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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

If your in San Fransico 11/4, you need to go get your copy of "Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monster" signed by August Ragone!

This coming Sunday, November 4th, author August Ragone will be appearing at an in-store signing for the release of his first book, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTER, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at Border's Books in the Stonestown Galleria (233 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132). Former "Creature Features" host, author John Stanley, will be joining him to sign copies of his latest book, "I Was a TV Horror Host."

EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTER is marching into better retailers near you as you read this from the world-renown Chronicle Books. "Who is Eiji Tsuburaya," you might ask? Tsuburaya (1901-1970) was one of the technical pioneers of Japanese Cinema in the Silent Era, who went on to create the visual effects for GODZILLA and ULTRAMAN. This official 208-page, heavily-illustrated (200 images), coffeetable hardcover, is the first fully-authorized book of its kind published outside of Japan, and is the first biography of this important figure of Japanese Cinema ever written in any language other than Japanese!

Already available in Canada, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS, is receiving positive reviews: "The difference between this book and other coffee table volumes that have covered daikaiju before, though, is the staggeringly researched detail that Ragone has put into the text itself. This is not just a picture book to flip through, nod approvingly at and stick on the shelf; this is a record easily in scale with the monsters Tsuburaya created—a critical and historical look at the creation and output of an industry that spanned (and has continued to span) the decades." - Tooth &

Tim Lucas, publisher and editor of the award-winning Video Watchdog magazine had this to say about the author, "There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value--not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English."

More signings to be announced in the near future -- stay tuned! If you live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area and can't make it, you can also pre-order your own copy today from!

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