Tuesday, December 8, 2015

...A Horror-Mood Horror Book Review... “70's Monster Memories”

Your “Diabolical Demoniacal Delineator Of All Things Horror-Mood” returns once again to this “Tomb Of Terror” called …The Horror-Mood… for yet another “Evil Entry” in this “Black Dossier” of a blog. This time around I am pleased to present to you a “Horror-Mood Horror Book Review”…

Quite frankly, I’m a monster kid… The era during which I was spawned to unleash terror on this planet was an era which saw the birth of Famous Monsters Of Filmland and the ensuing monster craze of all things monster related (including the birth and the “shudder” death of the Skywald Horror-Mood mags)… I wish I could say that all of you could have been there with me to live through those times, but alas, we don’t get to choose when we are born (I, however, have the great fortune of sharing the same birthdate (11/24) as Forrest J Ackerman, otherwise known as Forry to most people)…

That preface brings us to your “Horrid Hosts” review of an excellent tome in book form dedicated to that 70’s era of monsters and horror which we will never see the likes of again…

As to my review, don’t bother reading any further! Just go out and buy this book now! That’s all you really need to know, but if you must read on, as follows…

‘70’s Monster Memories’ is a massive 410 page monster of a book from the creators of ‘We Belong Dead - The Classic Age Of Horror And Fantasy Films’…

Behind a beautifully illustrated and painted Paul Watts cover, the contents of the book proper are listed below and as you can see as you read through them, there is something for every monster lover past, present or future!...


Contents:

Foreword by Dez Skinn

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of by Eric McNaughton

For The Love Of Print and Paper by Vincent Simonelli

The Most Important Decade of My Life by John Llewellyn Probert

Zoinks!! (Or How I Would Have Got Away With It, If It Wasn’t for You Meddling Kids!) by Steve Gerrard

Horror Film Books of the 70s by Ian Taylor

The World of Horror by Cranston Macmillan

Aurora – The Golden Age of Monster Models by Robert Morganbesser


BBC Death & Horror Sound Effects LP by Daz Lawrence

He Was A Teenage Movie Critic: David Pirie by Darrell Buxton

Fanzines of the 70s by Richard Klemensen

A Time It Was: Dez Skinn Interviewed on House of Hammer by Tony Earnshaw

Something In The Night: The BBC Christmas Ghost Stories by Matthew E. Banks

Super 8mm – A Personal Journey Through The History of Horror At Home by Darren Allinson

Famous Monsters A Go-Go. An Interview With The Legendary Basil Gogos by Ernie Magnotta

Horror On Vinyl by Daz Lawrence


A New World of Gods & Monsters – The Books of Denis Gifford by Tom Woodger

The Monster Times For Changing Times by J.M. Cozzoli

An Invitation To Scaryland: The Horror Film Books of Alan Frank by Tony Earnshaw


Dave Swift, Memories of a Monster (Toy Collector) by Stephen Jacobs

The 70s Works of Nigel Kneale Graham Payne

Remembering Famous Monsters by Jim Knusch

Horror in the Cinema: Ivan Butler by Stephen Mosley


The Price of Fear…Brought To You by Vincent Price Peter Fuller

King Kong in Birmingham! by Dave Swift

Horrors From Screen to Scream by Paul Sparrow-Clarke

La Cabina: Allegory of an Era by Daniel Arana Garcia de Leaniz

Softly, Softly Catchy Ripper. Barlow & Watt and the Investigation of the Whitechapel Murders by Clare Smith

Scary Humour with Cracked’s For Monsters Only by J.M. Cozzoli

Monster Movie Reference Books:The 1970s Explosion by Dustin Jablonski

“Our Latest Diversification….” Hammer Presents Dracula by Tom Woodger


When A Ten Year Old Boy Met the Universal Monsters by David Brilliance

Horror Food by Daz Lawrence

Lorrimer Publishing. Cinema of Terror, Catastrophe, Kung Fu, Freaks, Vampires, Mystery & Monkeys! by Darrell Buxton

Poster Magazines by Richard Gladman

Memories of the Loch Ness Monster by Timothy Mitchell

Reference Guide to Fantastic Films: An Appreciation by Darrell Buxton

The Books That Made Us Scream – An a-Z Guide to 70s Tie-Ins by Dawn and Jonathon Dabell

Quasimodo’s Monster Magazine by Cranston Macmillan


I Was A Teenage Monster Kid by Tony M. Clarke

Public Information Horror by Daz Lawrence

Tele-Horrors of the 70’s:Fearsome Highlights by Troy Howarth

“You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Wallet!” by Steven West

1970’s Horror Vinyl:Releases in the U.S. by Ryan Brennan

The House of Hammer – A Personal Journey by Tim Greaves

Memories of A Pictorial History of Horror Movies by Peter Benassi

Marvel Comics & the Monsters by Moonlight by Martin Dallard


Memoirs of a 70’s Monster-Kid by Ernie Magnotta

Peter Underwood:The Legendary Ghost Hunter Who Wrote the First Biography of Boris Karloff by Ben Underwood

Cinefantastique – The Most Fantastic Magazine of All Time by Randolph Brunson

Thriller by Brian Clemens by Perry Thomas

Horror Top Trumps by Daz Lawrence

My Journey Beyond the Vincent Price Screen Adventures by Peter Fuller

The Books of Calvin T. Beck by Douglas Whitenack

Legend Horror Classics by Cranston Macmillan


Horror Double-Bills by Neil Ogley

Monsterkid Models of the 70’s by Eric McNaughton

Horror in Four-Colours by Jules Boyle

The Film Classics Library by Eric McNaughton

Movie Monsters: The Magazine with a Mortality by Rate Darren Allinson

But Was It Aaaaaarrrt?! by David A. Brooks

The New Avengers. The Acceptable Face of 70’s Horror by Cleaver Patterson

Collecting Movie Posters by David McConkey


Mego Mad Monsters by Michael Hauss

The Horror People by Stephen Mosley

For Adults Only! by Cranston Macmillan

Terror on the Tube: American TV Horror Movies of the 1970’s by Steven West

Dracula Paperbacks by Eric McNaughton

No Cure for Crabs (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Enjoy the Pulp Paperbacks of the 1970’s) by Steven West

The Thirteen Monsters of Aurora by Martin Cage

The Dark Shadows Paperbacks by Eric McNaughton


Monsters of the Movies Magazine by R. Bruce Crelin

Monsters of the Movies – The Mystery of Issue 2 Cover by Pierre Fournier

Shock Theatre Cards by David Flint

Creature Feature Cards by Eric McNaughton

Appointment With Fear by Wayne Kinsey

Afterword by Alan Frank
Contributors Biographies


Eric McNaughton’s heartfelt/heartwarming introduction and editorship is flawless and seamless throughout as always, with an excellent foreword from Dez Skinn (he of House Of Hammer and Monster Mag reknown) and a fitting afterword from Alan Frank (author of many monster books)… I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend you seeking out a copy of ‘A Pictorial History Of The Horror Movies’ by Denis Gifford, which proved to be the launching pad and inspiration for Mr. McNaughton’s gathering of all things monster… All of the authors (some whom you may be familiar with) entries are well written, informative and highly entertaining…

As to the look, design and layout of the book, what a delight it was to find that Steve Kirkham’s – Tree Frog Communication provided those services for this “Terrorific Tome”… Being a Graphic Designer (amongst other more horrifying things) I’m a huge fan of Mr. Kirkham’s exemplary work, and I’ve peppered this review with numerous examples of his outstanding and eye-popping graphics… If you are not familiar with his work on Wayne Kinsey’s fabulous catalogue of Hammer Films books along with the ongoing ‘Fantastic Films Of The Decades’ series from Peveril Publishing, do yourself a favor and seek them out! And let us not forget his brilliant layout and design work on the ‘We Belong Dead - Christopher Lee Tribute Issue 17 Autumn 2015’

If you, like your “Horrible Host”, are a fan of monster magazines, books, model kits, toys, games, trading cards, super 8 films and so much, much more, then this “Monstrous Missive” is a “Must Have For The Monster Kid In You!”…

In closing your “Revolting Reviewer” can only say that this one-of-a-kind limited edition 70’s monster memories book will sell out fast so… …Miss It Not…

To order ‘70’s Monster Memories’ direct from the publisher (outside the UK please inquire about postage before paying)
http://webelongdead.co.uk/product/70s-monster-memories/

Update: Dez Skinn has informed me that editor Eric McNaughton will be in Russia for approximately the next eight weeks so if you would like a faster turnaround time on the book (about 3 days for UK orders only) just use the following link... US distribution should be available soon but if you just can't wait to get your hands on it shipping charges to the USA are included in the listing as well...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/70s-Monster-Memories-large-format-softcover-2015-408-colour-pages-/321957799420?hash=item4af62e25fc

Saturday, October 3, 2015

...A Horror-Mood Horror Magazine Review... “We Belong Dead No.17 - Christopher Lee Special”


Your “Maniacal Matador Of Monstrous Mayhem” returns once again to this “Horrible Horror House” called …The Horror-Mood… for yet another “Evil Entry” in this “Black Necronomicon” of a blog. This time around I am pleased to present to you a “Horror-Mood Horror Magazine Review”…

Readers of the Skywald Horror-Mood Magazines are no doubt familiar with Hammer Films Studios and the actor who would come to be known as Sir Christopher Lee*… The “Archaic” editor of those magazines, Al Hewetson, would often instruct his illustrators to draw Sir Christopher’s image onto covers and into various interior artwork… “Archaic” Al’s magnum opus however was an 8 page interview conducted with Sir Christopher in the February 1974 issue of Nightmare magazine No.7 (which I will be posting in the near future)…

That preface brings us to your “Horrid Hosts” review of an excellent tome in magazine form dedicated to the late, great actor who sadly passed from this mortal coil on the 7th of June 2015…

‘We Belong Dead – The Classic Age Of Horror & Fantasy Films’ Issue 17 Autumn 2015 is a tribute issue and will most likely if not be remembered as the ‘We Belong Dead Christopher Lee Special’…

Behind a beautifully illustrated and painted Paul Watts cover, the issue leads off with a look by Steven West at ‘Christopher Lee At Amicus’, the legendary studio founded by Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg in order to provide a sort of direct competition to the then UK’s major horror film studio, Hammer Films...

Following that is a 4 page Michael Hauss review of the Terence Fisher directed ‘Night Of The Big Heat’ for Planet Films, a slow, talkative, quasi sci-fi curiosity from 1967…

Stephen Mosely provides a 4 page overview of one of my favorite Hammer Films ‘Rasputin The Mad Monk’ which features in my opinion one of Sir Christopher Lee’s finest performances…


Ian Taylor’s 3 page re-appraisal of Dennis Wheatly’s ‘To The Devil A Daughter’ examines the last Hammer Horror film proper from its original incarnation as a film house…

John Llewellyn Probert takes a 6 page lavishly illustrated look at the classic British Horror Cinema team of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing…

Matthew E Banks checks in with a 4 page look at Lee’s role of Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy of which I have yet to see in its entirety…


Tony Earnshaw’s 3 page ‘In Conversation With Christopher Lee’ reprints his 1997 phone interview with the great actor which originally appeared in The Yorkshire Post…

Next up is a 3 page personal recollection of Lee by Paul Sparrow Clarke…

Ellie Dabell contributes a 2 page review of 1974’s ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, a film Sir Christopher is widely known for…


The Hammer Lovers Matt Gemmell Robertson pens a touching 2 page memoir of what Lee has meant to him over the course of his (Robertson’s life)…

Steve Gerrard’s up next with a 5 page overview of ‘Christopher Lee And House of the Long Shadows…

Tim Greaves 6 pager follows with his personal recounting of his experience watching Hammer Films Studios ‘Dracula – Prince Of Darkness…


Peter Banassi provides a 1 page overview of ‘Taste Of Fear’…

Following that we find a 4 page look at ‘Corridors Of Blood’ by Stephen Jacobs…

Ernie Magnotta takes a 4 page look at his favorite Lee Dracula film ‘Dracula Has Risen From The Grave’…

Daniel Arana takes a 2 page look at Peter Sasdy’s 1975 film ‘Nothing But The Night’…

Tony Earnshaw follows with a 2 page interview with Jinnah director and co-writer Jamil Dehlavi… Lee took great pride in his involvement and his performance in what is considered to be one of the most controversial and devisive films of his lengthy 206 film career…

Troy Howarth’s 16.5 page contribution ‘Christopher Lee’s Continental Horrors’ is one of the longest pieces in this delightful magazine and is again lavishly illustrated…

‘Casting The Croons: Or, Test The Tonsils Of Dracula is a 1.5 page look at Sir Christopher’s under the radar career as a heavy metal vocalist for the concept band Charlemagne…


Widely considered to be one of Lee’s finest film roles and the film itself considered to be one of the best that British Cinema has ever produced, Dawn Dabell takes a 4 page look at 1973’s ‘The Wicker Man’…

Neal Privett takes a 5 page look at the two cinematic pairings of Sir Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff, ‘Corridors Of Bllod’ and ‘Curse Of The Crimson Altar’…

Jonathan Dabell finishes up with a 2 page overview • review of Lee’s 1961 classic ‘The Terror Of The Tongs

Finally we are served up 4 pages of fan artwork paying tribute to Sir Christopher in his career making and never to be forgotten role of Count Dracula…


Content wise, over the course of 100 pages, there is not one fluff piece to be found in my opinion, with all of the contributors (We Belong Dead’s finest writers) giving thoughtful analysis or fond remembrances of Lee’s films and career… Eric McNaughton’s heartfelt introduction and editorship is flawless and seamless throughout, making this an absorbing yet entertaining, educational and fun read…

As to the look, design and layout of the magazine, what a delight it was to find that Steve Kirkham’s – Tree Frog Communication provided those services for this collector’s edition… Being a Graphic Designer I’m a huge fan of Mr. Kirkham’s exemplary work, and I’ve peppered this review with numerous examples of his outstanding and eye-popping  graphics… If you are not familiar with his work on Wayne Kinsey’s fabulous catalogue of Hammer Films books along with the ongoing ‘Fantastic Films Of The Decades’ series from Peveril Publishing, do yourself a favor and seek them out!

If you, like your “Horrible Host”, are a fan of Sir Christopher Lee and his body of film and musical work, this lovingly and lavishly put together tribute issue of ‘We Belong Dead’ is a “Must Have”…

In closing your “Revolting Reviewer” can only say that this one-of-a-kind Sir Christopher Lee tribute magazine will sell fast so… …Miss It Not…

To order direct from the publisher make payment by PayPal payable to wbdmagazine@yahoo.co.uk Price per copy is £10 plus postage (£2 UK • £4 rest of the world)

To order from Hemlock Books (outside the UK please inquire about postage before paying)
http://www.hemlockbooks.co.uk/Shop/category/112

*Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ was an English actor, singer, author, and World War II veteran. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy, and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

...EA Poe's “The Raven”...

Edgar Allan Poe is widely considered one of the masters of horror fiction and his stories were freely adapted no less than 19 times in the three Horror-Mood titles, Nightmare, Psycho and Scream... The hope was to influence readers into seeking out the original works of this great author, and I think it's fair to say that that goal was accomplished... So without any further ado, from the pages of Scream No.11 (February 1975), a Skywald Classic Horror Adaptation, Edgar Allan Poe's “The Raven”...