As a lifelong horror fan, Jon Kitley has been living and breathing the horror film genre in all of its various, glorious forms for over five decades, and what better way to celebrate surpassing the milestone of 50 years than to compose a book about what a long, strange trip it's been?
Published earlier this month, the launch party for Discover the Horror: One Man's 50-Year Quest for Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of It All is set for July 27th at the historic Music Box Theatre.
The book will offer autobiographical context spanning from his youth (watching terror television and working as a movie theater usher), personal insights from 30 years of conventions and festivals, movie theater and drive-in memories, meeting a roster of the horror “greats” (such as Lucio Fulci, Ingrid Pitt, Paul Naschy), his kinship to Frankenstein's creature, and founding his horror website, Kitley's Krypt.
In other words, it's a very personal project and is a journey many horror fans can find relatable and enjoy reading. He wants younger fans to appreciate the importance of fully exploring the genre, as it has so much to offer! I fully support and live by that mindset. It may be impossible to watch everything, but we sure as hell can try!
The book release party will feature a special 35mm screening of THE GIANT CLAW at 4:45pm on Saturday, July 27th, followed by a Q&A. Next, the party will move to the lobby for the book signing. Copies will be available for a purchase of $15!
Jon Kitley has an award-winning column, “They Came from the Krypt,” in HorrorHound Magazine. His writing has also appeared within the pages of Evilspeak Magazine, Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies, Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks, When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals, and Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies. He's had appearances in horror-related documentaries Monster Madness: The Golden Age of the Horror Film, Shout Factory's Horror Hunters, and more.
Music Box Theatre Event Page (3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.)
Live out of town? It's currently available on Amazon for $20.00. (Official release date: July 11, 2019.)