Thursday, June 5, 2014

MFTV #33 Delayed Until October 2014!


Unfortunately, due to the issue being so late, my purchase order with Diamond Comics (my biggest customer) was cancelled. I now must resolicit the issue with them and anyone who knows how the Diamond process works knows that it's a 4 month process. So even though the issue is a few weeks from being ready to go to press, I need to hold off on printing it until I get my new purchase order from Diamond. The reason for this is that their PO determines my print run, plus I rely on their dollars (which I receive 30 days after they receive their copies) to help pay my printing bill. MFTV #33 will be listed again in the August issue of Diamond's Previews catalog and I'll receive my new PO in September. Once that is received I'll go to press. So if you get your copy from a comic shop make sure they're aware that #33 is being resolicited and that they reorder it for you. Bottom-line, Monsters from the Vault #33 will premiere at the October Monster Bash Convention (October 10-12, 2014) in Mars, PA. For everyone who had already preordered the issue, thanks, and sorry for the long, long, delay.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014



On Monday, May 12, 2014, the winners of the 12th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards (for work done in 2013) were announced. I was truly excited to find out that Monsters from the Vault had won the award for Best Classic Horror Magazine for the third time in four years! A HUGE thanks to everyone who voted for Monsters from the Vault this year (and in the previous years)! Marian and I are deeply honored to receive the 2013 Rondo for Best Magazine, and I can't wait to put it on my award shelf next to our Rondo Hall of Fame Award, and our two previous Best Magazine Rondos (2010 and 2011), and my Monster Bash Award ("The Forry") from 2008! Also, congratulations to Greg Mank for his Honorable Mention in the Best Article category for "70th Anniversary: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" and his induction to the Monster Kid Hall of Fame. Finally, congrats to Daniel Horne who was an Honorable Mention for his cover for Monsters from the Vault #32. A big shout out to all of this year's winners (and nominees) and for the fans who took the time to vote! To check the complete list of winners at the Official Rondo Award Web site.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

12th Annual Rondo Awards


It's that time of the year again when the best of all things horror and sci-fi is celebrated by the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Go to www.rondoaward.com to see this year's official ballot. The twelveth annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards will be recognizing the best in monster research, creativity, and film preservation in 2013.

Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom's only true classic horror award. They are decided by fans, for fans. For every Rondo nominee, just being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre during the year of 2013 is a great accomplishment.


So head on over to the official Rondo Web site and cast your vote today. Over the past eleven years, Monsters from the Vault has been extremely fortunate to win several awards, including:

-Best Article (2003): The Horror Film Crisis of 1932 Parts I & II by Gary D. Rhodes

-Best Cover (2006): MFTV #21 by Joe "Sorko" Schovitz

-Monster Kid Hall of Fame (2008): Jim & Marian Clatterbaugh

-Best Cover (2009): MFTV #26 by Daniel R. Horne

-Best Magazine Fan-Market (2010)

-Best Classic Horror Magazine (2011)

-Best Theme Issue (2012): Monsters from the Vault #30

We also were runner-up to Video Watchdog in the "Best Magazine" category in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Plus, tons of our articles and covers have been nominated over the years, and two of our regular contributors, Greg Mank and Tom Weaver, have won "Writer of the Year." Finally, in 2010 and 2012, Daniel R. Horne was selected as the "Artist of the Year."

This year, Monsters from the Vault is nominated for 7 Rondo Awards (Best Magazine, Best Cover, Best Theme Issue, and Best Article (4 articles), and I urge you to consider us when you cast you ballot. With Monsters from the Vault winding down (only two more issues to go), I'd love to go out on top with another Rondo or two for Best Magazine. So if you feel we deserve it, please cast your vote for us. Same as the other categories we're nominated in. However, there are NO losers when it comes to the Rondo Awards, as just being nominated is quite an honor. So again, head over to www.rondoaward.com and cast your vote for your favorites of 2013 today!


HOW TO VOTE:

--All voting is by e-mail only. Simply copy the ballot (cut-and-pasting is easy), and send an e-mail with your picks to David Colton, at taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, May 5, 2014.

--One vote per person, please.

--Every e-mail must include your name to be counted. All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or any personal information will ever be shared with anyone.

--ImportantFeel free to spread the word about Rondo. But please remember that organized voting campaigns (duplicated ballots, mass e-mailing efforts, getting strangers to vote) are prohibited and can result in a warning and even disqualification. Let's keep this a fun vote of monster fans.

--And no, you do not have to vote in every category. Again, to vote simply copy the ballot and make your picks by highlighting your selection and putting an X by your selections or by typing out your picks separately---whatever is easiest. Then e-mail your selections to taraco@aol.com.  

You'll receive an e-mail acknowledging your vote, and the nominees who work so hard to enrich the classic horror genre will appreciate your taking the time to say thanks for their efforts.

