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5 Local Places to Find Classic Monster Collectibles

In addition to searching online for collectibles like every other collector, there are a number of ways to find monster collectibles locally.  While this is can be time and labor intense, there is simply no feeling like walking into a shop or sale and spying treasure that is overlooked by other buyers and sellers.  This is where you can truly find hidden gems, sometimes for dirt-cheap.  The thrill of the hunt and the reward for the catch are greatest when you put the time and effort into the search in a way that doesn’t exist online.

So here’s my list for local places to find classic monster collectibles:

6. Local Auctions

Almost every community has at least one auction house.  The local companies often run auctions to liquidate assets for business and personal bankruptcy as well as work with collectors and dealers to auction off collections and inventory.  Auctions are usually listed in the classifieds of your local paper but several websites, such as Kbid.com, provide a national database of local auctions where you can search for specific types of items, like monster toys or movie posters, and even bid online.  Auction houses often specialize, so search for one nearby that focuses on collectibles and attend a few auctions in person.  Get to know the people who run the auction company and tell them about your collection.  It is not uncommon that items are brought to their attention that don’t fit a specific auction and they may just refer the seller to you as a potential buyer.

5. Comic & Antique Shops

Every comic book shop is as unique as the interests of its owners. Some only deal in current comics, while others deal in a wide variety of vintage pop culture collectibles.  Prices in comic and collectible shops will be retail, so you’re unlikely to find any bargain collectibles here.  Ebay.com often serves as the price guide for these businesses, as may of these retail stores also host stores online at Ebay.com and other collectible websites.  Again, getting to know the owner/manager and letting them know your interest is a good way to get them to help you build your collection.  These dealers are in position to buy lots of collectibles from local people who don’t have the interest or time to sell online and, if they know they have a potential buyer for a given product, they are more than happy to call or email you when items of interest cross their path.

4. Flea Markets  local-places-find-classic-monster-collectibles-flea-market

Flea markets are an ideal haunt for collectors.  The sheer quantity of dealers, who often take a generalist approach to the merchandise they sell, increases the likelihood of both finding items for your collection and getting them at a good price.  Every major market is home to flea markets — some year-round and some seasonally.  Since many booths are a fish-mash of items, plan to take your time.  You just never know when that unique item might pop up — often in a bin or box full of other not-to-similar items.  Over time, you’ll find the go-to booths where the odds are higher of finding the type of collectibles you are seeking, but be careful not to get into a rut.  It’s worthwhile to get outside your normal routine on occasion since you just never know what treasure might be waiting for you one booth down.  A quick google search will turn up a list or directory of local flea markets.  I’ve found the directory at Collectors.org to be helpful in my search.

 3. Estate Sales

There is an art to buying at estate sales, and in recent years, many estate sale companies have developed relationships with

Local-Places-Find-Classic-Monster-Collectibles-Estate-Saledealers who get first-dibs on items in the sale.  That said, not every estate sale company specializes in every category of collectible, and it is not uncommon to find items prices well below market value simply because they aren’t on the radar of that particular estate sale company.  Of course, the opposite often happens — I’ve been to estate sales where a stack of low-grade comics  are priced well above their value simply because the estate company knows that comics have become highly collectible.  The best strategy for estate sales is to get in early and late.  As estate sales are wrapping up, the willingness to negotiate on prices increases significantly for any items that remain.  Estate sales are usually advertised in local classifieds and several websites, such as Estatesales.net are great resources for finding upcoming local and regional sales and will often include lists of categories of items included in the sale as well as pictures to help you select which sales are worth your effort to

2.  Yard Sales local-places-find-classic-monster-collectibles-garage-sale

Every collector dreams of finding a rare and valuable collectible being priced at bargain prices because the owner has no idea of its worth.  That is unlikely to happen online, but it just might happen if you invest the time and energy into garage sales.  One of the best ways to find collectibles is to scour garage and yard sales in older neighborhoods.  This can be a hobby in it’s own right and is certainly time intensive.    Your local newspaper, penny saver and Craigslist.com are great resources for finding upcoming sales in your area.

1. Your Parent’s House

My mom was the driving influence behind my becoming a collector.  Back when I was saving my allowance to buy comics and Famous Monsters at the newsstand, she would encourage me to stack them nicely in my closet and event to store them in plastic sleeves.  As I grew up and my interests changed, many of my childhood obsessions were donated, tossed out or broken.  But those that survived, my mom eventually packed away in storage for safekeeping.  My own return to collecting as an adult really started when my parents decided to downsize and they asked me what I wanted to do with the comic long boxes and toys that had been stored in their attic and basement all those years.  Deciding to keep them and move them to my home has provided me with hours of enjoyment and brought back a flood of memories of my childhood passion for classic monsters.  If you’re starting out as a collector, the first pace to start is in your own childhood home to see what remains of your childhood collection.  If your mom is like mine, you’ll be surprised at the treasure trove that may be sitting in storage waiting to be rediscovered.

Of course, the World Wide Web has made it MUCH easier to search for and but that most sought after item for your collection.  Here’s our list of the Top Websites for Classic Monster Collectibles

For more information, visit our Monster Collector Resources page – it’s chick full of links to sites about vintage and modern monster collectibles!

Top Websites for Classic Monster Collectibles

Finding Classic Monster Collectibles Online:

For new collectors, finding classic monster collectibles online is a smart place to start.  Not only does the internet make it easy to search for and purchase collectibles, it is also an excellent way to determine current values and prices for collectibles. Having a good sense for what specific collectibles have recently sold for will help you determine how far your collecting budget will go and how much you should pay when something catches your eye.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the best places online to find classic monster collectibles.  I’ve listed these sites numerically below, but the rankings aren’t what matter. In fact it’s not my intention to claim one site is better than another, numbering them simply helps organize this list for ease of use.

The sites I’ve listed range from general merchandise marketplaces, where monster collectibles show up from time to time, to sites that specialize in a specific collectible type, like movie props or movie posters.  This post contains affiliate links, which means that I have an advertising relationship with some of these websites.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

In future posts, I’ll review each of thee sites and detail their advantages and disadvantages.

Here’s my list of top websites for classic monster collectibles:

15. Craigslist.com

The web’s version of classified ads, Craigslist is an excellent resource for finding local sellers, as well as flea markets, estate and garage sales.  Unlike many of the other sites in this list, Craigslist provides no buyer services like payment and shipping. Truly “buyer beware” but a great resource for tracking down local collectibles for sale at potentially below retail prices.

14. RubyLane

This site is an online marketplace for antiques and collectibles. The site is curated and has pretty tight restrictions on what may and may not be sold on their website, along with strict requirements for their sellers.  Monster collectibles can be hit or miss here, but still worth an occasional search.  As I was writing this article, I found some interesting items on this site, including Crestwood’s Frankenstein Comic #8 from 1947 for $500 and 1977 Godzilla Jigsaw Puzzle for $35.

13. Bonanza.com

Bonanza is a customer-to-customer marketplace that launched in 2008.  Bonanza was named 2014’s “Most Recommended” and “Best Overall” online marketplace (beating out Amazon and eBay) in the largest seller survey online, conducted by EcommerceBytes.  A quick search on the site turned up mostly modern classic monster toys but I also found some interesting monster kid goodies including 1970s Fun World Vampire Fangs MIB for $19.99 and 12″ Imperial Godzilla from 1985.  Again, not your primary resource for collecting but well worth including in any deep dive search.  Disclosure:

12. Tias.com

This site launched way back in 1995–the same year that eBay started–and has remained a reliable place to find collectibles ever since.  Hit or miss for vintage monster collectibles, but again, worthwhile site to bookmark and search on occasion or when on a specific search.  Because we’re an affiliate of Tias.com, they gave us this handy little search bar that lets you search their site right from this post:

11. MonsterGalaxy.com 

This is an online store that deals in Hollywood Props, Masks, Statues, Sci-Fi Memorabilia Model Kits and Figures.  Prices here are retail, so this isn’t where you go to find bargains.  Well worth bookmarking and checking regular as their inventory changes frequently.

10. EntertainmentEarth.com

This is an amazing online store for modern toys and collectibles.  Seriously, this website has it all — over 15,000 licensed products from action figures, bobble heads, toys and collectibles.  These guys are online pioneers in customer service best-practices and offer such innovations as “Risk-free Shopping”, “Hassle Free 90 Day Returns” and “Mint Condition Guarantee.”

