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Autobiography of cult horror director Jeff Lieberman (“SQUIRM,” “BLUE SUNSHINE”) now available

Monday, December 14, 2020 | Books, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

One of horror’s most distinctive talents has told his own story in print.

Now available in paperback and for the Kindle, DAY OF THE LIVING ME: ADVENTURES OF A CULT FILMMAKER FROM THE GOLDEN AGE is a collection of memories and true stories by Jeff Lieberman, the filmmaker behind the ’70s/’80s favorites SQUIRM, BLUE SUNSHINE, JUST BEFORE DAWN and REMOTE CONTROL. Sporting cover art by Canadian illustrator Rick Trembles (MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY) and fully illustrated with photos, it chronicles Lieberman’s career in and out of horror. “At conventions and film festivals, I’m always being asked where I get my ideas from,” Lieberman tells RUE MORGUE, “which is an almost impossible question to answer in short form. But for the first time with this book, I actually put my thought process into writing and how each idea arose and what inspired them, which might be of value to young writers or filmmakers. Also, although I’m only known for the five genre movies I’ve made, a great part of the book is devoted to non-genre film and TV stuff, tracing how those ideas were hatched and came to fruition.”

According to the cover copy, “Political and social commentary has always been Lieberman’s trademark, and here he tells it like it was with the same unique comic voice and biting satire that’s signified his work from the start. Lieberman’s fearless and funny exploits reveal the events and relationships that influenced some of his greatest accomplishments…and failures. There’s something for everyone here. Horror fans young and old will revel in Lieberman’s colorful accounts of how his classic cult films came to fruition, while his fellow baby boomers get to be flies on the wall while the action plays out with some of the favorites of their generation, the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Rod Serling, John Lennon and many others.”

Both the print and Kindle editions can be ordered via Amazon.com.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.