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New! Vintage Monster Story Book
When I was eight years old my parents moved us from Grove City, PA to State College, PA. I attended Park Forest Elementary School and was in the third grade. The library was newer and bigger than the one from Grove City....and I found books I had never seen before. One of them was THIS book. It was called MONSTER MUSEUM, edited by Alfred Hitchcock. It was an over-sized book with fascinating painting, wash illustrations with collage photos that were really creepy. So were the stories! Great stories by Ray Bradbury, Guy Endore and others. Classic horror tales from the 19th century and many from the 20th century from Weird Tales magazine. I loved these stories and this book. I took it out many times.
Here are some of the interior illustrations:
One of the stories, called "Slime" had to be an influence to the screenwriter of THE BLOB movie.
Am amazing collection that I oroginally found for myself in that Park Forest Elementary School library. It was near the beginning of school, autumn was in the air and this book was under my arm. Little did I realize it was more of my professional education that the other school books that were also under my arm.
Dealer Tables For October 2015 MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE Now Available - $100 Off Till August 31
If you're a vendor and want to set up at MONSTER BASH, now's your chance to get on board for the Octoberr MONSTER BASH at the Doubletree Pittsburgh North,October 16-18, 2015. Don't be left out. Get your BASH dealer space now. For a limited time the tables are discounted $100 each for the October show right now.
....and get ready to MONSTER BASH with classic monster movie fans from across the nation!
Happy Birthday To New Generation MONSTER KID, Paisley Adams
Above clockwise from top left: Home mde robot costume for a Halloween a few years ago, face monster painting Tod Spidle's face at MONSTER BASH, fencing with Tom Savini on stage at MONSTER BASH, John Adams (friend in skull mask) and Paisley at MONSTER BASH!
Paisley is as old as the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE. She was 11 months old at the first one back in 1997. She's now 19 and it's her first day at college. Where did THAT time go. Yesterday we had a nice conversation about a haunted mine, two days ago I asked her if she had seen THE THING WITH TWO HEADS (Ray Milland movie) and she replied, twice! She's working at a local grocery store and came home yesterday to tewll me that she met a dad wearing a Frankenstein shirt and the kids had Marvel super heroes in their shirts. She got into a monster/super hero discission with them. It ended with the dad saying, ehen you boys get older, you need to meet and marry a girl as cool as this! He had asked her if she had seen a Frankenstein movie....HA! If he only knew....the whole story.
Paisley, daughter of the MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE....Happy Birthday!
Tales of The MoleMan
By M. Oleman
Here it is, unedited and revealed to the public...this was found in my e-mail from M. Oleman and I've alerted the proper authorities -Ron Adams. Here is the e-mail from Oleman:
The following is a true story. More or less.
My mind was in a fog, and my skull ached as if one of those parasites from THE BRAIN EATERS had attached itself to me. I looked around and everything was flat as far as the eye could see. Strange black lines and blocks were everywhere on the ground. In the distance I could see what appeared to be two smallish mountains that were exactly rectangular in shape. I could not move and found myself rooted to the spot. There was weird writing at my feet that said New Vasaria Railroad $300 and the space ahead of me said Karloff Way $750. Suddenly I heard a loud rumbling and two enormous blocks tumbled off across the way. A loud voice yelled "AHA!" and a large hand reached down and moved something past me. It was a small pot metal figure that looked exactly like the little kid Ichiro from GODZILLA'S REVENGE. I looked down at myself and realized that I was a small metal figure too. Straining my eyes I looked to the side into what appeared to be an enormous drinking glass, and saw my reflection. I was a one inch tall statue of Dr. Roger Bentley as played by John Agar in the movie THE MOLE PEOPLE. I even had a tiny flashlight to keep the monstrous Mole People at bay. Little plastic haunted houses and castles were spread about everywhere, and I could see other metal figures. There was Shaggy from Scooby Doo, the Frankenstein Monster and the SS Rita.
Somehow, someway I had been imprisoned in a Monster Bash Monopoly Game. I was a playing piece. The mountains were decks of Chance and Community Chest cards. Was I dreaming? Or was this reality and my other life a dream? How could this be? What fiendish level of Hades was I in where this was possible and what could I have done to deserve such a fate? Was is because I cut the the Marvel Value Stamps out of my comic books when I was a kid, thus ruining their collectible value for future generations? That was an awful long time ago. But then it occurred to me that if I had to be tortured in this manner at least I looked like a tiny John Agar. And then once again the great thundering sound as the two huge blocks, which I now knew were dice, tumbled across the landscape and I found myself gripped by a giant hand and moved forward. The space I landed on said Wrath Of Ursula Lose A Turn. "NO FAIR!" a voice rumbled with the sound of a thousand trumpets. More dice were rolled and other players moved their pieces around the board. A hearse moved past me and on the other side of the board I noticed a tiny Inspector Krogh and little plastic ramshackle houses. I felt myself moved again and landed on a spot that said David "the Rock" Nelson Movie Marathon-Lose 2 Turns.
"NOOO FAIRRR!!" the voice roared again, evidently angry at the capricious results of the roll of the dice. At this point even though I could not move I was able to strain my eyes upward, and to my utter horror found myself looking upon the enormous Mount Rushmore-sized head of Monster Bash Staffer Ted Lewcyk. You who attend the Monster Bash Conference are perhaps familiar with Ted's gregarious personality and smiling face, often at registration or in the Creepy Classics room. But he wasn't smiling now. His eyes were flaming red and spittle was flying from his lips. "NOOO FAIRRR!!" he yelled again, and at that point I knew what was coming next. With both hands he gripped the edges of the game board and flipped it into the air. I tried to brace myself but my puny, cast metal arms hung uselessly at my side. Dice and cards flew by my head. One card read Monster Bash Dealer Room Infested with Bats-Exterminator Fee $100 and another read Bail Igor Out Of Jail $50. I tumbled over and over as plastic haunted houses and New Vasaria Dollars swirled around me. The last thing I remember was seeing Monster Bash Staff members locked in a death struggle with their hands around each other's throats while a fire burned out of control in the background.
Then I woke up. I was tangled in my BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS bed sheets and found that in my thrashing I had knocked off my nightstand the replica of the laboratory from BEGINNING OF THE END that I had built out of macaroni. To calm myself down I went to the kitchen and followed my usual routine of chugging a large glass of Great Bluedini Kool-Aid and reading a chapter from The Mothman Prophecies. Monster Bash 2015 was great as usual, but it always leaves me with nightmares.
October Bash 2015 in less than two months. In my head I'm already there.
New! In Shock Stock!
It's the WILLIAM CASTLE HORROR COLLECTION! What a deal, multi-disc set from Columbia. Over seven hours of the best, fun horror shockers directed by William Castle!
Five great films from the master of ballyhoo horror films! In this set: 13 GHOSTS, 13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS, MR. SARDONICUS, HOMICIDAL and THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963 version with Tom Poston, a co-Hammer production). Sharp prints from the vaults of Columbia Studios.
Used DVDs Just Added to the Catalog at Creepy Classics
Now in our Used DVD & Blu-Ray Department....these titles just added: The out-of-print and sought after THE MONSTER SQUAD Complete TV Series from 1976 (not the feature movie), FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956 - 25th double disc anniversary edition), FOUR FAVORITE DRACULA MOVIES (double disc with Christopher Lee films), COLONEL MARCH Volume 2, BLACK SABBATH with Boris Karloff and may more.
Check out our used department here at Creepy Classics!
Jim Davis Birthday Remembered
This just in from Creepy Classics ace reporter with his thumb on birthday histories of our favorite actors:
August 26th is the birthday of actor Jim Davis (born Marlin Davis). Born 8/26/1909, he passed away at age 71 on April 26th, 1981.
See You At the Drive-In Next Month!
The Drive-In Super Monster Rama
We love, love, love doing this show with hosts Todd from The Riverside Drive-In and George from DVD Drive-In. It's classic horror on the big screen, under the stars, and Creepy Classics in the concession stand....get your hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, candy and DVDs, Blu-Rays, monster mags and monster t-shirts. All at the Riverside Drive-in.
What a line-up this time too! A Vincent Price film fest on Friday and a classic vampire movie night on Saturday.
For all the details, CLICK HERE.
We'll see you at the drive-in.
Here's the Video Trailer for THIS Drive-In Rama:
New! Out-of-Print Toys 'R' Us Universal Exclusives
Now in shock stock at your friendly, neighborhood Creepy Classics....Universal Monsters Toys 'R' Us Exclusives from a few years back. We just listed a limited supply of these sought after figures. There aren't many and they will go fast. These are new, still blister-pack sealed. Manufactured by Diamond Select, Licensed through Universal Studios and a limited number were produced for Toys 'R' Us.
If you missed any of these when they were available, here's your second chance to latch onto a monster.
Author Speaking At MONSTER BASH Octoberfest!
We're happy to announce that Martin Grams, author of THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC will be doing a power point talk on the history of the show we grew up with and love!
Get your membership admission to this year's MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST now. It's the meeting place of fans and professions who love classic monster movies!
