The Monster Mash – a look back at the Golden Age of Horror

Hollywood has never found a better Count Dracula than Bela Lugosi

Just in time for Halloween, I recently got to work on a tremendous book by author Matt Bevilacqua all about the amazing cinematic age of horror and monster movies that encompassed the 1930s in the US. The book is called “All Godless Here: The Golden Age of Horror, 1930-1939” and really took me back to my pre-cable TV youth where Sunday afternoons not spent watching football were often made interesting by all black-and-white monster movies in which my brother and I were introduced to the likes of Frankenstein’s monster, Count Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Mummy and countless others.

Bevilacqua’s book takes a really interesting trip inside the making of these movies, the politics behind them, the rise and fall of legends like Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, and gives amazing trivia about several dozen movies that truly defined the era.

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Behaviorial Science – the latest cool thing I knew nothing about

Behavioral science is at the core of Dr. Stephen Wendel’s new book on HR benefits.

As my wife will all too readily tell you, there’s a lot of subjects I know nothing about – fashion, making lists, not being a moron, etc.

One of my favorite common themes in being a freelancer is getting to take part in projects concerning subjects I know nothing about, and finding them so remarkably fascinating.

The latest entry in that line is the field of Behavioral Science, which I came across while editing Dr. Stephen Wendel’s new book, “Improving Employee Benefits”. Dr. Wendel works for HelloWallet, and what I thought was going to be a dry read going in turned into a real tour de force of breaking down exactly what makes us tick as people when it comes to HR benefits that most enjoy at their jobs.

The books contains some really tremendous graphs, charts and insight into the human condition as it applies to our ability, or lack thereof, to make big decisions on things that matter – health insurance, financial savings, our own health and fitness, etc.

If you’ve ever worked in HR or just enjoy some tremendous insight into your own self, I’d highly recommend giving it a read.

Lou Rodriguez’s “For Sale by Divorce”

Worked with a sharp client named Lou Rodriguez last month who has a new book out called “For Sale by Divorce” – a strong non-fiction title about how to sell property in the unfortunate incident of a divorce in the family. Lou is at the same time caring and honest, a rare quality, and the book really delivers. Make sure to check it out here.FSBDFINAL299x451