Hollywood Babylon

Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

With Detours to Gomorrah

Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince

According to Blood Moon's President, Danforth Prince, "It's the best feature-length compendium of Hollywood gossip ever compiled, lavishly illustrated, and loaded with examples of the PR hurricanes generated by the false gods of fame, physical beauty, lust, greed, narcissism, and exhibitionism. This book might not be everybody's fantasy about what they really wanna crawl into bed with, but as a publishing phenomenon, it's the very best of its genre."

With spectacular praise and enthusiasm from publications that include the NY DAILY NEWS, London's EXPRESS, a passel of entertainment-industry publications "Down Under," and show-biz blogsites around the world.

This anthology was conceived and designed as a softcover COLLECTOR'S ITEM for placement on COFFEE TABLES in living rooms that need a little nudge. It has a BIG footprint—something akin to an 8 1/2 x 11" news magazine— and the central image of its front cover is Fritz Lang's 1920s 'perhaps demented' image of THE WHORE OF BABYLON. Debauched and persuasive, she hovers over a passel of spectacularly famous, partially undressed celebrities culled from a century of show-biz mania. In this case, you can acquire her "favors" for $60.

Danforth Prince continued: "We're marketing this as the most lewdly sophisticated 'coffee table book' of the holiday season. It's a one-of-a-kind 'conversation stopper' or (depending on your point of view) 'conversation starter.' This is a 'hipster to hipster' gift you'd give to an embittered survivor who's already deeply familiar with the casting couch. It's the best accumulation of tabloid trauma ever published....a drunken sorority party's first prize; a 'I'm ready for another martini' cocktail klatsch's most embarassing panty raid."

"We've doubled its content from its previous edition," Prince continued, "by adding the 'concentrated cream' from rip-snorting OTHER biographies within Blood Moon's (very extensive) backlist. This anthology is what happens when Classic Hollywood gets down and low with the literary avant-garde of the Fabulous 50s, the Free Love Sixties; the Sexy Seventies, and the bighaired teledrama-driven Eighties."

There's More about Ronald Reagan and "fellatio Nancy" than you might wanna know, and a cross-section of ONCE AGAIN IN THE NEWS stars you might, if not for this book, have forgotten."

And it's available after Thanksgiving through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and other online booksellers worldwide.


Available Thanksgiving Day, 2022 through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and other online booksellers worldwide
ISBN 978-1-936003-88-4
Trim size 8.5 x 11 Ppg 345 with hundreds of photos
Trim: 6 x 9
Page Count: 488
Price: $60

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About the Author:

“Darwin Porter is the master of guilty pleasures. There is nothing like reading him for passing the hours. He is the Nietzsche of Naughtiness, the Goethe of Gossip, the Proust of Pop Culture. Porter knows all the nasty buzz anyone has ever heard whispered in dark bars, dim alleys, and confessional booths. And lovingly, precisely, and in as straightforward a manner as an oncoming train, his prose whacks you between the eyes with the greatest gossip since Kenneth Anger. Some would say better than Anger.” (as quoted from Alan W. Petrucelli’s THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT at Examiner.com).

Porter began his career writing about politics and the entertainment industry for Knight Newspapers and The Miami Herald. Today, he’s one of the most prolific biographers in the world. His portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Howard Hughes, John and Jackie Kennedy, Paul Newman, Merv Griffin, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and Michael Jackson have generated widespread reviews and animated radio and blogsite commentaries worldwide. Some of his biographies have been serialized to millions of readers in The Sunday Times of London and The Mail on Sunday.

Porter is also the well-known original author of many editions of The Frommer Guides, a respected travel guidebook series that’s among the most prominent and well-respected in the world.

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