Category 11: Book of the Year
There are some great books in this category, as there always are… but there are so many of them! Rather than have to decide among the ones I own or have perused, I’m going to cheat and write in A Celebration of Peter Cushing. Yeah, I’m biased; I have work featured within its pages. But so do a lot of other talented writers. The We Belong Dead crew deserves some love for their regular output of outstanding publications, including the just-released-hope-to-see-as-a-nominee-next-year Son of Unsung Horrors.
Here are the nominees, with links for ordering:
American Gothic, by Jonathan Rigby (Signum)
Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951-1967, by Mike Bogue (McFarland)
Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium, 1964-1999, by Amanda Reyes (Headpress)
Australian Gothic: The Untold Story of the 1929-31 Dracula Tour ‘Down Under’, by Daniel Best. (CreateSpace)
The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History, by Stephen Jones (Applause Theater & Cinema)
The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films, by John LeMay (CreateSpace)
Cyrptid Cinema: Meditations on Bigfoot, Bayou Beasts & Backwoods Bogeymen of the Movies, by Stephen R. Bissette (CreateSpace)
Dracula’s Daughter (Scripts from the Crypt #6), by Gary Don Rhodes, with Tom Weaver and Michael Lee (BearManor Media)
Forgotten Horrors Vol. 9: Into the Ectoplasmic Spasmochasm, by Michael H. Price, John Wooley, Frank Stack (CreateSpace)
Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film from Godzilla to Kurosawa, by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewki (Wesleyan)
It Came from the Video Aisle, by Dave Jay, William Wilson and Dewi Torsten (Schiffer)
Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon, by Kim Newman (Titan Books)
Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin, edited by Samm Deighan (Spectacular Optical)
Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, by Alan K. Rode (University Press of Kentucky)
Midnight Marquee’s Classic Horror Movie Scrapbook, 1930s, Vol. 1, edited by Susan and Gary Svehla. (Midnight Marquee)
The Monster Movies of Universal Studios, by James L. Neibaur (Rowman & Littlefield)
Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema’s Most Memorable Creatures, by Heather A. Wixson (BearManor Media)
Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo, by Lee Gambin (BearManor Media)
Riccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker, by Roberto Curti (McFarland)
Robot Monster Diaries, by Kevin Scott Collier (CreateSpace)
Tribute to Willis O’Brien, Vols. 1 & 2, by William Stout (Terra Nova Press)
Universal Monsters Origins, by Christopher Ripley (Eskdale & Kent)
Universal Terrors: Eight Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Films, by Tom Weaver with David Schecter, Robert J. Kiss and Steve Kronenberg (McFarland) Read my review here!
Vampira & Her Daughters, Women Horror Hosts from the 1950s to the Internet Era, by Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter (McFarland)
We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, by Neil Snowdon (PS Publishing)
We Belong Dead: A Gay Perspective on the Classic Movie Monsters, by Douglas McEwan (Pulp Hero Press)
The Werewolf Filmography, by Bryan Senn (McFarland)
A Werewolf Remembers: The Testament of Lawrence Stewart Talbot, by Frank J. Dello Stritto (Cult Movies Press)
Category 12: Best Magazine of 2018
Look at all these nominees! During a time when it seems magazines are dying, monster magazines are still going strong. There’s even an addtion to the list this year with Digital Dead (although it’s not a print publication).
This is a tough one because there are several magazines that I regularly read. I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t think they were great… Classic Monsters of the Movies, HorrorHound, Little Shoppe of Horrors, Monster Bash, Scary Monsters, We Belong Dead. From time to time, I’ve picked up copies of almost all the others, depending on their cover stories or artwork. This year, though, I think there’s one that has acheieved something more than the others. It doesn’t come out often, but when it does, it delivers book-length issues of interesting, well-researched and well-written articles that frankly go above and beyond what I’d expect to find in a magazine. It’s Little Shoppe of Horrors, and I’ll have more to say about it in a few paragraphs.
Classic Monsters of the Movies
The Dark Side
Digital Dead (“The Digital Dead magazine is founded by true horror fans with only one thing on their minds… Zombies and Eating Flesh… OK… Two things…”)
Famous Monsters of Filmland
Little Shoppe of Horrors
Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
We Belong Dead
Category 13: Best Article
Thank goodness we’re asked to vote for two in this category! If not, Sam Irvin would steal the award with his issue-long feature on Frankenstein: the True Story (1973). I’ve raved about this “article” every chance I’ve had, and even recorded a podcast on which Sam was so gracious to be a guest. As I told him, and publisher Richard Klemensen, although I read a lot of magazines, I seldom read every word cover-to-cover. With this one, I did. It’s a magnificent work and deserves the recognition.
