The Ghastly One


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The Ghastly One: The 42nd Street Netherworld of Director Andy Milligan by Jimmy McDonough

Paperback – Fab Pr – Oct 2022 –  255 pages

Andy Milligan, perhaps the most compelling lone wold in cinema history, gets his due in this definitive work. A dressmaker, actor an puppeteer, Milligan cranked out explosive titles like Bloodthirsty ButchersThe Body Beneath, and The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves are Here! on threadbare budgets.

Biographer and journalist Jimmy McDonough’s book serves as a history of not only the shadowy New York City sexploitation business, but also of the Caffe Cino — a tiny storefront cafe many consider to be the beginning of Off-Off Broadway theatre in America. Starring a cast of unforgettable, elusive characters, the gripping narrative turns grimly personal, and it’s told with unflinching honesty. Hilarious at times, deeply unsettling, and ultimately heartbreaking, The Ghastly One will haunt you long after the last page is turned.


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