9. MonstersinMotion.com

Offering “the finest in movie & television memorabilia & collectibles including model hobby kits, with custom built and finished works of art” this is another great site to buy current products and modern collectibles.  Plenty of classic monster collectors focus on modern products because  of prices and availability and then selectively dip their toes into the more expensive world of vintage collectibles as their experience and confidence grows.

8. LIVEauctioneers.com

As the name states, this is an auction site.  Different from eBay in that this site enables you to bid live during auctions around the world from your computer.  Simply search the calendar of upcoming auctions and apply to bid in those of interest, then log in and bid for the collectibles you want.  They offer a handy tool that searches across all auction catalogs to help you find the items you’re looking for and save you the pain of searching catalog upon catalog.  Auctions can be exciting and a great way to get items at a good deal, you have to really exercise restraint to keep from getting caught up in the moment as an auction is coming to a close — I’ve found some great items through auctions on this site and can personally vouch for this as an excellent resource.

7. Propstore.com

This site hosts movie memorabilia and prop auctions from time to time and specializes in Horror and Sci-Fi movies.  They’ve recently held Pacific Rim and Enders Game auctions. They also have an Amazon Store featuring items from past auctions.

6. Amazon.com

And speaking of Amazon…no intro needed for this website, but probably not the first place you think of for vintage collectibles.  Amazon, like eBay and Etsy, is an online marketplace and sellers are allowed to sell a wide variety of products, so you can find everything from original Aurora Model kits and 1960s monster toys to vintage movie posters –always worth a look.  We’ve set up an Amazon store to do some of that work for you, Lair of the Classic Monster Collector to see what we’ve curated on your behalf.

5. Etsy.com

Most people think of Etsy as a site for artists to sell their handcrafted items and supplies, but it has really developed as a strong marketplace for vintage items and collectibles at fair prices in recent years.  This is a must-visit site for classic monster collectors and hardly a day goes by without me finding something I can’t live without in my Etsy feed.

4. Hakes.com

Hakes Americana & Collectibles is an auction site dedicated to pop culture memorabilia.  The company has been around since 1967 and they are experts in many pop culture collectibles categories.  They host auctions several times a year, so sign up for their email to get alerts about upcoming auctions that you can participate in online.  They also offer items for sale on their site that didn’t sell during past auctions and there are always wonderful classic monster collectibles to be found.

3. eBay.com

Still the largest site on the internet for collectibles of every category, and the place to start when searching for collectibles.  In fact, don’t be surprised if you enter the name of the collectible your hunting of in a search engine and most of the page one listings are from eBay — I googled “Aurora Monster Models” and

2. Facebook Collector Groups

One of the best ways to get started collecting is to search for Facebook groups specific to your interest.  In addition to finding a community of people with similar interests, groups provide great forums to ask questions and share in the collective experience of the group membership.  Members of these groups are collectors as well and prices reflect that reality but don’t get marked up to absurd levels as they do on some auction sites.  Paypal is the currency of most groups, and since Facebook isn’t a marketplace, buyers and sellers avoid the fees that are part of selling on auction and marketplace sites.  Here are some of the groups I belong to that I highly recommend:

1. UniversalMonsterArmy.com

This is THE online community for Monster Kids and I highly recommend joining this free forum to connect with other lovers of classic monsters.  This site has 2 forums dedicated specifically to collecting classic monsters:

  • Monsters Wanted:

    Recruit the UMArmy to help you in your search with this Want Ad forum dedicated to the search for specific collectibles.

  • Monsters For Sale:

    An online marketplace for collectors to buy/sell/trade monster collectibles with other collectors.

So there you have it — a useful, though certainly not complete, list of online resources to start, grow and share your classic monster collection.  Did I miss any sites that you recommend?  If so, please share in the comments section below and I’ll add them to the list!

While the internet has made it easier to find those must-have items for your collection, the joy of the hunt is often greater in the physical world – Here’s our list of 5 Local Places to Find Classic Monster Collectibles

And more even more resources, check out our Monster Collector Resources page.

Happy Hunting!

My 2015 Rondo Classic Horror Awards Ballot

2015 Rondo Classic Horror Awards – my annual kick-in-the-pants

Monster Kids spend a lot of time reminiscing about the bygone days of childhood.  The glorious 1960s and 70s are gone but not forgotten.  The 2015 Rondo Classic Horror Awards remind us that ‘classic’ doesn’t have to mean ‘vintage.’
We love our classic monsters, our retro sci fi and our vintage collectibles.  Occasionally, we can use a good kick in the pants to remind us that many of our fellow monster kids are creating modern classics in the spirit of the golden age of classic monsters and sci fi.
The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards serve that purpose for me.  Just look at the list of nominees below.  I was blown away at the pure quantity of high-quality creativity my fellow monster kids gave us last year.  The least I can do is show my support by casting a ballot.
I thought it would be fun to share my personal ballot.  I’m sure every reader’s ballot will be different than mine. That’s great!  The point is to vote — so check out my ballot and then click here to cast yours.
Please note, I only make informed votes.  If I haven’t watched, listened, read or attended something, then I can’t make an informed vote.  I certainly wish I had the time to consume every morsel on this incredible list, but I remain mortal.  So please understand, all you creators out there, my lack of vote only means I have’t gotten to your creative output yet–but my To Do list has gotten a lot longer since comleting this ballot!
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My 2015 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Ballot

1. BEST MOVIE OF 2014

– AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
– THE BABADOOK
– DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
– DEAD SNOW 2
– DRACULA UNTOLD
– EDGE OF TOMORROW
– GODZILLA
X GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
– THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
– INTERSTELLAR
– MALIFICENT
– OCULUS
– ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
– THE QUIET ONES
– SNOWPIERCER
– THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN
–  X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
– Or write in another choice:

2. BEST TELEVISION PRESENTATION

– AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, ‘The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks,’ 1.8.14, FX.  The mystical rock goddess herself is recruited at the school by Fiona. ‘Don’t be a hater, dear. It’s a theramin.’
– DOCTOR WHO, ‘Listen,’ 9.13.14, BBC America. At the end of the universe, the Doctor reveals what he’s really afraid of.  ‘The clock’s stopped. This is the silence … at the end of time.’
– GRIMM, ‘Chupacabra,’ 12.12.14, NBC.  A legendary monster is more than it seems. ‘My grandmother used to blame the Chupacabra for everything — dead relatives, missing pets, even lost keys.’
– ORPHAN BLACK, ‘By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried,’  6.21.14, BBC. Season Two finale finds the clone conspiracy deepening. ‘I like your hairs.’
– PENNY DREADFUL, ‘Grand Guignol,’ 6.29.14, Showtime. A sudden transformation turns an ally into a monstrous menace. ‘Pull the trigger. I’d rather be the corpse I was than the man I am.’
– SLEEPY HOLLOW. ‘The Indispensible Man’ > ‘Bad Blood’, 1.20.14. Two-part finale shakes Tarrytown with the identity of War and George Washington’s secret. ‘I married a witch. How cool.’
– THE STRAIN, ‘The Third Rail,’ 9.21.14, FX. Searching for the Master in a subway tunnel beneath the World Trade Center. ‘I will take everything from you. Your son. Your wife. I am a drinker of men.’
– SUPERNATURAL, ‘Fan Fiction,’  11.11.14. CW. The 200th episode centers on a high school’s musical production of Supernatural. ‘Carry on, my wayward son.’
X THE WALKING DEAD, ‘The Grove,’ 3.16.14, AMC. The innocence of childhood, the undead and an impossible choice. ‘Look at the flowers like you’re supposed to.’
– Or write in another choice:

3. BEST CLASSIC HORROR DVD/BLU-RAY

– THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Kino)
– THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS (Shout!)
– DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (Shout!)
— DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920; Kino)
— THE INNOCENTS (Criterion)
— JUDEX (Criterion)
— NIGHTBREED: The Director’s Cut (Shout!)
— SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM (Universal Vault)
X THE TIME MACHINE (1960, Warners)
– Or write in another choice:

4. BEST DVD/BLU-RAY COLLECTION

– BATMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1966) All 120 episodes.
– THE BEAST FROM HOLLOW MOUNTAIN/THE NEANDERTHAL MAN (Shout)
– THE GAMERA COLLECTION (Mill Creek). All 11 movies, including the three modern films.
– HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (Anchor Bay). Every film, some with multiple versions.
– JERRY WARREN COLLECTION VOL. 2: (VCI) Attack of the Mayan Mummy, House of Black Death, Creature of the Walking Dead
— OLD DARK HO– USE COLLECTION (FCE) 25 haunted house films from 1920s to 1950s.
– TALES FROM THE CRYPT/VAULT OF HORROR (Shout!)
– THE TWILIGHT ZONE: The Complete 80s Series (Image). All three seasons collected.
X UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: Complete 30-Film Collection (DVD format)
– THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION Vol. 2:  (Scream Factory). The Raven, Comedy of Terrors, Tomb of Ligeia, Last Man on Earth, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Return of the Fly, House on Haunted Hill.

