Death Valley Superstars: Occasionally Fatal Adventures in Filmland
by Duke Haney
"A kaleidoscopic investigation of American pop culture and cinema; at turns dark, intimate, and hilarious." —Jonathan Evison
This collection of essays, profiles, and memoir by showbiz survivor Duke Haney takes an experimental tack in some instances as Haney employs a psychic medium to conduct a séance at Jim Morrison's former residence and an astrologer to interpret the birth chart of an astrology-crazed film star-turned-bank robber.
Painstakingly researched but compulsively readable, Death Valley Superstars offers a midnight tour of Los Angeles past and present, highlighting hidden corridors and seldom-heard anecdotes about a few of the many who, fooled by Hollywood's mirages, found themselves caught in its quicksand of fame.
Virginia native Duke Haney, aka Daryl Haney, has spent most of his adult life working in the movie business as an actor and screenwriter. With over forty feature-film credits, he used pseudonyms for some of the screenplays and went by “D. R. Haney” as the author of "Banned for Life," a novel, and "Subversia," an essay collection.
After he was struck by a car in a crosswalk in Hollywood, a friend claimed he walked like John “Duke” Wayne and gave him the nickname which he has belatedly adopted as his pen name. He plans to follow Death Valley Superstars with a novel tentatively titled XXX.
Delancey Street Press
Paperback, Illustrated edition
December 24, 2018
5.25 x 0.69 x 8 inches