Though Charles Band is most known to horror fans as being the man behind Full Moon, his contributions to the genre began many years prior to forming the production company that birthed films like Gingerdead Man, Puppet Master, and my personal favorite, Castle Freak. Unhappy with the way distribution companies were handling the films he made under the Charles Band International Productions banner, Band launched his own theatrical distribution label in 1983, called Empire Pictures. Empire was responsible for the production and theatrical release of films like Re-Animator, Ghoulies and From Beyond, and it was only after the company folded that Band formed Full Moon.
Set for release in February of next year, UK publishing house Hemlock Books' Empire of the 'B's: The Mad Movie World of Charles Band tells the officially-authorized story of Empire Pictures, from its rise to its fall. Jam packed with illustrations, including rare stills and movie posters, the massive 380-page book features a foreword by Stuart Gordon, as well as contributions from and interviews with all the major players that made Empire such a success.
The book is currently available for pre-order from Hemlock Books, for approximately $30. It will be available exclusively from Hemlock throughout January, before its official release on February 1st.