MONSTER KID MEMORIES: Captain Company

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In 1958 the world was introduced to perhaps the greatest monster magazine of all time, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND. Nothing had been tried like this before and it became one of the longest running magazines as well, as it is still in print to this day, though with a different feel. James Warren and Forrest J. Ackerman were the masterminds behind this and the magazine created so many monster kids, many of which grew up to become special effects artists in some of the biggest blockbusters.

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THE BASEMENT BOOKSHELF: “Vampira and Her Daughters” by Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter

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Horror hosts have been around almost as long as television has shown horror movies. Back in the day, before corporations took over all of the local television stations, said station would try to maintain a local feel that extended beyond the news. Some of these stations would have local kids’ clubs, Dialing for Dollars movies and of course, usually late at night, horror movies that were usually hosted by a ghoulish character that would oftentimes entertain the viewer during the commercial breaks.

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CELEBRITY INTERVIEW: Author Mark Voger

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For my first celebrity interview I would like to introduce Mark Voger, author of the book “Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America 1957-1972.” I recently reviewed this amazing book (see review HERE) and thought talking to the man who made it happen would be a great follow-up! If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it to every monster kid!

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THE BASEMENT BOOKSHELF: “Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America 1957-1972”

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As I get older I find myself getting more nostalgic for things that I had or experienced as a child. It may be as simple as opening a new comic book, reading a book that has stayed with me or even any of the cool toys I had growing up.

When it came to toys I was very partial to the Mego toy lines with such great toys like Micronauts and the World’s Greatest Superheroes 8″ action figures. My favorite though was monsters. In fact, I would get monster toys from other lines just to incorporate them into playtime with the toys I already had.

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THE HALLOWEEN BOOMBOX: Seasonal Music To Die For Part 2

Welcome to part two of THE HALLOWEEN BOOMBOX, my ongoing series showcasing spooky tunes and scary melodies. In the last entry (seen HERE) I highlighted 22 cd releases and this installment features 23 more! If someone had told me when I first started collecting these music compilations that there would be so many I would have said that they were crazy!

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