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RIP Forrest J Ackerman

Forrest J Ackerman

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The founder of the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland and avid collector of Hollywood horror memorabilia died December 4th.

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As a kid I was greatly influenced by this magazine. The cover illustrations were enough to burn an evil image into my impressionable grey matter. The creature features helped twist my developin’ mind, hippin’ me to a whole history of cult movies that I had a undyin’ hunger to consume.

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The typography of the mag alone was somethin’ else. Hand drawn horror fonts galore! The headline copy read like the way old radio DJ’s , like Wolfman Jack, talked, jokey puns and alliteration, creatin’ an hip insiders vibe that no other mag could copy.

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The Misfits logo is a direct bite offa the magazine logo.

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I’m sure FM was Glenn Danzig‘s bible as a ‘monster kid’

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The Ackermonster popularized Monster culture and Horror/Sci-Fi fandom, layin’ the groundwork for better or worse, for today’s nerd hyper-collectors, Trekkies, and convention fanboy types, by creating a worldwide network of horror/fantasy/science fiction fans, this was in the pre-internet, pre-video store, pre-digital era.

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The term ‘Sci-Fi’ was supposedly coined by him, goddamnit! Dr. Ack-Ack helped Ray Bradbury and L. Ron Hubbard (Dianetics, Scientology) jump-off by gettin’ ’em published early in their careers.

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Uncle Forry kept his Ackermansion in Karloffornia as a shrine, filled with an insane collection of Horror memorabilia. It was open on the weekends to any fan willin’ to make the pilgrimage.

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He also had an obvious Frankenstein Monster fetish!

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