William Butler’s fascinating Hollywood memoir about his life working on legendary horror films, Tawdry Tales and Confessions from Horror’s Boy Next Door, is coming May 1st!
With a foreword written by effects legend, Greg Nicotero, Tawdry Tales tells the story of an overweight teen, in love with monster movies, who transformed himself and went on to become a “Scream King”, being the only actor ever to be on screen with Jason, Leatherface, Freddy and the zombies from Night of the Living Dead.
With insane, hilarious and never before heard behind the scenes stories from classic eighties films, Butler documents his tumultuous and amazing life from an actor to director with a house in the Hollywood Hills to his substance abuse issues, personal struggles, fall from grace and life changing realizations in one beautiful and entertaining biography.
Tawdry Tales incudes:
· Shocking, never before revealed antics from the set of Friday the13th VII, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, Tom Savini’s Night of the Living Dead, Ghoulies 2 and many more.
· The true story of how the sequels Return of the Living Dead 4 and 5 went so horribly wrong.
· The raw ugly truth of what it’s really like to be a director of small movies for big companies.
· Unfiltered tales from his 35 years of production with Charles Band
· Hilarious stories of Butler’s working experience with Prince, Madonna, Donald Pleasence, Tom Sizemore, Viggo Mortensen, Klaus Kinski, Greg Nicotero, Stuart Gordon, Yvonne DeCarlo and more.
· Scandalous and hilarious tales from his five years spent as Emmy Winner, Leslie Jordan’s roommate.
· Dozens of never before seen behind the scenes photos.
Quotes about Butler and his book:
“Billy Butler is the David Sedaris of Horror!”
Leslie Jordan, Emmy Award-Winning Actor
“When the nukes finally hit, all that will be left is cockroaches, Cher, myself and Billy Butler.”
-Charles Band, Legendary Director and Producer
“I’m afraid to read it.” Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer The Walking Dead
“He is more f*cked up than I am!” Kane Hodder, Horror Legend
Publisher: Dark Ink
Available in Paperback, Hardcover and Kindle eBook
Release: May 1, 2021
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-943201-56-3 ($26.99)
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943201-57-0 ($19.99)
Library of Congress 2021933362