Martin Grams was 18 years old when he wrote his first book, an extension of a high school book report on the history of the radio/TV series, Suspense. Following a number of rejections from publishing companies, all of whom failed to review the manuscript because of his young age, Martin created his own publishing company and chose to publish the book himself. This led to the formation of OTR Publishing in 1998, and a future career in the publishing business. This led to a new platform for scholarly publishing, the system through which research results and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use for other scholars, learners and the public good. This website was created to provide a list of Martin’s personal accomplishments, along with updated information regarding future projects.
“Recently I have been troubled by an overwhelming number of publications that are subjective, proposing theory and analysis,” quoted Martin Grams in a recent interview for USA Today. “These books, usually published through print-on-demand, masquerade as documentary in nature, only to contain opinion and are short on facts.”
Dubbed the young “Isaac Asimov” by Ivan Shreve of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, Martin Grams has authored or co-authored more than 30 books. He contributed chapters, essays and appendices for numerous books including Ken Mogg’s The Alfred Hitchcock Story (Titan Books, 1999), Bear Manor Media’s It’s That Time Again (2002 and the two sequels), Arthur Anderson’s Let’s Pretend (2004), Ben Ohmart’s The Alan Reed Story (2010), and Dick Osgood’s WYXIE Wonderland (2017).
He continues to write magazine articles for Filmfax, Scarlet Street, Ed Hulse’s Blood ’n’ Thunder and Sperdvac’s Radiogram (to name a few). Martin also wrote two books for McFarland Publishing, a college/university press, and is presently a research consultant for two magazines and one publishing company.
July 2019. Martin’s latest book is now available. A 190 page history of ‘Way Out, the short-lived horror program that aired over CBS television in 1961. Hosted by author Roald Dahl, the book goes into great detail from the origin of the program, the Pittsburgh TV terrors, behind-the-scenes trivia for each episode, scans of archival documents and the reason why the program went off the air after 14 telecasts. You can order your copy today.
January 2018. Martin’s latest book, Bass Reeves and The Lone Ranger: Debunking the Myth, is scheduled for publication in January 2018. The intent is not just to debunk the myth that circulates on the internet about Bass Reeves being the inspiration for The Lone Ranger, but to curb the myth that circulates like wildfire. Archival scans are included to back up all the facts that Bass Revees was not the inspiration. A must-have for fans of The Lone Ranger.
November 2017. Martin wrote the introduction for Bold Venture’s latest publication, WYXIE WONDERLAND: An Unauthorized 50-Year-Diary of WXYZ Detroit, now available on Amazon.com.
July 2016. Martin has agreed to attend SPERDVAC as a guest in Las Vegas in January of 2017 and November 2018. Martin will deliver two slide show presentations at each event.
October 2013. Martin’s book about THE TIME TUNNEL recently received “Honorable Mention” at the annual Halloween Book Festival. Way to go Martin!
November 2011. Martin’s book on THE TWILIGHT ZONE recently won the 2011 Halloween Book Festival’s best Science-Fiction book of the year! The competition honors general excellence and the awards are intended to draw public attention to worthy selections during the busiest season for book sales. The festival is part of the 2011 Aliens to Zombies Convention (The A to Z Convention) in Hollywood, CA.
October 2011. Martin contributed audio commentary to THE TWILIGHT ZONE Bluray releases (Seasons Two through Five). His audio commentary for the “King Nine Will Not Return” episode on the Season Two Blu Ray release of TWILIGHT ZONE recently got nominated for “Best Commentary” by the Rondo Awards! Congrats Martin!
September 2011. VCI Entertainment recently released THE GREEN HORNET: The Motion Picture. Martin helped provide the editorial cuts for the motion-picture, now available wherever DVDs are sold. Both the 1940 and 1941 cliffhanger serials are available on DVD, also through VCI Entertainment. Martin provided the extensive liner notes that accompany the serial. This is a great opportunity to read up on the serials before watching them!