OUR 2013 RONDO NOMINATIONS!

Did you miss out on one of our nominated articles? Here's your chance to read it online before submitting your ballot for the 2013 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Below is our nominated cover (this issue is also nominated for Best Theme Issue) and the nominated articles published by Monsters from the Vault in 2013. To read the articles, click on the article's title and you can download a high-res PDF of the article for your reading pleasure. Enjoy the articles, and don't forget to cast your vote before midnight on May 5, 2014. Congratulations and best of luck to all of the nominees!

BEST COVER
Monsters from the Vault #32
Painting by Daniel R. Horne

BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE NOMINEE
By John McElwee

BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE NOMINEE
By Greg Mank

BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE NOMINEE
By Tom Weaver

BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE NOMINEE
By Scott Essman

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Monsters from the Vault #33 Cover Preview!


Many of you saw a work-in-progress version of the cover for Monsters from the Vault #33 inside the back cover of MFTV #32, however, I just received the finished version (two actually) today. Now that the magazine is coming to an end I wanted to offer someone who's contributed a great deal to Monsters from the Vault over the years to finally have their work featured on the cover. It just so happened that Kerry Gammill's style was the perfect fit for the subject matter I wanted to feature on the cover. So below is my favorite of the two slightly different versions (at least for now). The issue will be out in February 2014 and can be preordered on my Web site now. The issue will also be listed in the December issue of Diamond's Previews for those of your who get the magazine through their local comic book shop. A big thanks to Kerry for taking the time out of his VERY busy schedule to deliver this FABULOUS cover!



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MFTV #32 Shipping Update

Unfortunately I'm still working on sending out subscription copies and single issue orders of Monsters from the Vault #32 and I still have a long way to go! After a mad rush to get the issue done in time for Monster Bash and a major push to get the MFTV Archives Volume 1 done in time for the Bash also (which didn't happen), then the Bash of course, I was just plain worn out. Also, after 10 years of working as a Test Director for the US Army (75% desk work/25% field work) my job was eliminated due to sequestration right before the Bash. That's the bad news, the good news is I still have a job working for the Army but in a different position. The downside is it's a much, much more physically demanding job and I'm outside doing a lot of physical labor all day and when I get home from work I'm bushed. It's going to take me a while to get use to the new position (and to get in shape). Therefore, the week after Monster Bash I just couldn't force myself to undertake my large mailing and put it off until last weekend. But I had concert tickets out of town on Friday night and didn't get home into 4:00AM Saturday and was pretty much wiped out the rest of the weekend after the first tough week at my new job and late night. Unfortunately I'm not as young as I use to be. While none of this should mean a hill of beans to my readers and subscribers (they want what they paid their hard earned money for), I always try to be upfront and honest about what's going on with MFTV. Thus, most subscriber copies haven't mailed yet and most likely won't until Monday (8/5/13) as again this week I'm still too tired to work on it after my tough work day. I've set aside the whole weekend to complete my mailing and finish up Volume 1 of the MFTV Archives so I can mail it out on Monday also. The response has been greater than I anticipated and the new issue which features an ad for it hasn't even reached most of our readers/subscriber's hands yet. Unfortuantely, this just solidifies my desire to end the magazine as I truly feel I'm getting burned out. But I'll press on until I hit that 20 year mark no matter how though the going gets over the next two years. Bottom-line, there's no real excuse (that matters to most of you) for the delay in shipping out the new issue, but I wanted to be honest with you like always. Good things will come to those who wait and soon the wait will be over. Thanks for your patience and understanding (hopefully)!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Monsters from the Vault Archives Volume 1




Did you miss out on one of the early issues of Monsters from the Vault? If so, now’s your chance to go back to where it all started. We’re proud to offer high quality PDFs of Issues 1 through 10 (all of which have been long sold out, except for issue #4) for the first time in a digital format. You can print them out and read them on your computer, tablet, or eReader. As long as your device supports Adobe PDF files, you’re good to go! Two more volumes will be released in the future, so eventually you’ll have the complete run of Monsters from the Vault in a digital format. Fill in what you missed or save your print copies from the wear and tear of reading. The cost is $25.00 (postage included) and ordering info is up on our Web site. Click on the MFTV Archives banner on our home page to place your order. Due to a problem with one of the issue's files (forcing a rescan of the entire issue), the new estimated shipping date for Volume 1 is 8/5/13. Sorry for the delay.

MFTV #32 Article Sneak Peeks!


Below is the Table of Contents and sneak peeks of the three  articles appearing in Monsters from the Vault #32. Click on the link below the images to open a two-page PDF. The issue was printed on 7/10/13 and will premiere at next week's Monster Bash Convention. Subscriber copies, single issue orders, and contributor copies will start to the ship the week of July 29th and all copies will be in the mail by Monday, August 5th. The issue should arrive in comic book stores either August 7th or 14th.






