Monday, October 24, 2011

Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine

In honour of this spooky month, I'm going to showcase all of my vintage horror/monster-related books throughout October.

Today I am showing off the only copy of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine that I own. I'd like to find more, but this one is actually pretty neat because literally the day after I posted the blog I wrote about Basil Gogos (which can be found here) I came across the very copy of the magazine I posted a picture of. I found it at an antique market and it was only a buck. I am a massive fan of Gogos' monster art and am hugely influenced by it. The bold colours and creepy subject matter are thrilling to say the least. This magazine has some pretty good articles, especially an interesting one on Bela Lugosi (Dracula), but what I am most entertained by is the back few pages of ads featuring such wonders as spooky paperbacks, rubber masks, make-your-own-monster kits and more. Not gonna lie; I really, really, really want everything on these pages. 

Famous Monsters of Filmland, April 1975, #115. Cover art: Basil Gogos

Part of what I love about this old magazine is all the ads at the back of it, tempting the reader with countless other monstrous media.
It wasn't until I was taking pictures of this that I realized - I actually have this Monsters Who's Who book



  1. This was the first copy of Famous Monsters magazine that I ever bought, way back in mid 1975.
    I was 12 years old. Happy memories!! Great blog!!
    Best -- Michael

  2. Hi Michael!
    That's pretty neat, your 12 year old self had some excellent taste. Do you still have your copy?

  3. Thanks Sheena
    I remember at the time I had just seen some of the Universal horror films for the first time and absolutely fell in love with their style!
    One of my favourites has always been 'Werewolf of London' which is on the cover of this FM.
    I passed my collection of FM magazines on to the son of a friend about 10 years ago because he had (has) the same appreciation for Lon's (Sr and Jr), Boris, Basil, Bela and the gang as I did at his age and I believe in passing things on to future generations! He still has them in excellent condition!! Best -- Michael