Film Historian David Del Valle Brings His Sinister Image To Avalard

27 November 2012

Small press Avalard Publishing has signed the acclaimed film historian David Del Valle for a multi-book deal, with the first title due in the second quarter of 2013.

The Sinister Image: Interviews From The Edge is a retrospective collection of Del Valle’s unique interviews from four decades working in the film industry. Including rare interviews with Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Patrick Macnee, Kenneth Anger, Russ Meyer, Tab Hunter, Warris Hussein, and Curtis Harrington brought together in print for the first time, including previously unpublished material. Sinister Image is due for publication in 2013.

Sinister Image will be followed by two studies of the horror genre on film and television.

Each of the books will draw upon imagery from the exhaustive Del Valle Archive – an internationally renowned photo repository.

Avalard Publishing’s Robert JE Simpson said of the deal “I have had the privilege to work with David and edit his work before, and I’m thrilled at the prospect of collaborating over several larger projects. David’s writing is insightful and provoking, and he doesn’t shirk from telling it like it really is.
“Some of David’s ideas will challenge accepted thinking, and I am confident that he will be a real asset to Avalard.”

Author David Del Valle said: “Sinister Image: Interviews From The Edge is my fourth book and perhaps the most important one for me, because it reflects both my passion for the Horror cinema as well as the personalities that defined its mythology. As Norma Desmond famously remarked in Sunset Blvd “we had faces then…well now they have voices too…voices from the horror film…”

About the author
David Del Valle is an acclaimed writer, journalist, film historian, broadcaster and columnist specialising in the fantasy/horror genre. He has been interviewed by the BBC, A&E Network, Channel 4, The Sci-Fi Channel and contributed to AMC’s documentary It Conquered Hollywood! (2001) about American International Pictures.
He produced and hosted a television interview series called Sinister Image.
In print, Del Valle has written for everyone from Cinefantastique, Scarlet Street, The Dark Side, Video Watchdog, Films and Filming to L’Ecran Fantastique. He writes a column on film history on called ‘Camp David’.

He has recently published a trilogy of books for BearManor Media – Lost Horizons Beneath The Hollywood Sign, Six Reels Under, and Del Valley Of The Dolls.

About the publisher
Avalard Publishing is a small press based in County Down, Northern Ireland, which specialises in film, theatre and television related publications, alongside local interest and specialist reprint books. It is owned by film historian and archivist Robert JE Simpson.
The press launched in early 2012 with a new pressing of The Lost Liner, a ‘lost’ Victorian adventure novel by Irish science-fiction author Robert Cromie which pre-empted the Titanic shipping disaster.
This was followed up with two original novels by the late actress and writer Ingrid Pitt – Annul Domini: The Jesus Factor and Dracula Who…?
Avalard are currently prepping books on the Hellraiser films, the career of producer/director Norman J Warren, and a book of short stories by Lawrence Gordon Clark, with more titles to be announced for 2013.
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Press enquiries
Both David and Robert are available for interview. Contact details below:

Robert JE Simpson (UK)
skype: robertjesimpson
tel: +44(0)7906103702

David Del Valle (US)


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