My second choice is a bit tougher. Jon Kitley and Jason Jink Jenkins’s HorrorHound feature is representative of what the magazine does each and every month with a particular subject. For a collector, there are always images of promotional items and toys to make you drool. If you’re interested in the monthly subject, these features contain everything you’d want to know about the consumer side of a movie… on what formats were they released, what were the sequels or spin-offs, etc.
My other option is Greg Mank’s Monster Bash feature about The Invisible Man Returns. When I was a guest on Monster Kid Radio, I read this article and felt well-educated for talking about the movie with Derek M. Koch. But, more than that, I simply enjoyed reading it. If it’s between the two, I think I’ll go with Greg Mank. Jon Kitley is nominated in another category, and he’ll get my vote there.
The nominess are:
“Battle of the Monster Makers: The Science Behind Henry and Victor Frankenstein,” by Mark C Glassy, PhD, Scary Monsters #103.
“Boris Karloff: Host of NBC’s Thriller,” by Dr. Robert J. Kiss, Classic Images #507.
“Caltiki: The Name Written in Tripe,” by Tim Lucas. Screem #33.
“Robert Bloch: The Clown at Midnight,” by Steve Vertlieb, thethunderchild.com.
“Could the Zombo Show Be Successful Today?,” by Mike Dimesa (art by Rob Costello), Scary Monsters #103.
“The Epic Untold Saga Behind Frankenstein: The True Story,” by Sam Irvin, Little Shoppe of Horrors #38.
“Fan Therapy: Subscription Boxes,” by Nathan Hanneman, HorrorHound #63.
“The Future of Horror: Directing a New Generation,” by Nathan Hanneman and staff, HorrorHound #68.
“The Great and Secret Showman,” by Sean Plummer, Rue Morgue #176.
“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Carmilla, Part Two,” by John-Paul Checkett, Video Watchdog #184.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” by Nige Burton, Classic Monsters of the Movies #9.
“James Whale,” a three-part article by Neil Pettigrew, Dark Side #183, 188, 189.
“Less Is More: on the Need to Return to Generic Horror,” by Preston Fassel, HeardTell.com.
“The Mummy: 85 Years of Stalking,” by Jon Kitley with Jason Jink Jenkins, HorrorHound #65
“Music to our Fears,” by Jamie Jones, Classic Monsters of the Movies #6.
“The Night of the Eagle Revisited,” by Clive Dawson, Dark Side #181.
“The Obscure Cinematic Lore of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” by Steve Joyce, Journal of Stevenson Studies, Vol. 13.
“The Old Dark House, Fixed Up Good as New,” by Tom Weaver, Classic Images #509.
“Paul Blaisdell: The Strange Creature of Topanga Canyon,” by Vincent di Fate, Scary Monsters #104-105.
“Paul Naschy,” by Rod Barnett, Screem #34.
“Phyllis Coates, or Losing Lois Lane in New York,” by Bruce Dettman, Filmfax #150.
“The Production of Universal’s Invisible Man Returns,” by Greg Mank, Monster Bash #29.
“Regarding the Incomparable Acting Career of Peter Lorre,” by Lucas Paris, mondocult.com.
“The Road to Hell: The Making of To the Devil a Daughter and the Unmaking of Hammer,” by David Taylor, Little Shoppe of Horrors #39.
“Supernatural Folklore in the Japanese Ghost Film,” by Kat Ellinger, Diabolique #26.
“Triple Threat: Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster,” by Martin Arlt, Mad Scientist #32.
“20 Years of Monsters,” by Michael Ramsey and Deborah Painter, Monster Bash #30.
Category 14: Best Interview (Award goes to interviewer)
I see Rod Labbe’s name on the list every year; but, to my knowledge, he’s never won. I voted for him last year and will again this year so that my beloved Dark Shadows gets some recognition. Making it sweeter this year is that I’ve met Marie Wallace and she was such a delightful woman that I’d like to see her in the limelight as well as Rod.
Terry and Tiffany DuFoe, Adrienne Barbeau for Videoscope #103
Holly Interlandi, Doug Bradley for Famous Monsters #289.
Don Vaughan, Larry Cohen for Videoscope #104
Jessica Dwyer, Bryan Fuller & Michael Green (showrunners of American Gods) for HorrorHound #65
Fabien Mauro, Shinji Higuchi (director of Shin Godzilla) for G-Fan #116.