Sunday, March 31, 2013

The End is Approaching!


After much thought, I've decided to eliminate the subscription option for readers of Monsters from the Vault effective immediately. Those of you who read my editorial in issue #31 know that the time is coming when MFTV will end as a print magazine. MFTV has persevered through rising printing and postage costs combined with shrinking readership. But now I would like to start doing other things with the free time I have from my real job besides spend it looking at a computer screen while working on all things Monsters from the Vault. As of now (unless I have a change of heart), the summer 2015 issue (#36) will be the final issue of MFTV. With that issue, we will celebrate 20 years as a print magazine (about 19-1/2 years more than I had planned). It's been a great ride, but "there is an end to everything, to good things as well." From this point on, issues can be purchased only when published, or preordered once the issue appears on my Web site for preorder. The main reason for this is that when the magazine ends, I don't want to owe money to any subscribers for unfulfilled issues remaining on their subscription. While 2015 will see the end of the regular print edition of the MFTV, I still may do a Special Edition or two and maybe even another book. But time will tell. There's also the possibility of an online version, but that too would be very time-consuming, so it's only a possibility. I hope our loyal readers will continue to support us until the end and purchase individual issues as they're published, and I thank you for your support over the past 17--almost 18--years! Here's the planned publication schedule until the end:

Monsters from the Vault #32: Summer 2013
Monsters from the Vault #33: Winter 2014
Monsters from the Vault #34: Summer 2014
Monsters from the Vault #35: Winter 2015
Monsters from the Vault #36: Summer 2015 (Final 20th Anniversary Issue)

I think that after 20 years, 36 regular issues, one Special Edition, and one book, we can go out with our heads held high. I also believe we made a major contribution to the genre and published one of the best genre publications of all time! Not bad, considering Monsters from the Vault was originally planned as a one-shot when issue #1 was published in the summer of 1995.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

MFTV #31 Shipping 2/19/13!

The Proof (left) and a Dummy Copy on Press Day
The new issue was printed on Friday, February 8th (by my new printer) and copies were dropped off at my house Friday afternoon (2/15/13).  I've only spot checked a few issues but I'm extremely happy with how it turned out. I'll be breaking open the boxes all weekend and working on my mailing. All subscriber copies, single-issue orders, and wholesale copies should be in the mail on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday). Copies were shipped to Diamond Comic Distributors on 2/15/13 and should start to hit stores on either 2/27/13 or 3/6/13. It feels good to finally put this issue to rest, now on to #32!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

New Printer Found!

I'm happy to announce that I've finally found a new printer! I'll be using the Mount Royal Printing Company located in Baltimore. They'll begin work on MFTV #31 this Monday and the current schedule has the issue going on press on the February 8th and I should have copies on the 15th barring any setbacks. Which means I'll spend the 16th, 17th, and 18th preparing my mailing and everything should be dropped off at the Post Office on the 19th (the 18th is a holiday). Thanks for being so patient and hopefully the issue will be worth the wait. Now on to Monsters from the Vault #32.

Friday, January 18, 2013

MFTV #31 DELAYED!



I just came from my printer and they had more problems with the issue due to equipment failures and upon inspecting the issues I've decided to part ways with my printer. The drop off in quality is unbelievable since my last issue was printed. All the copies will be destroyed and I'm now awaiting bids from several other printers. I was already planning to move on after all the problems I've encountered with this issue, but I hoped I could at least get this issue out through them. But unfortunately the drop in quality was too much for me to accept.

What this means is it will now be sometime in February before the new issue is printed. Also, due to the lateness of this issue Diamond Comics will most likely cancel their order and I will probably have to resolicit it in Previews. So while subscriber copies and single issue orders (wholesale orders also) will ship when the issue is printed, it most likely won't be in comic stores until April or May. This is a real bummer for me but I refuse to accept a substandard product. Again, I apologize for the continuous delay but I really have no choice in the matter.

Finally, while this issue may be delayed, I'm already working on MFTV #32 and it's still scheduled to premiere at Monster Bash in July 2013. I'll keep you posted as things progress with #31.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MFTV #31 Coming VERY Soon!





