Sunday, November 22, 2015
Since it's been a few days since the last post, I thought I'd let you all know that I am in the midst of a computer upgrade and will be back up and running soon.
In the meantime, please feel free to enjoy the many wonders of MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD's archives.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Editor and Publisher Richard Klemensen has just announced that LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #35 is now available for shipping. This is one of the last of the indie magazines from the original Monster Kid era. Ever issue is packed from cover-to-cover with enough text that would fill a Stephen King novel and photos enough to fill your living room wall.
|Gorgeous front cover by Jim Salvati.|
LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS gets two claws up and MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD's highest recommendation. Go HERE to order. Your brain belongs in a jar if you don't.
|Stunning back cover by Bruce Timm.|
Here's the 411 direct from the publisher:
When Hammer films produced their ground breaking THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN in 1956, they would eventually make the decision that their series would revolve around Baron Frankenstein – Peter Cushing – and not his creation, as in the original Universal series. And that character would go through many evolutions (THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN in 1958 and THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN in 1963) until we had the Baron of 1966’s FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN and 1969’s FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED. LSoH #35 takes you behind the scenes of these two wonderful films, with production information, interviews and lots of ilustrations.
|First-ever LSOH fold-out cover.|
“Who Am I?” The Making of FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN by Bruce G. Hallenbeck.
The Sets of FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN by Wayne Kinsey.
Christopher Neame remembers FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN
James Bernard by David Huckvale
Interview with Derek Fowlds (Johann) by Susan and Colin Cowie
Interview with Robert Morris (Hans) by David Taylor
“I Fancy…That I Am the Spider and you are the Fly, Frankenstein…” The Making of FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED by Bruce G. Hallenbeck
Bernard Robinson’s sets by Wayne Kinsey
Interview with Simon Ward by Wayne Kinsey
Interview with Veronica Carlson (Anna) by Bruce G. Hallenbeck
Sir Christopher Lee: ”He May Not Have Been Who You Might Have Thought He Was” by Tom Johnson
Christopher Lee Talks Dracula with Bill Kelley
British Character Actors 7: Barry Warren by David Williams (star of KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, DEVIL SHIP PIRATES & FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN)
Another in our series of “A History of Horror Film Fanzines” – FANTASTIC WORLDS by Richard Klemensen and Dr. David Soren
“Fools Rush in…!” (Editorial by The Famous Klem), Letters to LSoH, Ralph’s One-and-Only Traveling Reviews Company and Hammer News
Front Cover by Jim Salvati (Special fold out cover from FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN)
Back Cover by Bruce Timm
Inside Front Cover by David Robinson
Inside Back Cover by Paul Watts
Lots of original artwork and rare photos!
The Best Hammer Coverage Since 1972.
|Inside front cover by David Robinson.|
|Inside back cover by Paul Watts.|
Friday, November 13, 2015
Founded in 1971, Dorchester Publishing was noted mainly for their paperback romance line. Later they published westerns, thrillers, and were the original imprint of the Hard Case Crime titles. During the late 1990’s and 2000’s their Leisure Horror imprint was the preeminent source for fans of horror fiction. They even offered a Horror Book Club where readers would receive two titles a month at reduced prices.
With authors like Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Dennis Etchison, Ray Garton and Edward Lee, Leisure Horror was the purveyor of some of the most top-notch books in contemporary horror. Beset by financial trouble, Dorchester dropped its book clubs and was late or negligent on paying its authors. Eventually, the company crumbled under the weight of debt and poor marketing. Fortunately, it left behind a legacy of horror for readers to continue to enjoy.
Now available at MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD’S MONSTER MAIL ORDER page is a selection of Leisure Horror titles for sale, all in like new and unread condition. Now is a great opportunity to stock up on some of the best horror that was available during this period.
These books will make great holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, or as an addition to your own horror collection. Stock is limited to titles listed.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Movie fan magazines in the 1930's enjoyed immense popularity. Regularly scheduled publication was enhanced by "yearbooks" or "annuals" to boost sales.
