I have been an advent fan of Bela Lugosi ever since I was a kid. At a young age my Grandfather (Papa) introduced me to Dracula, and ever since then I loved his work. No other actor has been able to show such charisma in his work. And has also been known to be sincere to his fans.
Films like Dracula, White Zombie, The Raven and The Black Cat are well known horror films starring the legendary Austrian actor. But little was known about his after years during World War I and II. His only known appearances during the time were films like Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, and a handful of Ed Wood Z-rated films before his death in the late 50s.
The book No Traveler Returns finally adds a closure to the after years of Bela Lugosi. It’s a very informative book detailing how he and his third wife Lillian Lugosi lived and performed by the Straw Hat District (plays and tours following World War II). As well as contracts that never happened and gigs from around the country. Even some TV appearances many fans (like myself) never knew about.
Whereas many people believed that his career was over after Dracula the author Gary D. Rhodes provides an astounding account on his lost years. Including a great number of photos of promotional flyers and posters.
If you are a fan of Mr. Lugosi’s work you have to read this book. If you are a fan of horror and Hollywood legends you must read this book. Even if you don’t know Bela’s work too well you’ll find that his work had a larger impact than first expected.