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The perfect Christmas gift for your horror-loving friend…

I wasn’t planning to post any Christmas gift ideas until at least November 1, but I don’t know how long this deal will be available so I’m posting now…

Universal Classic Monsters


Universal Classic Monsters

Those who have been long-time readers know that I love horror movies, especially the older stuff like this. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy…it’s all here. Even my favorite, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I cannot wait to have this set in my hands (Saturday) and start watching.

Universal Classic Monsters

Here is the almost full list of movies included…

Universal Classic Monsters

I say “almost full list” because there is a thirty-first film included as a bonus feature: the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula. In addition to all the movies, there are documentaries and commentaries and archival footage and theatrical trailers…it’s packed with extra features.

I’ve already ordered mine, and can’t wait to start binge-watching. I don’t know how long the price will stay this low (more than half-off the regular price); order now so you don’t miss out! Your horror-loving friends will love you to death!

A scribble o’ Frankie

I started a new job last night. Actually, I’m still doing the same job I have done for the past six years, just in a new location.

With new rules.

One of those new rules is: no internet. Yes, the resume is in the process of revision, and a LinkedIn profile has been created.

However, I actually found the twelve hours (yes, I work twelve long hours in a shift) without internet rather…stimulating? Without the distractions of Facebook, Mindjolt, Netflix, and YouTube, I was able to read an entire book and start on a second one. Reviews of Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories and Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America should be appearing on TWJ by the end of the week, and I have several baseball and writing books in the queue.

When 5:30 a.m. hit, I was just finishing up a chapter in Real Wolfmen, and didn’t want to start another without the time to finish it. So I put the book away, took out my notebook and pen, and started scribbling. The result, while not what I initially envisioned, pleased me:


I’m not sure if I will continue scribbling. I am sure that I will never reach dayf status. But it’s fun…and that’s all that really matters, right?

At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac (2012)

Steampunk Frankenstein

Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac
Running Press Classics, 2012
384 pages

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is unaltered from the third edition in this new release featuring steampunk-inspired artwork by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac to illustrate the classic monster story. The publisher determined that the best text to use would be the third edition of Shelley’s work, published in 1831, in order to include Shelley’s own introduction to the story; the first edition was published in 1818.

Basic and Sumberac do an extraordinary job of reinterpreting the story without changing a single word. The madness of the creator and the terror of the creature are on full display in the illustrations, a grand marriage between Mary Shelley’s writing and the imagination of the artists.

Learn more about Running Press Classics.

Purchase Steampunk Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac.

Is it time for Frankenstein to be resurrected?

Vampires, werewolves, and zombies have been the go-to monsters in the horror realm the past few years. Is it time for the big green guy to make a comeback?

There haven’t been many good movies featuring Frankenstein recently. I watched Bride of Frankenstein last night…still a classic. Then you have Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein…both comedy gold. But the entries into the serious side of Frank over the past couple of decades have been disappointing and/or terrible.

If you like Frank, check out Frankensteinia, a cool blog with a lot of vintage art and some newer fan art for the creature.

And if you’re a crafty kind of person, check out this Frankenstein papercraft.

This is old-school horror.

The description from the uploader:

Frankenstein is a 1910 film made by Edison Studios that was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley. It was the first motion picture adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The unbilled cast included Augustus Phillips as Dr. Frankenstein, Charles Ogle as the Monster, and Mary Fuller as the doctor’s fiancée.

Shot in three days, it was filmed at the Edison Studios in the Bronx, New York City. Although some sources credit Thomas Edison as the producer, he in fact played no direct part in the activities of the motion picture company that bore his name.

Frankenstein is in the public domain, and you can download it here for free:

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