– Or write in another choice:

5. BEST RESTORATION OR UPGRADE

 – THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI: 1920 film now in a pristine 4K version.
— COUNTESS DRACULA (Synapse) Strong upgrade from earlier versions.
— HALLOWEEN 6: The Producer’s Cut (Anchor Bay Halloween Limited Edition). The full high-def re-edit of the Curse of Michael  Myers film
X NIGHTBREED: The Director’s Cut (Shout!) 40 minutes of new or altered scenes restore the lost ‘Cabal’ cut.
— THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (Kino) First release in original widescreen format.
— A MESSAGE FROM MARS (BBC Arts). 1913 film restored, new soundtrack; posted online.
— MESSIAH OF EVIL (Code Red) Widescreen version.
— RED SKELTON SHOW: THE EARLY YEARS. Includes episode from 1954 featuring Lugosi, Chaney and Vampira.
— SLAUGHTER HOTEL (RaroVideo). 1971 giallo restored from original negatives.
— THEATRE OF BLOOD (Arrow). High def upgrade of 1973 Price classic.
— VAULT OF HORROR (Shout!) Restores gory scenes cut from American release.
– Or write in another choice:

6. BEST COMMENTARY

(didn’t vote)

– PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas

– LEGEND OF HELL HO– USE: Actress Pamela Franklin

– NIGHTBREED: Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller.

– NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE (Shout): Klaus Kinski in German with subtitles.
– RETURN OF THE FLY (SHOUT). Film historian David del Valle and actor Brett Halsey.
– SLEEPAWAY CAMP (Shout), Justin Beahm moderates actors Felissa Rose and Johnathan Tiersten.
– THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO/THUNDERBIRDS 6: Geek Magazine’s Jeff Bond and Twilight Time’s Nick Redman.
– TOMB OF LIGEIA (Shout): Historian Constantine Nasr.
– Or write in another choice:

7. BEST DVD EXTRA

(didn’t vote)
— THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Kino), Caligari: When Horror Came to the Cinema. 52-minute documentary.
– COUNTESS DRACULA: Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt
– THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS, Interview with executive producer Mel Brooks and others.
— JUDEX (Criterion), Franju de Visionnaire, a 1998 French documentary.
— LEGEND OF HELL HO– USE: Interview with director John Hough
– THE INNOCENTS (Criterion): Interview with cinematographer John Bailey about Freddie Francis.
— NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT: Tribes of the Moon: Making Nightbreed
— PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Interview with Paul Williams and Guillermo del Toro.
— PIT AND THE PENDULUM (Arrow), Behind the Swinging Blade, directed by Calum Waddell.
— PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (Scorpion). 20 minutes of original Kendall Schmidt score not available on video.
— Or write in another choice:

 8. BEST DOCUMENTARY

 – AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY: THE TWILIGHT ZONE LEGACY, directed  by Daniel Griffith.  New interviews and history of the classic show. See video clip here.
– CLAWING: A Journey Through the Spanish Horror, directed by Victor Matellano. Tracing the Spanish horror boom from the 60s to the 80s. See video clip here.
– FANTASM, directed by Kyle Kuchta. An eye-opening visit to six horror conventions. See video clip here.
– THE GREEN GIRL, directed by George A. Pappy Jr.  The bright but unfulfilled career of Susan Oliver. See video clip here.
– INVALUABLE: The True Story of an Epic Artist, directed by Ryan Meade. Celebrating Evil Dead’s make-up effects mastermind Tom Sullivan. See video clip here.
 — JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, directed by Frank Pavich. The story behind the ‘greatest movie never made.’  See video clip here.
— PAINTING DRACULA. Artist Daniel Horne shows how he painted a portrait of Christopher Lee. See video clip here.
X UNCLE FORRY’S ACKERMANSIONS directed by Strephon Taylor. Home movies from fans and friends walk you through the Houses of Ackerman. See video clip here.
– WHY HORROR?, directed by Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay. Exploring why fans feast on fear. See video clip here.
– Or write in another choice:

9. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

– A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. More chills than politics with a vampire girl in Iran.See video clip here.
— ASMODEXIA, directed by Marc Carrette. The chilling adventures of a traveling exorcist. See video clip here.
— ATTACK OF THE GORILLA, directed by the late Dave Shaw. Send up of a 50s monsterfest. See video clip here.
— CALL GIRL OF CHTHULU, directed by Chris LaMartina. Be careful who you hook up with! See video clip here.
– CHIP & BERNIE’S ZOMANCE, directed by Pasquale Murena. Undead wackiness, with Tim Conway. See video clip here.

– THE CARETAKERS, directed by Steve Hudgins. The care and feeding of a vampire leads to complications. See video clip here.
– THE HANOVER HO– USE, directed by Corey Norman. A tragic car accident is just the beginning. See video clip here.
– HO– USEBOUND, directed by Gerard Johnstone. Sentenced to a Gothic home of horrors, including a zany mother. See video clip here.
 — GODZILLA BATTLE ROYALE, directed by Billy Dubose. A 90-minute fan film of homemade kaiju thrills. See video clip here.
– THE LASHMAN, directed by Cameron McCasland. Horror goes back to the woods. 80s-style.   See video clip here
– LIFE AFTER BETH, directed byJeff Baena. It’s hard to keep a straight face when living with an undead girlfriend See video clip here
– WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. A send-up of classic vampires struggling to remain scary in a modern world..See video clip here.
– Or write in another choice:  The Giant Spider, directed by Christopher R. Mihm 

10. BEST SHORT FILM

– BROKEN, directed by Adam Ciolfi. Poignant look at a cyborg that wouldn’t die.  See video clip here.
– BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP: The Apocalyptic Rendition, directed by Rue Morgue’s podcasters. The agony of losing a Rondo. See video clip here.
– DANIEL, directed by Peter Dukes. Monsters in the closet are not always what they seem. See video clip here.
– GAVE UP THE GHOST, directed by Gregory Lamberson. A creepy search for a manuscript lost in a computer. See video clip here.
– GLOSSOPHOBIA: Fear of Speaking in Public, directed by Scott Perry and Debbie Rochon. The time of the apocalypse is no time for phobias. See video clip here.
 – JUNK HEAD 1, directed by Takhidi Hori. Clones and monsters in an underworld nightmare. See video clip here.
– THE MILL AT CALDER’S END, directed by Kevin McTurk. Gothic puppet animation unearths the secret of an old windmill. See video clip here.
X MONSTRO!, directed by Christopher Romano. An animated journey down the Amazon to a dark lagoon. See video clip here.
– THEATRE FANTASTIQUE: MADAME LA SOEUR, directed by Ansel Faraj. A seance, a disappearance, a mystery with Lara Parker. See video clip here.
– WITCH GIRL, directed by Ricardo Ughagon Vivas. A fan film version of Arche’s very creepy Sabrina. See video clip here.
– A ZOMBIE NEXT DOOR, directed by Trish Geiger and Frank Dietz. What to do with your pet zombie once the apocalypse is over? See video clip here.
– Or write in another choice:

