Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Pt. 2: Print

There are only a few days left to vote for your favorites in the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. As I’ve heard several people say, the list of nominees acts as a checklist for movies, books, podcasts, etc. that you may want to give a try during the coming year. But if you haven’t already experienced the nominees, how do you know for which ones to vote?

I have by no means seen every movie, read every book, listened to every podcast, etc. However, I am making a last-minute stretch to absorb all that I can. And I thought I’d use this forum to share a little more information that might help you decide… if you, like me, haven’t already voted. If you have already voted, I hope you’ll enjoy my opinions anyway…


Category 11: Book of the Year

Even if I weren’t a contributor to Unsung Horrors, I would cast my vote for it. In my mind, even though I don’t find the wording anywhere, the Rondo Awards honor projects that do the best to promote classic horror. Instead of a book on one person or one subgenre of film, Unsung Horrors covers a wide range of movies. It would be nearly impossible to read and not discover something new to watch. It’s definitely written  by fans and offers a variety of voices. Besides, it’s just so darn pretty to look at!

Here are all the nominees, with embedded links for ordering them:

Bela Lugosi In Person (Bill Kaffenberger and Gary D. Rhodes, BearManor Media)
Beware The Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London (Paul Davis, Cult Screenings)
Dinosaurs Ever Evolving: The Changing Face of Prehistoric Animals in Popular Culture (Allen A. Debus, McFarland)
Down From The Attic: Rare Thrillers of the Silent Era through the 1950s (John T. Soister and Henry Nicolella, McFarland)
Euro Gothic: Classics of  Continental Horror (Jonathan Rigby, Signum)
Fantastique: Interviews with Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Filmmakers (Tony Earnshaw, BearManor Media)
Forgotten Horrors Vol. 8: The Resurrection of Edgar Allan Poe (Michael H. Price, CreateSpace)
Hollywood’s Pre-Code Horrors 1931-1934 (Raymond Valinoti Jr., BearManor Media)
I Cannot, Yet I Must: The True Story of the Best Bad Monster Movie of All Time, Robot Monster (Anders Runestad, Radiosonde Book)
Interviews Too Shocking To Print: Conversations with Filmmakers and Their Accomplices (Justin Humphreys, BearManor Media)
The Kaiju Film: A Critical Study of Cinema’s Biggest Monsters (Jason Barr, McFarland)
Nights Of Dan Curtis: The Television Epics of the Dark Shadows Auteur (Jeff Thompson, Ideas Into Books)
Rock N’ Roll Monsters: The American International Story (Bruce G Hallenbeck, Hemlock Books)
Scored To Death: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers (J. Blake Fichera, Silman-James)
Something In The Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula (David J. Skal, Liveright)
A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies (Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph, University Press of Mississippi)
Tom Weaver’s Scripts From The Crypt 5: Ed Wood And The Lost Lugosi Screenplays (Gary D. Rhodes with Weaver, Robert Cremer and Lee R. Harris, BearManor Media)
The Turn To Gruesomeness In American Horror Films, 1931-1936 (Jon Towlson, McFarland)
Unsung Horrors (ed. (Eric McNaughton and Darrell Buxton, We Belong Dead)


Category 12: Best Magazine of 2016

This is tough. I read more magazines than I do books. That’s why I rarely have time for complete volumes. I’m familiar with each and every one of these fine nominees.

Classic Monsters of the Movies, is a high-quality magazine from the U.K. with lots of pretty pictures; however, it’s a little light on information. HorrorHound is the one to which I most look forward, but while it includes some classics, they’re of mostly the 1980s. I subscribe to The Dark Side and We Belong Dead digitally, but now that Barnes & Noble carries The Dark Side, I don’t think it is quite as appealing as some of the other print magazines.

I’m voting for Scary Monsters because it is, to me, the most creative with its content, finding new ways to talk about classic horror. (Three of its articles are nominated in the next category.)

Cinema Retro
Classic Monsters of the Movies
The Dark Side
Famous Monsters of Filmland
Freaky Monsters
Little Shoppe of Horrors
Mad Scientist
Monster Bash
Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
Rue Morgue
Scary Monsters
Video Watchdog
We Belong Dead


Category 13: Best Article

Thanks to this category, I’m able to cast a vote to recognize a runner-up in the Best Magazine category: Little Shoppe of Horrors. Their issue devoted to 1979’s Dracula was amazing, so voting for “I Am the King of My Kind: The Making of Universal’s 1979 Dracula” by Constantine Nasr is like voting for the entire magazine.

