The director of House of Seven Belles was a rather fascinating individual, to put it mildly. Andy Milligan directed some of the strangest movies to play Times Square: Torture Dungeon, Bloodthirsty Butchers, Seeds, Fleshpot of 42nd Street. Editor-In-Chief Jimmy McDonough authored the definitive biography of Milligan – The Ghastly One: The 42nd Street Netherworld of Director Andy Milligan – and it's being released in a luxury edition byNWR/Fab Press edition. Pre-order your copy at

To commemorate this event we are presenting a reading in three parts from the book section detailing the wild history of the Caffe Cino – the birthplace of New York City's Off-Off-Broadway scene – and where Andy Milligan first became a director.

The part of Andy Milligan is read by journalist Fulvio Visconti.


In Part One of our reading, we learn some of Andy Milligan's background as a stage and TV actor (from the chapter entitled Seeds), before he wandered into the Caffe Cino. Then comes the chapter Do What You Have To Do, which details how the Cino began.

Sample layouts from The Ghastly One.


In Part Two of our reading, Gentleman's Handshake, Andy Milligan arrives at the Cino and his shocking, sadistic plays have people packing the tiny theater.

Sample layouts from The Ghastly One.


Part Three of our reading, Cukaya, brings not only the exit of Andy Milligan from the Cino, but the fiery demise of the theater – as well as Joe Cino himself.

Sample layouts from The Ghastly One.

Jimmy McDonough is the author of The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Andy Milligan, as well as biographies of Tammy Wynette, Al Green, Russ Meyer and Neil Young. Currently he is working on his years-in-the-making biography The Exotic Ones: Heaven, Hell and the Ormonds. He is Editor-In-Chief of

Fulvio Visconti is a former busboy and sometime bartender who worked at such landmarks of New York City nightlife as Danceteria and Save the Robots. Italian royalty in his bloodline, he writes poetry in his spare time. Fulvio is working on his first novel.

Photos of the Caffe Cino by James D. Gossage, courtesy James D. Gossage collection, Billy Rose Theatre Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.