Jennifer and I would like to share that the revised and updated Second Edition of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches is now available at Amazon.com as a kindle e-reader. The new version includes over 25 new photos added (with nudes) and also updates. For more information on how to order "Inches" for a kindle device or for a personal computer please visit the following link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NZS2RO
We would also like to take this time to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and all our best for the coming year.
The following is an interview I did recently with Mr. Skin about the second edition of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches" and also about my forthcoming release, Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Erotic Cinema (1968-1985) ~ Jill
For consumers interested in owning a personally signed copy of the book (soft or hard cover) please contact us through our publisher: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope the new edition and hardcover copies will further enhance your enjoyment of our original publication. For those of you who are new to the book, we encourage you to journey through the life and times of the world's most legendary icon in the history of the erotic film industry.
Once more, we'd like to thank to all readers who have supported us and our book over the past three plus years. It's been an exhilarating ride.
Jennifer and I would like to announce that we will be special guests on "Legends of Porn" with host, Christy Canyon, next Saturday August 27th at 2:30pm Eastern on (Playboy) Spice Radio: Sirius 103 XM. We will discuss erotic film legend John Holmes, in conjunction with our first and definitive biography, "John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches". Ms. Laurie Holmes will be joining us for the designated hour interview segment. We hope you'll tune in as we continue to celebrate the third anniversary of our book's publication with a forthcoming 2nd Edition of "Inches" (including 28 additional photos and more!), along with a soon-to-be released audio format.
Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the release of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches. It is also the 67th birthday of John Holmes. Jennifer and I have been working for the past month assembling all of the updates, and photo selections for the forthcoming 2nd edition of our biography, to be released by BearManor Media this fall. With 28new, and some never-before-seen pictures added, we can promise that the new edition of the popular book will contain surprises for all fans of the genre, and also for discerning readers. Stay tuned for news of the re-release! Thank you for your continued support of our book and for all positive feedback. It is greatly appreciated!
Paperback News: We are pleased to announce that BearManor Media will be releasing a 2nd edition copy of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches at a date soon to be determined. The new edition product that will also be available on kindle and other e-readers will contain over 25 new photos, critics’ praise and additional tidbits.
Kindle News: The upcoming 2nd edition of “Inches” will be reformatted to ensure that the bio is easily transferable to all kindle readers and alternative e-reader devices, putting to rest any issues that some consumers might have experienced with the download to current kindle devices.
Audiobook News: John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches on audio is forthcoming. Jennifer and I have been consulting with the audio producer regarding the narrator and selected music that will be utilized to emphasize certain dramatic, humorous and poignant aspects of the book. We greatly appreciate your patience and promise that the professional completed product soon to be made available for the public, will ensure first rate quality and guaranteed entertainment and production value.
With the third year anniversary of “INCHES” just on the horizon in August, and the book awaiting its debut in audio format, it is gratifying for Jennnifer and I to continue to receive great press for our collaborative achievement. Recently, Adam Wilcox of XXX Wasteland reviewed John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches and posted his comments and a new author interview at his blog: http://xxxwasteland.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/xxx-wasteland-exclusive-interview-jill-nelson/ The following excerpt contains the review portion of the piece:
‘Co-authors Jill Nelson and Jennifer Sugar leave no stone unturned with their biography John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches, a well-researched and comprehensive novel documenting the life and times of the well-endowed porn legend.
Featuring comments from over 60 people who knew and/or worked with Holmes, Inches chronicles the captivating, albeit tumultuous life of the King of Porn, from his troubled upbringing, ascension to the top of the adult industry with the Johnny Wadd film series and unusual relationship with underage girlfriend Dawn Schiller to Holmes’ alleged involvement in the 1981 Wonderland Murders and subsequent return to the business that made him famous.
Perhaps the most compelling facet of Inches is the illustration of Holmes’ essentially lonely death in 1988 after becoming infected with a then-relatively new virus known as AIDS, conveyed by both John’s widow Laurie and the man himself from interview excerpts during the latter months of his life.
In addition to Laurie Holmes, those contributing their memories, opinions and stories of John to the book (in both original interviews and statements derived from previous projects) include Schiller, Holmes’ first wife Sharon, Wadd creator Bob Chinn, industry historian Bill Margold, L.A.P.D. homicide detectives Tom Lange and Frank Tomlinson, renowned adult performer and producer Bill Amerson, director Julia St. Vincent and a plethora of porn actors and actresses from the “Golden Era” of XXX such as Gloria Leonard, Ron Jeremy, Juliet Anderson, Ginger Lynn, Sharon Mitchell, Paul Thomas and Buck Adams.
