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Life Imitates Art: Screwdriver Attack on Grindhouse's Eric Caidin

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The Fangoria Convention isn't due to start until Friday, but the gore and the madness have already begun - and this ain't Karo syrup.

Eric Caidin, owner of Hollywood Book and Poster, co-presenter of The Grindhouse Film Festival, and a longtime supporter of the horror/comic/film fan communities, was attacked in his store on Hollywood Boulevard last Friday.

The alleged attacker was Michael Copner, former publisher of Cult Movies Magazine, who stabbed Caidin repeatedly in the face with a sharpened screwdriver. Glass cases and shelves were smashed as Caidin's employees helped to fight off Copner.

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Caidin was briefly hospitalized after the attack, and Copner was booked on multiple charges, including attempted murder. According to Tom Weaver on the Classic Horror Film Board, 24 hours later, Michael Copner was transferred from the jail to a hospital.

According to various unsubstantiated reports, Copner may be suffering from a seizure disorder, mental illness, and/or a brain tumor.