Sunday, October 5, 2014

Raven's Head Press gets a slice of Italy

Media contact: Michael Hudson

Raven’s Head Press gets a slice of Italy
License with famed screenwriter, director
Ernesto Gastaldi

 Raven’s Head Press, a boutique publisher of out of print pulp and paperback originals announces an agreement with Ernesto Gastaldi, a legendary Italian author, screenwriter and director. The agreement will authorize Raven’s Head Press and its parent company, Sequential Pulp Comics, to translate and adapt Gastaldi’s extensive body of work into English language prose and graphic novels.

Raven’s Head Press’ publisher, Michael Hudson, says, “The opportunity to work with a living legend is nothing less than thrilling. When I think of the Italian cinema that I’ve grown up with in various genres from peplum to horror to spaghetti western to giallo, the name of Ernesto Gastaldi stands tall. He innovated where others could only follow.”

Gastaldi has written more than 100 films, starring some the greatest actors in the world including  Sophia Loren,  Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Telly Savalas, Carroll Baker, Barbara Steele, Jack Palance, James Mason, Steve McQueen, Van Johnson, Lee VanCleef, James Coburn, Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Robert DeNiro and many others.

 His scripts have been directed and produced by well-known directors such as Sergio Leone, Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda, Lucio Fulci, and Sergio Leone among many others. Gastaldi ahs also directed six films including one of the first and greatest giallo films of all time, Libido in 1965 starring his wife, Mara Maryl.
 His films have achieved cult status worldwide. Among some of the best-known titles The Whip and the Body, Days of Wrath, My Name is Nobody, The Grand Duel, The Case of the Bloody Iris, and Once Upon a Time in America.

The first release will be Blood In My Pocket, an intense crime revenge novel set in 1950’s Hollywood.  Licensed cover art will be by the great Robert Maguire.  This will be followed by the western, My Name is Nobody.
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