Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ed Wood Regular Returns for Baltimore Appearance

BALTIMORE, Md. – Actor/director Conrad Brooks, a regular in notorious B-movie director Edward D. Wood, Jr.’s stable of players, returns to his hometown for the latest installment in the Mondo Baltimore film series, featuring a screening of his own B-flick, Gypsy Vampire: The Final Bloodlust, on Thursday, September 6, at the Wind-Up Space, 12 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21201.  A Q&A session highlighting Brooks’s 50+ years in Hollywood begins at 7:00 p.m. , followed by the 8:00 p.m. screening.  Admission is $5.

Brooks, who grew up in the city’s Fell’s Point neighborhood, left home for Hollywood in 1948.  The starry-eyed son of Polish immigrants soon teamed up with the notorious B-movie director, appearing in such Wood classics as Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda? and The Sinister Urge. Brooks spent the next half-century learning his craft in the workaday world of Tinsel Town, befriending such screen legends as Lawrence Tierney and Timothy Carey along the way.

Brooks’s most recent directorial outing, Gypsy Vampire: The Final Bloodlust, is the fourth and final film in his Gypsy Vampire series, chronicling the sinister Count Lugo’s efforts to resurrect a dead woman to be his bride.  Brooks’s prior efforts include Jan-Gel: The Beast from the East and Mystery in Shadows. 

Read William P. Tandy’s firsthand account of guerrilla film-making on the streets of Baltimore with Brooks in Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! No. 7, published by Eight-Stone Press.

For more information, visit Mondo Baltimore’s Facebook eventpage, or e-mail wpt@eightstonepress.com.


Friday, August 24, 2012


Phantom Billstickers - New Zealand's Largest & Finest Street Poster and Street Media Company - offers a few nice words regarding Alleyways, the latest theme issue in ESP's Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! series, via its Facebook page:

Every so often something happens in either the writing world or in music that is extremely refreshing. The Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! publications are a good example. Here is the latest issue Alleyways. You fast get the idea that not every writer has been to a "creative writing" class that has rendered them impotent first and stupid second. We commend our brothers in Baltimore for stepping out beyond the line of boredom. Good writing (like good music) should always come from the street. Good postering does too.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


"If you only know Baltimore as 'that city from The Wire' you need to get down with some Smile, Hon.  DIY anthropology at its best!" - MICROCOSM PUBLISHING