Thursday, August 23, 2007

More Hammer News

Hammer News are coming in fast and furious. In actual fact so fast and furious that I can't type them fast enough and will resort to some simple copying and pasting from various sources.


From Richard Klemensen:

    Just to let you know the new issue of LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #19 will be available September 11th. You can go to our website

    for a complete list of contents and shots of the covers by Steve Karchin, Bruce Timm and Mark Maddox. But the whole issue is devoted to Hammer's greatest director, Terence Fisher. Many behind the scenes photos of Fisher at work, rare interviews & an in-depth career article. It really looks good.

    Sadly, our USA postal system has made a dramatic jump in rates, and dropped all surface rates. So everything goes airmail. Good thing - you should have your magazines a week after shipping.

    $10.40 first issue + $6.80 each additional.


From Robert Simpson:
    Some of you in Northern Ireland might be interested in one of the courses being run by Queen's University Belfast, School of Eduction Open Learning, which has been announced today.

    The prospectus can be downloaded as a pdf here:
    and the relevant course is on p45.

    Application forms are also available on the website, and whilst there is no restriction on the number of attendees, early registration is recommended.

    The information is as follows:

    - Hammer Horror and the British Film -

    Course code: OLE0310
    Tutor: Robert Simpson, BA, MA
    Fee £70.00
    (concession rate £52.00)

    Autumn 2007
    10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm, starting 25 September + 2 field trips

    Horror sells; Hammer Films Ltd were the most successful independant British film company. This course explores Hammer's output. Key films such as 'The Curse of Frankenstein', 'Dracula', 'The Quatermass Xperiment' and 'The Plague of the Zombies' will be explored, alongside discussion of genres, stardom, censorship and publicity. There will also be 2 field trips replicating period cinema-going experiences providing a context for the marketing and exhibitions of the films (dates and times will be discussed at first class).

    10 CATS Points (Level 1)


Other interesting dates:

    November 02: The NFT in London shows the restored (Horror of) Dracula print

    Next week on Brit TV:
    Saturday 25th 'The Quatermass Experiment' 14.00 BBC2
    Monday 27th 'The Damned' 23.30 BBC2
    Tuesday 28th 'The Gorgon' 23.20 BBC2

After a definitely last Hammer event last January, followed by the most definitely last and very final Hammer at Bray event last month, it now appears that Don Fearney will now host another book launch for the new edition of the Hammer Story on October 27.... and quite possible also another Hammer at Bray event next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dracula. Here is what is so far known about the book launch as per Matt from the Yahoo Hammer Group:

    Don Fearney is organising a full day at the Cine Lumiere in London to
    celebrate the reprint of Marcus Hearnes & Alan Barnes much acclaimed
    Tickets should be around £25.00 . Don intends to show the following
    rare gems on the big screen.

    Never Take Sweets From A Stranger

    Cash On Demand

    The Two Faces Of Dr Jekyll

    Autograph sessions will also be part of the day when the book will be
    signed by guests for free.

    Guests are still to be confirmed but Don has always come through when
    it comes to Hammer celebs.

    More information shortly.

Somehow I have a feeling us Hammerheads are going to be busy over the next couple of months.....

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