11. BEST BOOK OF 2014

– THE ART OF JAPANESE MONSTERS, by Sean Linkenback (softcover, 208 pages, $39.99). Posters and ads from more than 60 films.
ATOMIC AGE CINEMA, by Barry Atkinson (Midnight Marquee Press, softcover, 320 pages, $25). A survey of the films that scared us, or amused us, in the scary 1950s.
– THE BRIDE OF MONSTER SERIAL, edited by Wallace McBride (CreateSpace, softcover, 198 pages, $11.99). Essays on the shared love of horror cinema. 
– THE CREATURE CHRONICLES: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy, by Tom Weaver, David Schecter and Steve Kornenberg (McFarland, hardcover, 408 pages, $60). From monster suit origins to production and that unforgettable score, the definitive look at Universal’s 50s franchise.
—DISORDERS OF MAGNITUDE: A Survey of Dark Fantasy, by Jason V. Brock. (Rowman & Littlefield, hardcover, 336 pages, $75). Numerous interviews with genre stars trace the roots of horror and fantasy from the 1800s to today.
– GORGO, by Philip Riley and Bill Cooke (Bear Manor Media, softcover, 218 pages, $25) Production details, the script and novelization.
– HAMMER FILMS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS, 1950-1972, by David Huckvale (McFarland, softcover, 204 pages, $39.95). A look at the studio’s sometimes obscure but influential mystery and thriller films.
– THE HOUNDS OF ZAROFF: The Most Dangerous Game as a Persistent Muse to the Movies, by Michael H. Price and George Turner (Create Space, softcover, 252 pages, $25). How the classic humans as prey horror has influenced movies, TV and today’s reality shows.
– THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF DON POST STUDIOS, by Lee Lambert (Dr. Shocker presents, 494 pages). A limited edition history of the legendary monster mask studio.
—I SAW WHAT I SAW WHEN I SAW IT: Growing Up in the 1950s and 1960s with Television Reruns & Old Movies, by Frank J. Dello Stritto (Cult Movies Press, hardcover, 415 pages, $30). How horror films and TV intersected with real life in post-war New Jersey.
– LIONEL ATWILL: The Exquisite Villain, by Neil Pettigrew (Midnight Marquee Press, softcover, 328 pages, $25). Far beyond the horror roles, but those are here too, the tragic life and career of one of horror’s most familiar character actors.
– MOST DANGEROUS CINEMA: People Hunting People on Film, by Bryan Senn (McFarland, softcover, 296 pages, $45). A survey of the most dangerous films of all.
– THE OUTER LIMITS AT 50, by David J. Schow with Ted C. Rypel (Creature Features, softcover, 150 pages, $24.95). Crystal clarity about the show, along with rare behind-the-scenes photos, props, new artwork and analysis.
—REPUBLIC HORRORS: The Serial Studio’s Chillers, by Brian McFadden (Kohner, Madison & Danforth, softcover, 276 pages, $19.95). Beyond cliffhangers, attention is paid to neglected horrors like Catman of Paris, Revolt of the Zombies and others.
– SUBVERSIVE HORROR CINEMA: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present,by Jon Towlson (McFarland, softcover, 256 pages, $45). Brings insight and social analysis to films rare and familiar.
– VAMPIRA: Dark Goddess of Horror, by W. Scott Poole (Soft Skull Press, softcover, 320 pages, $16.95). How the horror host’s brief reign as a cultural icon left a lasting influence on the culture.
– THE VERY WITCHING TIME OF NIGHT: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema, by Gregory William Mank (McFarland, softcover, 444 pages, $45). True stories and new revelations about Cat People, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Lionel Atwill, Helen Chandler and more.
– Or write in another choice:
 

12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2014

— Cinema Retro
—Diabolique
– Famous Monsters of Filmland
– Fangoria
– Filmfax
X Freaky Monsters
– G-Fan
– HorrorHound
– Little Shoppe of Horrors
—Mad Monster
—Mad Scientist
—Monster!
—Monster Attack Team
—Monster Bash
—Monsters from the Vault
– Paracinema
– Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
– Rue Morgue
— Scarlet The Film Magazine
—Scary Monsters
—Scream Magazine
—Screem
—Shadowland
—Shock
—Video Watchdog
—We Belong Dead

13. BEST ARTICLE (Please select two; one will win)

– ‘Anthony Hinds,The Man Who Made Monsters,’ by Denis Meikle, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #32. A tribute to the late Hammer architect in his own words from interviews and correspondence.
– ‘Arkham House Publishers — 75 Years of Scares!’ by Mark C. Glassy, Ph.D, SCARY MONSTERS #94. A collector’s look at the 1939 publishing house that preserved HP Lovecraft’s work.
– ‘The Bell-Ringer of Hollywood,’ by Michael F. Blake, SCREEM #28. Setting the record straight on myths behind the filming of the 1923 Hunchback of Notre Dame.
–‘Carnival of Monstrosity: The 70th Anniversary of House of Frankenstein,’ by Greg Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33. The inside stories behind Hollywood’s first monster rally.
– ‘The Complete Godzilla Chronology,1954-2004,’ by August Ragone. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #274. Every stomp, every film assessed by a master Tohologist.
– ‘Days of Future Past: Remembering The Outer Limits,’ by David J. Schow, SCREEM #29. Why the sci-fi show’s transmission matters even more today.
X ‘Dick Smith — An Appreciation of the Master of Make-Up,’ by Scott Essman, BELOW THE LINE (film crew industry website). A look at the man who changed the face of Hollywood.
– ‘Family Man,’ by James Gracey, DIABOLIQUE #20.  How the films of Tobe Hooper disrupted the traditional film family.
– ‘For the Love of Schlock,’ by Nathan Hannemann and Aaron Crowell, HORRORHOUND #46. A full 56 films, some beloved cult favorites, are given a fun schlock-meter rating.
 –‘Ghost Stories for Christmas,’ by Kier-la Janisse, VIDEO WATCHDOG #176. Examining the British love of ghosts at the holidays.
– ‘I Was Jack Pierce,’ by Perry Shields, MONSTER MEMORIES 2014. Remembering the make-up genius tribute stage show from 2003.
– ‘Lady Impunity,’ by Max Weinstein, DIABOLIQUE #22. The blood-filled legacy of the life of Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
– ‘Loving the Unloved Giant Behemoth,’ by Stephen R. Bissette, MONSTER! #12. Reconsidering the often maligned radioactive beast that trampled London.
– ‘The Making of Dracula, Prince of Darkness,’ by Bruce G. Hallenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. An in-depth look at the sequel that brought back Christopher Lee.
– ‘Marshall Thompson: Straight Arrow,’ by Debbie Painter, CLASSIC IMAGES #470. New insights into one of the more familiar scifi heroes.
– ‘The Monster Movie Art of Feg Murray,’ by Pierre Fournier and George Chastain. FRANKENSTEINIA blog. How the syndicated  ‘Seein’ Stars’ cartoons of the 1930s highlighted classic monsters.
– ‘The Mysterious Launch of Spaceship 1,’ by Jon C. Rogers. FILMFAX #137. Revealing the forgotten science fiction film of 1930s Germany.
– ‘Nuclear Dragon: Godzilla & the Cold War – 1954,’ by Allen A. Debus, G-FAN #105. The real-life incident, initially covered up, that inspired the first Godzilla film.
X ‘O’Brien vs. Dawley: The First Great Rivalry in Visual Effects,’ by Stephen Czerkas, CINEFEX #138. New facts about the little-known feud between Willis O’Brien and Herbert M. Dawley that almost derailed production of The Lost World.
– ‘The Real Malificent: The Surprising Human Face Behind the Sleeping Beauty Villain,’ by R.H. Greene, SALON website. The untold tale of how Vampira was one of the live-action models for Disney’s evil witch.
– ‘Recording Hammer Memories,’ by Ted Newsom, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. Lining up interviews with reclusive horror stars is a story in itself.
– ‘Resurrected Once More,’ by Michael Doyle, RUE MORGUE #142. Exploring Hammer’s Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.
– ‘Reviving the Vampire: Dracula on Stage in 1943,’ by Bill Kaffenberger and Gary Rhodes, FILMFAX #138-139.  Through clippings and interviews, tracking Lugosi’s U.S. Dracula tour.
– ‘A Scary Childhood in the Bronx,’ by Dennis P. Mitchell, SCARY MONSTERS. A continuing chronicle of films and double-bills seen in the 1950s.
– ‘Siodmak’s Brain,’ by Scott MacQueen, FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE #76. A poignant portrait of visits with Siodmak in the twilight of his years.
– ‘A Triple Life: King Kong’s Trinity of Reincarnation on Film,’ by Steve Vertlieb, GULLCOTTAGEONLINE.  A look at the three major Kong eras.
– ‘Universal’s Dracula,’ by Martin Arlt, MAD SCIENTIST #29. Viewed with fresh eyes, an assessment of the 1931 Dracula.
– PLEASE VOTE FOR TWO OF THE ABOVE ARTICLES (One will win)

14. BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)

– Chris Alexander, interview with Werner Herzog about Kinski’s Nosferatu. FANGORIA #334.
– Michael Doyle, interview with Ivan Reitman about Ghostbusters, 30 years later
— Jessica Dwyer, interview with Anne Rice on returning to Lestate after 10 years. HORRORHOUND #48.
– Brett Homenick, interview with Linda Miller, star of King Kong Escapes. G-FAN #106.– Tim Lucas, interview with Josephine Gill, translator of the Arsene Lupin series. VIDEO WATCHBLOG, October, 2014.
– Joe Moe, interview with creator John Logan about Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #276.
– Rod Labbe, interview with Dark Shadows’ Jerry Lacy. SCARY MONSTERS #90.
– W. Brice McVicar, interview with Wes Craven about the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, FANGORIA #337.
– Interview with Thom Eberhardt about Night of the Comet. VIDEOSCOPE #92.
– Shade Rupe, interview with director Alejandro Jodorowsky about his unborn Dune project. SCREEM #28.
– Ashley Thorpe, interview with John Hurt about the chest-bursting scene in Alien. FANGORIA #336.
X Don Vaughan, interview with pulp, poster and model kit artist Mort Kunstler. FILMFAX #137.
– Tom Weaver, interview with Jo Swerling Jr., on creating Thriller’s Karloff intros. MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33.
 –Or write in another choice:
 

15. BEST ALL-AROUND ISSUE

– DIABOLIQUE #22: Dark side of feminine horror, from Carmilla to childbirth to Bathory.
X FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #272: Science fiction and Richard Matheson.
– FANGORIA #330: Barker, Cronenberg and the extended Nightbreed.
– FILMFAX #137: Robots of Metropolis and the silents.
– G-FAN #106. G-fans speak out on the new Godzilla.
– HORRORHOUND #48. Horror writer issue devoted to Stephen King, Anne Rice.
— LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. Revisiting Dracula: Prince of Darkness.
– MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33. Karloff in House of Frankenstein and Thriller.
– PHANTOM OF THE MOVIES VIDEOSCOPE #89. Winter chills and filmfests.
– RUE MORGUE #151. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters retrospective.
– SCARY MONSTERS #93. Werewolves and wolf-men, oh my.
– SCREEM #28. From the Hunchback to Godzilla.
– VIDEO WATCHDOG #177. The Eurocrimes that rocked the ’70s.

16. BEST MAGAZINE COLUMN

– Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA.
— Diskflix, by David J. Hogan. FILMFAX
– The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
– Fright Gallery, curated by Gary Pullin, RUE MORGUE
– Grey Matters, Richard J. Schellbach, MONDO CULT ONLINE
X It Came from Bowen’s Basement, by John W. Bowen. RUE MORGUE
 Larry Blamire’s Star Turn, VIDEO WATCHDOG
– The Phantom Speaks, by The Phantom (Joe Kane). VIDEOSCOPE
– Ralph’s One-and-Only Traveling Reviews, by Richard Klemensen. LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
– Ramsey’s Rambles, by Ramsey Campbell. VIDEO WATCHDOG
– Scare-News, by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS and MONSTER MEMORIES
– Tales from the Attic by Tim Lucas, GOREZONE
– They Came from the Krypt, by Jon Kitley. HORRORHOUND
– Or write in another choice:

17. BEST COVER

diab22_zps4y0tcmzs.jpgDIABOLIQUE #22by Robert Aragon FM232_zpsldtb4ht5.jpgFAMOUS MONSTERS #272by Simon Thorpe
fang330_zpsbhzwfk2v.jpgFANGORIA #330by Nick Percival FF136b_zpshvgsjbbt.jpgFILMFAX #136design by Michael Stein
GF107_zpspcubwdt7.jpgG-FAN #107by Scott Zambelli HH50_zpsjkbe1ijp.jpgHORRORHOUND #50by Ed Repka
LSOH32_zpspi2wbdhp.jpgLITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #32by Mark Maddox lovezine_zpsecdplp1x.jpgLOVECRAFT E-ZINE #31by Lee Copeland
mad29_zpsb65ekggi.jpgMAD SCIENTIST #29by Mark Maddox MB22_zpszuv1r2um.jpgMONSTER BASH #22by Lorraine Bush
MFTV33_zpsqufxvacg.jpgMONSTERS FROM THEVAULT #33 by Kerry Gammill rue150_zps7ts9izxd.jpgRUE MORGUE  #150by Gary Pullin and Andrew Wright
scarlet10_zpsnpjrlz5m.jpgSCARLET THE FILM MAGAZINE #11,by Bill Chancellor MM2014_zpsfn3j1cif.jpgMONSTER MEMORIES 2014(SCARY MONSTERS #91) by Terry Beatty
SCR29_zpssnwtqow7.jpgSCREEM #29by Mark Maddox VS89_zps8it2gy36.jpgVIDEOSCOPE #89design by Kevin Hein
VW177_zpszvoqggch.jpgVIDEO WATCHDOG #177
designed by Charles Largent
WBD15_zpsmtdcpljf.jpgWE BELONG DEAD #15 by Brux
Check the cover you like or type your choice here: MONSTER MEMORIES 2014(SCARY MONSTERS #91) by Terry Beatty

18. BEST WEBSITE

(The Classic Horror Film Board, sponsor of the Rondos, is not eligible)

– All Sci-Fi  Nothing but pure science fiction.
— Bloody Disgusting Modern horrors prevail.
— Cinefantastiqueonline. The digital home for the influential magazine.
— Count Gore de Vol’s Creature Features Films, interviews and horror host news updated weekly.
— Dread Central Latest news, insider info from the horror industry.
— Famous Monsters of Filmland News and reviews from the first monster magazine.
— Film Noir Foundation Keeping suspense and shadows alive.

– Horror-host.com Home of the Horror Host Hall of Fame.
– Horror Society A voice for independent horrors.
– Icons of Fright Team of bloggers survey the horrror field.
– Latarnia: Fantastique International Discussions of all things Euro and culture.
– Louisville Halloween. Where’s it’s always late October.
– Mick Garris Interviews The writer-director offers interviews archived and new with horror personalties.
– Mondo Cult Online Horror, politics and music. A message board, too.
– Monsters from Hell From the U.K., all things Hammer.
– MovieScreams Horror Show. Showcases short horror and sci-fi films.
– The Shelley-Godwin Archive Library partnership digitizing handwritten draft of Frankenstein and more.
– Trailers from Hell Joe Dante and top talents offer commentaries on vintage trailers.
X Universal Monster Army The friendly and knowledgable headquarters of monster toy talk.
– Witch’s Dungeon Multimedia home for Hollywood monsters, history and preservation.
– Or write in another choice:

19. BEST BLOG OR ONLINE COLUMN OF 2014

– Bay of the Living Dead David-Elijah Nahmod’s monthly horror column in SF Weekly.
– Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks. A peek behind decades of masks.
– Cinema Dave A journal of horror and film.
– Classic Movie Monsters Photos, art and horror artifacts from the past.
– Collinsport Historical Society  All the comings and goings in Barnabas’ home town.
– Cyberschizoid Latest monster magazines and cult updates.
– Day of the Woman ‘A blog for the feminine side of fear.’
– Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Blog  Musings from Nashville’s maddest horror host.
– Doc Terror  News and reviews with a crazed doctor from the 50s.
– Final Girl Stacie Ponder still running to the next locked room.

– Frankensteinia Pierre Fournier’s journal of all things Frankenstein.
— The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla August Ragone’s G-blog is wise among giant monsters.
– Gravedigger’s Local 16 Even ghouls need a union label.
– Groovy Age of Horror Fearless and unexpected.
— The Horrors of it All When horror corrupted more than the comics.
X Monster Magazine World An essential newsstand for monster mags past, present and future.
– The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society Tribute to Hammer’s classic actor.
– Scared Silly. Where jeepers meet creepers.
– Sin Street Sleaze  John Harrison’s look at cult, pulp and monsters.
– SciFi Japan The home of Monster Zero News.
– Terror from Beyond the Daves Home of the weekend horror host report.
– Too Much Horror Fiction Reviewing words of terror from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
– 250 Lines of Resolution Rebekah Herzberg dissects the genre for Geek Juice.
– Vampire Over London: The Bela Lugosi Blog.   Journal of the undead
— Video Watchblog  Tim Lucas’ musings on film and life.
— The Vincent Price Journal. Features his hand-written notes from a 1928 trip abroad.
– Zombos Closet All manners of horrors pour out.
– Or write in another choice:

20. BEST CONVENTION OF 2014 (write-ins encouraged)

– Blob Fest (Phoenixville, Pa.)
– Chiller (Parsippany, N.J.)
– Cinema Wasteland (Cleveland)
– Cthulhu Con and Lovecraft Film Festival (Portland, Ore.)
– Crypticon (Seattle)
– Days of the Dead (Indianapolis)
– Dragon Con (Atlanta)
– Flashback Weekend (Chicago)
– Fright Night Film Fest (Louisville)
– G-Fest (Chicago)
– HorrorHound weekend (Indianapolis)
– Horror Realm (Pittsburgh)
– Kirk von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil (San Francisco)
– Mad Monster Party (Charlotte)
X– Monster Bash (Butler, Pa.)
– Monster Fest (Chesapeake, Va.)
– Monster-Mania (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
– Monsterpalooza (Burbank)
– Rock and Shock (Worcester, Mass.)
– Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear (Toronto)
– Scare-a-Con (Verona, NY)
– Scare Fest (Lexington, Ky.)
– Spooky Empire (Orlando)
– Texas Frightmare (Dallas)
– Wonderfest (Louisville)

21. BEST FAN EVENT

X BLOB PANIC RE-ENACTMENT: Fans run from same theater in Phoenixville, Pa. where The Blob was filmed. Blobfest
– EDGAR ALLAN POE BRONZE BUST PROJECT: Sculpture of Poe placed at Boston Library thanks to Kickstarter campaign.
– EVIL DEAD CAST REUNION, Bruce Campbell and every ‘Evil’ actor unite at Horrorhound Weekend.
– FRANKENSTEIN: MODERN PROMETHEUS,by Quicksilver Radio Theatre presented on public radio on Halloween night.
– GODZILLA IN YOKOSUKA: Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima appears at Armed Forces Day attended by Americans and Japanese. Hosted by Monster Attack Magazine.
– IFUKUBE 100: Concert at G-Fest features Godzilla music conducted by John DeSentis with 52-piece orchestra.
– KARLOFF: A ONE-PERSON SHOW, directed by and starring Randy Bowser, authorized by Sara Karloff. Four shows in Salem, Ore.
– MAC OF THE RED BETH, performance of ‘Masque of the Red Death’ by  Veronica Carlson, Martine Beswicke, Yvonne Monlaur and Caroline Munro at Monster Bash Octoberfest.
– OUTER LIMITS art show at Creature Features, Burbank, included cast members along with artwork..
– ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW screening with cast members Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn and Little Nell at Mad Monster Party (Charlotte, NC)
– THE SHINING’S TWINS, Lisa and Louise Burns, make first convention appearance at Monster-Mania (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
– SUPERMAN CELEBRATION AND PLAQUE DEDICATION in Tarzana, where  episode of 50s TV show was filmed; luncheon, tour of Pasadena Playhouse. Jack Larson among attendees.
– THAT $#!% WILL ROT YOUR BRAIN rough cut of Bob Tinnell’s documentary on How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, WonderFest
– WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS CAST REUNION: Russ Tamblyn, Haruo Nakajima, and others with translator/host Jim Cirronella at Monsterpalooza.
– WITCH’S DUNGEON full-figure monster exhibit relocates to Bristol Historical Society in Connecticut.
– Or write in another choice:

22. BEST HORROR COMIC OF 2014

– AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. (Archie). Zombies in Riverdale are no joke.
– BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE #4 by various. (Monsterverse). More rather grim tales from the Count’s archives.
– CARBON by Daniel Boyd, Edi Guedes, Alzir Alves (Caliber). Prophetic horror from a  Garden of Eden.
– CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT, by Barker and Mark Miller (Boom!) Is it God, the devil or both?
DINOSAURS ATTACK, by Gary Gerani, Herb Trimpe and Ned Norem. (IDW). Classic cards return as graphic novel.
– EDGAR ALLAN POE: Morella and Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Richard Corben (Dark Horse). Interpretations of Poe by a comics master.
– THE GOON: Occasion of Revenge, by Eric Powell (Dark Horse). Eight-part miniseries features return of Zombie Priest witches.
– HAUNTED HORROR, compiled by Craig Yoe, Clizia Gussoni, Steve Banes (IDW). Rescuing forgotten horrors from the 1950s.
– IN THE DARK: A Horror Anthology (IDW). Hardcover collection of new stories.
– THE WALKING DEAD, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image). Surviving, still, the zombie apocalypse.– Or write in another choice:

23. BEST MULTIMEDIA (PODCAST OR STREAMING) OF 2014

– BEYOND THE DARK PARANORMAL ADVENTURES Home of the Pope Lick Monster.
— BLOODY GOOD HORROR Reviews of the monstrous.
— BLOODY PIT OF ROD Home of the Naschycasts.
– B-MOVIE CAST Talk and horror history in this podcast.
– CULT RADIO A GO-GO! Still thriving pioneer of Internet horror talk.
— DARK DISCUSSIONS Podcast of horrors on film and print.

— DEADPIT RADIO Hillbilly horror from the hills of Kentucky.
– FANTASTIC FILMS OF VINCENT PRICE A video review of Vincent’s output by Dr. Gangrene
– FORGOTTEN HORRORS PODCAST John Wooley and Michael H. Price explore cult cinema.
– FROM DUSK TIL CON RADIO  Interviews and more from the East Coast Horror Group.
– HORROR HAPPENS RADIO SHOW Home of smart talk with Jay K and The Ghost.
— INVISIBLE MAN WEB SERIES  Five-part adaptation of H.G. Wells novel.
– ISOBEL ORLOK’S DEN OF CIN Trailers and cin-tillation from Madame Orlok herself.

– KAIJUCAST More than 100 episodes, many live from conventions.
– KILLER POV podcast. Film previews and interviews.
– KREEPY KASTLE Devoted to shows from horror hosts.

X MONSTER KID RADIO. Interviews, reviews, monsters.
— 1951 DOWN PLACE: Podcast discussions of Hammer films.
— POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER. Mark Redfield’s tributes to the mystery master.
– THE PROJECTION BOOTH Podcasts target genre films and more.
– SIX FOOT PLUS A weekly podcast that finds a monstrous rhythm.
– TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE  New audio drama and horror the old-fashioned way.
– TALES TO TERRIFY  Radio chills with a literary touch of gothic .
– THE TIM-O AND HARLEY SHOW Horror and sci-fi discussions from Browning to Bigfoot.
– TOMB DRAGOMIR Video interviews and ‘rue-full’ reviews.
– WEIRD-O-RAMA Hosted by Victor Von Psychotron
– WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE Strange doings from a strange desert town.
– Or write in another choice:

24. FAVORITE HORROR HOST OF 2014

If your favorite is missing — there are far too many to list here — please write them in)

– A. GHASTLEE GHOUL (Ohio)

— THE BONE JANGLER (Illinois)
– KARLOS BORLOFF (Monster Madhouse, Washington, DC)
– COUNT GORE DE VOL (Creature Features)
– COUNT GREGULA (Count Gregula’s Crypt)
DR. GANGRENE (Nashville)
– Dr. MADBLOOD (Virginia Beach)
– THE GHOULIGANS (On DVD and online)
– GHOUL A GO-GO (NY)
– HALLOWEEN JACK
– MR. LOBO (Cinema Insomnia, California)
— NIGEL HONEYBONE (Australia)
– ORMON GRIMSBY (N.C.)
– PROF MORTE (Atlanta)
– PENNY DREADFUL (Shilling Shockers, New England)
— REMO D (California)
— SON OF GHOUL (Ohio)
– SVENGOOLIE (Chicago)
– WOLFMAN MAC (Chiller Drive-In, Michigan)
– Or write in another choice:

25. BEST MUSIC CD

– BIG BAD (HorrorHound): Horror punks style and profile from West Virginia.
– BLOOD WATERS OF DR. G  A collection of bands from Dr. Gangrene’s Horror Hootenanny.
– CHARNEL HO– USE ROCK, Zombina and the Skeletones. Horror punk for a Saturday morning.
– GODZILLA SOUNDTRACK (Death Waltz). Reissue of Akira Ifukube’s monster marches.
– JUVENILE JIVE (Monstrous Movie Music). Music from Date Bait, High School Big Shot and High School Caesar by Nicholas Carras and Gerald Fried.
X THE MOON-RAYS: Something Wicked (Rough Draft). Songs devoted to Tarantula, the Bride and more.
– MUSIC OF FORGOTTEN HORRORS VOL. 3 (Cremo). Michael H. Price collects vintage horror from the 20s and beyond.
– PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (One Way Static). New soundtrack by The Laze for 1925 classic.
– SPINE CHILLERS: Halloween haunt Music by Sam Haynes. Chilling mood music from the 70s and 80s.
– Or write in another choice:

26. BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE

H/t, as always, to our friends at the Universal Monster Army!

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AGAIN, TO VOTE simply copy this ballot and make your picks by highlighting your selection, or by putting an X by your selections, or by typing out your picks separately. Whatever is easiest.  Then e-mail your picks to taraco@aol.com

And thanks, whatever you are!

Copyright 2015 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

Wrap up

So there you have it!  My ballot.  I wish I could say my vote was fully informed and that I had read, seen, attended and listened to every nominee on this massive ballot, but I haven’t.  What I am going to do is add much of this ballot to our Monster Collector Resources page for future reference and then I’m going to add all the movies I haven’t seen to my Amazon Instant Video queue.

In the spirit of keeping this post from getting way too long, I didn’t include my Write in votes…perhaps in a future post.

Do you agree with any of my votes?  Disagree?

Share your favorites in the comments section below

(please keep it clean and polite–no need to get nasty as we’re all Monster Kids here.)

Collecting King Kong: Toys & Games

Collecting King Kong Toys & Games

When it comes to classic monster toys, King Kong wasn’t a tier-one classic monster property. While the “unholy quintet” of Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, Wolf Man, the Creature and the Mummy win in terms of the pure quantity or toys and merchandise, Kong is certainly in the top 10 most licensed (and unlicensed) monster toys. Collecting King Kong toys and games from the 1933 film seems like a good place to start given the impact this movie had on my becoming a Monster Kid

This post focuses on the 1933 King Kong and does not include licensed merchandise from the 1976 or 2005 remakes.  As a 1970s monster kid, most of my Kong stuff was from the Dino De Laurentiis remake, and I plan to cover merchandise from both remakes in future posts.

King Kong is one of the earliest movies to have licensed kids merchandise, and certainly the first monster movie.  Given the age of the film, high-grade examples toys from the 1933 are extremely rare and, as a result, quite valuable.

1933 RKO Jigsaw Puzzle

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This 150 Piece jigsaw puzzle by RKO is extremely rare

This puzzle was produced as a promo piece by RKO and included in the film’s press book, which was sent to movie theaters and included lobby cards, movie posters and other ephemera theater owners could order to promote upcoming releases.  Theater managers had two options for ordering these puzzles:

1. They could purchase 100 puzzles for $6 (6 cents a piece).

2. (1) puzzle free with purchase of $1 worth of film promo merchandise.

Since this was during the Great Depression, most theater owners probably stuck to their basics and ordered posters and other tried-and-true film mercy. The rarity of this item can most likely be attributed to the simple fact that very few theater owners purchased them.  Today, this item is so rare, complete puzzles demand prices over $2,000.

This item does show up from time to time on auction sites, and there’s one on eBay US right now —  Click here for current eBay auctions for King Kong 1933 RKO puzzle

I also found a very high-grade one available at GrandOldToys.com for $2,200.

1962 Marx Wind-Up Kong

Marx 1962 Robot King Kong

As with most 1960s King Kong toys, this was part of a classic monster collection and one of the first of what would become a monster toy explosion in the 1960s.  Along with the Yeti, King Kong was a plush over a tin mechanical skeleton.

I found this video on YouTube of him in action, courtesy of leadfiremech:

1964 Palmer Monsters King Kong

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Complete set of Palmer Plastics Unbreakable Movie Monsters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palmer monsters were pretty rough around the edges; many collectors feel this only adds to their charm.

This 3-inch plastic figure was part of the eight-monster set, Palmer Plastics Unbreakable Movie Monsters

  • packaged as a set on a bubble card or on a plastic bag with header card.
  • Each figure was released in multiple colors.
  • Kong included a itybitty Fay Wray, which is usually only found in packaged sets today.

These are rare to find in packaging, but loose ones aren’t hard to come by; here’s the current auctions I found on eBay

1973 AHI Rubber King Kong

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AHI had the Universal license in the 1970s but they also licensed King Kong from RKO and launched a couple of Kong toys as part of their monster line.

This rubber, non-posable wiggly toy was sold loose and tied to card.

Smaller version of this toy was released in 1979 by Vics.

This item isn’t hard to find loose and there; click here for current eBay auctions for this toy.

1974 AHI Bend ‘Ems King Kong  

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Image courtesy Plaid Stallions

Standing 5″ and packaged in bubble cards, Super Monsters Bend ‘Ems were rubber toys with wire skeletons which allowed kids to pose them like action figures.

Click here for current auctions to this toy on eBay .

1976 AHI King Kong Squirt Gun

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AHI KIng Kong Squirt Gun 1974

Technically, this toy probably counts more as merch for the Dino De Laurentis 1976 remake, but I’ll include it here with the rest of the 1970s AHI toys.

If you find this one carded, you’ve got a real gem — very few carded toys are known to exist, so time to check Uncle Steve’s, the retired ’70s rack toy distributor, attic!

Can’t find any current auctions on eBay for this one–if I do, I’ll be sure to update and add a link.  I did find one for sale (no price listed) on L&LCollectables.com.

A carded/sealed one recently sold on eBay for $263

AHI King Kong Little Walker Wind up 

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AHI Little Walkers Wind-up Monsters

3″ tall hard plastic toys w/built-in keys

Shoots sparks out of the mouth as he walks

These toys have been re-released over the years, so it’s important to ensure you’re paying for what you’re getting.

These guys often show up for auction in lots with other Little Walkers on eBay and other auction sites.

 Summary

These are highlights of some of collectors’ favorites, and only a representative selection of the wide variety of King Kong toys over the years.  The variety is pretty amazing, from quirky to classic, and a testament to the timelessness of the character.  Everyone knows King Kong.  For many kids, even today, he is the first classic monster they are exposed to.  These toys, and the many others not included here, are central to many classic monster collections — like mine.

I’d love to here from other “Kong Kollectors” — what toys are your favorites?  What’s highest on your Want List?

Collecting King Kong: Aurora Model Kits

Collecting King Kong Aurora Models & Kits

Any article about collecting King Kong 1933 merchandise has to include these influential monster models from Aurora Plastics. Collecting King Kong Aurora Models is often the highlight of any King Kong collection.

It’s hard to think of any one thing that had as great an impact on the 1960s monster mania as Aurora Plastic Corporation’s monster model kits.  The triumverate of Shock Theatre, Famous Monsters of Filmland and Aurora’s line of monster models almost certainly combined to create an entire generation of Monster Kids, who were lucky enough to be pre-teens in the early 1960s.

I didn’t come along until 1966, but I can relate to those Boomer kids, as I shared their wide-eyed wonder when I discovered the 1970 re-issues of these Aurora kits on the store shelves.  For many, collecting classic monsters starts–and in all reality, could stop– with Aurora model kits.

King Kong wasn’t in the very first set of kits released.  Kong made his debut, along with Godzilla and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, in 1963 and was an instant commercial and monster kid favorite, despite some serious scale issues (palm trees hit Kong in the ankles and Fay Wray was about knee-high).

The following is a complete listing of Aurora’s King Kong models and variations:

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1963 Aurora Magazine Ad

Catalog #468: The Original Long Box    

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Catalog #465:  Glow in the Dark Collecting-King-Kong-Aurora-Models

 

Catalog #484:  King Kong’s Thronester Collecting-King-Kong-Aurora-Models

Catalog #1623:  Luminator Neon by Revell-Monogram Collecting-King-Kong-Aurora-Models

Catalog #7507: Revell-Monogram Reissue  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Reference Guide:

Collecting-Aurora-Models-MonstersMy go-to reference guide for all-things Aurora Model Kits is Aurora Model Kits (Schiffer Book for Collectors) by Thomas Graham.

This book is a must-have for monster model kit   collectors, and a good read for any monster kid who simply wants to learn more about these influential collectibles on the 1960s/70s monster craze.

While I’d love to see an updated edition (2nd edition was released in 2006) it has an excellent Kit Directory categorizing every kit and variation and providing useful detail to help in identifying the age / value of kits you are considering buying.  This exhaustive catalog of every make/model is useful and timeless.  For collectors, the price range to buy these kits today may be slightly dated, but the information on determining the age of the model kit is extremely useful when considering a purchase.

