The critically-acclaimed biography chronicling the tumultuous personal and professional life of horror icon Bela Lugosi.
"Poignant.... Shadmi smoothly blends characterization with chiaroscuro to perfectly spotlight Lugosi's uncanny magnetism. On the screen-and in this fine portrait-his legacy lasts." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)
"Haunting... Shadmi's deeply absorbing and moving biography will appeal to Dracula afficionados of all ages." -NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
LUGOSI, the tragic life story of one of horror's most iconic film stars, tells of a young Hungarian activist forced to flee his homeland after the failed Communist revolution in 1919. Reinventing himself in the U.S., first on stage and then in movies, he landed the unforgettable role of Count Dracula in what would become a series of classic feature films. From that point forward, Lugosi's stardom would be assured...but with international fame came setbacks and addictions that gradually whittled his reputation from icon to has-been. LUGOSI details the actor's fall from grace and an enduring legacy that continues to this day.