Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre by David J. Skal and Elias Savada

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One of the most original and unsettling filmmakers of all time -- the creator of the horror classics "Dracula" and "Freaks," among others -- Tod Browning is also one of the most enigmatic directors who ever worked in Hollywood. A complicated, troubled, and fiercely private man, he confounded would-be biographers hoping to penetrate his secret, obsessive world -- both during his lifetime and afterward. Now, film historians David J. Skal and Elias Savada, using newly discovered family documents and revealing published interviews with friends and colleagues, join forces for the first full-length biography of the man who earned a reputation as "the Edgar Allan Poe of the cinema."

Anchor Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9780385474061. 356 pp.
Hardcover. Very good in a very good jacket.