HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF RONDO XII

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Vincent Price, The Blob

and The Conjuring

take top Rondo Award honors

Rue Morgue and Monsters from the Vault share magazine nods; Monsterpalooza is top convention; Paul Larson named Monster Kid of the Year

 

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By David Colton

CHFB News

ARLINGTON, VA. – The undying legacies of Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Price prevailed in the 12th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, announced May 12 after an online vote by fans and genre professionals worldwide.

Projects linked to Poe, Price or Roger Corman’s adaptations collected six Rondo awards in all, including Best DVD Collection, Best DVD Commentary, Best DVD Extra and Best Magazine Issue.  The trend carried over to a Poe radio podcast and even a blog devoted to Price’s 1928 trip to Europe, reproduced in the young actor’s hand-written journal.

Among more modern works, the ghost-hunting thriller The Conjuring was named Best Film of 2013, and ‘Too Far Gone,’ the shocking mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, was named Best Television Presentation.

The Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, celebrate the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation.

This year’s e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 19-year old online community, drew nearly 3,400 ballots. The 35-category ballot is the largest survey of the classic horror genre held each year, and nominees and winners tilt decidedly toward horrors of the 1920s-60s.

Other Rondo winners cited for outstanding work released in 2013:

Scream Factory’s Vincent Price Collection, a 4-disc Blu-Ray of six films ( Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Masque of the Red Death, Haunted Palace, and Witchfinder General, along with the campy Abominable Dr. Phibes), took home three Rondos: Best Classic Horror DVD/Blu-Ray Collection, Best Commentary (Phibes‘ director Robert Fuest and Marcus Hearn), and Best DVD Extra (for rare introductions to the Corman/Poe films Price taped for an Iowa PBS station decades ago).

In addition, the fan who found the deteriorating PBS footage, Paul Larson, was named Monster Kid of the Year, the Rondo program’s top annual honor.

“I just wanted to do something respectful for the legacy of one of my heroes,” Larson, a PBS TV producer from Plattsburgh, N.Y., said. “I’d like to think (Price) would be happy to know his hard work has been seen by a wider audience than was ever intended for those intros. The fact that they have been so well received, well reviewed and appreciated says a lot about the lasting impact of Vincent Price.”

Adding to the horror actor’s honors this year, The Vincent Price Journal, a compilation of Price’s hand-written diaries during a trip to Europe in 1928, was named Best Blog of 2013.

   In the scholarship and literary categories, Hidden Horror, a compendium of 101 cult films by HorrorHound Magazine’s Aaron Christensen, was voted Book of the Year.

   And Bruce Hallenbeck, a long-time Hammer expert and writer for Little Shoppe of Horrors, Diabolique and proponent of the petition to release more Hammer Blu-Rays in the USA, was named Writer of the Year. It was the second Writer of the Year honor for Hallenbeck.

In the Best Magazine categories, the Canada-based Rue Morgue was the winner in the mass market division for the sixth consecutive year; Monsters from the Vault was Best Magazine among fan publications, its third win.

The revived Famous Monsters of Filmland carried two winners: A striking portrait of Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch by Simon Thorpe was named Best Cover, and an article detailing the relationship between the late Ray Bradbury and cartoonist Gahan Wilson by Terry Pace was voted Best Article.

   Tim Lucas’ talk with director Quentin Tarantino in Video Watchdog about the best genre sequels was picked as Best Interview; Jon Kitley’s They Came from The Krypt from HorrorHound was voted Best Column; and Fangoria’s issue devoted to Roger Corman was voted Best Themed Issue.

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   Other awards: Criterion’s release of The Blob was named Best DVD/Blu-Ray; MeTV’s Svengoolie was again voted Favorite Horror Host, and Monsterpalooza, a convention devoted to makeup and special effects, was tapped for the third time as Best Convention.

Among independent films: Son of Ghostman, a spoof of suburbam horror-host rivalries gone bad, and Dracula 1931 Trailer, a “homemade” version of the Bela Lugosi trailer, took home Rondos.

The Best Documentary category was especially competitive, with The Ackermonster Chronicles, a no-holds-barred look at the founder of Famous Monsters magazine topping works on the VHS boom of the 1980s, The Phantom of the Opera, Vampira, Dr. Shocker and others.

  Joe Kane (aka The Phantom in the magazine Videoscope), was named Reviewer of the Year; Jason Edmiston, who had two covers nominated, was voted Artist of the Year; and Eric Puckett was voted Fan Artist of the Year.  An award named in honor of the late Hollywood creature-builder Henry Alvarez was given to sculptor Casey Wong.

Japanese monster fan and publisher Hajime Ishida, a long-time friend of the late Forrest J Ackerman, was named this year’s International Fan of the Year.

Horror hostess Penny Dreadful’s lycanthropic sidekick and husband Garou (aka Magoo Gelehrter ), was awarded a ‘Pure in Heart’ Rondo for his courageous and growling battle against illness.

Finally, based on suggestions from Rondo voters, the following six Monster Kid Hall of Fame inductees were named:

The Don Post Studio, creators of monster masks that helped shape the monster craze of the 1960s; classic horror historian Greg Mank; and Del and Sue Howison, owners of L.A.’s influential horror store Dark Delicacies.

Sadly and posthumously, three major figures who died this year but left an indelible mark on the classic horror scene were inducted as well:

   Writer/editor Bhob Stewart of Castle of Frankenstein; artist/publisher Larry Ivie of Monsters and Heroes and more; and Mike Vraney, whose Something Weird Video operation rescued hundreds of cult horror and exploitation films from destruction.

Many of the Rondo winners will receive Rondo busts at the Wonderfest convention in Louisville on May 31. Further information, including runners-up and all the nominees, can be found at rondoaward.com.

For more information e-mail David Colton at taraco@aol.com.

BELOW is a full list of the winners:

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BELOW IS A COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS IN EVERY CATEGORY IN THE 12th ANNUAL RONDO AWARDS

   Nearly 3,400 fans and professionals made these choices in the 12th Annual  Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for work in the year 2013. Here is a category-by-category breakdown of winners, runners-up; and honorable mentions who scored well:

BEST FILM OF 2013

THE CONJURING

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Runners-up: PACIFIC RIM, GRAVITY

Honorable mention: THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG;

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS; EVIL DEAD

BEST TV PRESENTATION

THE WALKING DEAD: ‘Too Far Gone’

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Runners-up: DOCTOR WHO; AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

Honorable mention: SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF TERROR; SUPERNATURAL

BEST CLASSIC DVD OF 2013

THE BLOB (Criterion)

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Runner-up: THE HOWLING

Honorable mentions: GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD; PHANTASM II

GORGO; WHITE ZOMBIE

BEST CLASSIC DVD/BLU-RAY COLLECTION

THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION

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Runner-up: MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION; FRIDAY THE 13TH COMPLETE COLLECTION

Honorable mention: HAMMER HORROR (Dracula, Prince of Darkness,

Legend of 7 Golden Vampires, Frankenstein Created Woman)

BEST RESTORATION

DOCTOR WHO: WEB OF FEAR/ENEMY OF THE WORLD

(112 lost episodes from 1967)

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Runner-up: GORGO (VCI)

Honorable mention: THE MONSTER CLUB (Scorpion); CORRUPTION (Grindhouse)

BEST COMMENTARY

The late Robert Fuest (director), and Marcus Hearn

ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES

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From left: Fuest, Hearn

Runners-up: Gary Brander and Michael Felsher (THE HOWLING);

