Bob Madison is a former communications executive turned writer. He has written everything from magazine articles, to blogposts, television documentaries, nonfiction books, cookbooks, an upcoming novel, and even … trading cards.
Bob was born and raised in Middle Village, New York. He grew up reading Victorian novels, inter-War thrillers, Golden Age Detective Fiction, pulp magazines from the 1930s and vintage travel/exploration books. When not reading, he was an avid consumer of Classic Hollywood movies and Old Time Radio.
Bob wrote the narration for 2021 documentary Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story for MPI, produced and directed by Mary O’Leary. It was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.
Bob sold his first novel, a comedy Cash and Carrey, to Vulpine Press. It is slated for release in the summer of 2022.
Bob Madison has been married to Russell Frost since 1990, and the two live in Huntington Beach, CA. Bob currently sits on the board for The Literacy Volunteers of Huntington Beach Public Library.
He has also specializes in writing about himself in the Third Person. This is One of Those Times.
“I became a writer because I’m not fit to become anything else. I often write things that are funny because a day without a laugh is a day wasted.“
– Bob Madison
I don’t think there ever was a time I didn’t want to be a writer. My earliest memories of school are making up stories and illustrating them with my own (very bad) drawings. I was obsessed by all kinds of things when I was a kid: the classic movie monsters, pulp heroes like Doc Savage and The Shadow, James Bond, old time radio and vintage movie comedies. The Marx Brothers and Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were my gods; I thought W. C. Fields should run for president (and, since this was the age of Jimmy Carter, that wasn’t such a bad idea), and Bugs Bunny was one of the great movie comedians. I also felt that I had to somehow elbow my way into any and all of those things that I loved so much.
I was lucky enough to do a lot of it. I’ve written books on vintage monster movies; I have appeared in several documentaries on classic films; did stints on Good Morning America and other talk shows; and eventually wrote for magazines, and my work appeared in such diverse publications as: Cartoonist PROfiles, Retro Vision, Wonder, Wavelengths, Cult Movies, Scarlet Street, FilmFax and Video Watchdog. I even wrote several cards for a series of trading cards celebrating actor Boris Karloff in 1998.
A documentary I wrote, Dark Shadows and Beyond, produced and directed by Mary O’Leary, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. And now that Cash and Carrey has arrived, I hope to write a steady stream of novels that amuse and delight people who share something of my grab bag sensibility.
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