Synopses & Reviews
ON SCREEN THEY WERE STARS.
A portrait of four profoundly flawed yet awesome leading men, as well as a window into a time when glamour was sacrosanct and when stardom was achieved rather than manufactured. --Playboy
As the colorful anecdotes collected in this book make clear, some stars are born rather than made.--New York Post
Sellers's outrageously entertaining history proves that today's celebrities don't have much on Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris, and Oliver Reed.--The Daily Beast
Hellraisers takes us back to the glory days of stage and screen actors Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, and Oliver Reed.--Connecticut News
OFF SCREEN THEY WERE LEGENDS
So wonderfully captures the wanton belligerence of both binging and stardom you almost feel the guys themselves are telling the tales.--GQ
Like the rejuvenating martinis and blurry haze of cigarettes in Mad Men, Robert Sellers's nostalgic Hellraisers . . . amounts to an unapologetic celebration of the plastered and the damned.--The Wall Street Journal
A rowdy collection of greatest hits.--The New York Times
An incredibly entertaining series of anecdotes, interspersed with unpretentious and conversational interviews--all about drinking.--Los Angeles Times
The most outrageous film book of the season, by far.--The Buffalo News
THE BOOZY BIOGRAPHY OF THE FOUR GREATEST ACTORS TO EVER WALK--OR STAGGER--INTO A PUB.
"'If you're going to hear my confession,' actor Richard Harris says to a hospital priest, 'prepare to be here for days.' He might well have been blurbing this graphic novel biography of Harris, Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed not only stars at the crest of 1960s British new-wave cinema, but fast-living, hard-partying icons of the decade. Sellers adapts his own prose celebrity biography of the same name into this graphic novel by enveloping it with the stars' cautionary Christmas Carol-style visitation to the fictional Martin, a serial drunk and rabble-rouser in the making. It's the adventures of Burton et al., however, that kick the narrative into bleakly hysterical and over-the-top sagas of extreme debauchery and decadence. Sellers's script skips from one outrageous incident to another, deftly and fittingly portrayed by JAKe, who eschews photorealistic depiction in favor of bold, heavy-lined caricature. His illustrations are reminiscent of the work of Kyle Baker and Jamie Hewlett; he skillfully sets these instantly recognizable, larger-than-life characters in their hallucinatory whirlwind tours from drink to drunk and from beds to bed-ridden. A savage sock in the jaw to polite, reverential biographical graphic novels, these hilariously bleak shock tales make the modern-day antics of Lindsay Lohan look like Dr. Seuss." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Raise a glass to the story of four of the greatest actorsand boozersof all time: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed. This inventive graphic work seamlessly weaves their four biographies into one fast-paced adventure of drunken binges, orgies, parties, and fun. The story begins at a London pub one sorry Christmas and is told through the eyes of Martin, a wannabe hellraiser sitting at the end of the bar alone, drinking himself into oblivion. Hes joined in turn by Burton, Harris, Reed, and OToole, who take Martin on tours of their tumultuous childhoods, rises to stardom, and chaotic personal lives.
A savage sock in the jaw to polite, reverential biographical graphic novels, these hilariously bleak shock tales make the modern-day antics of Lindsay Lohan look like Dr. Seuss.” Publishers Weekly
In the hands of less talented creators, this book would be a boring mess. But its the exact opposite.” Boing Boing
About the Author
Robert Sellers is the author of several celebrity biographies, including the original hardcover Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed, as well as books on Sting, Tom Cruise, and the film industry. He lives in St. Albans, England. JAKe is an artist whose work has appeared in Esquire and Time Out; he also worked for LucasFilm on Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He lives in London, England.