David DelValle and Constantine Nasr (HOUSE OF WAX 3D);

Lucy Chase Williams and Piotr Michael (HOUSE OF USHER)

 BEST DVD EXTRA

IOWA PBS INTROS AND EPILOGUES BY

VINCENT PRICE

(The Vincent Price Collection)

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Runners-up: 1988 interview with Price by David DelValle (HOUSE OF USHER); PHANTASM II: The Ball Is Back;

Conversation with Harlan Ellison, L.Q. Jones (A BOY AND HIS DOG);

2 1/2 Years in the Making, directed by Daniel Griffith, MST3K: THIS ISLAND EARTH

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

SON OF GHOSTMAN, directed by Kurt Edward Larson

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Runners-up: FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY; BIG ASS SPIDER

Honorable mentions: BAD MILO; DR. MABUSE; WILLOW CREEK

THE GIANT SPIDER; WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

BEST SHORT FILM

HOMEMADE DRACULA 1931 TRAILER (Cinefex)

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Runner-up: NIGHT OF THE KRAMPUS

Honorable mentions: SUPERMAN & THE SECRET PLANET;

WHEN THE ZOMBIES COME; HIM INDOORS

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

THE ACKERMONSTER CHRONICLES, directed by Jason Brock

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Runners-up: REWIND THIS!; PHANTOM OF OPERA: UNMASKING THE MASTERPIECE

Honorable mention: ADJUST YOUR TRACKING; DR. SHOCKER’S VAULT OF HORROR;

VAMPIRA AND ME

BOOK OF THE YEAR

HIDDEN HORROR by Aaron Christensen

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Runner-up: GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES (with Marc Zicree)

Honorable mentions: CRAB MONSTERS, TEENAGE CAVEMEN AND CANDY STRIPE NURSES: Roger Corman, King of the B Movie, by Chris Nashawatay; AS I KNEW HIM: My Dad, Rod Serling, by Carol Serling;

THE PETER CUSHING SCRAPBOOK, compiled by Wayne Kinsey, Tom Johnson and Joyce Broughton

BEST MAGAZINE

RUE MORGUE

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By Jason Edmiston

Runners-up:  FANGORIA, HORRORHOUND

Honorable mention: VIDEO WATCHDOG

BEST MAGAZINE (classic)

MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT

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By Daniel Horne

Runners-up: SCARY MONSTERS; FAMOUS MONSTERS;

LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS

Honorable mention: DIABOLIQUE, FILMFAX

BEST ARTICLE

‘A Bradbury Homecoming, by Terry Pace,

FAMOUS MONSTERS #268

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Runner-up:  ‘From the Land Beyond Beyond: An Intimate Personal Remembrance of Ray Harryhausen,’ by Steve Vertlieb, thethunderchild.com

Honorable mention: ‘History of Horror-Toons,’ by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #41;

’70th Anniversary: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man,’ by Greg Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #32;

‘Censoring Bela Lugosi and the Monogram Nine,’ by Gary Rhodes,

FILMFAX #135; ‘Restless Souls (The Haunting),’ by Colin McCraken, RUE MORGUE #135; ‘His Last Bow,’ (Peter Cushing) by Ted Newsom, FAMOUS MONSTERS #268;

‘Credit Where Credit Is Due,’ (Jack Pierce) by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS #85

BEST INTERVIEW

Tim Lucas interview Quentin Tarantino (VIDEO WATCHDOG #172)

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By Charles Largent

Runner-up: Chris Alexander interviews Barbara Steele, FANGORIA #320

Honorable mention: Michael Doyle (RUE MORGUE #140), and Shade Rupe (FANGORIA #329), each interview William Friedkin.

BEST THEMED ISSUE

FANGORIA #328 (Roger Corman tribute)

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Photo by Ama Lea

Runners-up: SCARY MONSTERS #87 (Svengoolie); RUE MORGUE #133 (British horror)

Honorable mention: MONSTER BASH SPECIAL (Harryhausen); DIABOLIQUE #16 (Cushing); LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #30 (Vampire Circus)

BEST COLUMN

THEY CAME FROM THE KRYPT

by Jon Kitley (HORRORHOUND)

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Runners-up: It Came from Bowen’s Basement (RUE MORGUE);

Diary of the Deb (Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA)

Honorable mention: The Doctor Is In-Sane (Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS); Tales from the Attic (Tim Lucas, GOREZONE);

Scare-News (John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS)

BEST COVER

FAMOUS MONSTERS #266 by Simon Thorpe

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Runner-up: DIABOLIQUE #16 by Robert Aragon

Honorable mentions: RUE MORGUE #140 and HORRORHOUND #44, both by Jason Edmiston; MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #32 by Daniel Horne; LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #30 by Bruce Timm;

SCREEM #26 by Mark Maddox; MIDNIGHT MARQUEE #79 by Bill Nelson

BEST WEBSITE

Joe Dante’s

TRAILERS FROM HELL

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Runners-up: Dread Central; Famous Monsters;

Universal Monster Army

Honorable mentions: Count Gore De Vol’s Creature Features; Film Noir Foundation

BEST HORROR BLOG

THE VINCENT PRICE JOURNAL

edited by Peter Fuller

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Runners-up: Collinsport Historical Society; Terror from Beyond the Daves

Honorable mentions: Peter Cushing Appreciation Society; Video Watchblog; Frankensteinia; Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Blog; Monster Magazine World; Day of the Woman; The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla

BEST CONVENTION OF 2013

MONSTERPALOOZA

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Suri and Eliot Brodsky by Eileen Colton, CHFB News

Runner-up: HorrorHound Weekend

Honorable mentions: Monster Bash; Rue Morgue Festival of Fear;

Dragon Con; Chiller; Days of the Dead; Texas Frightmare; WonderFest

BEST FAN EVENT

BUST OF LOVECRAFT presented to Providence, R.I. library

(Project by sculptor Bryan Moore and director Jovanka Vuckovic)

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Runners-up: Kirk Hammett at Ackerman tribute at Mad Monster Party;

Blob panic re-enactment at Blobfest

Honorable mentions: Maskfest; Harryhausen Super 8 Tribute

 FAVORITE HORROR HOST

SVENGOOLIE

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Runner-up: Penny Dreadful

Honorable mentions: Count Gore De Vol; Dr. Gangrene; Son of Ghoul;

Wolfman Mac; Karlos Borloff

BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK

THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard

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Runners-up: BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE;

EDGAR ALLAN POE by Corben; AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE

Honorable mentions: LOCKE AND KEY; FLESH AND BLOOD;

HAUNTED HORRORS

 

BEST MULTI-MEDIA OR PODCAST

POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER

(Mark Redfield)

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Runner-up: Rue Morgue Podcast

Honorable mention: Killer P.O.V.; Blood and Guts; Monster Kid Radio;

The Monster Channel; Kreepy Kastle

BEST CD

MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE: Monsters of Legend

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Runner-up: HELLRAISER/HELLRAISER II

Honorable mention:  SHE DEMONS/ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER

(Monstrous Movie Music)

 

BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE

Grandpa Munster (Moebius)

Concept/design by Chris Mason; sculpt by Jeff Yagher

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Runner-up: Fossilized Creature hand; Nosferatu vinyl wall art;

Blacula; Aragon trading cards

 CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF UPGRADE OR RESTORATION

THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)

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Runner up: GODZILLA 1985

INDIVIDUAL RONDO AWARDS

WRITER OF THE YEAR

Bruce G. Hallenbeck (Hammer author supreme)

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Runners-up: Nathan Hanneman, Tim Lucas, Tom Weaver, Greg Mank,

Gary Don Rhodes, April Snellings, Steve Niles, Max Weinstein, Kim Newman

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ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jason Edmiston

(HorrorHound, Rue Morgue)

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 Runners-up: Daniel Horne, Mark Maddox, Gary Pullin,

Joel Robinson, Neil Vokes, Frank Dietz, Arthur Suydam

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 LINDA MILLER AWARD FOR FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(In memory of the late Linda Miller)

Eric Puckett

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Runners-up: Jerrod Brown, Eric Swartz, Paul Watts, Belle Dee,

John Febonio, Malcolm Gittins

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REVIEWER OF THE YEAR

Joe Kane (The Phantom of the Movies)

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Runners-up: Kim Newman, Tim Lucas, Bill Cooke, Glenn Erickson, Stuart Andrews, David-Elijah Nahmod, Eric Shirey

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HENRY ALVAREZ AWARD

FOR CREATIVE DESIGN

Sculptor Casey Wong

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INTERNATIONAL FAN OF THE YEAR

 

HAJIME ISHIDA (Japan)
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   Hajime Ishida has been carrying the Monster Kid torch in Japan for decades — a friend of the late Forrest J Ackerman, and publisher

of Japanese magazines such as MONSTERZINE.

   “I love Horror & Sci-Fi movies, especially Universal monsters & Hammer horrors,” he says on his Facebook page. “And, I love Forrest J Ackerman very much. Forry called me ‘Japanese son’ always, and I (am) proud of it.”

We wish Hajime all the best, and hope this recognition from his friends in the USA brightens his monstrous days.

THE PURE IN HEART AWARD

MAGOO GELEHRTER (Garou)

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As the lycanthropic sidekick (and real-life husband) to horror host Penny Dreadful, the wolfish Garou has never been at a loss for growls. His comic timing, his impish spirit and his energy fills any telecast, or any room, under the full moon. Recovering from illness, the great Garou more than earns this special Rondo Award — from all of us — because

surely he is, as the old poem goes, ‘pure in heart.’

 MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR

PAUL LARSON

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Paul Larson was responsible for finding and negotiating the inclusion of rare footage of Vincent Price introducing his Poe films in THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION Blu-Ray. The videos, showing Price offerings a brief intro (and epilogues), to the films for a PBS station in Iowa were almost forgotten except for Larson’s work.

“I’ve always loved that footage,” Larson says, “which ushered a younger me into a whole world of Poe, Price and gothic horrors.” For helping fill in a gap in the Price legacy, Paul Larson is our Monster Kid of the Year.

THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME

 

The six latest inductees are:

GREGORY WILLIAM MANK

Bringing long-lost horrors to new life

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    It was the work by Greg Mank in books such as It’s Alive, Lugosi and Karloff, Hollywood Cauldron, and many others that super-charged a new breed of scholarship for horror fans. Mank’s work is fact-based, mythbusting, exhaustive and essential. By taking horror history seriously, Greg Mank has enlisted all Monster Kids in the great hunt for the truth about the classic horrors.

 

THE DON POST STUDIO

Creating the faces of monsters

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    The monster masks of the late Don Post and company, seen issue after issue in Famous Monsters in the 1950s and beyond, convinced kids of the early horror boom that they, too, could menace friends and family — and home movies — as monsters. Would there be a Rick Baker without the Post masks?

   The masks have become high-priced collector’s items, but more, have kept monster dreams alive for decades.  His son, Don Post Jr., kept the masks alive, and although the Studio has struggled to stay alive, their eye-holed legacy lives on.

DEL AND SUE HOWISON

Serving Dark Delicacies daily

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   Dark Delicacies is a bookstore like no other, nestled in the green with envy suburbs of L.A. but serving up monsters, horror authors, directors, producers and all manners of the fantastic.

   Overseeing it all is one of monsterdom’s most friendly couples, Del and Sue Howison, whose open-house policy at their star makes it a smart and safe haven in a town of pose and creative perils. The Howisons are a major part of the Hollywood monster community and crucial links to not only the classic past but the wild horrors of the future. Long may they browse.

MIKE VRANEY, BHOB STEWART and LARRY IVIE

Three who mattered – gone but not forgotten

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From left, Mike Vraney, Bhob Stewart, Larry Ivie

   The deaths of Mike Vraney, Bhob Stewart and Larry Ivie may seem sad yet separate events, but the passings symbolize the fragile holds Baby Boomer Monster Kids have in their generation.
   Vraney was the force behind Something Weird Video, which singlehandedly rescued, and ennobled some of the cheapest but most vital cult movies of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The home video monster market would not have been the same without SWV.

   Stewart was the mad bohemian behind much of Castle of Frankenstein‘s early

monster mania, and Ivie was an artist who went on to publish Monsters and Heroes, a fanzine posing as a mass market buy.

The three pioneers were vital markers to where we are now, and will be greatly missed.

    That’s it for this year.

   As always there will be a Rondo Awards Ceremony at the WonderFest Convention in Louisville on Saturday, May 31 at 5 p.m.

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   Finally, beyond the fun and agony (some categories were won by less than 6 votes!),  of the winners and runners-up, remember that the real point of the Rondos is to recognize the entire spectrum of great work being done in the genre.  So we hope the ballot itself was full of discoveries — magazines, books, Blu-Rays, conventions — that maybe you didn’t know existed.

    NOTE: If you see any mistakes, please let me know at taraco@aol.com. 

   And thank you for all the support, and for everyone’s great work this year. Long live Rondo!

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VOTING HAS ENDED

Below was the official ballot for the (Can You Believe It?)

TWELFTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS.

   Since 2002, the Rondo’s have been fandom’s only classic horror awards — decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee below is being recognized for significant work or achievement in the year 2013.  

  — A NOTE ABOUT THE NOMINEES: The Rondos celebrate the best in classic horror, science fiction and fantasy. While that definition can vary, that’s why work being done on more modern films and research will not be reflected here.

  Finally, thanks as always to the thousands of fans, pros and friends who have voted year after year.

THE TWELFTH ANNUAL

RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR

NOMINEES

This year’s awards are dedicated to Mike Vraney, Philip Nutman, Bhob Stewart, Bill Chancellor … and Ray Harryhausen

VOTING HAS CLOSED

1. BEST MOVIE OF 2013

– THE CALL

– THE CONJURING

– ELYSIUM

– EVIL DEAD
– GRAVITY
– her
– THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG

– HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

– INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2
– IRON MAN 3

– KISS OF THE DAMNED

– MAMA

– MAN OF STEEL
– OBLIVION

– PACIFIC RIM

– STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

– STOKER

– THIS IS THE END

– THOR: THE DARK WORLD
– WORLD’S END

– WORLD WAR Z

– YOU’RE NEXT

– Or write in another choice:

2. BEST TELEVISION PRESENTATION
 
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, ‘Burn Witch Burn,’ 11.6.13, FX. Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s assault on the school causes new powers to emerge.  I’d rather burn than boil.’

BATES MOTEL, ‘The Man in No. 9,’  4.29.13, A&E. Norman and his mother greet their first motel guest. ‘People talk, especially in a small town. It’s kind of tainted the place.’

 — DOCTOR WHO, ‘Day of the Doctor,’ 11.23.13, BBC. Fiftieth anniversary finds doctors past and present at the end of the Time War.  ‘It’s taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I’m going.’

 — DRACULA, ‘The Devil’s Waltz,’ 11.29.13, NBC. Mina’s dreams about Dracula become more disturbing. ‘Mr. Renfield, we are about to embark on a journey, you and I.’
 — GRIMM, ‘Endangered,’ 4.30.12, NBC.  The hunt turns to extraterrestrials in Portland.  ‘What is it about cows and aliens?’

 — THE SIMPSONS, ‘Treehouse of Horror XXIV,’ 10.6.13. Opening sequence directed by Guillermo del Toro references dozens of movie horrors. ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’

SLEEPY HOLLOW, ‘The Golem,’ 12.9.13, FOX. Ichabod unleashes a new evil. ‘We never bury the dead, son. Not really. We take them with us.’

 — SUPERNATURAL, ‘Slumber Party,’  10.29.13, CW. An encounter with Oz, the Wicked Witch and Dorothy Gale. ‘I never actually wore them. Seemed kind of tacky wearing a dead woman’s shoes..’

 THE WALKING DEAD, ‘Too Far Gone,’ 12.1.13, AMC. A final confrontation with the Governor takes a shocking toll. ‘Don’t look back, Carl. Just keep walking.’

Or write in another choice:

3. Best Classic DVD/Blu-Ray

– THE BLOB (Criterion)

— FIRE MAIDENS FROM OUTER SPACE (Olive)

— GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Twilight Time)

— GORGO (VCI)

— HANDS OF THE RIPPER (Synapse)

— HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES (Severin)– HOUSE OF WAX 3D (Warners)

— THE HOWLING (Scream Factory)

— PHANTASM II (Scream Factory)

— THINGS TO COME (Criterion)

– THE UNINVITED (Criterion)

– THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (Scream Factory)

– WHITE ZOMBIE (Kino)

– Or write in another choice:

4. BEST DVD/BLU-RAY COLLECTION

– CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION: Shadows Over Chinatown, Docks of New Orleans, Shanghai Chest, The Golden Eye. (Warner)

— CREEPY CREATURES Vols. 1, 2: Monster from the Ocean Floor/Serpent Island; Slime People/Crawling Hand (VCI)

— FRIDAY THE 13TH: The Complete Collection: All 12 movies in a deluxe package.(Warner)

— HAMMER HORROR: Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Legend of 7 Golden Vampires, Frankenstein Created Woman (Millennium)

— BORIS KARLOFF TRIPLE FEATURE: West of Shanghai, The Invisible Menace, Devil’s Island (Warner)

— MST3K 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (six classic episodes)

— THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION: Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Haunted Palace, Masque of the Red Death, Witchfinder General, Abominable Dr. Phibes (Scream Factory).

– Or write in another choice:
 
5. BEST RESTORATION

— THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF (Kino) Transferred from an uncut French print.

— CORRUPTION (Peter Cushing, 1968; Grindhouse). Includes two uncensored versions.

— DOCTOR WHO: Web of Fear/Enemy of the World (on YouTube): 112 lost episodes from 1967/68 discovered in Nigeria.

– FABULOUS WORLD OF JULES VERNE (Czech) Karel Zeman Museum version.
– GORGO (VCI). Greatly improved from all previous releases.

– THE MONSTER CLUB (1981 Price/Carradine; Scorpion) Bright, cleaned and framed properly.

— SHANKS (Olive). William Castle’s final film (with Marcel Marceau), finally released.

— SHE DEVIL (1957, Olive) In widescreen Regalscope.

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6. BEST COMMENTARY

–  ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, director Robert Fuest and film historian Marcus Hearn

— THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF, Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas

– CORRUPTION, film historians Jonathan Rigby and David Miller

– THE DEVIL BAT (Kino), film critic Richard Harland Smith

– THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, Biographer Lucy Chase Williams, featuring Piotr Michael as the voice of Vincent Price.

– THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X, director Paul Bunnell, composer Ego Plum, De Ann Joy Brooks.

– HOUSE OF WAX 3D, film historians David Del Valle and Constantine Nasr

– THE HOWLING, Novelist Gary Brander and documentarian Michael Felsher

– SATURN 3, fan Greg Moss and film critic David Bradley

– THINGS TO COME, film historian David Kalat

– WHITE ZOMBIE, film historian Frank Thompson

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7. BEST DVD EXTRA

– A BOY AND HIS DOG: ‘In Conversation: Harlan Ellison and L.Q. Jones.’

— DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS: ‘Back to Black,’ 30-minute discussion with Marcus Hearn, David Huckvale, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Rigby, others.

– FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, 1988 interview with Vincent Price by David Del Valle.

– FEMALE VAMPIRE: Interview with director Jess Franco.

– FROM BEYOND: ‘Paging Dr, McMichaels,’ an interview with Barbara Crampton.

– GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE: Making-of footage shows unused stop-motion battle.

– HANDS OF THE RIPPER: ‘The Devil’s Bloody Plaything: Possessed by the Hands of the Ripper’ directed by Daniel Griffith.

– HOUSE OF WAX 3D: ‘House of Wax: Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before,’  directed by Constantine Nasr.

— MST3K: THE MOVIE: This Island Earth:  ‘2 1/2 Years in the Making,’ directed by Daniel Griffith.

— PHANTASM II: ‘The Ball Is Back,’ talk with Don Coscarelli, Bannister, Angus Scrimm and others.

– THE SLIME PEOPLE: Tom Weaver interviews Susan Hart, widow of AIP’s James Nicholson.

– VAMPIRE LOVERS: ‘Femme Fantastique: Resurrecting the Vampire Lovers.’

— VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION: Original TV intros by Vincent Price, compiled by Paul Larson.

– WITCHFINDER GENERAL: ‘Vincent and Victoria,’ 47-minute interview with Price’s daughter.
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8. BEST DOCUMENTARY

THE ACKERMONSTER CHRONICLES, directed by Jason Brock.  An unblinking look at the wondrous and sometimes mystifying life of Mr. Monster. See video clip here.

ADJUST YOUR TRACKING, directed by Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic. The obsessive world of collectors of horror films on VHS.  See video clip here.

BACKYARD BLOCKBUSTERS, directed by John E. Hudgens. The long history of fan-made ‘tribute films,’ from Tarzan to Star Trek and beyond.  See video clip here.
DR. SHOCKER’S VAULT OF HORROR, directed by Dan Roebuck. A compilation of video shocks, fun and extras from Hollywood’s spook show host. See video clip here.
THE ED WOOD AWARDS, hosted by Ted A. Bohus and Fred Olen Ray. Midnight Marquee writers and editors picked the ‘winners.’  See video clip here.
 
THE LIFE AFTER DEATH PROJECT, directed by Paul Davids. Paranormally making the case that Forrest J Ackerman is still communicating from the grave. See video clip here.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Unmasking the Masterpiece, directed by Cortlandt Hull. Tracing the opera ghost from novel and silent classic to Broadway’s long-running musical. See video clip here.
REWIND THIS! directed by Josh Johnson. How the VHS culture changed horror and the movies. See video clip here.

VAMPIRA AND ME, directed by Ray Greene. Lengthy interview, unseen footage and rare TV appearances of Maila Nurmi, hipster, model and first horror host. See video clip here.

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9. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

BAD MILO, directed by Jacob Vaughan. Just indigestion — or a beast within? See video clip here.

BIG ASS SPIDER, directed by Mike Mendez. Only an exterminator stands between L.A. and destruction. See video clip here.

DOCTOR MABUSE, directed by Ansel Faraj. The criminal mastermind begins a new reign of terror. See video clip here.

DRACULA 0.9, directed by Emilio Schargorodsky. From Spain, a low-budget yet elegant look at the eternal Count. See video clip here.
FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, directed by Richard Raaphorst. Russians battle Nazi monsters at end of WWII. See video clip here.
THE GIANT SPIDER, directed by Christopher Mihn. A send-up of the mutant bug films of the 1950s. See video clip here.

THE MENACE WITH FIVE ARMS, directed by Josh Kennedy. Homages and humor abound in this black-and-white take on 1950s sci-fi. See video clip here.

THE MOLE MAN OF BELMONT AVENUE, directed by Mike Bradecich and John LaFlamboy. Brothers inherit a tenement with a monstrous occupant. Robert Englund shows up, too.  See video clip here.

SON OF GHOSTMAN, directed by Kurt Edward Larson. Suburbs and relationships are shaken when rival horror hosts battle over a TV contract. See video clip here.

WILLOW CREEK, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.  Found footage tracks a couple into the heart of Bigfoot country.  See video clip here.

WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, directed by Chris LaMartina. A found-footage spoof of 1980s horror hosts and murder. See video clip here.

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10. BEST SHORT FILM
 
AMP, directed by Adam Marisett. Selling post-war tech is the only way to keep a giant robot alive. See video clip here.
BECOMING UNDEAD II, directed by Ron Purtee. Zombies hit the suburbs in winter.  See video clip here.
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, directed by Mark McKinniss. A boy has a strange encounter with a neighborhood oddball. See video clip here.
DRACULA 1931 TRAILER, from Cinefix. The trailer lovingly recreated in someone’s house, acapella music score, too. See video clip here.
HEAD REDUX, directed by Chris Falko. Trippy ‘Haunting Season’ montage of horror and Halloween. See video clip here.
 
HIM INDOORS, directed by Paul Davis. A serial killer who fears the outdoors faces eviction. (Rondo makes a cameo). See video clip here.
THE HUNT, directed by Spencer Estabrooks. A father and son hunting trip encounters an old school horror. See video clip here.
NIGHT OF THE KRAMPUS, directed by Thomas Smith. The dark companion of Santa Claus revealed. See video clip here.
PORCELAIN RISING, directed by Rachel Tatham. A one-eyed doll comes to life seeking a human host. See video clip here.
 
R’HA, directed by Kaleb Lechowski. Interrogation of an alien during planetary wars. See video clip here.
SUPERMAN AND THE SECRET PLANET (Part 1), assembled by Ted Newsom. An mash-up of images and music produces an ‘unseen’ 1957 episode. See video clip here.

TRANSCENDENCE, directed by Chris Mirjahangir. Family on vacation find survivors of a demon attack. See video clip here.

WHEN THE ZOMBIES COME, directed by Jon Hurst. The undead invade an Ace Hardware store (satire drew legal threats from retail chain). See video clip here.

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11. BEST BOOK OF 2013
 
AMICUS HORRORS: Tales from the Filmaker’s Crypt, by Brian McFadden (Midnight Marquee, softcover, 266 pages, $25) Interviews and background of a studio that emerged from the shadow of Hammer. 

AS I KNEW HIM: My Dad, Rod Serling, by Anne Serling (Kensington, hardcover, 304 pages, $25). A memoir about a father who was nothing like the imposing figure on TV’s greatest fantasy show.

CRAB MONSTERS, TEENAGE CAVEMEN, AND CANDY STRIPE NURSES: Roger Corman, King of the B Movie, by Chris Nashawaty (Abrams, hardcover, 272 pages, $35). Richly illustrated film history includes interviews with notable Corman alumni.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, by Guillermo Del Toro and Marc Zicree (Harper Design hardcover, 256 pages, $60). Compendium of production sketches, models and all things arcane from the Del Toro archives.

THE HAMMER VAMPIRE (British Cult Cinema), by Bruce G. Hallenbeck (Midnight Marquee/Hemlock Books, softcover, 240 pages, $25). Explorations of 16 gothic horrors by a top Hammer film historian.
HIDDEN HORROR: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Films, by Aaron Christensen (Kitley’s Krypt, softcover, 314 pages, $17.95). A guide to films, new, old, cult or forgotten, that fans may have missed.
HORROR OF DRACULA, edited by Philip Riley (MagicImage, softcover, 180 pages, $24.95). Original Jimmy Sangster script includes production notes by Ronald Borst.
IT CAME FROM 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year’s Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, by Bob Craig (McFarland, softcover, 256 pages, $39.95). Survey of what could be considered the 50s most fantastic year.
– THE LADY AND HER MONSTERS: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece, by Roseanna Montillo (HarperCollins, softcover, 336 pages, $15.99). How the time and culture of Shelley’s England helped bring life to her literary monster.

THE MAN FROM MARS: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey, by Fred Nadis (Penguin, hardcover, 304 pages, $29.95). One of early sci-fi’s most influential writers and editors revealed in all his complexities.

MANY SELVES: The Horror and Fantasy Films of Paul Wegener, by Henry Nicollela and John T. Soister (BearManor Media, softcover, 436 pages, $24.95). A look at 17 of the silent star’s films, including The Student of Prague and The Golem.

MASTER OF THE MAJICKS, VOL. 1, by Mike Hankin (Archive-Editions, hardcover, 370 pages, $75). Completing the lavish trilogy covering every aspect of Ray Harryhausen’s life and career.

THE PETER CUSHING SCRAPBOOK, compiled by Wayne Kinsey, Tom Johnson and Joyce Broughton (Peveril Publishing, softcover, 328 pages, $41). Limited edition collection of Cushing writings, scripts, photos for actor’s 100th centenary.

STOP YELLIN': Ben Pivar and the Horror, Mystery and Action-Adventure Films of his Universal B-Unit, by Thomas Reeder (BearManor Media, softcover, 572 pages, $32.95). A look at the obscure associate producer behind the Kharis mummy films, the Creeper and other 1940s Universals.
UNUTTERABLE HORROR: A History of Supernatural Fiction, by S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing, hardcover, 357 pages, $54). Scholar explores the ancient and pre-Lovecraftian roots of horror fiction.
VUCKOVIC’S HORROR MISCELLANY, by Jovanka Vuckovic (IIex, hardcover, 96 pages, $12.95). A sharp and thought-provoking guide to the essential monsters and top scares from every era of terror.

WHO WAS DRACULA? Bram Stoker’s Trail of Blood, by Jim Steinmeyer (Penguin, hardcover, 324 pages, $26.95). Tracing the inspirations for the Count, from Vlad the Impaler to Jack the Ripper and Oscar Wilde..

THE WOMEN OF HAMMER HORROR: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography, by Robert Michael ‘Bobb’ Cotter (McFarland, hardcover, 248 pages, $49.95). The studio’s famous scream queens and vampires, along with lesser vamps and victims.
XEROX FEROX: The Wild World of the Horror Film Fanzine, by John Szpunar (Headpress, softcover, 800 pages, $34.95). From Famous Monster to Fangoria and the obscure zines in-between.
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12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2013

– Cinema Retro

— Diabolique

– Famous Monsters of Filmland

– Fangoria

– Filmfax

– Freaky Monsters

– G-Fan

– Horror Hound

– Little Shoppe of Horrors

– Mad Monster

– Mad Scientist

– Midnight Marquee

– Monster Bash

– Monsters from the Vault

– Paracinema

– Phantom of the Movies Videoscope

– Rue Morgue

– Scarlet

– Scary Monsters

– Screem

– Shadowland

– Video Watchdog

– We Belong Dead

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 13. BEST ARTICLE (Please select two; one will win)

‘Ballyhoo and the Bride of Frankenstein,’ by John McElwee, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #31. How Universal and Depression Era exhibitors promoted the James Whale classic.

