THE SLEAZE PARADE: “SHOCK FESTIVAL” AUTHOR STEPHEN ROMANO.
by Pete Vonder Haar
Horror buffs are probably already familiar with the name Stephen Romano. After all, he scripted the first segment ever for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series (“Incident On and Off a Mountain Road,” directed by Don Coscarelli) and his short story collection The Riot Act drew lavish praise from the likes of John Skipp and Joe R. Lansdale. Now Romano is poised to break out with Shock Festival, an illustrated fictional history of 101 exploitation movies, all of which were concocted by Romano himself. Romano – along with artists Tim Bradstreet and Dave Hartman – also created the original poster art and memorabilia for the movies. The end result is a painstaking and lovingly crafted tribute to grindhouse movies of yore, containing hundreds of glorious and gore-spattered full color images that give true testimony to the depth of Romano’s obsession.
Check out the fantastic interview and phenomenal artwork: