Fantastic Monsters of the Films – magazine

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‘Horror guaranteed to shock you dead or your life refunded!’

Fantastic Monsters of the Films was a 1962 – 1963 American horror magazine published by Black Shield Productions.

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The mag was the brainchild of movie archivist/actor Bob Burns and make-up and special effects creator Paul Blaisdell (his monsters graced the covers of issues 2 to 6). Burns and Blaisdell hired editors Jim Harmon (also editor of Monsters of the Movies in the mid-seventies) and actor/writer Ron Haydock to write provide the text.

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Blaisdell contributed special effects articles under the banner “The Devil’s Workshop” and each issue included a “Monster of the Month” colour fold-out poster. Artist Larry Byrd drew a special Son of Frankenstein wraparound cover for no. 7.

A planned issue no. 8 never materialised, apparently due to a fire at the printers and the magazine folded thereafter.

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Bob Burns website | We are grateful to Monster Magazines for background information

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