Sunday, March 13, 2011

John Curtis Holmes: 1944-1988


Prisoner of Paradise:

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Book Updates

*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.

*Please also be sure to visit for information about obtaining the paperback copy of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches that includes all photos, a complete filmography and film reviews:

*Flesh of the Lotus: A Johnny Wadd Novel – We are pleased to announce that Bob Chinn’s first novel based upon the Johnny Wadd film series, is now available at all major online book retailers including To purchase your copy, please visit the following link for more information:

*Please also visit the official website for all information about the first and definitive John Holmes biography at: