Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Book! THE MONSTER'S MUSE by Bradford Tatum: Memories Of Golden Era Hollywood Horror

[Kindle Edition]
Synopsis: TheMonstersMuse.com is thrilled to announce the release of 
Bradford Tatum's new novel set in Hollywood during the golden age of horrorMeet the girl who inspired classic icons of cinematic horror! Hollywood in the golden age of horror.
 The Phantom of the Opera,  Dracula, Frankenstein ...  defining gems of the Gothic genre.
 But do you know who was the real muse behind these paragons of terror? Would you believe it was a ten year-old girl from war-defeated Germany? 

The Monster’s Muse tells the incredible story of Maddy Ulm and her rise from the complicated shadows of Berlin’s first experiments with Expressionist cinema to the glamorous deserts of Hollywood. For Maddy has a secret. A secret that has given her unparalleled insight into the soul of cinematic horror. A secret that has a terrible price as well.
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- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 596 KB
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
- Language: English
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled  
- Lending: Enabled
- Price: $3.99
Bradford Tatum began his career as an actor appearing in such films as DOWN PERISCOPE and POWDER but now devotes more time to his writing. He was a staff writer for Dick Wolf on NBC's DEADLINE starring Oliver Platt and has written and directed two award winning Indie features, both of which are currently available on DVD. 
His latest project THE BOOK OF WATER just received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His novel I CAN ONLY GIVE YOU EVERYTHING won both the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award and the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award. You can find his latest book THE MONSTER'S MUSE on Kindle. To learn more go to: www.themonstersmuse.com
Bradford Tatum, The Monster's Muse
Mr. Tatum  will be appearing at Vroman's in Pasadena to discuss his first book...
When: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 4:00 PM
Where: Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
The only known photograph of Maddy Ulm

It may be of interest to note that the photograph of the girl featured on the cover is not Maddy Ulm. One of the first things I noticed about Miss Ulm upon our first meeting was her striking resemblance to my own daughter, and, as I seem to be in the habit of doing, it is my daughter who poses again for the cover of her father’s book. Miss Ulm flatly refused to be photographed. Even in her own day, she said, she hated being in front of the camera’s “dissecting lens.” There is, however, more than a passing physical resemblance between to the two as this photograph, the only known photograph of Maddy Ulm, will attest to... She told me this photograph was a rather reluctant lighting test taken around 1930 on the set of Dracula.

Here is an alternate cover
 in the style of Italian Futurism...

From the personal collection of Maddy Ulm
 This is the very pass used by her companion Mutter and she during their early tenure at the studio. Showing this pass allowed the bearer access to any corner of the lot. Good for a rub-down at the exclusive Emperor's Club or a full meal at the commissary, such passes
 are becoming increasingly rare pieces of Hollywood ephemera. Though technically no longer under contract to Universal at the time, the efficacy of this small card is testament to Chaney’s continued stature at a studio many believed he single handedly kept solvent.

Between takes on the set of Bride Of Frankenstein
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I Can Only Give You Everything was named winner in the General Fiction category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This is the largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers.
The novel also won the Silver Medal in the Popular Fiction category at the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The medalists were chosen from 3,907 total entries: 3,059 in the national categories and 848 in the regional categories.

Mr Tatum's Filmography:
- Magic City (TV Series) (2012)
- Criminal Minds (1 Episode 'Solitary Man' (2010)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) (2009)
- Lie To Me (TV Series) (2009)
- Cold Case (TV Series) (2009)
- ER (TV Series) (2009)
- The Mentalist (TV Series) (2008)
- CSI: Miami (TV Series) (2008)
- Salt: A Fatal Attraction (2006)
- Stand Off (TV Series) (2006)
- The Lone Ranger (2003)
- Fastlane (1st episode, 2003)
- Without a Trace (TV Series) (2002)
- Philly (TV Series) (2002)
- Melrose Place (TV Series) (1999)
- Charmed (TV Series) (1999)
- Standing on Fishes (1999)
- Providence (TV Series) (1999)
- Pronto (TV movie)  (1997)
- The Burning Zone (TV Series) (1997)
- Not In This Town (TV movie) (1997)
- Within The Rock (TV movie) (1996)
- Down Periscope (Feature movie) (1996)
- Murder One (TV Series) 1995)
- Black Scorpion (TV movie) (1995)
- Powder (1995)
- Excessive Force II: Force on Force (1995)
- Cool and the Crazy (1994)
- Rebel Highway (TV Series) (1994)
- SeaQuest 2032 (TV Series) (1994)
- Force on Force (1994)
- The Stoned Age (1994)
- NYPD Blue (TV Series) (1993-1995)
- Princess (TV Series) (1991)
- Parker Lewis (TV Series) (1991)
- Hunter (TV Series) (1990)
- Mulberry Street (TV movie) (1990)
- The Marshall Chronicles (TV Series) (1990)
- Rude Awakening (1989)
Bradford Tatum and his daughter
Bradford Tatum is best known as an actor usually playing the unsavory jackass holding the gun/knife on the series regular.

Mr. Tatum has also written for television as a staff writer for a short lived NBC show. Additionally, he has written and directed 2 Award-winning independent films. 

He designed and built children’s furniture (when broke), worked as an assistant art director for a cable show about knitting (really broke) and casts his scultpures in bronze when he can afford it. He is a very happy man who lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and daughter.

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