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Maitland McDonagh is an American film critic and the author of several books about cinema.
She is best known for the book Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento (1991), the earliest auteur study about the influential Italian horror-suspense director. A specialist in the horror genre, she has appeared in numerous documentaries on the subject as well as on DVD commentaries for films including Tenebrae and the Criterion Collection release of The Silence of the Lambs. McDonagh additionally is known for her work in erotic fiction and erotic cinema, with such books as The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time (1996) and such documentaries as the UK's The 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003). In the mid-2010s she became a publisher of LGBTQ erotic fiction, founding 120 Days Books, which became an imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books.
After leaving New York City Ballet to pursue a writing career, McDonagh taught film as an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Brooklyn College, during which time she completed Filmmaking on the Fringe: The Good, The Bad, and the Deviant Directors and The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time. Her freelance work during this period included film pieces for The New York Times.
She became senior movie editor of the TV Guidewebsite in 1995, while continuing to contribute essays to such anthologies as the British Film Institute's The BFI Companion to Horror (Cassell, 1996), Fantasy Females (Stray Cat Publishing, 2000), Zombie (Stray Cat Publishing, 2000), and The Last Great American Picture Show (Amsterdam University Press, 2004), as well as to numerous film guides. In the mid-2000s, she wrote an occasional column on dance movies for the British magazine Dance Now.
Her book Movie Lust, third in the Sasquatch Books series begun with Book Lust by Nancy Pearl and Music Lust by Nic Harcourt, was published August 28, 2006. Later that year, she became the founding vice-president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She is also a member of the New York Film Critics Online.
McDonagh wrote the TV Guide website's twice-weekly column FlickChick; helped initiate the magazines weekly podcast, TV Guide Talk; and co-starred with fellow editor/critic Ken Fox in a Friday vodcast, Movie Talk. She left TV Guide in October 2008 and subsequently launched the website Miss FlickChick and its accompanying blog.
In 2014, McDonagh created the company 120 Days Books to republish rare 1970s and 1980s gay-erotica genre novels, beginning with a pair of two-in-one volumes: the crime thrillers Man Eater and Night of the Sadist and the supernatural fantasies Vampire's Kiss and Gay Vampire. Later in the decade, this became an imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books.
Bryce, Allan, ed. (2000). "The Living Dead at Miskatonic Morgue [and] Sometimes They Come Back...Again". Zombie. Liskead, Cornwall, England: Stray Cat Publishing. ISBN978-0953326129.
Bryce, Allan, ed. (2000). "Martine Beswicke: Sister Hyde [and] Barbara Steele: Witches and Bitches". Fantasy Females. Liskead, Cornwall, England: Stray Cat Publishing. ISBN0953326144.
White, Andrew, ed. (2000). "You Gotta Have Park: Come Down by the Riverside". Time Out Book of New York Walks. London: Time Out / Penguin. ISBN978-0140296228.
Sidaris, Andy (2003). "On Andy's Gang". Bullets Bombs and Babes. Heavy Metal Books. ISBN978-1932413007.
Horwath, Alexander, ed. (2004). "The Exploitation Generation. or: How Marginal Movies Came in from the Cold". The Last Great American Picture Show: New Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s. Amsterdam University Press. ISBN978-9053564936.