HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MS. BARBARA STEELE!
Today is 73rd birthday of Barbara Steele, star of such horror classics as Black Sunday, The Pit & the Pendulum, the original Piranha and Nightmare Castle. Those of you unfamiliar with Ms. Steele, start with Black Sunday (1960), her only collaboration with Italian director Mario Bava. Her dark beauty and irresistible sensuality have made her a favourite of horror fans for decades and inspired many acts of devotion, including this one by yours truly:
The DLB also had the good fortune of meeting Ms. Steele at Rue Morgue Magazine‘s 2009 Festival of Fear, where she was an honoured guest for the weekend. I helmed her panel discussion had the chance to speak with her extensively afterwards.
For a taste of her particular charms, watch this segment on Ms Steele from Clive Barker’s A-Z of Horror: