Thursday, September 20, 2012

MONSTER BASH NO. 15



Monster fans don't come much bigger than Ron Adams. He's the purveyor of the online mega-monster store CREEPY CLASSICS, curator of the MONSTER BASH convention and Editor/Publisher/Designer of his own monster magazine.

Now in its 16th issue, MONSTER BASH has been pleasing readers with its retro monster vibe for a few years now. The 'zine has a fun feel to it, but treats the subject matter with the utmost respect.

My favorite article was Kevin J. Slick's piece on Lon Chaney, Sr.'s LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT. Accompanied by some fantastic photos (the repro quality of which are on par with those in FREAKY MONSTERS discussed yesterday), the feature delves into the mystique surrounding this legendary lost film. It includes a discussion of the legal ramifications with the Stoker Dracula property if Chaney's vampire character turned out to be real and not a fake.

There is a lengthy aricle on the Buster Crabbe FLASH GORDON series, Frank Dello Stritto's "10 Things I Love About Lon Chaney Jr.", and an excerpt from the upcoming "No Traveler Returns: The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi", by Gary Don Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger.

At 56 pages, MONSTER BASH is not a huge 'zine for 9 bucks, but it is suffused with the soul of a true fan's unbridled enthusiasm, great production, A-list writers, and best of all, plenty of monster to go around!

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