Diabolique Magazine No. 16 (May/Jun 2013)
There are few actors in the horrific halls of fame who deserve the dedication of an entire issue of Diabolique. Peter Cushing appeared in dozens of classic horror films and is known for no less than three character roles: Van Helsing, Dr. Frankenstein, and Sherlock Holmes, each of which he portrayed through an entire series of films. In this issue, we celebrate what would have been his one hundredth birthday by presenting an overview of Cushing’s career, memoirs of people who knew him, highlights of some of his finest moments and coverage of Cushing’s own memoirs. Additionally, we speak with Neil Jordan about his newest vampire film, Byzantium; and we talk with Nigel Wingrove about the censorship battle he fought for his “dangerous” work.
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Inside this issue:
THE DYING GAME
Neil Jordan sits down with Max Weinstein to shed light on his new Gothic vampire film, Byzantium.
THE CUSHING “13″
Jonathan Rigby gives us a primer on Peter Cushing’s 13 stand-out film roles and reveals what makes them special.
ON THE CUTTING EDGE: VISIONS QUEST
Nigel Wingrove talks to Max Weinstein about his 23-year crusade against censorship.
VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN – CREATOR AND MONSTER
Bruce G. Hallenbeck examines the evolution of Dr. Victor Frankenstein: from Mary Shelley’s “pale student of unhallowed arts” to Hammer’s depraved mad scientist.
PASS THE MEMORIES
David Del Valle pays tribute to and shares his personal memories of Peter Cushing.
HAMMERING VITALITY INTO DRACULA
Colin McCracken talks to Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby about the significance and lasting influence of Hammer’s Dracula (1958) and how Peter Cushing revolutionized the role of the vampire hunter.
BOOK REVIEW: PETER CUSHING – THE COMPLETE MEMOIRS
James Gracey reviews the new book which combines Peter Cushing’s memoirs.
ART OF DARKNESS: VERONICA CARLSON
Michele Galgana interviews Peter Cushing’s two-time co-star and artist Veronica Carlson.
PETER AND ME
President of the Peter Cushing Association, Christopher Gullo, pays tribute to one of his favorite actors.