‘A Bradbury Homecoming,’ by Terry Pace, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #268. A confidant shows how the careers of fantasist Ray Bradbury and macabre cartoonist Charles Addams were fated to intersect.

‘Censoring Bela Lugosi and the Monogram Nine (Plus Two): How the PCA Curbed the Artistic Freedom of Horror Films in the 1940s,’ by Gary D. Rhodes, FILMFAX #135. A film-by-film look at the banned dialogue and plot changes inflicted on poverty row filmmakers.

‘Citizen Clarke (A History of Horror Film Fanzines: Cinefantastique),’ by Tim Lucas, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #31. A detailed history of the groundbreaking magazine and its eccentric creator, Frederick S. Clarke.

‘Credit Where Credit Is Due: Jack Pierce: Frankendesigner,’ by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS #85. A detailed refutation of the argument that James Whale was the designer of the Monster’s look.
‘Dr. Gustav Niemann’s Chalk Notes,’ by Mark C. Glassy, Ph.D, SCARY MONSTERS #85. Remember those chalk diagrams on the jail walls in  House of Frankenstein? Here’s what they might have meant!
‘From Alpha to Omega: Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and its Cinematic Incarnations,’ by James Gracey, DIABOLIQUE #183. How Matheson’s outsider motif shifted, sometimes dramatically, with the adaptations of his work.
‘From the Land Beyond Beyond: An Intimate Personal Remembrance of Ray Harryhausen,’ by Steve Vertlieb, thethunderchild.com. The animator’s influence on a lifelong monster fan.

‘Giant Dino-Monster Theory,’ by Allen A. Debus, SCARY MONSTERS #88. Tracing the possible distant ancestors of Japan’s oddest beasts.

‘His Last Bow,’ by Ted Newsom. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #268. Twenty years after, recalling a memorable final encounter with Peter Cushing, along with Christopher Lee, outside London.

‘A History of Horror-Toons,’ by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #41. The Real Ghostbusters and Mini-Munsters. Animated TV horrors, some nearly forgotten, over the last 50 years.

‘How the FBI Tried to Label Val Lewton a Communist,’ by Michael E. Lee, FILMFAX #133. Using newly found FBI documents and 1950s testimony, a look at whether the government was trying to prove Lewton’s films and his associates were subversive.

‘Killer Thriller,’ by Pat Jankiewicz, FANGORIA #326-327. Revisiting the John Landis/Michael Jackson video, which looms more influential than ever.

‘The Making of Vampire Circus,’ by Bruce G. Hallenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #30. Details and changes to the film, anchoring interviews and breakouts by Hammer experts.

‘The Many Manifestations of The Innocents,’ by Scott Feinblatt, DIABOLIQUE #14. Tracing the classic ghost story from Henry James to film.

‘The Many Masks of the Opera Ghost,’ by Leila Loban, SCARLET #10. An in-depth look at the casting and tensions on the set of the 1943 Phantom and the other 1940s operatic horrors.

-- ‘Monster from the Oceanarium Floor: The Shooting of Revenge of the Creature at Marineland,’ by Tom Weaver, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #32. A fact-filled look at how St. Augustine was transformed, not so easily, into an underwater monster studio.

‘The Other Lionel Atwill: Sinister, Vengeful and Perverse,’ by Neil Pettigrew, MIDNIGHT MARQUEE #79. A look at Atwill’s early days on stage, including rare family photos.

‘The Peter Cushing Nobody Knows,’ by Richard Harland Smith, moviemorlocks.com. A look at Cushing’s early (and substantial) non-horror work.

‘The Quest for the Unholy Grail,’ by Martin Grams, RADIOGRAM, Vol. 38, No. 6. A documented, frustrating but intriguing search for the lost 1928 Lugosi radio version of Dracula.

‘Restless Souls,’ by Colin McCraken, RUE MORGUE #135. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘The Haunting’ with star Claire Bloom.

‘Roman Polanski Double Feature,’ by Bill Cooke, VIDEO WATCHDOG #173. Revelatory examinations of Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby.

’70th Anniversary: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Revisited,’ by Greg Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #32. From casting to the tragic final edit and unanswered questions, the saga of Universal’s beloved monster fest.

‘Shanks for the Memories,’ by Susan Svehla and Michael Gingold, FANGORIA #325. How William Castle and Marcel Marceau teamed on Castle’s last film.

‘Son of Soister,’ by Jake Soister, SCARLET #10. How a millennial views the horrors of another generation.

’21st Century Man: Gerry Anderson’s Fantastic Futures,’ by Anthony Taylor, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #267. Multi-article package reviewing career of the sci-fi marionette master.

‘The Visible Ray,’ by Brad Linaweaver, Mondo Cult website. A personal remembrance of Ray Bradbury and his work.

‘Wolf Men: Jack Pierce’s Incarnations of the Wolf Man,’ by Scott Essman,MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #32. How Larry Talbot’s makeup shifted with each film as well as the moon.

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(Reminder: You are allowed to vote for two of the above articles; one will win)

14. BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)

Chris Alexander interview with Barbara Steele about Mario Bava, Black Sunday, Dan Curtis and more. FANGORIA #320.

Stuart F. Andrews interview with director/writer Robin Hardy about the original Wicker Man. RUE MORGUE #133.

Alan Doshna interview with effects editor Miller Drake about Kronos, Rocketship X-M and Terminator. FILMFAX #133.

Michael Doyle interview with William Friedkin, 40th anniversary of The Exorcist. RUE MORGUE #140.

Brett Homenick interview with Godzilla actress Kumi Mizuno about her kaiju career. G-FAN #102.

Tim Lucas interview with Quentin Tarantino on the 50 best movie sequels. VIDEO WATCHDOG #172.

Christopher M. O’Brien interview with EC artist Jack Davis. MAD SCIENTIST #26.

– Shade Rupe interview with William Friedkin, 40th anniversary of The Exorcist.FANGORIA #329.
David Williams, 1983 interview with the late actor Peter Arne. LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #30.
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15. BEST THEMED ISSUE

– DIABOLIQUE #16, Peter Cushing tribute

– FAMOUS MONSTERS #270. Viva La Lucha!

– FANGORIA #328, Roger Corman tribute.

– HORRORHOUND #43, 31 days of zombie Issue

– LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #30: Hammer’s Vampire Circus.

– MIDNIGHT MARQUEE #79. Mammoth 50th anniversary issue.

– MONSTER BASH SPECIAL: Ray Harryhausen remembered.

– MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #32. The Wolf Man’s historic journeys.

– RUE MORGUE #133, British Horror Movie Issue.

– SCARY MONSTERS #87. Fan tributes to Svengoolie.

– SCREEM #27, celebration of MST3K’s 25th anniversary.

– VIDEO WATCHDOG #172, sequels and Quentin Tarantino.

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16. BEST MAGAZINE COLUMN

 — Audio Watchdog, by Douglas E. Winter. VIDEO WATCHDOG

Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA.

