BOOK REVIEW: “Cheap Tricks and Class Acts” by John “J.J.” Johnson

This book review entry is one in a long line of quality books put out by McFarland & Company, Inc. They specialize in genre books and if you can pay out the usually high retail prices, you will almost never be disappointed (in fact, I have only been disappointed to date once with this book).

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“When Animals Attack,” Moviegoers Rejoice! New Book Spotlights 70 Killer Animal Horror Films!

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Imagine the world without animals. So far as we Daves are concerned, it’d be a pretty dismal place. Animals bring beauty and diversity to the planet while many enrich our lives individually as members of our own family (I hesitate to use the word “pets” as I’m pretty sure my cat, Felix, actually owns me). That’s not to say all of Earth’s creatures are loved equally, of course. Some, such as bats, bugs, and snakes, often inspire anxiety versus appreciation but, regardless of whether these are rational or irrational phobias, Hollywood is always there to tap into our innate fear of nature and we filmgoers can’t seem to get enough. The “Man vs Animal” horror subgenre has always been one of my personal favorites and I discussed them back in 2010  before doing a follow up the year after that. In both of those posts, I highlighted some of my favorite animal attack films (at the time) but now, thanks to a fantastic new book by Vanessa Morgan, you can read more about many of those along with a great deal more!

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BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Be Afraid To Read “The Grey Ghost: The Shadow That Walks!”

When author, and friend of the Daves, Nicholas Cara approached us to do a review of his book, “The Grey Ghost: The Shadow That Walks,” we had no idea what to expect. First off, the majority of our book reviews have to do with horror or monster movies so doing one on a work of fiction was going to be something we were not used to. Second, the story was a little off the beaten path for what we normally cover. It wasn’t horror and it wasn’t science fiction. So what was it?

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BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated History Of Don Post Studios Deluxe Edition by Lee Lambert

A year ago I did a review of this massive book (seen HERE), a loving tribute to perhaps the greatest Halloween mask company of all time. I couldn’t say enough good things about that book and now, with the release of the Deluxe Edition, I am back to say “Buy this book!”

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Author Lee Lambert is a monster kid like all of us. He grew up watching monster movies and reading Famous Monsters Magazine, just like I did and fell in love with Don Post Studios masks thanks to the ads in the back of said magazine. He took his lifelong love and ran with it and the results are this amazing book.

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BOOK REVIEW: Pete Von Sholly’s History Of Monsters

Monsters. Those things that as a child scared us, gave us nightmares and provided us with so many hours of fun. If you were like me you grew up on monsters. I was never into playing (or watching for that matter) sports of any kind. My Saturday afternoons were spent in front of the television trying to draw in with rabbit ears channel 56 out of Boston, Massachusetts, with their weekly Creature Double Feature show. In the safety of daylight I was thrilled week after week with giant bugs, Godzilla and all of the Universal and Hammer classics.

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“8 Little Zombies” is One Fun Book!

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While Horror Host, Svengoolie, and his predecessor may have christened Berwyn, Illinois as the epicenter of Chicago horror, that title has since been challenged by the city of Elgin. We’ve discussed their local Acme Design (who’ve carved their own Sven-legacy by creating his new coffin and MeTV set) as well as their annual Nightmare on Chicago Street . Now they can add yet another notch to their horror belt courtesy of local author & illustrator, John LaFleur and David Metzger! 8 Little Zombies is a scarier take on the classic children’s story, 8 Little Monkeys and one that us genre fans would enjoy reading to the little monster kids in our own lives (assuming you want to raise them right, of course). It’s a fun book with amazing artwork and even a forward written by the aforementioned Svengoolie himself!

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