Wednesday, November 23, 2011


A previous installment of DOUG'S HALL OF FLAME covered the "Carl Dreadstone" line of mass market paperback books from the 1970's. As a part of the "Universal Horror Library", each book was a novelization of a Universal horror picture. Over the years, there were theories on who exactly this Carl Dreadstone fellow was. Various assertions, confessions and revelations have been made, many with the ring of truth to them.

I was excited to hear from one of the Carl Dreadstones himself this morning. World reknown writer (one of my personal favorites is his collection of Lovecrat-inspired horror stories, COLD PRINT) and columnist for VIDEO WATCHDOG, Mr. Campbell commented on THE MYSTERY OF CARL DREADSTONE post back in early October.

Mr. Campbell here has verified, with his personal knowledge, the following:

"I wrote The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula's Daughter and The Wolfman. Walter Harris did The Werewolf of London and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Nobody seems to recall who wrote The Mummy. I also wrote all the introductions."

We'll have to wait and see about the final mystery of who wrote The Mummy. Until then, thank you very much Ramsey Campbell, for taking the time to comment here at MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD.


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