This FILM LOVER'S ANNUAL of 1933 included (tinted) pages extolling the 8th Wonder of the World, KING KONG, a snippet of Karloff's career accompanied by a still from THE GHOUL, and a portrait of Fay Wray's love interest in KONG, the dashing Bruce Cabot.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Volume 1, Number 10
Robert W. Farrell, Publisher
Carl Burgos, Editor
Roger Elwood, Associate Editor
Myron Fass, Art Director
Cover art: Carl Burgos
Carl Burgos, inside front cover
Frankenstein (Carl Burgos, Roger Elwood original story)
Coward's Curse (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #8 (Ajax, April 1953)
Deadly Pickup (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Voodoo #16 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
Doomed (Iger Shop/additions by Carl Burgos)
Reprinted from Voodoo #15 (Ajax, May-June 1954)
Devil's Bride (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #16 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
Creatures From the Deep (Iger Shop)
Reprint of "Beasts of the Bog" from Voodoo #4 (Ajax, Nov 1952)
The Terror of Akbar (Iger Shop)
Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #10 (Ajax, Feb-Mar 1954)Trumpet of Doom (Robert Hayward Webb)
Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #14 (Ajax, Mar-Apr 1954)
Jim Warren beat out his competitor in the race to re-introduce horror comics in the Monster Kid era of the 1960's. In 1964, Warren published CREEPY, and, satisfied with its surprising success, made plans for another title called EERIE. Publishers Myron Fass and Robert Farrell were hot on Warren's heels to release their own title, also intended to be called EERIE. Warren beat Fass to the punch when he assembled an "ashcan" edition of EERIE in less than a day, printed up about 200 copies, and had it couriered to a handful of neighboring states to make it "officially" published and distributed. Fass and Farrell had to settle for calling their new line of horror comic 'zines, EERIE PUBLICATIONS, and naming their first entry WEIRD, a riff on the venerable WEIRD TALES.
Warren's CREEPY and EERIE were unmitigated hits on the newsstands. Eschewing the comic-book sized print format, he used the full-size magazine format to ensure that he got around the restrictions of "horror" material in comics imposed by the Comics Code Authority, and to also legitimize his projects by presenting them in a size appealing to readers of all ages. In other words, they were horror comics "all grow'd up". Warren's strategy was pretty simple: emulate the huge success of William Gaines' EC line of horror comics from a decade earlier, copy the spooky (and usually hideous) surprise ending story lines, and hire a bullpen of artists that drew for EC, such as Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, and Johnny Craig. Add to the mix a horror host for each title, Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie, and the recipe for success was assured.
Fass and Farrell's formula was different, and, as a result not as popular as their competitor. Instead of hiring (and paying for) a lineup of artists, they instead used the duo of Carl Burgos and Chic stone to "re-imagine" the old Ajax/Farrell lineup of horror comics. Updating the covers and the title page of the reprinted material had the overall effect of a brand new bunch of stories. While not immediate, the covers shortly became a blood-spattered gore fest of odd and perverse settings that often depicted amputations, unholy medical experiments, and a bit of sex to round things out. Title pages were re-worked to make sure that plenty of freaky looking monsters and blood spray were shown.
The intent of this horrid brew of depravity was to draw readers in with their inherent curiosity of sex and death. Instead, the plan backfired and EERIE PUBLICATIONS were spurned, even years after they ceased being published, and relegated to the back rooms of comic hack work.
Times change, and the Myron Fass empire of horror comic magazines that were hidden for 20 years in the shadows of the Warren titles were suddenly thrust into the spotlight by a few die hard fans, who re-introduced the line by reprinting them as "classic".
Presented here is the first Fass/Farrell horror comic magazine WEIRD. It is numbered Volume 1, Number 10 and dated January 1966. The high first number was a publisher's trick to help boost placement on the magazine rack by indicating it had some longevity. Newer publications and "No. 1 Collector's Editions" were not as coveted by news agents as a magazine that had proven itself to last beyond the first couple of issues. WEIRD had its own horror host, Morris The Caretaker. The associate editor was Roger Elwood, who maintained a genre presence by writing science fiction stories and editing a number of fantasy, science fiction, and horror anthologies.
This issue is not representative of the later, gorier and bloodier covers and splash pages that were to come, but it did feature a truly "weird" and garish cover and a re-mastered page by Carl Burgos. The Frankenstein story is considered to be an EERIE PUBLICATIONS original.