IMPORTANT: I am Katharine, with two As, not Katherine, with two Es.

It happens often enough not to bother me much, so no need to apologize if you mess it up. But one is my name and the other isn’t.

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Katharine Coldiron is the author of Ceremonials, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and Junk Film. Her work has appeared in Ms., the Washington Post, Conjunctions, NPR, and many other places. Find her at kcoldiron.com and on Twitter @ferrifrigida.

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Full-size cover for Plan 9 from Outer Space

Designed by Neil Snowdon and David Chatton Barker

Plan 9 from Outer Space has been called the worst movie of all time. Studying such a film would seem needless, more painful than profitable. Katharine Coldiron takes the plunge anyway, and discovers, in the world of bad film, creative insight and practical lessons on how to make good art. She also breaks down, scene by scene, exactly how incompetent Plan 9 is. Full of good humor and backed by thousands of hours of research, this book offers a new perspective on how bad art fits into a well-rounded film education.

“A genuine treasure for Ed Wood fans.” —Andrew J. Rausch, coauthor, The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood

“I thoroughly enjoyed Katharine Coldiron’s deep dive into Ed Wood’s schlock classic Plan 9 from Outer Space. Not only is it a hilarious, super-detailed analysis of what goes wrong, scene after scene, but it serves as a generous appreciation of the skill and vision it takes to make an actual good movie. It’s great fun.” —Bill Corbett, writer & cast member, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax

“Katharine Coldiron expertly breaks down why Plan 9 is so unique. It is both great and terrible, awful, yet beautiful. This is an endlessly entertaining read and it’s all true! But can your heart stand the shocking facts?”  —Dana Gould, writer, comedian, spearheader of Plan 9 live shows

Promotional images:

This is the face of Edward D. Wood, Jr., cross-stitched by my own hands. Squint and lean back if you can’t quite see it.

Full-size cover for Ceremonials

Designed by Jesi Buell, illustration by Mariana Magaña de Lio

Press release for Ceremonials (PDF)

The illustrator for Ceremonials is Mariana Magaña de Lio. Contact her directly on Instagram; I have no special access to her.


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