Christmas Story, A by Caseen Gaines, illustrations by Ian Petrella, with forewords by Wil Wheaton and Eugene B. Bergmann, ECW Press

A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic

Gaines, Caseen

  • Unwrap a treasure trove of stories and photos behind a Christmas tradition

    A Christmas Story has become a perennial holiday favourite since its release in 1983. While millions watch the movie every year on television, few know the story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent. Ralphie Parker’s quest for “a Red Ryder carbine action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time” didn’t begin or end with the release of Bob Clark’s sleeper hit. Adapted from Jean Shepherd’s radio broadcasts and short stories, A Christmas Story has inspired a mountain of merchandise, sequels, a stage adaptation, and a big–budget Broadway musical. There’s also a tourist attraction in Cleveland and annual conventions. Not bad for a movie that was only a modest hit during its original theatrical run. Now, in time for its 30th anniversary, the story of the making of the film — and what happened afterwards — is being told for the first time. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs and drawing on original interviews with cast and crew, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic is sure to make you glad you didn’t shoot your eye out!

  • Caseen Gaines is a pop culture enthusiast and the author of Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse (2011). He lives in New Jersey.

  • Published: October 2013

    ISBN: 9781770411401

    Dimensions: 8 x 10 in.

    Pages: 232


"Caseen Gaines should be very proud of what he has done with this book. He has lovingly pulled back the curtain of a film we have grown to know so well...I do not hesitate for a second to recommend it to any fan of the film." — The Retroist

"Caseen Gaines...has written the most comprehensive book on the history and making of the movie...This is definitely a book that any fan of the movie must have on their shelf, not only to read, but to use as a reference." — Flick’s Tongue blog