The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS

In My Write Mind, Richard Schellbach, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND

It Came from Bowen’s Basement, by John W. Bowen. RUE MORGUE

The Phantom Speaks, by The Phantom (Joe Kane). VIDEOSCOPE

Ralph’s One-and-Only Traveling Reviews Company, by Richard Klemensen, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS

Ramsey’s Rambles, by Ramsey Campbell. VIDEO WATCHDOG

Scare-News, by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS and MONSTER MEMORIES

Tales from the Attic, by Tim Lucas, GOREZONE

They Came from the Krypt, by Jon Kitley. HORRORHOUND

17. BEST MAGAZINE COVER

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DIABOLIQUE #16

by Robert Aragon

 

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FAMOUS MONSTERS #266

by Simon Thorpe

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FANGORIA #328

Photo by Ama Lea

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FILMFAX #135

by Vincent DiFate

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G-FAN #101

by Rudy Gardea

 

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HORRORHOUND #44

by Jason Edmiston

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LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #30

by Bruce Timm

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MAD SCIENTIST #27

by Mark Maddox

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MIDNIGHT MARQUEE #79

by Bill Nelson

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MONSTER BASH SPECIAL #1

by Lorraine Bush

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MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #32

by Daniel Horne

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RUE MORGUE #140

by Jason Edmiston

 

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MONSTER MEMORIES 2013

by Terry Beatty

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SCREEM #26

by Mark Maddox

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SHADOWLAND #7

by Dwayne Pinkney

 

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VIDEOSCOPE #88

 

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VIDEO WATCHDOG #173

by Charles Largent

SCARLET #10

by Michael Wilk

 18. BEST WEBSITE (The Classic Horror Film Board, sponsor of the Rondos, is not eligible)

Badmovies.org Reviews of our cinema obsessions.

– Classic Horror Campaign Continuing effort to keep British horror alive.

Count Gore de Vol’s Creature Features Films, interviews and horror host news updated weekly.

Dread Central Latest news, insider info from the horror industry.

Eccentric-cinema One of the earliest of the cult sites.

Famous Monsters of Filmland News and reviews from the first monster magazine.

Film Noir Foundation Keeping suspense and shadows alive.

Louisville Halloween Where it’s always late October.

Horror-host.com Home of the Horror Host Hall of Fame.

Horror Society A voice for independent horrors.

Icons of Fright Team of bloggers survey the horrror field.

Latarnia: Fantastique International Discussions of all things Euro and culture.

Midnite Media Home of the horror hipster.

Mondo Cult Online Horror, politics and music. A message board, too.

Monsters from Hell From the U.K., all things Hammer.

MovieScreams Horror Show. Showcases short horror and sci-fi films.

The Screamatorium  Unique collection of classic scenes and sounds.

Trailers from Hell Joe Dante and top talents offer commentaries on vintage trailers.

Universal Monster Army The friendly and knowlegeable headquarters of monster toy talk.

Witch’s Dungeon Multimedia home for Hollywood monsters, history and preservation

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  19. BEST BLOG OF 2013

Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks. A peek behind decades of masks.

Cinema Suicide A celebration of cheap thrills

Cinema Dave A journal of horror and film.

Classic Movie Monsters Photos, art and horror artifacts from the past.

Collinsport Historical Society  All the comings and goings in Barnabas’ home town.

Cyberschizoid Latest monster magazines and cult updates.

Day of the Woman ‘A blog for the feminne side of fear.’

Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Blog  Musings from Nashville’s maddest horror host.

Fascination with Fear. Horror from a female point of view.

Final Girl Stacie ponders an end to sequels? Stay tuned.

Four-Color Shadows Horror, thrills, mystery from comic pages of the past.

Frankensteinia If the doctor kept a journal, this is what it would look like..

From Midnight, With Love A cult movie reverie with an edge.

The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla August Ragone’s G-blogs.

Gravedigger’s Local 16 Even ghouls need a union label.

Groovy Age of Horror Fearless and unexpected.

The Horrors of it All When horror corrupted more than the comics.

Igor’s Lab.  Podcasts, trailers, interviews, all with a touch of strange. What hump?

Monster Magazine World An essential newsstand for monster mags past, present and future.

The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society Tribute to Hammer’s classic actor.

Scared Silly. Where jeepers meet creepers.

SciFi Japan The home of Monster Zero News.

Secret Fun Blog   All about the stuff that really mattered.

Sicko-Psychotic From silents to today.

Terror from Beyond the Daves Home of the weekend horror host report.

Vampire Over London: The Bela Lugosi Blog.   Journal of the undead.

Video Watchblog  Back from the backburner, Tim Lucas’ musings on film and life.

The Vincent Price Journal. Features his hand-written notes from a 1928 trip abroad.

Zombos Closet All manners of horrors pour out.

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20. BEST CONVENTION OF 2013 (Write-ins encouraged)

– Blob Fest (Phoenixville, Pa.)

– Chiller (Parsippany)

– Cinema Wasteland (Cleveland)

– Days of the Dead (Indianapolis)

– Dragon Con (Atlanta)

– Flashback Weekend (Chicago)

– Fright Night Film Fest (Louisville)

– G-Fest (Chicago)

– Horror-Find (Baltimore)

– Horror Hound weekend (Indianapolis)

– Horror Realm (Pittsburgh)

– Mad Monster Party (Charlotte)

– Monster Bash (Butler, Pa.)

– Monster Fest (Chesapeake, Va.)

– Monster-Mania (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

– Monsterpalooza (Burbank)

– Rock and Shock (Worcester, Mass.)

– Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear (Toronto)

– Scare Fest (Lexington, Ky.)

– Spooky Empire (Orlando)

– Texas Frightmare (Dallas)

– Wonderfest (Louisville)

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21. BEST FAN EVENT

BLOB PANIC RE-ENACTMENT: Fans run from same theater in Phoenixville, Pa. where The Blob was filmed. Blobfest.

COUNT GORE DE VOL 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: The Count hosts House of Frankenstein in Maryland theater tribute.

RAY HARRYHAUSEN SUPER-8 TRIBUTE: 4-hour road show of stop-motion highlights presented by Tom Stockman

H.P. LOVECRAFT BRONZE BUST PROJECT: Sculptor Bryan Moore and writer Jovanka Vuckovic spearhead campaign to have bust erected at the Providence, R.I.,  Atheneum Library.

JACK PIERCE MEMORIAL GALLERY dedicated at Cinema Makeup School in L.A.

KIRK HAMMETT is part of Tribute to Forrest J Ackerman panel at Mad Monster Party.

ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN: Sara Karloff discusses her father’s 1960s TV and movie career at WonderFest.

MASKFEST returns to HorrorHound Weekend.

PETER CUSHING CENTENNIAL BLOGATHON: Weeklong compilation of postings, organized by Pierre Fournier at Frankensteinia.blogspot.com

RETURN OF THE CREATURE: Spoof film for REVENGE OF THE CREATURE wrap party in 1954, rescued by Tom Weaver and shown at Monster Bash.

ULTRAMAN REUNION Original cast of Ultraman reunited at Monsterpalooza.

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22. BEST HORROR COMIC OF 2013
 

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. (Archie). Zombies in Riverdale are no joke.

BALTIMORE, by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden and Ben Stenbeck (Dark Horse). Lord Baltimore’s eternal hunt for a vampire.

BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE by various. (Monsterverse). More rather grim tales from the Count’s archives.

BREATH OF BONES: A Tale of the Golem, by Steve Niles, Matt Santoro and Dave Wachter (Image). Myth, monster and Nazis are very real in this gritty miniseries.

EDGAR ALLAN POE: The Raven and The Red Death, by Richard Corben (Dark Horse). Interpretations of Poe by a comics master.

