Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Sorry Ed Russo

I am not sure how I missed this book, (see cover below), but how is this possible? Seems to be a complete lift of Ms. Leider's Dark Lover, cover, title and all, only with Valentino an insatiable vampire. 

As I have made it very clear, I am not a fan of fictionalizing the lives of actual people. It confuses things and Valentino is a perfect example of that. And this is vampire fiction, which worsens the offense for me.  From the few pages posted on the book's Amazon page, we see that Rambova procures the victims for Valentino/the Vampire.  

I am sorry Ed Russo but the writing is very bad/actually awful. And would Ms. Leider not be entitled to a quick and substantial reward for such ham-fisted plagiarism? 

12 comments:

  1. When was this book written?

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  2. I agree with Evelyn, a person's life should not fictionalized and I also believe that with Valentino or any other famous person.

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  3. Think Leider would be offended.

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    1. Leider was last heard from on her disciple Gribbin’s forum, registering her offense to a photograph of Valentino with an ornate mustache. Leider said she found the mustache unattractive. If she was compelled to speak out on such a matter then yes, she would be (SHOULD be) offended by this book.

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    2. There is a weird compulsion on the part of Gribbin, Hill and the other Golden Girls to place Valentino in the role of Dracula. They honestly believe they have hit upon a scintillating idea. Why though? I submit it is for the simple reason that in the role of Dracula, Bela Lugosi spoke with an indeterminate foreign accent. The kinky neck biting is just the icing on the cake. Gribbin, always to be counted on to crank up the lurid in her expressions of her Valentino fantasies, has proudly posted that Valentino was “in talks” to perform the role of Dracula in a limited Broadway engagement shortly before his death. Her proof of this assertion was that a former member of the Valentino forums (notorious for her intemperate behavior and false claims) had “read it somewhere.” What talks? With whom and when? Read about where? The notion that Valentino was seeking to perform in a stage drama is utterly preposterous and without precedent.

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  4. Well, here we have it, Leider’s number one fan! The author must have heard the chorus of Hill, Gribbin and the forum lemmings baying for Valentino as Dracula and decided to give them what they want, with heavy reliance upon Leider’s faux masterwork. The description of Rambova contained in the Amazon sample is a word for word replica of Ledier’s own description, down to Leider’s characterization of the famously brown eyed Rambova as “blue eyed.” Where is Terhune and his “Rudolph Valentino Book Critique Page” on this? Isn’t the purpose of his crusade to expose lousy fiction writers who exploit Valentino to make a buck? And while we’re at it, why hasn’t Terhune ever performed a study of the Hatford musings? The answer is obvious. Despite his claim to have read every Valentino book to have been published, Terhune is no reader and has no interest whatsoever in literary examination. What he is interested in, of course, is creating as much interference as he possibly can for Evelyn Zumaya and Renato Floris.

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    1. Excellent points. What "Book Critique Page" responds on a daily basis to this blog by posting non-stop insults and lies about us? Terhune has never fooled anyone with his intentions there. So they call me a "madwoman", Gribbin calls Affairs Valentino, "the ravings of a madwoman" while they say nothing about vampire editions which feed their depraved sexual desires for a man who died long ago. I guess their making Valentino into a vampire keeps him alive, eternally youthful but bloodlust is revolting to me and I am sure it would be to Valentino. The only books these people have ever criticized are ours and this is out of raging jealousy on behalf of Tracy Terhune. Its a game of "follow the leader" and I guess vampires are Aok while our research is not. So obvious what is going on.

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  5. “All things truly evil start from innocence.” The asinine tag line of the movie the author dearly hoped for.

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  6. I held my nose and read the preview. Yikes! Rambova procures young flappers as victims for Count Valentino. And this was only 4 pages out of 300! I can't imagine what kind of antics occur in the other 296 pages, but I'll bet it ain't Shakespeare. It's almost as bad as reading one of Bret's novels, as if I ever would. Ms. Leider should lawyer up.

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  7. Comment 9:32 nailed it. The desire on the part of the GGs for Valentino to play Dracula thankfully never came to pass. Valentino would have never considered it. He was not happy to be typecast as "The Sheik." Playing Dracula would have effectively ended his career, and, like Lugosi, who had once been a fine stage actor, Valentino would probably have descended into the abyss of B picture monster films. Imagine “The Sheik Meets the Werewolf" on a double bill with the Bowery Boys.

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    1. It is amazing that discussions about that are openly allowed and encouraged when our very names and the mention of our books are not. These people continually act as if they are the high ground by banning all of our work, yet discussions about blood sucking vampires is ok. There is something collectively psychotic about that. "Psychotic" defined as losing one's touch with reality.

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