A Young Adult Historical Mystery-Romance. Murder, Mystery & Music in 17th Century Venice.
A critical analysis of the surviving films of Alice Guy Blaché, the world's first woman filmmaker.
This book celebrates the achievements of Alice Guy Blaché (1873–1968), the first woman motion picture director and producer. From 1896 to 1907, she created films for Gaumont in Paris. In 1907, she moved to the United States and established her own film company, Solax. From 1914 to 1920, Guy Blaché was an independent director for a number of film companies.
This book explores the relationship between 2D and 3D animation, simulation, and live action cinema using the work of Tim Burton as a context. McMahan argues that cinema and animation have always had a different relationship and interdependence than we have supposed and that this relationship can be observed in changes to horror and fantasy film genres as well as changes in the use of special effects.

Alison McMahan is the author of the award-winning Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2002) and The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury, 2005). She writes screenplays, documentaries, (Homunculus Productions) and fiction.

Contact: Alison@HomunculusProds.com

What's new?

I'm starting 2017 with a snoopy dance!

Two of my short mystery stories will appear in anthologies this spring. The first is "The Drive-by" in Busted! Arresting Stories From the Beat by Level Best Books on April 25, 2017. Check out the list of writers: I'm in very good company!

The second is "The New Score" in Fish Out of Water,  the latest Guppy Anthology put together by Sisters in Crime, edited by Ramona Defelice Long and published by Wildside Press. Due sometime this spring.

The first chapter of Nina Sadowsky's JUST FALL starts with a woman in a hotel room and a handsome, young man on the bed who just happens to be dead.

With a knife in his stomach.

Cover for The Tapestry

The Panel: MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE OR WWII? Historical Thrillers”, on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from1:00 pm - 1:50 pm.

Moderator: Nancy Bilyeau has written a thriller trilogy set in the 16th century: THE CROWN, THE CHALICE, and THE TAPESTRY, published by Touchstone/S&S. She is also the editor of The Big Thrill, the online magazine of the ITW.