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Raising Modern Monster Kids: Making Monster Art

Raising Modern Monster Kids Takes Effort By Monster Kid Parents

Monster Kid Bedroom Illustration

In the 1960s and 70s, classic monsters were everywhere! On TV, Halloween costumes, model kits, toys, comics, coloring books…growing up in the “monster boom” was great. If you were a lucky monster kid, your parents supported, even encouraged your love of monsters.  Regardless, it wasn’t hard to surround yourself with the things you love.

Today’s kids have incredible access — they are growing up in an on-demand, always-on world that puts the world at their fingertips.   They have networks dedicated to cartoons, not just an after school block of time and Saturday mornings.  Gone are the days of scouring the TV Guide for anything monster-related to watch and then doing everything in your power to not miss it.  But access to so much media means that classic monsters aren’t really in the mix for today’s kids.

I read a lot of 1960s / 70s Monster Kids (and adults in general) talking about how today’s kids are spoiled and how we grew up in the good old days.  I don’t dispute that we grew up during an amazing time and we’re lucky to have done so.  But I’m not so quick to throw today’s kids under the bus.

Raising Modern Monster Kids requires effort by Monster Kid Parents.

I’m a parent of grade school kids, and while they have tremendous access to all kinds of entertainment, the classic monsters aren’t really in the mix.  Sure, there’s the Hotel Transylvania movie franchise, but I’m talking about the real classic monsters.  I could simply bemoan this fact and wax poetic about how my childhood was the good ol’ days.  But that’s not how I roll.  I’m raising my kids as modern monster kids by proactively exposing them to the classic monsters I grew up loving (and still do, obviously, since I have this blog).

Recently, I scanned a printed some pages from my favorite 1970s monster coloring book, Monster Gallery, and my kids and I spent a chilly March afternoon coloring.  If you had this book as a kid, or want to learn more about it, please read my recent post and check out all every page of this fantastic coloring book:  Colors of a Monster Kid: The Monster Gallery Coloring Book 

it was great fun, and the kids picked their favorite monsters to color. My 9 year old loves the Wolf Man.  He is not a natural artist and almost never finishes a picture when he’s coloring.  But this was different.  As you can see, not only did he finish it, he did a great job and really focused on it.  He had fun doing it and it shows.  Here’s his finished art:

Wolf Man from Monster Gallery Coloring Book

My 11 year old daughter, who loves all things ancient Egypt, picked the Mummy.  Anyone who follows me on Instagram or is friends with me on Facebook knows that she is artistically talented (I’m constantly posting pictures she has drawn).  So getting her to sit down and color with me isn’t a challenge like it is with my son.

The Mummy from Monster Gallery coloring book

I can rarely pass up the Fly, simply because I like a little sci-fi with my monsters:

The Fly from Monster Gallery coloring book

I’ll continue to journal my efforts to raise modern monster kids here and share my success (and failures) along the way.  In case you missed them, here are some of my past writings on my effort to raise modern monster kids:

Related Articles:  Can Today’s Kids Still Be Monster Kids?

So, what do you think? Can modern kids still be Monster Kids? Share your opinions with us.

 

 

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
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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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REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME; E-MAIL PICKS TO taraco@aol.com

 

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: 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.

A Monster Kid Awakens….

Monster Kid Memories

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Monster Toy Exhibit at Minnesota History Center

In the summer of 2014, my family visited the Minnesota History Center in St Paul. The museum has just kicked off an exhibit that I couldn’t wait to see called Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. As we worked our way through the excellent exhibit, we arrived at the 1970s room and there– right in the center of it all — was my childhood on display. An entire section dedicated to monsters and superheroes. Aurora model kits, Mego action figures and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. I was immediately transported back in time; transfixed and flooded with memories that I hadn’t consciously recalled for decades.

My family was patient — and I finally continued through the rest of the exhibit, only to find myself drifting back through the crowd to the monster display. I’d be inclined to blame it on a mid-life crisis given my age, but I’ve been an active comic book collector for most of my adult life, so my passion for childish things wasn’t new– my wife was more than aware of it when she married me. No, it was the monsters. As much as I love superheroes and comics, I had forgotten the monsters. And for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved monsters.

When I got home that afternoon, I tracked down the collector whose toys were featured in this exhibit, and it turns out they belong to fellow Minnesotan, Dave Barnhill. According to his bio on his website SuperMonsterCity.com, “David’s collection now includes more than 200,000 items, making this Minnesota-based collection one of the largest private toy collections in America. Containing rare and highly sought after items representing toy-makers and monster creators from across the US and several foreign countries, David co-founded SuperMonster市 City! because he is eager to share his joy in toys, monsters, superheroes and villains with the world. I highly encourage checking out his site, specifically his Monster Toy Gallery.

And that’s all it took– George the Monster Kid had risen from the grave and my love of classic monsters was alive, ALIVE!