Friday, March 26, 2010
Forry tells his story
As a rabid fan of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND in my teens (and don't worry, I took rabies shots), I read this autobiography of FM creator Forrest J Ackerman with a lot of interest. I think Forry (or 4SJ, 4E, or "the Ackermonster," as he was also known) was an egotist, but it was that ego, injecting himself so heavily into the magazine, that created the reader's personal involvement. Forry's force of personality infused with the stories and pictures of monsters made his magazine successful while his imitators failed. Ackerman's autobiography follows the same pattern of familiarity, punning, creative spelling and stream of consciousness writing. It's like a letter from a friend.
In this excerpt from the book Ackerman explains the magazine's creation, his relationship to publisher Jim Warren, and earliest days of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND.
Forrest J Ackerman died in 2008 at age 92.
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