Nicolas Barbano, Nastassja Kinski (To the Devil a Daughter) for Little Shoppe of Horrors #39.
Mike Stein, Martin Landau for Filmfax #149.
Preston Fassel, Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall) for CineDump.com
Brett Homenick, Haruo Nakajima for G-Fan #117.
Stephen R. Bissette, Brett Piper (stop-motion specialist) for Monster! #32.
Chris Alexander, Anne Serling (Rod Serling’s daughter) for Delerium #13.
Lee Gambin, Sissy Spacek for Scream #41 (UK)
Stacey Asip-Kneitschel, Vampira (Maila Nurmi) for Pleasekillme.com
Rod Labbe, Marie Wallace (Dark Shadows) for Scary Monsters #104
Adrian Smith, John Walsh (friend of Ray Harryhausen) for Screem #33.
Andrea Subassati, The W.I.T.C.H. for Rue Morgue #178.
Category 15: Best Columnist
As with Best Interview, I’m going to vote for this one until the nominee wins! When HorrorHound comes out every month and I pick up my copy at Barnes & Noble, I immediately flip to the back to see what movies are featured in “They Came from the Krypt,” and I read Jon Kitley’s column. I love the concept behind it (and his website, Kitley’s Krypt): “Discover the horror.” It’s an invitation to the world to watch the movies that he enjoys, and he always makes an excellent case for doing it.
David Del Valle, “Camp Grindhouse” in Delerium
Dr. Gangrene, “The Doctor Is In-Sane” in Scary Monsters
Gary Pullin, “Fright Gallery” in Rue Morgue
Richard Schellbach, “Grey Matters” in Mondo Cult Online
John W, Bowen, “It Came from Bowen’s Basement” in Rue Morgue
Larry Blamire’s “Star Turn” in Video Watchdog
Laura Wagner, “Overlooked in Hollywood” in Golden Films of the Golden Age
Richard Klemensen, “Ralph’s One and Only Traveling Reviews” in Little Shoppe of Horrors
Ron Adams, “Rondo Remembers” in Monster Bash
Tim Lucas, “Shot in the Dark” in Diabolique
Jon Kitley, “They Came from the Krypt” in HorrorHound
Category 16: Best Cover
This is a tough category for a different reason than any of the others. Should I vote for Mark Maddox, Mark Maddox, or… Mark Maddox? I can at least narrow it down to his two wraparound covers; or, as I like to call them, “widescreen.” As much as I’ve praised the Frankenstein: the True Story issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors, though, I think I prefer the action of the Godzilla/King Ghidorah battle depicted on Mad Scientist. I think about which one I’d like to have hanging on my wall.
You can see all the covers at rondoaward.com, but here’s the list of nominees with images of a few of my favorites:
Daniel Horne, Classic Monsters of the Movies #9 (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Rick Melton, Dark Side #285 (“Gothique Memories”)
Mark Spears, Diabolique #27 (Suspiria)
Terry Wolfinger, Famous Monsters #289 (Doug Jones)
Vintage Vampira promotion, Filmfax #49 (Vampira)
Tribute to Haruo Nakajima, G-Fan #117 (Godzilla)
Mark Maddox, Little Shoppe of Horrors #38 (Frankenstein: the True Story)
Mark Hammermeister, HorrorHound #64 (Kong: Skull Island/MST3K)
Alex Waid, Monster! #32 (Medusa)
Daniel Horne, Monster Bash #29 (The Invisible Man Returns)
Sara Deck & Andrew Wright, Rue Morgue #178 (“A Century of Witches”)
Mark Maddox, Mad Scientist #32 (Godzilla & King Ghidorah)
Scott Jackson, Scary Monsters #105 (“Vampire Nutrition”)
Mark Maddox, Screem #34 (Mad Monster Party?)
Kino, The Lodger, Videoscope #102
Video Watchdog #184 (Lily Cole)
Brux, We Belong Dead #19 (The Mask of Satan aka Black Sunday)
That’s it for today. Look for my recommendations on other categories in the coming days.
Voting for the Rondo Awards is really easy! Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday, April 8, 2018. You don’t have to vote in every category; however, you are limited to one vote.
While you’re voting for these great movies, TV shows and home video releases, please consider voting for classichorrors.club in Category 17: Best Website or Blog of 2017… only if you like what you see here and believe that it deserves it.