Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson, Erotic Fire

Erotic Fire

Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince

In the interim since Rock Hudson’s tragic death as one of the early (and perhaps the most shocking, based on his celebrity) victims of AIDS, his legend has evolved into a nationwide cult. Yet despite his post-mortem fame, his salaciously poignant story has never been told. Until now.

Loaded with details never set into print before, this unvarnished, uncensored overview of Rock Hudson’s scandal-soaked rise to fame and subsequent fall from grace, in commemoration of the 32nd anniversary of his death, is the first and most comprehensive ever published.

Compiled in the aftermath of 50 years of research, this provocative, scandal-soaked overview of the most macho sex symbol of his era (the centerpiece of a passionate and growing fan cult), it presents an empathetic look at the ironies, hypocrisies, and compromises of a Great American movie star.  Its contents are universally poignant to anyone who understands the currency of sexuality as a platform for ambition and career advancement in the ferociously competitive world of show-biz.​


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About the Author:

Sometimes identified as “the Tabloid Kings of Golden-Age Hollywood,” Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince are the authors of at least 40 exposés of “the stories behind the story” of America’s entertainment industry. Subjects they’ve (notoriously) aimed their spotlight on, usually to critical acclaim, have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Peter O’Toole, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, Linda Lovelace, the Gabor sisters, the Clintons, the Reagans, Donald Trump, and a gaggle of other luminaires who found either success or notoriety—or both—en route to the scandal-soaked fulfillment of their hopes and dreams.

“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

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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