If you are reading this website, then I don’t need to introduce you to Forrest J Ackerman. You already know that he was the long-time editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and a legend in his lifetime. You also know he was an author, agent, editor, archivist and collector whose collection at one time included several hundred thousand items in his Hollywood wonderland known as the Ackermansion.
The Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook: Treasures from the Ackermansion is loving look at his amazing life, with an in-depth examination of various aspects of his remarkable collection of sci-fi, fantasy and cinema memorabilia. The book is written and edited by Bill Walker and Brian Anthony and published by their independent publishing firm specializing in books on film history: www.walkeranthonybooks.com
The book comes in at 200 pages, the majority of which are photographs from the of estate of Forrest J Ackerman. Bill and Brian were given unprecedented access to rare and previously unknown and unpublished material by Kevin Burns, the executor of Forry’s estate.
Forry’s collection of animation props and models are given special attention. Several of the models used by Willis O’Brien in King Kong, Son of Kong, and the unfinished Creation are examined in detail in beautiful, never before seen high resolution images.
Forry’s friends Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury are here, along with a section dedicated to the fans, including the famous… and not-so-famous…Famous Monsters of Filmland, the various Ackermansions, contributing artists and their work, the Captain Company, Aurora monster models, books, paintings, posters and lobbies are all included in this deluxe hardcover, full-color, 200-page tribute to the Ackermonster!
We can no longer tour the Ackermansion in it’s multiple forms, as many of us had the great fortune of doing through the years. But this book does a great job of capturing the feeling of those tours and documenting Forry’s collection and life.
Published on the 101st anniversary of Forry’s birth (November 24, 2017) it’s now available on Amazon and will make a great gift for the Forry fans in your life!