Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regarding the Most Miserably Jealous One

Well this little monster (here follows) came in just now and I pondered whether to just toss it or address it. Going with the latter.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "To Those "Miserably Jealous" Ones...":

Yes, Zumaya and Floris are serious.....about their bottom line making money off of Valentino's dead body. The books are careless and slipshod. Poorly written and edited with invented sources and a clear agenda to make Valentino seem as awful a human being as possible.
This is why no legit publishing house will touch them and they had to invent a vanity press.

If the stupidity above followed, then anyone writing about, say Abraham Lincoln or George Washington, anyone writing historically about an historical figure...are they making money of their subject's “dead body”? 

And we did not create our own “vanity press”, we were forced into being creative in 2011. You see Terhune and Bret so trashed my online presence by then, before Affairs Valentino was even written...there was no hope. When Affairs Valentino came out, they swarmed it so badly I took it out of print out of fear.

So Renato and I got creative and figured out a way to have the book in print and available without the possibility of having people like this (above) exact their malicious attempts to silence us. We are proud of how we figured that out. It was not such a simple thing to do.

But to the author of this hideous comment I say this: I am seriously sorry for you because it must feel awful to be so angry all the time. And at people you have never met, do not know personally. You are programmed to hate us irrationally and no doubt a graduate of the Terhune school of hatred. You have all his familiar and tired old talking points. If you are not him, then imo you should really be worried. 

We are doing nothing to you, whoever you are. If you do not like our books, do not read them. But no need to file your hate our way. Chill out, take a walk, buy yourself a healthy smoothie, pat a dog. 

And fyi, I have never invented a single source in my life. I do not have to. Isn't that amazing? My citations and sources are all absolutely real and genuine. Maybe if you spent less time in such a bilious snit, and more time checking my sources you would see that it is all true. I am sorry for your extreme anguish and suffering. You seem to be the most miserably jealous of them all.

And sign your name to such an assault. Dare to be you when you hit someone and not “Mr. Throw the Stone and Hide the Hand.” Where I come from we call that being chicken shit.


  1. Miserable is right. This person has nothing better to do but hate others and be jealous of their success, In the end their hatred will destroy them.

  2. The Shit Show Award for poor quality self published books to make a fast buck goes to Hill and Terhune, not Zumaya and Floris. Honestly, the way Hill and Terhune conduct themselves you would think they conferred their books upon the world as grand acts of humanitarianism rather than the pathetic stabs at commerce that they were in actuality. And did Hill’s photo book really need a second printing, or might she have been motivated to repackage the book more cheaply so as to shift more copies and line her pockets?

    1. I keep hearing from the Shit Show cast how expensive Zumaya and Floris' books are. Yet, Hill's book is in the same price range. And, honestly, most of the photos in her book can now be found all over the internet. Just ask Eleanor Gribbin. I would gladly pay for a quality book with excellent research than a collection of photos that I can find with a simple Google search.

    2. I was surprised to see the picture of Alberto and Jean with the bust of Valentino image. Some years ago, Donna Hill gave me permission to use that photo saying it was her property. Not sure of the status of it now. I did not end up using it in Affairs V.

    3. The Alberto and Jean with the bust of Valentino image is in heavy rotation on Gribbin’s blog. I cannot imagine why the photo would be of interest to anyone other than Alberto and Jean’s family members. If Rambova had been looking up at the bust instead, that would be another matter entirely and a sensational photograph ………..

  3. Obviously, the comment Ms. Zumaya is referring to was made either by Glitchy O'Martin or Bretista. Although it is well known about both of them, I would like to point out that Bretista cannot give his books away, even when offering them in a free download. O'Martin has never produced ANYTHING. She claims to be an editor. However, using Spellcheck doesn't not an editor make, Glitchy. So leaving comments like the one above only highlights what is eating up both of these characters: pure jealousy.

  4. O’Martin has brayed about being the editor of an “author” named Dom Caruso. This work, she says, establishes her literary bona fides. Morbidly curious, I went on Amazon to review Mr. Caruso’s output and it is clear this gentleman believed the story of his own “colorful” life was uniquely compelling and the stuff of blockbusters. Just another lost soul with delusions of grandeur I’m afraid. He does not appear to have been uplifted in his efforts by his editor however. The few reader comments not written by O’Martin’s son indicate that the book was littered with misspellings and poor grammar and was sloppy and slipshod in every way. Really not much to crow about there Ms. Editor.

  5. Bret must have been thinking of reviews of his now almost 25 year old Valentino book when he used words like "careless" and "slipshod" in this nasty post. Serious reviewers at the time sliced and diced his terrible writing style and lack of any citations to back up his ludicrous claims.

    His latest, RUDOLPH VALENTINO'S MEN (which is a cut and paste of the 1998 book), doesn't even have any signs of ever having been printed at all. It's listed on Amazon with no signs of a history of actual availability. A search at his suspicious looking publisher's website directs all orders to Amazon..... where there is nothing to be had.

    Obviously, no legit publishing house will have him.

    1. Definitely the reviews for their books are not great.

  6. Hill's 2nd edition of her photo book has had some pretty awful reviews on Amazon.
    One from the U.K. reads: "I am so disappointed with the quality of photographs in this book. They are pale and washed out. This book isn’t cheap and I had expected better.".
    What? "This book isn’t cheap and I had expected better". Sounds like what's continually parroted by the VSC about the Floris' books.
    Another for the Hill book reads: "It’s too bad the quality of the photo prints is xerox-like." Again, where we heard complaints of xerox quality before? Karma is not pleasant sometimes.
    The heading of a review last month was simply: "Defective Printing".
    Maybe Terhune can rev up a a new "book critique" examining the work of Donna Hill and her
    obviously "quality" (not) product.

  7. Quality control is not a value amongst the "elites" of the Valentino Studies Community. In fact, knowledge itself about Valentino and his contemporaries is not a value.
    Terhune really should switch from "book critiques" to "MAtB post critiques".
    Earlier today, that intrepid Valentino scholar Eleanor Gribben did a paragraph long in depth analysis of the death of Valentino's FOUR HORSEMEN tango partner Beatrice Dominguez.
    Except in Gribbin's post, Beatrice now has the surname "DOMINQUEZ". That's with a "Q" and not a "G".
    Terhune, get to work on a critique of this matter involving your lackey Gribbin!