Team Creepy At Steel City Convention
Here's a belated photo from this past STEEL CITY CON (earlier this month) in Monroeville, PA. This photo, taken by Joe Hagan, has the Creepy Team of Kay Hagan, Ron Adams and Bob Kennedy just finishing the set-up of the Creepy Classics/Monster Bash tables. It was one fun weekend with one of the biggest crowds at this show ever. Join us again there this upcoming December whn Creepy Classics will have a new location. We'll be near the Guests of Honor with a full store-like set-up. It will be exciting!!!
Next Summer's MONSTER BASH
Next summer's MONSTER BASH FROM MARS, PA will be July 8-10, 2016.
Hotel reservations at the host hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton are available NOW for October's show (October 16-18). Reservations for the summer show (July 8-10, 2016) are also available now!
Call for on-site reservations at: (724) 776-6900 or direct to reservations at (888) 627-8175.
Make sure to say you want the "Monster Bash" rate.
Ready To Drag? Drag-U-La!
Back at Bash!
Tony Greco's Drag-U-La (Munsters car) will be back appearing at MONSTER BASH right out front of the hotel. This could be your chance to get a picture with the car...and maybe even with Pat Priest (Marilyn Munster) who will also be at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST!
A very cool ride. Revved and ready to BASH!
New on Blu!
Now in stock....on Blu-Ray: the made-for-TV horror from the seventies, DEVIL DOG - HOUND OF HELL and Lon Chaney in BIG HOUSE U.S.A. Here are the details on these two:
DEVIL DOG - HOUND OF HELL (1978) - Blu-Ray
BIG HOUSE U.S.A. (1955) - Blu-Ray
New! DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN Now in HD
DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1972/Shriek Show) - DVD
Stars J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney, Zandor Vorkov, Russ Tamblin, Regina Carrol, Angela Rositto and Forrest J Ackerman. J. Carrol Naish plays Dr. Frankenstein, complete with chattering dentures and eyes following cue cards in this VERY low budget milestone in schlock cinema. Dr. Frankenstein is holed up in a seaside amusement park, complete with laboratory for grisly experiments. Lon Chaney Jr. is Groton, doing a Lenny-type, compete with little puppy dog scene. Dracula (Vorkov) speaks with a distant echo effect. Besides the nostalgia of Chaney, Naish and Rosito, there's cribbed music from CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and Kenneth Strickfadden electrical lab effects (BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, etc.). Oh, and how could I forget that snappy musical number from director Al Adamson's girlfriend Regina Carrol! Take a few aspirins first.
HD transfer! Packed with extras, alternate ending, New York promotional gimmick, commentaries, extended scenes.
Happy Birthday for Michael Rennie Remembered
This in from Creepy Classics ace reporter, Scott Goettel:
August 25th, 1909 marks the birthday of Michael Rennie, who starred in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE LOST WORLD, and CYBORG 2087. He also appeared in TV shows including ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATER, LOST IN SPACE, THE TIME TUNNEL, BATMAN, and THE INVADERS. And that's just a sampling of his long resume of film and TV work. ASSIGNMENT TERROR, his final film from 1970, was also known as "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" (and it's not the version that Forry Ackerman appeared in). Michael Rennie passed away on June 10th, 1971 at age 61.
Quick, Don't Miss Out On Getting An On-Site Room For Next Summer's MONSTER BASH
Monster Bash Conference reservations for the next summer show are now being taken (while they last) -- July 8-10, 2016. You can get the special discounted BASH rate now.
The Doubletree Pittsburgh North, Mars, PA.
Call at (724) 776-6900 or direct reservations (888) 370-0998.
In Stock! Hardback of Cinema Of The Fantastic!
It's one of those cornerstone books from the early 1970s. Back then, books on our genre were much more rare and really stood out, This was the books that were Christmas presents for the FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine readers of that time.
The one we have in stock now is a former library, but it's binding is god and original dust jacket has been preserved by those sleeve protectors that libraries use. There are the usual library stands and index card sleeve glued in the back. But it's a first edition hardback from Galahad Books, 1972.
From A TRIP TO THE MOON, to METROPOLIS, KING KONG, THE BLACK CAT, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THINGS TO COME, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, FORBIDDEN PLANET and more...this is an in-depth history of the fantastic films we love with loads of rare, startling photos!
Oversize hardback in stock, in our Creepy Bookstore right now.
At the Printer...Available Soon!
The All Christopher Lee Issue!
A MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE SPECIAL with a Monster Bash interview with Christopher Lee. Memories from you, the fans...plus behind-the-scream photos...
