Photo of Ira Levin on the set of “Veronica's Room”
Levin on the set of Veronica's Room (courtesy of The Basingstoke Gazette/Mike Englefield)   
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IraLevin.org

The official website of Author Ira Levin

Ira Levin Collection logo Blackstone Publishing is underway in their sequential release of The Ira Levin Collection – new editions of all of Levin's novels, plus, for the first time ever, reading editions of all his published stage plays. Comedy, drama, suspense, sci-fi, horror – nearly the entire Levin canon.

Read more about this unprecedented event here. (Release dates are subject to change.)

6.25.2024 – THAT OTHER SIDNEY
No, not Sidney Bruhl. Today would have been venerable Hollywood director Sidney Lumet's 100th birthday. Lumet directed the 1982 screen adaptation of Levin's comedy-thriller stage classic Deathtrap (still the fifth longest-running play in Broadway history).

As Sidney B. might've said, here's to an actual "gifted director"!

Deathtrap title screen
Photo © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

 
The Stepford Wives book jacket 6.4.2024 – THE BOYS ARE BACK

Today saw the release of Blackstone's new reissue of Levin's iconic thriller, The Boys from Brazil – recently dubbed "One of the greatest (if not the greatest) thrillers of all time." by Forbes.

What's perhaps most thrilling about the edition is the new Afterword contributed by Dr. Efraim Zuroff, real-life Nazi hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. (The book's central character, Yakov Liebermann, is a fictionalization of Wiesenthal.)

After nearly 50 years, Levin's boys are still going strong. (Read more about this classic thriller here.)

5.30.2024 – TANYS, anybody?
Congratulations to the Oswego Players on receiving six, count 'em, six Theatre Association of New York State TANYS awards for their recent production of Deathtrap.

Production photo
Photo © Oswego Players, Inc.

 
The Stepford Wives book jacket 5.7.2024 – WELCOME TO STEPFORD

Today saw the release of the first-ever audiobook edition of The Stepford Wives, courtesy of Blackstone Publishing, and read by the excellent January LaVoy.

Blackstone also released their hardcover edition of The Stepford Wives today, and it is simply beautiful.

The Levin estate worked directly with Blackstone on the hardcover to restore the first edition's layout, and all the other niceties lost to a half-century of reissues – while eradicating all known typos (some dating back to the first edition itself), and other such distractions which had crept in over the years. All resulting in the most definitive, best-reading edition to roll into town since Levin's iconic tale was first published.

4.26.2024 – VISITING APARTMENT 7A

Image from upcoming film Apartment 7aCredit: Gareth Gatrell/Paramount+

We can now confirm that the upcoming film Apartment 7A is indeed an official, 'authorized' production (how refreshing!) based on Ira Levin's 1967 novel Rosemary's Baby.

Falling under Paramount Pictures' 'remake' rights, the Levin estate had no role in its creative development – and as such is eager, along with everyone else, to see what they've done with the place.

4.24.2024 – HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU

Check out this fantastic new jacket design for Blackstone Publishing's upcoming Sliver edition. Genius!

Sliver book jacket
(Credit: James T. Egan of Bookfly Design)

3.12.2024 – THE BIRTHDAY FROM BRAZIL

Image of Ira Levin and book jacket
Courtesy Forbes.com (Photo © Jill Krementz)

Check out this great new piece about “The Boys from Brazil” as the book turns 48, featuring an interview with Levin's son.

2.22.2024 – LEVIN IN JEOPARDY

Ira Levin Jeopardy answer
© Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Another welcome Levin Jeopardy! answer, in the current Champions Wildcard tournament, fresh on the heels of 2.19's The Boys from Brazil answer. Thanks, Jeopardy!

(Levin of course made no secret that nearly everyone involved with the filming of Rosemary's Baby claimed credit for Farrow's casting.)

1.30.2024 – AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Check out this new piece on SyFy.com about Levin's The Boys from Brazil (the book's being reissued this summer), which incorporates a brand-new interview with 1978 screen adaptation scribe Heywood Gould

1.26.2024 – THAT '70S COMEDY-THRILLER

T.S. Murphy as Porter Milgrim in Deathtrap

Check out these mod promo shots from the Players Guild of Leonia's current production of Deathtrap (Groovy!)