Also included in Inches are author reviews of 200 loops and movies featuring John Holmes, as well as an extensive filmography of titles the actor appeared in during his legendary run as a member of the adult entertainment world.
Overall, John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches is unquestionably the most in-depth look at the life and career of arguably the most iconic figure in the annals of adult cinema. A highly recommended read for both fans of John Holmes or those interested in the history of porn.’
John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches was recently added to the renowned Margaret Herrick Film Research Library collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. The Academy’s extensive library of material on films was named after Margaret Herrick, formerly, the Academy’s first librarian.
The Margaret Herrick library (cited as the World’s Preeminent Cinema Research Facility) is located at the Fairbanks Centre for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills, and contains a “non-circulating collection, all relating to some aspect of the motion picture industry from its earliest days to the present, includes over 30,000 books and pamphlets, 2400 periodical titles, 80,000 screenplays; hundreds of thousands of production, biography and subject clipping files; 38,000 posters, 10 million photographs and nearly 1500 special collections". The facility is designed for archivists, researchers, film students and/or serious film buffs.
Thirty years ago when director Julia St. Vincent interviewed Holmes for Exhausted, she asked where he imagined his films would be in the future. John responded: “I kind of hope I’m on the Late, Late Show. Seriously, like Bogart. Bogart never hit prime ’till way past dead.” This is a tremendous and exciting honor for the book and for us. We are pleased that "A Life Measured in Inches", along with its filmography and film/loops reviews, has the distinction of being officially recognized as a reference book for the prestigious and acclaimed Academy Film Library.
Today, March 13th, marks the official passing of John Curtis Holmes, although John actually passed away on March 12th, 1988. Because the coroner didn’t arrive until the 13th, it is the 13th of March that has always been on record. When John and Bob Chinn visted the beautiful Hawaiian tropical island of Kauai in 1980 for a working vacation, they filmed scenes for two films: Prisoner of Paradise (1980) and Waikiki Wadd, a Hawaiian inspired Johnny Wadd adventure that was never completed. Chinn has said that John immediately fell in love with the charm of the island and its tranquil calm, as he had not visited Kauai before. Bob had spent many of his childhood years on Kauai and felt it would be an optimum locale for some R&R after he and John finished filming two movies back to back in San Francisco. Bob noted that during their two weeks vacation, John became disinterested in cocaine and instead, revelled in the work by taking care of the production details, and cutting paths in the thicket with his machete. John had also enjoyed his lazy social time on the island and met up with some German tourists. While standing together on the beach watching the sunset one evening, John had told Bob that if he ever disappeared, he could be found on the island of Kauai. In 2007, Bob revisited the same beach where he and John had walked, and remarked about it during his closing reflective comments in A Life Measured in Inches. “I did manage to go to that beach where John and I had stood those many years ago. It was twilight and against the beautiful Kauai sunset, I recalled those past times and I thought, ‘Well John, I’m here — so where are you?’ As I turned to leave, a gust of wind blew unexpectedly, sending a sudden chill up my spine, but the breeze slowly died down and everything was quiet again, except the sound of the waves breaking in the distance before they rolled in and washed up on the shore.” – Bob Chinn
Kauai is known to hold great spiritual power and is a place of enlightenment. The native Hawaiians believe that certain points on the beach: the Anahola and the Polihale, are symbolic portals for birth, and for departure. Perhaps Chinn did indeed sense John’s restless spirit stir that day in 2007 while he stood listening to the reasonating sound of the tides. ~ RIP John
*Inches on Audio - John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches in audio format is still in production in Southern California Studios. Once again, the finished product promises to be an engaging audio experience (presented by vocal artists) for those who are new to John Holmes’ life and career, and also for readers who already own the paperback and/or kindle versions. The release date will be announced here as soon as the production is finalized.
*Inches on kindle – The biography has been reformatted and returned to kindle this past week including all photos, filmography and film reviews.
The kindle book version of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches is temporarily absent from the Amazon.com website. Due to a glitch in the table of contents, it is currently being reformatted and will be promptly be available again for purchase. Please check back soon for another update. We apologize for any inconvenience!
The John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches biography for audio format is presently in the hands of a production team based in Southern California. The recent decision was made to use professional voice actors to read the parts of all of the players including the narrative. After listening to a sample, it is our pleasure to share the news that the product is of high quality and promises to be an engaging experience for all listeners. It is thrilling to hear the words of John Holmes and the people in his life - along with our written narrative, interpreted by various talented actors committed to making this a tremendous auditory experience.
The finished product will be ready in early 2011 and available for mp3/ipod, and other devices through Amazon.com and additional online book retailers -- to be announced. We greatly appreciate your patience.