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Famous people, reading… Bella Lugosi

Was there ever a better Dracula than Bella Lugosi? Those eyes, those eyebrows. It is many many years since I read Bram Stoker’s novel, but I admit that finding this photograph made me want to read it again. And I am not one for horror stories. First published on May 26, 1897, below is the front cover of the first edition, alongside the poster for the 1931 film starring Bella Lugosi. To watch a You Tube clip of the 1931 film Dracula, click here. See these other famous people, reading & writing:- Jerry Lewis Madonna Benedict Cumberbatch   ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker [UK: Penguin Classics] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Bella Lugosi: is he reading DRACULA by Bram Stoker? #books via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1dX
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Famous people, reading… Vincent Price

Vincent Price “There comes a time in life when you know what you like and have to make up your mind to like what you know, or at least have begun to know. In other words, you must determine in what direction your knowledge is leading, thus far.” Okay… I know what I like, but how do I know I don’t like a book/genre/author if I don’t try it? He is rather contradictory, elsewhere in the same book he says, “There’s something fascinating about seeing something you don’t like at first but directly know you will love—in time.” So, read genre, read literary fiction, read poetry, read memoir, read non-fiction. Read it all.   ‘I Like What I Know: a Visual Autobiography’ by Vincent Price [UK: Open Road] Buy now See these other famous people, reading & writing:- Marilyn Monroe Gregory Peck Jerry Lewis And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Famous people, reading… Vincent Price reading a #film script via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-10d
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It… and the power of fiction

On Friday 13th September, in a small English town, an anonymous clown terrified passers-by. He stood on street corners, holding a bunch of balloons, and stared at passers-by. It must be 26 years since I read It  by Stephen King [first published in paperback in the UK in 1987] but to this day I remember clearly how much that book frightened me.It is the only novel I have been forced to sit up reading all night, not being able to sleep until I finished it… because I was terrified. I didn’t want to finish it, I wanted to throw it away [I didn’t, this is my paperback, below]; but knew I would not sleep easily until I got to the end. I trusted Mr King to give me a resolution at the end which would let me sleep freely. I haven’t picked up the book since. Needless to say, I don’t like being frightened. I don’t like horror movies, I don’t like fairground rides, I don’t like heights. In the 1990 US TV mini-series, Pennywise was played by Tim Curry [below]. I didn’t watch it. Last week, Pennywise was again terrifying people. In Northampton, England. This time it was a local man, a
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