Friday, November 27, 2015


Boris Karloff starred in the 1939 Warner Bros. drama,  DEVIL'S ISLAND. He played a doctor condemned to spend the rest of his days on the infamous French island prison.

Shown is a quartet of stunning 11" X 14"portraits of Karloff from the film. The moody photography is by the talented Elmer Fryer. Makeup is by Ray Romero. Romero worked under Jack Pierce for Bergman's JOAN OF ARC and with Perc Westmore in 1933's MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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.
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.

Click HERE to go to the Leisure Horror book section of MONSTER MAIL ORDER.

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.