Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

Author Jason Paul Collum’s new book They Made How Many?! is a 654 page look at the many horror sequels of the 20th century

Horror fans may be familiar with the name Jason Paul Collum. He has written, directed, produced, and/or acted in multiple films over the last thirty years, including Safe Inside, October Moon, November Son, and the documentaries Something to Scream About, Sleepless Nights: Revisiting the Slumber Party Massacres, and Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era. He has also written the book Assault of the Killer Bs: Interviews With 20 Cult Film Actresses – and this month, a new Jason Paul Collum book has been published. It’s called They Made How Many?! (Mostly) American Horror Franchises of the 20th Century, and it’s a 654 page look at the many horror sequels that were made in the 1900s. Copies can be purchased at THIS LINK.

They Made How Many?! (Mostly) American Horror Franchises of the 20th Century has the following description: The Howling 8Children of the Corn 9Witchcraft 16Amityville 41 (legally?). Horror sequels have existed for over 100 years, dating back to at least The Golem (1915) and its first sequel, The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917). Originally a rarity and often looked down upon as lesser-than films, sequels within the genre exploded in popularity in the 1980s when video rental stores needed product to fill their empty shelves. A phenomenon around the world, sequels to any successful title guaranteed a profit for producers. These often direct-to-video installments were also quickly forgotten. This collection covers practically every American horror franchise from silent films of the early 1900s to the year 1999, with a few foreign exceptions that found equal fame in the U.S. Along for this nostalgic ride are the thoughts and recollections of many of the cast and crew members who brought them to theaters and TV screens for multiple generations to enjoy.

As someone who owes their horror fandom to the many sequels of the 1980s, this book sounds like a fun idea and a must-read to me.

Will you be picking up a copy of They Made How Many?! (Mostly) American Horror Franchises of the 20th Century? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

They Made How Many

By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.