Bruce Campbell, Hail To The Chin

LAST FAN STANDING with Bruce Campbell

Last Fan Standing is a special evening of live trivia and geekery hosted by Bruce Campbell, star of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films, Burn Notice, and Bubba Ho-Tep, and author of the new memoir Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor. May the best fan win!

TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. General $40 (includes admission to Last Fan Standing and a pre-signed copy of Hail to The Chin); VIP $70 (includes admission to Last Fan Standing, a copy of Hail to The Chin, and admission to signing line to meet Bruce (VIP ticket quantities limited). Tickets on sale NOW at

Celebrating the new memoir from the ultra-famous movie and TV icon with introduction by New York Times bestselling author and super-famous minor television personality John Hodgman


One of my dad's favorite jokes about getting older was: "I went out for coffee when I was twenty-one and when I got back I was fifty-eight!"

I get what he meant now. Time flies. My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a "mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood. This next book, an "Act II" if you will, could be considered my "maturing years" in show business, when I began to say "no" more often and gravitated toward self-generated material.

Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload. If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff?

The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride. —Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell

"Campbell is an amusing raconteur, sharing stories about shooting the indie film My Name Is Bruce in his backyard, working on his old friend Sam Raimi's Spiderman movies, and spending seven seasons on Burn Notice. Whether he is describing dealing with torn hamstrings during the Burn Notice shoot or crossing playing Santa Claus and Ronald Reagan off his bucket list, Campbell is always entertaining, and his smart-ass style makes for a groovy ride. He ends his book with his thoughts on both the Evil Dead movie remake and his current Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series. Fans will eagerly await a sequel." —Publishers Weekly

"Whether recounting his life in the boondocks of south Oregon or the making of the dud The Man with the Screaming Brain in Bulgaria, Campbell, backed by co-author Sanborn, and his B-movie anecdotes, are thoroughly engaging and witty." —Booklist

"Campbell sheds further light on the (decidedly unglamorous) existence of a B-list actor, and fans of his work will undoubtedly be excited to read more from the enigmatic movie star... Chock-full of amusing anecdotes about the underappreciated B-list movie industry. Hand to admirers of Campbell's previous book and fans of the talkies." —Library Journal

"A breezy read through a breezy life." —Kirkus Reviews

"Much like his Campbell's on-screen presence, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor is wildly vivacious. As he explains in the book's prologue, Campbell sees his memoirs as a trilogy. If If Chins Could Kill was the hero's origin story, then Hail to the Chin represents the second act. It will likely be a while before the finale comes to fruition, as Campbell has plenty more movies, TV shows, conventions, life experiences, and silly anecdotes ahead of him, though it's impossible not to be eager at the thought of the effervescent author reflecting on his twilight years." —Broke Horror Fan

Praise for If Chins Could Kill:

"The book offers insights into the world of independent filmmaking and the life of a "B" actor, but most importantly it succeeds as an evocative memoir that allows the reader to know Campbell."--School Library Journal "An insightful and rant-filled guide to being almost famous." —GQ

"Exceptionally literate yet conversational, wide-ranging but never wandering, and copiously, gleefully illustrated..." —Booklist

"entertaining and witty...Forecast: While a boon to film cultists and to Campbell's many fans, this book also has enough insights and smarts to appeal to readers with a serious interest in popular culture." —Publishers Weekly

"Campbell forgoes Hollywood anecdotes for more entertaining tales of struggling to break into the biz (even after Evil Dead II, he had to work security). With a quirky assortment of rants, as well as self-deprecating chapter titles like "The Higher the Budget, the Lower the Part," he's like the dinner guest you wish would never leave." —Entertainment Weekly

"This book is indispensable to anyone aspiring to a career as an actor, director, producer, or just about any other aspect of movie making...A fast, enjoyable read that is sure to garner Campbell even more of a following." —Fangoria

Praise for Bruce Campbell:

Without Bruce Campbell as Ash, "Evil Dead" likely would have remained one of the early-'80s splatterhouse flicks that indie filmmakers revere as inspirational to their craft. But Campbell molded Ash into a hero for the average guy by tempering the story's adrenaline-spiking frights and nausea-inducing gore with a performance steeped in expressive slapstick. Demon vomit, hellish effluvia, barrels of limbs and spilled bowels, all of this and more were prominent in 1981's "Evil Dead" and its 1987 sequel, "Evil Dead II." In encouraging us to laugh at the disgusting effects, Campbell's Ash made the franchise's outrageous shocks manageable. —Salon

Bruce Campbell is the ultimate "B" actor with an ever-growing fan base. In addition to starring in the huge cult hit Evil Dead series and a series of independent genre films, he has had featured roles in the film Bubba Ho-Tep, the Spider-man movies, the blockbuster Congo, the award-winning independent crime drama Running Time, and Paramount's romantic comedy Serving Sara. Bruce has also done a lot of television work, including appearances in Disney's TV movies Gold Rush and their update of The Love Bug, and has also starred in the highly touted Fox series The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Bruce then appeared as a recurring guest star on the hit shows Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Ellen, and Showtime's edgy TV industry comedy Beggars and Choosers. Bruce Campbell is also the author of the bestselling books If Chins Could Kill and Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way.

Co-author Craig "Kif" Sanborn has been working with Bruce Campbell for more than twenty years, contributing artwork and humor for all of Campbell's self-referential works, including If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, the novel Make Love! the Bruce Campbell Way, the feature film My Name Is Bruce, and Campbell's own social media persona.

NOTE for VIP ticketholders:

  • No posed photos (candid shots OK)
  • Bruce will sign copies of Hail to The Chin and one other item: another copy of the book, a different book, DVD case, poster, arm (severed or attached), newborn, etc.
  • VIP ticket quantities are limited


Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor Cover Image
By Bruce Campbell, Craig Sanborn, John Hodgman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781250125606
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - August 15th, 2017

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312291457
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: L.A. Weekly Books - August 24th, 2002