The all Christopher Lee MONSTER BASH special with cover painting by Lorraine Bush.
Stay tuned for details here!
Monster Bash Birthday Note: Jack Weston
...and from our roving Creepy Classics reporter, Scott Goettel:
August 21st is the birth date of actor JACK WESTON (real name Jack Weinstein). Born 8/21/1924, he died at the age of 71 on May 3rd, 1996.
Dealer Room Vendors At MONSTER BASH Octoberfest Announced
I just finished getting up the great MONSTER BASH vendors for the October show. Many old favorites and some new surprises too! Most of these vendors have multiple tables and we're getting close to filling up the ballroom.
Here's the vendors that are confirmed, CLICK HERE!
If you want to get in on MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015 as a dealer, hurry. The $100 off per table special will only last a few more days,
Go to: http://www.creepyclassics.com/category.sc?categoryId=261 and get your space for MONSTER BASH now!
All the details on MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST....CLICK HERE.
MEXICAN MONSTER PARTY AUGUST 2015
By Roberto "Bobb" Cotter
And that's it for this month, amigos; as always, please remember to click for free at the Animal Rescue Site, to help provide food and care for shelter animals. R.I.P. Cecil. Adios and Vaya con Dios, Uncle Roberto, Cousin Lucky, and Cher.
Roberto "Bob" Cotter is the author of THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY published by McFarland Books.
Mexi-Movie fans...please note that Blue Demon, Jr, will make a rare public appearance at the MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST all three days - October 16-18, 2015. Don't miss meeting him, getting an autograph! Question and answer session moderated by Roberto "Bobb" Cotter and Juan Ortiz.
The beginnings of our October MONSTER BASH has been bubbling under and growing steadily. Yes, she's back on the list and says her schedule is clear! Barbara Steele will be at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015. It's a celebration of growing up and watching great horror and science fiction on TV. Those late night movies featured Barbara Steele movies....Rod Serling's THE TWILIGHT ZONE is arguable the greatest TV show of all time and his daughter, Anne Serling will be at BASH to give a super special presentation on her dad. THE MUNSTERS was a part of our lives, our monster family and the wonderful Pat Priest (Marilyn on THE MUNSTERS) will be at BASH. Lisa Marie who starred as Vampira in the movie ED WOOD and wasa the creepy alien in MARS ATTACKS. Felix Silla who was Cousin It on THE ADDAMS FAMILY and appeared in BUCK ROGERS, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and so much, much more will be BASHIN'. And, Mexican Wrestler - in person - Blue Demon, Jr.!, Pittsburgh's TV Horror Host icon and actor in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Bill Cardille (Chilly Billy Cardille) will be with us. Ohio's TV Horror Host icon - SON OF GHOUL is in! Remember THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TV SHOW? Well, the greatest impersonators on the planet THE ULTIMATE ABBOTT & COSTELLO TRIBUTE SHOW (Joe Ziegler and Bill Riley) will also appear and perform.
This is just the beginning of the autumn MONSTER BASH celebration....stay tuned.
The site is up (and still under creepy construction), membership admission is available now for a $10 discount. The hotel is almost sold out...get your room now! Ask for the MONSTER BASH discount group rate.
Call for a reservation now: Call (724) 776-6900
Dealer tables are selling too!
A sneak peek at the upcoming MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015:
Get Ready To Rumble, Mexican Monster Style at MONSTER BASH'S OCTOBERFEST!
Blue Demon, Jr. In Person All Three Days
The son of on of the greatest Mexican Wrestlers is one of the greatest Mexican wrestlers of today! He
will make a very special appearance at MONSTER BASH October 16-18. Get ready! Autographs and special Mexi-Luchador merchandise.
A celebration of Blue Demon with Blue Demon, Jr.
Blue Demon was one the most popular Mexican wrestlers ever and made scores of movies where he met and fought monsters...classic monsters, aliens, blobs, werewolves, vampires....he never failed to save the human race. His son has carried on the legacy and is one of the greatest wrestlers in the world and is in the movies too....meeting monsters!
We are proud and honored to have Blue Demon, Jr. at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2015, October 16-18.
Get your VIP membership admission right now and meet all the movie and TV stars....and now one of the greatest legends in Mexican heroes - Blue Demon, Jr. in person. CLICK HERE!
Blue Demon, Jr. appears with Mil Mascaras in MIL MASCARAS VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY:
A match with Blue Demon, Jr.:
A Virtual Visit to Creepy Classics:
Video shot by Kevin Slick from Louisville, Colorado on a visit.