I’ve added this book to our Amazon store for your convenience.

Which model kit is your favorite? Share your Kong model memories with us! We love to hear them.

Collecting King Kong 1933 Movie Memorabilia: Current eBay Auctions

Collecting King Kong 1933 Movie Memorabilia

Movie Theater ephemera are the most valuable and desired components of a King Kong 1933 collection.  While original King Kong movie posters are some of the most expensive and valuable of all vintage movie posters, other memorabilia from this film are readily available on eBay and other auction sites are more reasonable prices.

Here are some of the more interesting auctions currently on eBay for King Kong 1933 Movie Memorabilia.  I’ll keep this page updated with current auctions as well as report what ended auctions sold for.  Hope it is useful and please let me know if you win any auctions!

1. Vintage Lobby Card King Kong 1946 Re-release

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2. King Kong 1938 Lobby Card

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 3. Original 1933 Herald

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4. Original 1933 King Kong Movie Still 

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5. King Kong 1942 Re-release Lobby Card Set

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Collecting King Kong: 1933 Movie Posters

Collecting King Kong 1933 Movie Posters

Of all collectible categories, vintage movie posters have proven to be consistently the most valuable, or expensive, depending on your point of view.  The scarcity of high-grade posters, which were made to be used for a brief period and then disposed of, combined with often spectacular artwork make vintage movie posters one of the most sought-after collectible categories.  The horror genre is well represented in any “most valuable movie posters” list and King Kong posters are some of the most highly sought after.

Movie Posters come in a wide-variety of sizes and formats and were used to promote movies in theaters.  The bigger the movie, the bigger the promotional effort and the more styles of posters produced.  King Kong was as big as a movie got in 1933 and, as a result, we have a plethora of movie posters to collect.

I’ll use this blog to compile a complete list of 1933 original movie release poster styles as well as price guide values and recent auction prices. I plan to add more detailed information about collecting vintage movie posters – different poster styles and formats, storage and display of vintage movie posters and more. In the meantime, I’ve included some useful books in our Amazon store here for you to check out.

King Kong One-Sheet Styles:

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King Kong Three-Sheet Styles:

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King Kong Six-Sheet Styles:

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King Kong 24-Sheet Styles:

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King Kong Lobby Card Styles:

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Monster Kid Memories: The Library & the Giant Ape

           My First Monster Movie Begins                    A Lifelong Love Affair

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It was the summer of 1970.  Or maybe it was 1971.  I was 4, maybe 5, years old.  My little brother had just been born and my mom, like all parents of newborns with school-age siblings, was looking for anything and everything to get me out of the house and out of her hair.  Enter summer movies at the public library and my first exposure to monster movies.  Not just any monster movie, mind you.  That was the summer I first saw King Kong.

My Origin Story

Now for a pre-schooler with a mad love for dinosaurs, this movie had me hooked from the start — adventure on a lost island full of prehistoric beasts.  Throw a giant ape into the mix and have him fight the dinos and I was a goner! I can’t recall the other movies I saw that summer, which leads me to believe they were not monster movies.  I’m sure I enjoyed them, but King Kong sticks in my memory like it was last week.  It was exciting, full of adventure- and dinosaurs. It was a bit scary at times but it was also sad. Like every other kid, I felt bad for Kong and knew from the start he wasn’t really the bad guy.  he was scared and probably home-sick.  The bad guys were the men who captured him and exploited him to get rich.  As a kid, adults control your world–parent, teachers, babysitters…and you can relate to getting in trouble because you’re out of your comfort zone, for not fitting in, for being scared and feeling alone.

For me, Kong was personal.  I understood the plight of the monster.  It was the first, but certainly not the last, time that I found myself rooting for the ‘monster’ and being sad when he, inevitably, would lose.

From Dinosaurs to Classic Monsters

I don’t know if that was the same day I discovered that they wrote books about movie monsters, but it wasn’t long after seeing Kong on the tiny library television that I was scouring the library for any and everything I could find about the monsters of the movies.  And the 1970s were a time when kids books about classic movie monsters were plentiful.

Meeting the Classic Monsters

By the time school started that fall, I was well versed in the classics of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Godzilla and the Wolf Man.  In some cases, seeing these movies was still years away, but I checked those books out over and over again that summer–reading and re-reading the movie synopsis and memorizing every frightful picture. That was the summer I became a Monster Kid.

I’m sure my story isn’t unique for kids of the early ’70s or for generations before me.  My wife remembers seeing King Kong at her local library as well.  It must have been pretty common fare in those pre-Star Wars days of the early 1970s.  For most kids it is a fond childhood memory.  For monster kids, it changed everything and started us down the path of a lifelong love for fantastic creatures and worlds of the imagination.  The public library was the gateway, but King Kong was the drug.

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What is your Monster Kid origin story? How did King Kong effect you and when did you first see this iconic film?

Collecting Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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Dracula is clearly one of the Big 5 famous monsters and considered the first of Universal Studio’s classic monster movies.  Any classic monster collector has his or her share of Count Dracula merchandise and the Bela Lugosi vs Christopher Lee conversation never gets old.

But since today is St Patrick’s Day and I’m of Irish descent, we’re continuing the conversation of Dracula as an Irish export since his modern Count Dracula was created by Irish write, Bram Stoker.  While many Dracula collectors focus on the vampire himself or the actors who have played the role over the years, what about collecting Bram Stoker?  Turns out, this is not an inexpensive option, but fascinating in it’s own right.  Dracula is one of the most famous books ever published, and it’s almost 120 years old.  Collecting antique books has never been the most affordable of hobbies and is really more like investing than collecting. Stanley Gibbons, a London collectibles company, offered up a very rare First Edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker for a mere $184,000 in late 2014.  Yep, you read that right.

Turns out this First Edition was high-grade, but more-importantly, it was signed by the author:

Signed First Edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker offered by London Auction House in 2014
Signed First Edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker offered by London Auction House in 2014

Pretty cool, but not going to be in my collection anytime soon.

I searched eBay in the Books: Antiquarian and Collectible category and turned up these current auctions of various first editions of Dracula these current auctions of various first editions of Dracula in the — variety of conditions and a wide spectrum of publishers to choose from, but all in all more affordable than the signed edition:

I quick search for Antique Vintage 19th Century Bram Stoker’s Dracula on Amazon turned up a range of antique editions of Dracula ranging in price from $89.99 to $300.

Of course, book collecting isn’t the most obvious category for collectors of classic monster merchandise — if you haven’t read Dracula by Bram Stoker, you owe it to yourself to do so — Dracula is beloved by Monster Kids of every age and the character continues to reverberate through pop culture. Just follow this link to download Bram Stoker’s Dracula to your Kindle and and settle in for a classic monster read by a great Irishman – sounds like a good St Paddy’s Day to this Irishman!

 

Movie Poster for Universal Studios 1931 Dracula
Movie Poster for Universal Studios 1931 Dracula

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Classic Monsters

St Patrick’s Day Isn’t the Most Obvious Classic Monster Holiday

1906 Portrait of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula,

While Ireland and Halloween go hand-in-hand with the modern holiday’s roots tracing back to the ancient Celts harvest festival, Samhain, the connections to the patron saint of Ireland are more tenuous.  Enter Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker; Irishman and author of Dracula, one of the most famous books ever published and, arguably, the most famous of all monsters.

Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 and it is said that he grew up on a steady diet of his Mother’s stories of the supernatural.  Ireland has a long history of fantastical and mystical creatures from leprechauns and banshees to it’s own vampire, the DeargDue.  The Celts, whose traditions never disappeared from Irish culture, had hundreds of gods and an equal number of demons and monsters.  Stoker grew up hearing these stories and they undoubtedly influenced his fascination for the macabre.

Dracula was published in May 1897 and, although it was critically well-received, it was not a bestseller.  In fact, it wasn’t until after Stoker’s death in 1912 that his book would achieve commercial success.  Stoker wrote a total of 18 books, including Lair of the White Worm, but it is his haunting tale of the vampire that has given him lasting fame.

For more about Bram Stoker, watch this video from Biography Channel (click to watch full screen)):

It’s fair to say that fans of classic monsters owe a debt of gratitude to Bram Stoker.  So, while tipping a pint at the pub today in celebration of all things Irish, raise a pint to Bram Stoker and that famous monster of his, Count Dracula.

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