FLESH AND BLOOD: BOOK THREE, by Robert Tinnell and Neil Vokes (Monsterverse). The next chapter in the Hammer-inspired graphic novel.

FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE! by Steve Nilesand Bernie Wrightson (IDW). An elegant take on doctor vs. monster.

THE HALLOWEEN LEGION, by Martin Powell, Thomas Boatwright and Diana Leto (Dark Horse). Unique monsters from the Woodland protect against goblins.

HAUNTED HORRORS, compiled by Craig Yoe (IDW). Rescuing forgotten horrors from the 1950s.

LOCKE AND KEY: Omega, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW). Final chapters from the mysterious Keyhouse.

THE WALKING DEAD, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image). Surviving, still, the zombie apocalypse.

 – Or write in another choice:

23. BEST MULTIMEDIA HORROR

BLOOD AND GUTS with Scott Ian. Visits to special effects and makeup artists.

BLOODY GOOD HORROR Reviews of the monstrous among us.

BLOODY PIT OF ROD Home of the Naschycasts.

B-MOVIE CAST Talk and horror history in this podcast.

CULT RADIO A GO-GO! Still thriving pioneer of Internet horror talk.

DEADPIT RADIO Hillbilly horror from the hills of Kentucky.

KILLER POV podcast. Film previews and interviews.

KREEPY KASTLE Devoted to shows from horror hosts.

THE MONSTER CHANNEL Videos and more across all horror genres.

MONSTER KID RADIO. Interviews, reviews, monsters.

1951 DOWN PLACE: Podcast discussions of Hammer films.

– NEWS FROM THE CRYPT A podcast of monstrous views.

POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER. Mark Redfield’s tributes to tales by the mystery master.

– THE PROJECTION BOOTH Podcasts target genre films and more.

RUE MORGUE PODCAST The Rue Crew returns for more interviews

SIX FOOT PLUS A weekly podcast that finds a monstrous rhythm.

TOMB DRAGOMIR Video interviews and ‘rue-full’ reviews.

WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE Strange doings from a strange desert town.

– Or write in another choice:

24. FAVORITE HORROR HOST OF 2013

(If your favorite is missing — there are far too many to list here — please write them in)

– A. GHASTLEE GHOUL (Ohio)

– THE BONE JANGLER (Illinois)

– KARLOS BORLOFF (Monster Madhouse, Washington, DC)

– COUNT GORE DE VOL (Creature Features)

– COUNT GREGULA (Count Gregula’s Crypt)

– DR. GANGRENE (Nashville)

– Dr. MADBLOOD (Virginia Beach)

– DR. SARCOFIGUY (Spooky Movie Television)

– GHOUL A GO-GO (NY)

– HALLOWEEN JACK

– MR. LOBO (Cinema Insomnia, California)

– NIGEL HONEYBONE (Australia)

– ORMON GRIMSBY (N.C.)

– PENNY DREADFUL (Shilling Shockers, New England)

– REMO D (California)

– SON OF GHOUL (Ohio)

– SVENGOOLIE (Chicago)

– WOLFMAN MAC (Chiller Drive-In, Michigan)

– Or write in another choice:

25. BEST CD

– CHARLEMAGNE: The Omens of Death (Charlemagne Productions). Christopher Lee goes heavy metal.

– CREEPSVILLE ’13: A Tribute to Forbidden Dimension. 19 artists contribute.

– HARLEY POE: Man of God (Chain Smoking Records). More deadpan folk horror from the Indiana quartet.

– HELLRAISER/HELLRAISER II, by Christopher Young (BSX Records). Soundtrack to the Celibites.

– HOBGOBLIN: The Golem (November Fire). Two-CD rock intepretation of silent classic.

– MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE: Monsters of Legend. Haunting homages to Universal, Hammer and more.

– MONSTER A GO-GO: Transylvania-Mania (Goblinhaus). Punkish duo takes on drive-in aesthetics.

– SHE DEMONS/THE ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER (Monstrous Movie Music). Weird and wondrous scores from two archetypal 1950s horrors.

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26. BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE

H/t to the Universal Monster Army!

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The Art of Robert Aragon Trading Cards

72-card set

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Blacula 12-inch action figure

from Amok Time 

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The Bride of Frankenstein

Bust Bank

Diamond Select

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Fossilized Creature Hand

(Factory Entertainment)

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Grandpa Munster

(Moebius)

 

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Living Dead Dolls Psycho

by Mezco

 

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Twilight Zone journal
Bif! Bang! Pow!
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Nosferatu Shadow Vinyl Wall Art

Pillboxdesigns

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Hunchback Action Figure

by Diamond Select

The Phantom Retro Figure

by Diamond Select

WRITE-IN CATEGORIES

If you’re still with us (thanks for getting this far!), please take a look

at the write-in categories

27. CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF RESTORATION

Which classic horror film, either released or unreleased, do you think most deserves a restoration or video upgrade?

28. WRITER OF THE YEAR (for 2013)

29. REVIEWER OF THE YEAR

30. ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Pro)

31. LINDA MILLER FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Award named for the late Linda Miller)

32. HENRY ALVAREZ AWARD FOR ARTISTIC DESIGN Which visionary artist (designer, illustrator, sculptor, modeler, photographer), should be recognized? (Award named for the late monster maker Henry Alvarez).

33. INTERNATIONAL MONSTER FAN Which overseas fan is making a difference in the wide world of monsters?

34. ‘MONSTER KID’ OF THE YEAR Help us choose this year’s recipient:  Who deserves to be named ‘Monster Kid of the Year’ for efforts beyond the call of duty to build a better world of gods and monsters? Send us your suggestion.

And finally …

35. THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME Who do you think should be this year’s inductees into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame?

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ALREADY INDUCTED ARE: Bob and Kathy Burns, Forrest J Ackerman and James Warren, Zacherley and Vampira, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Alex and Richard Gordon, William K. Everson, Rick Baker, Basil Gogos, Roger Corman, Dick Klemensen, Gary and Sue Svehla, James Bama and Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Paul and Jackie Blaisdell, Joe Dante, Don Glut, Jack Davis, German Robles and Frank Frazetta; Bernie Wrightson, Ben Chapman, Cortlandt Hull and Dennis Vincent, Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, Archie Goodwin and Ghoulardi.Ken Kelly, Jim and Marian Clatterbaugh, Bob Wilkins, Calvin Beck, Paul Naschy, Lux Interior, Bob Lemon and Ray Meyers, Bill Warren, Dennis Druktenis, Sammy Terry and Frederick S. Clarke; Tim and Donna Lucas, William Stout, Ron Borst, George A. Romero, Tom Weaver and Verne Langdon. Also Julie Adams, David Skal, George Stover, Michael Stein, Morgus, Mark Frank, Ted Newsom, Jessie Lilley, Gary Dorst, Steve Bissette, JD Lees and Count Gore De Vol.

Who should join them? Tell us your suggestions. We’ll pick six more.

Whew! That’s it!!!

E-MAIL YOUR SELECTIONS TO taraco@aol.com.

FOR YOUR VOTE TO COUNT, REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME

TO VOTE: Simply copy this ballot (cut-and-paste, and make your picks by highlighting your selection, or by putting an X by your selections, or by typing out your picks separately. Whatever is easiest).  Then e-mail your picks to taraco@aol.com

And thanks, whatever you are!

”I had to learn to do everything because I couldn’t find another kindred soul.

Now you see 80 people listed doing the same things I was doing by myself.”

 — Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

Rondos copyright David Colton (taraco@aol.com). To learn more visit the Classic Horror Film Board.