Crystal Lake Memories - Friday the 13th Book now Available Digitally

Crystal Lake Memories - Friday the 13th Book now Available Digitally
Updated: 02-25-2012



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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sparkplug Press, a premiere publisher of high-quality, non-
fiction books on the horror genre, today announces the February 28, 2012 release of first-
ever eBook editions of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the
13th, the definitive tome on the making of the most successful horror franchise in cinema

Upon its original release as a collectible hardcover edition in October 2005, Crystal
Lake Memories was instantly hailed as one of the most lavish, comprehensive and
meticulously researched books ever created about a film series. The culmination of more
than three years of tireless research, author Peter M. Bracke exhaustively conducted over
200 interviews with the cast and crew responsible for each of the 11 now-classic films in
original Friday the 13th franchise, from filmmaker Sean S. Cunningham’s seminal 1980
shocker through the 2003 blockbuster match-up Freddy vs. Jason. Alongside a narrative
as full of shocks and surprises as the films themselves, Crystal Lake Memories also
featured nearly six-hundred rare and never-before-seen images that paint a graphically
compelling picture of one of horror’s best loved titles

Now, six years after the original publication of Crystal Lake Memories, Jason is ready
to slash his way across your screen. Inspired by the extraordinary response to the print
edition, Bracke has returned to the vaults to unearth additional material he was unable to
incorporate into the original hardcover volume. He has also conducted fresh and updated
interviews with key Friday the 13th alumni, including many who have agreed to break
their silence for the first time. Bigger and bloodier than ever, Crystal Lake Memories is
fully revised and expanded, and, says the author, the most complete and comprehensive
version possible.

“Over the past six years since the original release of Crystal Lake Memories, it’s been
a joy to hear from so many fans of the series around the world with their appreciation
for the book and the series it celebrates,” says Bracke. “Though the hardcover version
remains available and stands as a complete and cohesive work, there were many
fascinating and intriguing stories that fell victim to Jason’s merciless editorial blade—
even a large-format book comes with size limitations. So it’s been a great pleasure to not
only revisit the original content but also present it in a modern way.”

Crystal Lake Memories will receive a simultaneous release in both Standard and
Enhanced electronic editions, and each will be made available at a new affordable low
price. This makes Bracke’s compelling narrative accessible to a whole new community
of Friday enthusiasts. “The book market has seen radical changes over the past few years
with electronic books now a viable and increasingly popular format for many readers.

The consumer has spoken, and they want to take their favorite books with them wherever
they go, whether it’s on their laptop, tablet or smartphone—something that wasn’t
possible with a five-pound hardcover edition!” laughs Bracke, adding, “It’s particularly
gratifying that, in these tough economic times, the book is now more affordable than was
ever possible in print.”

Consumers who opt for the Standard Electronic Edition will enjoy the fully revised
and expanded text, including all newly-added cast and crew interviews, an updated
introduction and appendices, and a Foreword by series creator Sean S. Cunningham. The
Enhanced Edition (available for Apple iBooks 2, Kindle Fire and Nook Color platforms
only) expands upon the text content, adding hundreds of images—many never seen
before—including stills, storyboards, concept art and publicity and marketing materials.
The iBooks 2 release also includes additional interactive image elements and bonus video
interviews with Friday the 13th cast and crew. Utilizing the cutting-edge technology
of today’s best ebook readers, the Enhanced Edition of Crystal Lake Memories gives
consumers the most comprehensive and interactive eBook experience available today.

The Friday the 13th Phenomenon

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Friday the 13th film franchise has proven
to be as unstoppable at the box office as its machete-wielding villain. Chronicling the
murderous exploits of Jason Voorhees, the iconic, hockey-masked serial killer, Friday the
13th has become a true multimedia juggernaut: the series has spawned eleven
installments of the “classic franchise” plus a recent 2009 remake that topped the
worldwide box office, a hit syndicated television drama, a collection of popular young
adult fiction novels, a smash video game, nearly a dozen top-selling DVDs, and an
extensive line of licensed collectibles including magazines, posters, comic books, model
kits and even a lunchbox. Revenue figures are as staggering as they are relentless: over
95 million tickets sold and nearly $600 million in domestic box office receipts alone(1),
seven million DVDs shipped(2) and over one hundred licensed products that have
grossed over $150 million in sales(3). And the Michael Bay-produced reboot of the
franchise, 2009’s Friday the 13th, made cinema history with a domestic gross of $40.6
million in its first three days, setting an opening weekend record for a horror remake.

Sources: (1) Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and National Association of
Theater Owners (NATO); (2) VideoScan; (3) Alexander & Associates

Peter M. Bracke is the world’s foremost authority on the Friday the 13th series. He
hosts audio commentaries and video featurettes on the Warner Bros. International DVD
release of Friday the 13th and Paramount Home Entertainment’s From Crystal Lake

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