A BLOG FOR MONSTER KIDS, MONSTEROLOGISTS - EVEN HUMANS WHO LOVE MONSTER MAGAZINES!

A BLOG FOR MONSTER KIDS, MONSTEROLOGISTS - EVEN HUMANS WHO LOVE MONSTER MAGAZINES!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOOKS I WANT ON MY SHELF


There seems to be a never-ending stream of books about horror films for sale these days. Two of the major publishers, McFarland and Bear Manor Media, seem to publish something at least monthly between the two of them. One technical publisher, Wiley, is publishing a collection of essays that looks excellent. But at about $200, I can only hope that it will sometime be reprinted in a less expensive edition. These titles are all available for pre-order in the usual places.





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TOPSTONE TUESDAY: WTF?


I came across this image while surfing through the TUMBLRverse. This has got to be one of the weirdest scenarios using monster masks that I've ever seen. Other than perhaps wearing them to maintain the anonymity of the participants, I just don't see the point. I'm presuming this is from a private photo shoot, but it may be from a men's magazine. In any event, it's a weird one, don't you agree?

For those with more delicate dispositions, I have modestly covered the areas that may be considered inappropriate for general audiences. However, if you are the adventurous type, you can click HERE and view the photos sans censorship.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

THE CREEPS: UPCOMING FRAZETTA AND SANJULIAN COVERS


Determined to continue their ambitions for that classic Warren-era look, Richard Sala and the rest of Warrant Company have lined up the next two covers of THE CREEPS by a couple of Warren alumni cover artists, Frank Frazetta (above) and Sanjulian (below). According to the publishing schedule, however, we'll have to wait until next Spring and Summer to purchase them.



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MAD SCIENTIST NO. 29 NOW SHIPPING


This nicely-produced indie 'zine has just published it's 29th issue. The cover is another beaut by Mark Maddox. Inside is a lengthy article on the making of Universal's 1931 production of Dracula by editor Martin Arlt and a few other goodies.

Go HERE to order a copy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT NO. 33 NOW SHIPPING


Now ready for ordering is the latest issue of the must-have publication from Jim Clatterbaugh, Monsters From the Vault. MFTV has been a long-esteemed independent monster 'zine that has consistently been held to the highest standard by its creator.

Every issue is teeming with in-depth articles by today's top horror writers and the layouts and photo reproductions are unparalleled in the indie monster 'zine business ... or most anywhere else for that matter.

I'm not kidding -- if you haven't yet tried an issue of MFTV, you owe it to yourself to catch up. Jim even offers the first ten issues in a digital archive format. Go to his website right now and treat yourself to something special.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS NO. 33


The 33rd issue of Richard Klemenson's semi-annual work of art known as Little Shoppe of Horrors is now available to order from his website. Support independent publishing by purchasing a copy. This issue focuses on Hammer's Dracula, Prince of Darkness. The front cover, depicted above, is by Mark Maddox.

Inside front cover by Dean Ormston.
Back cover by Dan Gallagher, Jr.
Inside back cover by Mike Schneider.

Friday, October 24, 2014

EXTREMELY RARE "LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT" ONE-SHEET


Coming up at auction from Heritage is an extremely rare one-sheet poster from London After Midnight in very fine condition. It is the only one of its kind known to have become available to the public in the 87 years since the now-lost film was released. It is expected to be sold for an unprecedented price.

Here is the description from the auctioneers:

"Now, for the first time in modern history, the stone litho original U.S. release one sheet can be seen! The film was released with two different one sheet posters, this one and the Rotogravure style, done in a sepia tone photographic process, which MGM did frequently during this period in time. This gorgeous poster is the only copy to have surfaced after 87 years that we are aware of and we believe it may be a very long time before it will ever be seen again. With only the most minimal wear and never used, the poster was folded into eighths and then folded again, making for a few more centerpoint separations. It remains in lovely condition and assuredly one of the most sought after posters of the twentieth century! Folded, Very Fine+."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

THE CREEPS: POST-WARREN HORROR COMICS 'ZINE


Every once in a while, horror fans are reminded of the glory days of Jim Warren's monster publishing empire. And why not? After all, it was he, along with his editor, a grown up fanboy from a time before the term existed by the name of Forrest J Ackerman, that created the sensation known as Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.

It's been a number of years now, since the last Warren publication rolled off the presses, leaving memories of monsters that will not soon fade. In the meantime, there have been a few attempts at recreating or capturing the essence of the Warren mystique. The latest is a full-sized magazine going by the title of The Creeps. Gathered around the hue and cry of editor Richard Sala are a number of venerable veterans from the Warren years (Ken Kelly, Rich Buckler, Frank Brunner, Joe Rubenstein), including some fresh blood, that have created an homage, if not an outright pastiche, of Creepy.

I have my copy ordered, so I'll be reviewing it later. For now, here are a few glimpses of the new 'zine, published this time not by Warren, but by Warrant, from their website. Makes one wonder ... will there be a "Capstan" Company, too?

No, not Uncle Creepy, but the "Old Creep".




Monday, October 20, 2014

RARE PAIR OF EARLY MONSTER FANZINES


Another eBay auction is offering 2 extremely rare issues from the early days of monster fan magazines. Most of these types of 'zines had very low "print runs" and sparse distribution. Miraculously, some of them managed to survive the ravages of time.

Terror was a magazine edited by Larry Byrd. The copy for sale is #5, the last issue, published in 1962 (according to Price and Ballentine's Monster Magazine & Fanzine Collector's Guide #2). It includes an article by Ron (Fantastic Monsters of the Films) Haydock and artwork by Paul Blaisdell. According to the seller, Byrd wrote copy for Famous Monster's "Graveyard Examiner" and Fantastic Monsters of the Films' "Tombstone Times". I can't substantiate his writing for FM using David Horne's Gathering Horror as a resource, but he is listed in FMOF's "Credits & Acknowledgements" on the contents page.



Gruesome Creatures was another early monster fanzine edited by Eugene Aiello. The issue for sale is #1, also from 1962.

Collectors interested in obtaining early and rare monster fanzines would be wise to look these two auctions up on eBay before bidding closes.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

RON HAYDOCK'S "FRIGHT" MAGAZINE


Currently listed on eBay as an "extremely rare fanzine from the early 1960's", Fright was the Official Publication of the Fantastic Monsters Club. It was edited by Ron Haydock, cult rock and roll star and editor of Paul Blaisdell's, Bob Burn's and Jim Harmon's short-lived but excellent magazine, Fantastic Monsters of the Films.

An ad for the Fantastic Monsters Club from FANTASTIC MONSTERS OF THE FILMS #1.

Fright was intended to be an "exclusive member's bulletin" to members of the club. This issue was a slim 4 pages, but professionally printed. It contains the article, "The Christopher Lee Story", and includes photos. This eBay auction offers a very rare glimpse into a part of early monster magazine history. Interested collectors should head on over to eBay while there's still time to bid.
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