1.20.2024 – MUSEUM PIECES...?
Two of Ira Levin's best-known novels are currently being featured in new museum exhibits: Rosemary's Baby at the Museum of the City of New York, and The Stepford Wives at the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. Check 'em out! (And let us know if you spot any in your neck of the woods!)

1.16.2024
Check out this promotional video for the UK's Mill at Sonning production of Deathtrap. (And get Sidney some meds!)

1.5.2024
We mourn the passing of actor David Soul, whom we were touched to read met his wife when they co-starred in a 2002 tour of Deathtrap.

11.3.2023 – UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Publisher's Weekly has posted an interview with prolific author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Haunted...) discussing Ira Levin's influence on his work. Check it out!

10.29.2023 – HUNGRY LIKE THE WOODHOUSES
New wave legends Duran Duran have just released a list of the scariest movies to watch at Halloween, and Rosemary's Baby tops the list: “The only Halloween movie to get an emphatic thumbs up from both founding members of Duran Duran was based on Ira Levin’s 1967 Satanic novel of the same name.”

10.27.2023 – DR. SAPIRSTINE
"Goosebumps" creator R.L. Stine has published a list of his favorite scary books, with Rosemary's Baby in the top slot. (Stine has earlier generously dubbed Levin's novel "The best thriller ever written.")

10.6.2023 – EXCELSIOR
The 1968 film adaptation of Levin's Rosemary's Baby was just named “The Best horror movie set in New York State” by The Hard Times

10.4.2023
A Kiss Before Dying has just been named to Time Magazine's list of the 100 Best Mystery and Thriller Books of All Time

10.2.2023
Here's a refreshingly non-spooky October feature on Michael Caine's top thriller films, featuring the screen adaptation of Deathtrap

9.28.2023 – THE STEPFORD WIVES' TURN AT FASHION WEEK
In the wake of Rosemary's Baby's NY Fashion Week appearance, InStyle writes “Prim, proper, and ... Parisian? It's not the perfect formula for a Stepford wife, per se, but Kendall Jenner's look at the Schiaparelli presentation today at Paris Fashion Week seemed to draw from the perfectly coiffed look of Ira Levin's satirical work.”

9.15.2023 – ROSEMARY'S BABY AT FASHION WEEK
“Rosemary’s Baby was a reference point. [Designer Joseph Altuzarra] had a copy of the 50th anniversary edition of the Ira Levin book placed on every guest seat.” (Vogue)

“Deathtrap” production photo – Player's Ring Theatre 9.7.2023
Check out these moody promo photos of John Budzyna as Sidney Bruhl in Portsmouth, New Hampshire's Player's Ring production of Deathtrap

7.31.2023
Image of upcoming 4K release of “Rosemary's Baby”
Paramount is issuing a 4K edition of Rosemary's Baby in time for spooky season
  • Standalone
  • Boxed set


7.13.2023
Having recently been dubbed one of the 25 Most Significant New York City Novels From the Last 100 Years by the New York Times, Levin's classic Rosemary's Baby was just named one of Esquire's 50 Best Mysteries of All Time

JULY 2023 – BRAND NEW WEBSITE!
IraLevin.org has received a top-to-bottom overhaul. We're still the same site (Honest, Joanna!) – just brimming with new content and information about Ira Levin and his works

JULY 2023 – DRAT! THE CAT! CATSPLAINED
Musical theater aficionados – pounce, don't jump – on this terrific new YouTube walkthrough of Levin's musical Drat! The Cat! (Yes, the man who wrote Rosemary's Baby also wrote a Broadway musical)

Illustration from upcoming edition of “The Stepford Wives”

FALL 2022
Seattle gallery Roq Le Rue held a Stepford Wives exhibit featuring painted illustrations created by talented area artist Laurie Lee Brom for Suntup Press's upcoming limited edition of The Stepford Wives

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