STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: What Are Robert Blochs Made Of?

As he sometimes said, writer Robert Bloch really had the heart of a small boy. He kept it in a jar on his desk. Have I shocked you? Probably not. I'm just alluding to Bloch's oft-repeated bon mot (or as he might pun ...

October 30, 2013

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: Horror of Blacula!

In the encroaching darkness, I sat across from the imposing, possibly hungry, certainly exhausted Count Blacula. Not Count Dracula or Count Chocula. Not Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee or a breakfast cereal. The dangerou...

October 21, 2013

Starlogging with David McDonnell: How To Synopsize The Next Generation

In 1987, there was a problem with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Starlog's Official Next Generation Magazine, that is. It was difficult to fill the new publication (edited by me) with enough feature stories. Due to ...

September 21, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell: In Awe of Michael Ansara

Not only do our heroes keep passing away at an increasingly alarming rate but our villains as well. Neither, it seems, triumphs in the end. Actor Michael Ansara (who died last month at 91) played both hero and villain...

August 17, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell: Lunch With The Perfect Mate

Lunch with the Perfect MateContrary to what some people might assume, there are many Star Trek people I’ve never encountered. Others I met only in passing—just long enough to thank them for being kind to S...

July 27, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell: Saddest Trek Encounter Ever

I’ve met a lot of Star Trek people.Editing Starlog and three different series of Trek licensed publications (Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, plus one-shots devoted to some of the movies), I oversaw mu...

June 22, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell: What Fresh New Interview Hell Is This?

Over the years, for Starlog and other outlets, I’ve edited several thousand interviews and conducted about 200 myself. I might have done more of the latter, but it wasn’t logical. Early on, I learned that ...

June 03, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell: Good Stories From William Campbell

John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Bette Davis and Elvis Presley. And I knew somebody who actually knew them all. That still surprises me.The person in question was William Campbell. The charact...

April 18, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell

Younger sci-fi and Star Trek fans out there may not remember Starlog Magazine, but for many of us, it was our sci-fi bible. Pre-Internet, it was THE place to learn about upcoming genre movies, to see some of the first...

March 19, 2013

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