Book Review: ‘The Price of Fear: The Film Career of Vincent Price, In His Own Words’ by Joel Eisner

price-of-fearThere aren’t a lot of really good books on Vincent Price but this just so happens to be one of them.

The Price of Fear was written by Joel Eisner, who penned the iconic Batman Batbook, an encyclopedic work on the 1960s Batman television series. While interviewing people for the previous book, he met Vincent Price. The two bonded and what we got was a book that took decades to complete.

Eisner interviewed Price and countless others in an effort to get as much first hand knowledge as he could on Price, his films and the thoughts and words of the actor himself, as well as his friends and colleagues.

The book covers Price’s exhaustive filmography and doesn’t skim over much. It is pretty thorough for a book that is just around 200 pages. That being said, it is an engaging yet quick read.

The best part of the book is reading Price’s own words when he describes his experiences on certain films. It also covers his love of art, cooking and his history on the stage.

The Price of Fear also has insight from Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Roger Corman, Richard Matheson, Charlton Heston, Jack Nicholson and many others.

For fans of Vincent Price, this book is certainly a must have. If anything, it is the most intimate book on the legendary actor to date.

Rating: 8/10