We’re encouraged to choose two articles, so I’m also voting for “The Nurse in Science Fiction Films” by Mark C. Glassy, Ph.D & Donna Glssy, B.S.N., R.N. It’s one of those Scary Monsters articles that I mentioned above, creatively talking about a bunch of classic horror and sci-fi movies that have a common character archetype. Here are the other nominees:

“Australian Gothic: The 1929 Dracula Stage Play” (Daniel Best, Monster! #27-28)
“Baldpate: The Long Road to the House of the Long Shadows,” (Kim Newman, Video Watchdog #181)
“The Battle Against Gore-nography: The American People vs. Herschel Gordon Lewis” (Stephen Thrower, Screem #32)
“Bob Slays” (Denis Meikle, The Dark Side #180)
Count Perversion, the Whip and the Living Dead” (Kat Ellinger, Diabolique #25)
“Calvin’s Castle: A Tale of Gothic Horror” (Christopher O’Brien, Little Shoppe Of Horrors #37)
“Dracula and the It Girl” (Andi Brooks, Scary Monsters #100)
“Gentleman of Poverty Row” (Laura Wagner, Films of the Golden Age #85)
“Go Back, Quicksand: The Movies, the Myth, the Magic and the Mud” (Thom Shubilla, Monster Bash #27)
“God Is Silent, but the Devil Advertises: The Exorcist III & the Problem of Evil” (John-Paul Checkett, Screem #32)
“The Great American Werewolf Reunion” (David Weiner, Famous Monsters of Filmland #284)
“Inside the House of Fear” (MJ Simpson, The Dark Side #173)
“A HorrorHound’s Guide to Documentaries” (Nathan Hanneman, HorrorHound #60)
“Lionel Atwill: The Deadly Charm of the Lunatic” (Alex Hopkins, Classic Monsters of the Movies #2)
“Madness, Myth and the Modern Prometheus” (Dejan Ognjanovic, Rue Morgue #171)
“Merely a Century: Forry is 100” (Brad Linaweaver, Mondo Cult Online)
“Nosferatu the Vampyre: Variations & Version Blood” (Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog #182)
“The Silence of the Lambs: 25 Years of the Cannibal Lecter” (Jason Jinx’ Jenkins, HorrorHound #60)
“The Thing from Another World” (Martin Arlt, Mad Scientist #31)
“Tuckered Out Canaveral Capers” (Stephen R. Bissette, Monster! #25)
“Uncle Forry: A Century of Inspiration” (Cliff Robertson, Scary Monsters #102)
“A Wicker Man’s Man” (Jennifer Blair, Diabolique #25)
“The Witch of North Bennington” (April Snellings, Rue Morgue #170)


Category 14: Best Interview

Which do I love more, Dark Shadows or Psycho II? For the sake of history, I have to go with the former rather than the latter. Therefore, I’m voting for Rod Labbe’s interview with James Storm in Scary Monsters #100. Sure, interviews with Ray Harryhausen and Herschell Gordon Lewis are more significant to classic horror than one of the stars of a 1960’s daytime soap opera, but I was more eager to read about James Storm, so I’m voting for that one.

Don Coscarelli & David Hartman (Phantasm: Ravager) by John W. Bowen (Rue Morgue #166)
Barbara Crampton by Trevor Parker (Delirium #11)
Ray Harryhausen, expanded 2006 interview by Mark Mawston (Scary Monsters #100)
Tom Holland & Andrew London (Psycho II) by Nigel Parkin. (Delirium #10)
H.G. Lewis penultimate interview by Preston Fassel (Rue Morgue #173)
Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) by Jason Hignite (HorrorHound #61)
James Storm (Dark Shadows) by Rod Labbe (Scary Monsters #100)
John Sanders, The Walking Dead’s prop master, by Don Vaughan (Videoscope #98)
Virgil Vogel, director of Land Unknown, by Tom Weaver (Monster Bash #26)
Tom Woodruff Jr., monster designer & performer, by David J. Moore (Filmfax #143)


Category 15: Best Columnist

This is perhaps the easiest vote for me in the print categories: Jon Kitley, They Came from the Crypt. In each issue of HorrorHound, he encourages us to “discover the horror” as he introduces at least two rarely seen movies. His appreciation of them is apparent and he’s responsible for adding many of them to my watch list. Here are all the nominees:

David-Elijah Nahmod, Bay of the Living Dead (
David Del Valle, Camp Grindhouse (Delirium)
David J. Hogan, Disc Flix (Filmfax)
Dr. Gangrene, The Doctor Is In-Sane (Scary Monsters)
Gary Pullin, Fright Gallery (Rue Morgue)
Richard Schellbach, Grey Matters (Mondo Cult Online)
John W. Bowen, It Came from Bowen’s Basement (Rue Morgue)
Larry Blamire’s Star Turn (Video Watchdog)
Richard Klemensen, Ralph’s One and Only Traveling Reviews (Little Shoppe Of Horrors)
Ron Adams, Rondo Remembers (Monster Bash Magazine)
Jon Kitley, They Came from the Krypt (HorrorHound)

Category 16: Best Cover

I’m going to ask that you look at all the covers at, but take a gander at this one:


It’s by Rick Baker for Famous Monsters of Filmland #284 and it’s beautiful! I think of covers as works of art and I try to imagine which one I’d like to see hanging on my wall. There are a lot of nominees I like this year, but I find this one the most striking. Again, please check to see all the nominees.


Category 22: Best Horror Comic

Afterlife with Archie is the only comic I’ve regularly read. (It’s way more awesome than you would think!) However, I’ve read single issues of most of the other nominees below. I thought about writing in Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson, but it’s got a more modern, slasher feel to it, rather than the classic monster feel of Afterlife with Archie, which gets my vote. The other nominees, with a few comments, are below:

Bloke’s Terrible Tomb Of Terror (anthology)

Creeps (anthology in the tradition of Creepy magazine)

Harrow County by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook
This is the most intriguing ongoing story among the nominees. However, I’m unable to say what it’s really about after reading only one issue. It seems like it’s going to deal with witches, but the first issue’s highlight is the birth of a deformed cow. It doesn’t offer my favorite style of art, but it works really well with the story.

Haunted Horror (reprints of obscure 1950s horror comics)
“Obscure” in the second issue includes stories from The Beyond #29 (1954), Worlds of Fear #6 (1952), Adventures Into Darkness #6 (1952), Baffling Mysteries #17 (1953), Journey Into Fear #15 (1953), and Chamber of Chills #23 (1954). If you like these short classic tales, they look fantastic here.

John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night, Vol. 2 (anthology)

Providence by Alan Moore
The first issue is a little slow going, although I have a better sense of where it’s headed than I did in Harrow County. I like the art better, but it’s wordier and was more difficult for me to get through. It’s probably not a series I will continue reading.

Shadows On The Grave by Richard Corben (and others)
There are four stories in the third issue, all drawn by Corben in glorious black and white. He also wrote all of them but one, and one of those is the third part of an ongoing story. They’re all introduced by a single character: a gravedigger who wears a patch over one eye.

Tales From The Acker-Mansion (collected stories & tributes)

Weird Detective by Fred Van Lente & Gulu Vilanova
This is the comic I’d be most likely to continue reading. Sebastian Greene is a New York City Detective and the only man capable of fighting against unspeakable horrors from beyond space and time. But he “may not be a man at all.” For story, art and page layout, it’s a compelling read.

That’s it for print! Watch for new posts as I share my thoughts on the multi-media nominees, as well as Monster Kid of the Year and The Monster Kid Hall of Fame.  (Yesterday, I posted about the video nominees.)

Rondo Award ballots are due April 16, 2017. Simply send your votes in an email to You do not have to vote in every category. For more information, visit

One thought on “Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Pt. 2: Print

  1. I just saw this and want to express my thanks for your Rondo vote! Interviewing Jim Storm was a lot of fun, and I hope that came through in the finished piece. Right now, my latest interview–with Marie Wallace–is in Scary Monsters #104. I’m planning to have a John Karlen interview somewhere down the line this year, too!


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