The Night Stalker Companion by Mark Dawidziak
A wonderful volume that perfectly captures the appeal of the Carl Kolchak television legacy… — Midnight Marquee Magazine
A lively, entertaining, fact-filled treat, tracking the Kolchak phenomenon from novel to TV film to series… Like Carl Kolchak himself, Dawidziak uncovers all the facts and tells us where all the bodies are buried. — Scarlet Street Review of Books
Veteran film and television writer Mark Dawidziak’s 25th anniversay tribute stalks the phenomenal success of reporter Carl Kolchak as he pursues the trails of vampires, stranglers, zombies, swamp things, witches and extraterrestrials — all in the name of news.
Produced by Dan Curtis (creator of “Dark Shadows”), “The Night Stalker” scored record ratings as a 1972 TV movie. The success of “The Night Stalker” led to a 1973 sequel movie, “The Night Strangler,” produced and directed by Curtis. This led to the ABC series, “Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” which in turn inspired “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter, who widely credits the vintage 1974-75 program as the horror/science-fiction prototype for his hit series.
The Night Stalker Companion is the complete and illustrated history of Carl Kolchak, tracing the hard-nosed, hard-charging reporter’s evolution from two novels by Jeff Rice to the two highly-rated TV movies to ABC’s “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” series, which inspired Fox’s “The X-Files”and continues to be a cult favorite among horror, science-fiction and fantasy fans. Written with the cooperation of all the major participants, the book includes interviews with “Kolchak” star Darren McGavin, Rice, legendary horror author and “Twilight Zone” contributor Richard Matheson (who adapted Rice’s novel), Curtis (the producer and director of “Winds of War”and “War and Rembrance”), series producer Cy Chermak, “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter and Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump), who got his start as a writer on the series. The book also details plans for a new big-screen remake of “The Night Stalker” to be directed by Curtis.
Author Mark Dawidziak, entertainment critic of the Akron Beacon Journal, is a syndicated columnist for Knight-Ridder and a regular magazine contributor. The actor, comedian, playwright, author and journalist is a two-time winner of the Cleveland Press Club’s award for entertainment writing and a five-year member of the Television Critic s Association’s board of directors. He has written the liner notes for Columbia House Video Library’s Collector’s Editions of “Columbo” and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” A journalism graduate of George Washington University, he was born in Huntington, New York and now lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
This title is currently out of print.