Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze in America (57-72)
Are you new to retro horror? This is the book for you.
Before getting into the actual post I just wanted to apologise for the lack of activity on here, if you follow my tumblr you’d already know I started my new job this week so thats been a bit of a time killer. But now that I’m all settled and the pile of paper work is done and dusted I can get back on the regularly scheduled posts once a week, maybe more if I get some new goodies in the mail.
Anyway, get comfy because now lets jump into the main event:
Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze in America (57-72) by Mark Voger is one of the coolest books I own, it’s primarily a history of the weird monster craze in America but this baby has a quick look at the horror that came before the craze to get you up to speed and a short bit on modern (pre 2013) horror culture at the end.
There’s a foreword by the late John Zacherle AKA Zacherley the Cool Ghoul one of the absolute legends in the scene, and he leads the segment of the book on horror hosts, including Vampira (Maila Nurmi).
There’s also interviews with the original Munsters and Addams Family cast, notable editors, comic book artist and even a few pages on Rat Fink/Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth:
Naturally there’s a lot of pages dedicated to all the paraphernalia you could get from the movies, tv shows and comics including; board games, figures, costumes, etc:
Mars Attacks, one of my absolute favourite series, gets some love as well, alongside Eerie Publications:
Fear not because there’s a huge section on Hammer Horror and all the camp horror that spawned from it.
The closing pages have a quick round up of modern horror pre 2013 and include movies and music, Rob Zombie, who I also really dig, gets a mention for the Hellbilly album:
So definitely get your hands on a copy of this, even if you were raised on this shit like I was, it’s an excellent read, beautifully designed, printed and theres some real cool archival pictures of merch I didn’t even know existed, besides all of that, it’s one hell of a fun trip through the history of something that had a huge impact on myself personally.
Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight,