrowed a few moments from office work on the computer to peruse the Fender website, the better to drool over the amp I would like to get to enhance my sound. That 65 Twin Custom 15 is still on Fender's website, thank God!

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Window of Opportunity

Exclusive Photos from the set of the

Silicon Assassin Project

Production on this project is wrapping up and we're all very excited about it here at Mondo Cult. Series creator (and Mondo Cult Publisher) Brad Linaweaver has given us permission to post these exclusive pix from this past weekend's shoot.

This episode, "Window of Opportunity", was directed by Mondo Cult favorite Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray.

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