Favorite Horror Films of the 1920s: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Revisited

Standard

I have been a fan of horror movies since I was a child. I grew up watching Universal movies from the 1930s and 1940s being shown on various themed TV shows with horror hosts. As an adult, my love for these films has not waned; in fact, it has grown and helped to feed my scholarly interest in film. I use these films in some of the classes I teach in college.

For this series, I will try to limit my choices of film to 2-4 representative examples.  Two films, in particular, stand out to me from the 1920s.  They both starred Lon Chaney Sr., the Man of a Thousand Faces, and were made by Universal Studios.

Hunchback_of_Notre_Dame

(https://en.wikipedia.org)

The first film is The Hunchback of Notre Dame, (1923) based on the Victor Hugo novel, and it is an extraordinary piece of cinema that stands up today. It was a very expensive production at the time.  Estimates range in the $1,250,000 to $1,500,000 range.  Given the year, that is a huge sum of money. The movie accurately reflects Hugo’s examination of the capacity of human beings to be intensely cruel to each other and of the abuse of power by those in positions of authority.  Wallace Worsley directed the film, and Lon Chaney Sr. gave a magnificent performance as Quasimodo.  It is also important to remember that Mr. Chaney created all of his own makeups.  If all you know of this story is the Disney version, you need to see this production.  I would consider it one of the best and most important films ever made.

phantomoftheopera

(https://en.wikipedia.org)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney Sr. is based on Gaston Leroux’s novel and was a huge success. Chaney played the deformed writer who falls in love with a singer and who becomes her kidnapper. This tale of horror and love has been redone numerous times, including the well known stage musical, but none of those productions have reached the sterling height of this extraordinary film.  As with the Hunchback, Chaney created this makeup, and his performance is sublime.  Again, if you have not seen this film,  I recommend it highly.

thumbup

https://pixabay.com

 

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbook

Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

Advertisements

Promote Your Writing!

Standard

book-863418_960_720

(https://pixabay.com)

Hello to everyone! I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This include poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

new-years-eve-1953253_960_720

(https://pixabay.com)

Celebrate and promote your writing! Shout it out to the world!

Feel free to promote a new or an older book!

I hope this idea is successful, and I hope many people share information on their books!

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbook

Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

Gallows Hill by Charles F. French in now in the Lehigh University Linderman Library!

Standard

IMG_20180517_094941

(photograph by Heather Simoneau)

I am very excited to announce that my horror novel Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2 by Charles F. French is now in the Lehigh University Linderman Library in Bethlehem, PA!

I teach as an adjunct professor in the English Department, and I am both honored and moved to have my newest novel in this beautiful library.

IMG_20180517_094959

(photograph by Heather Simoneau)

 

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbook

Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

 

Reviews of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French

Standard

Here are a few more reviews of my horror novel, Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French.

“Excellent novel! Very well written! This book reminds me of a Stephen King novel with great plot lines and characters! Gripping, scary, and fun! Couldn’t put it down!”

                                                                        Amazon Customer

“Love the focus on the older characters in this novel.”

                                                                       HorrorHomeroom

 

“This is a genius, scary and heartpumping book! Have so enjoyed reading it!! Charles F. French — Please continue to write more novels!! This is brilliant!!”

                                                                       Kelly Krasner

 

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbook

Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

 

A Book Reading at the Lit Coffee Roastery and Bakeshop in Bethlehem, PA

Standard

litreading

I am pleased to announce that I will be doing a reading from my new novel Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2 tomorrow at 4:30 at a new coffee shop in South Bethlehem, PA near Lehigh University,  one of the places of higher education where I teach.

This should be a relaxed event, with some readings from the novel and a question and answer period. I am very grateful to Lit for allowing me to do this reading!

thumbnail2

thumbnail

 

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbook

Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

 

 

My recent book reading: Gallows Hill:The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2 by Charles F. French

Standard

IMG_0739

(pic by Heather Simoneau)

I had a wonderful time at my recent book reading of Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 at Scheler Humanities Forum in Linderman Library at Lehigh University: Bethelehem, PA.

This was a relaxed affair, with students and colleagues in attendance. I spoke about both books in this series, including Maledicus: The Paranormal Society, Book 1.  After a brief introduction, I read several excerpts and then answered some questions.

I always enjoy this kind of event, and as you can see from the photograph, it was informal and relaxing. And the room in this remarkable library is wonderful, filled with beautiful, old bookshelves and some of the library’s collections of rare texts.

To all who attended, thank you!

gallowshillposter-2emfuw8-232x300

And thank you to Heather Simoneau for arranging this event and creating this lovely poster!

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbook

Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

A Reading of Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2 by Charles F. French at Lehigh University Linderman Library

Standard

Join us for an evening with the Investigative Paranormal Society

Please join us as Charles French reads from his latest book, Gallows Hill.  This is the second installment in French’s Investigative Paranormal Society series.

Gallows Hill poster

When: 6:30 Thursday, March 29th

Where: Scheler Humanities Forum (Linderman 200)