Author Kier-La Janisse announces Spectacular Optical Book, “KID POWER!”


Acclaimed author, programmer and Fango contributor Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) has a permanent home online at the great Spectacular Optical. In addition to hosting psychotronic film writing, the site will serve as a base for a line of cinema-centric books, the first of which, focusing on child empowerment in film and television, has been officially announced and boasts a stellar lineup of contributors.

Featuring work from Janisse, Canuxploitation!’s Paul Corupe, Australian filmmaker Briony Kidd, Empire writer Owen Williams (who penned our History of British Folk Horror), esteemed programmer Zack Carlson, Fango writer Cheryl Singleton and more, KID POWER! spans genres and the globe in its exploration of rad tykes. Launching this July at Montreal’s annual Fantasia Film Festival, KID POWER! will be full-color, heavily illustrated and the first in an ongoing anthology. For the full list of contents—including THE LITTLE VAMPIRE, ABC Afterschool Specials, Italian Horror star Nicoletta Elmi—see below. For more on KID POWER! and Spectacular Optical, head to the official site.

• It’s a Yorkshire Thing: An Interview with David Bradley of KES – by Kier-La Janisse

• After-School Shootout: The Lowry Brothers’ HAWK JONES – by Paul Corupe

• Bad Hair Day: Producer Rock Demers on THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION – by Bret Berg

• Curley and his Gang: The Laughably Short Life of Hal Roach’s Second Kid Comedy Crew – by Zack Carlson

• They Can See In The Dark:  An Interview with Richard Nielsen, Writer/Producer of THE LITTLE VAMPIRE – by Cheryl Singleton

• Motherless Child: The Power and Poetry of THE UGLY LITTLE BOY – by Chris Alexander

• They Let Me Keep a Crocodile: A Conversation with Stephen Rosenberg, Child Star of 1978s JACOB TWO-TWO MEETS THE HOODED FANG- by Zack Carlson

• Memories of THE CHILDREN OF TIMES SQUARE – by Robin Bougie

• Dear Judy: Australian Girlhood Mythologised  – by Briony Kidd

• Cosmic Rays and Mind Travel: Anthony Read’s CHOCKY Trilogy – by Owen Williams

• Knowing is Half the Battle: An Interview with ABC Afterschool Specials Producer Martin Tahse – by Kier-La Janisse

• A Who’s Who of ABC Afterschool Specials – by Kier-La Janisse

• Stinky: Abbott and Costello’s Resident Man-Child – by Robert Dayton

• Motion Picture Purgatory: KENNY, THE KID BROTHER (1988)- by Rick Trembles

• Kids Flicks Are No Laughing Matter – by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

• Ann Turner’s CELIA: They Kill Rabbits, Don’t They?- by Briony Kidd

• Nicoletta Elmi: Italian Horror’s Imp Ascendent – by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Craig Martin


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