I just wanted to give everyone an update on the new issue. Monsters from the Vault #31 was printed on Friday (1/11/13) and is in the bindery process now. I should have copies on Thursday or Friday and will spend the weekend packing up orders for shipping on Tuesday, January 22nd (the Post Office is closed on Monday). I stopped by the printer yesterday to drop some shipping info off and while there I picked up the signatures of the printed interior (I only saw the cover being printed along with one interior signature on Friday, and we encountered several problems.). One of problems with this issue is that the "Ballyhoo and The Bride of Frankenstein" article features a lot of scans from old publications and unfortunately I wasn't able to do the scans and the person who scanned them did so without descreening the images. Anyone who knows about the printing process knows this can be a real problem. I spent a ton of time in PhotoShop trying to fix the issues and while they looked pretty good on my computer screen and in the PDF I proofed, some issues occurred with them on press. Secondly, due to a lack of photographic material for the Carnival of Souls article I was forced to use frames grabs (something I despise) from the Criterion DVD to illustrate the article. Again, the frame grabs looked pretty good on my computer screen and in the PDF, but again there were issues on press (loss of detail). If these problems weren't enough I discovered upon dropping off the issue at my printer that due to financial issues that had to give up their large format 6 color Heidelberg press that was capable of printing 16 page signatures and were now down to their much older and smaller Heidelberg press which could only print 8 page signatures. This doubles the time required to print the issue. Had I been made aware of this ahead of time I would have most likely switched to a new printer for the issue, but since the issue was already 3 months behind schedule and I had a deadline coming up quick for my Diamond Comics order I was forced to proceed. My printer assured me there would be no difference in quality.

Unfortunately, after looking at the signatures I picked up yesterday, I discovered that none of the photos look really sharp, and everything has a grainy look. Also, some of the images that were scanned for the Bride ballyhoo article have a moiré pattern in them. Supposedly this was created when the computer files were ripped to the printing plates. Somehow this process created a weird screen angle with certain images causing a checkerboard pattern. When I looked at the proof last week you could see it on one of the photos (even though it looked GREAT on screen) and I was able to make some adjustments in PhotoShop and fix the problem. All the other Bride stuff looked good on the proof. While the photo I fixed looks fine now, several other Bride images now have a moiré pattern on them. Again these images looked fine on the proof and on my computer screen and in the PDF, but something happened when the files were ripped to the printing plates. I wasn't there when this signature was printed Friday, if so I would have had them stop the press until the issue could be fixed. Fortunately, after some discussion with my printer they agreed to reprint the pages in Bally article that had a moiré problem on some of the images since the problem was theirs. They told that they look fine now but I haven't seen the signatures in question since they reprinted them, so I'll have to take their word on it. Bottom-line, the whole interior printing this issue is really disappointing and not up to MFTV's usual standards and I sincerely apologize for that. It's so frustrating to spend so much time on something only to be disappointed with the final product. Be assured that I'll be switching to a new printer before the next issue is ready for press and hope to get everything back on track and provide you with a magazine that features not only some of the best photos every published in a genre magazine, but some of the BEST looking photos ever published in a genre magazine.

I truly hope these printing issues don't diminish your Monsters from the Vault experience this time around, as even though the printing might not be up to our usual standards, the writing certainly is!





Thursday, December 27, 2012

Monsters from the Vault #32 Cover Preview!



Another fabulous Daniel Horne painting is featured on the cover of Monsters from the Vault #32 which will premiere at Monster Bash this summer. I had Daniel paint my favorite shot of Lon Chaney as the Wolf Man this time around. The shot of course is from House of Dracula. The cover design (which is what brings everything together), as always, is by the Mighty Sorko! Keep in mind this is a low-res version and the final product will look much better. Looking at the painting in person, I think it might be my favorite painting from Daniel yet. With the publication of MFTV #31 just around the corner I thought it was time to share our next cover with you. Look for more info on the issue's contents in the near future. Happy New Year!


MFTV #31 Article Sneak Peeks



Below are sneak peeks of the four articles appearing in Monsters from the Vault #31. Click on the link below the images to open a two-page PDF. I'm wrapping the issue up and it will be going to press on January 2nd and I hope to start shipping copies the week of January 14th. Keep checking back for updates.




Saturday, September 22, 2012

MFTV #31 Table of Contents

Here's a peek at the Table of Contents of Monsters from the Vault #31. Unfortunately the issue won't be out in time for Halloween as planned. I hope to wrap up the issue and get it off to press by early January. The issue should be out around mid-January. Check back for more updates and sneak peeks.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Coming in January 2013!


Coming this November is Monsters from the Vault #31. The issue will feature first-time MFTV contributor, John McElwee's (Greenbriar Picture Shows Blog) look at the Ballyhoo that helped promote The Bride of Frankenstein during its original release as well as re-releases over the years. Greg Mank returns to our pages with a look at the James Whale film, One More River (1934). While the film is not horror, since it's directed by Whale and features Colin Clive and Lionel Atwill, I figured it would be a perfect fit for MFTV. The film has rarely been seen but recently aired on Turner Classic Movies. Rounding out the issue is Gary Rhodes' article on the 1947 Bela Lugosi Film, Scared to Death and an excerpt from Candace Hilligoss's upcoming memoir on the making of Carnival of Souls. All this plus DVD and book reviews. 

To Be Young Again!

My First Visit to the Ackermansion in 1987!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Monsters from the Vault #30 Now Available!



Monsters from the Vault #30 is now available. All subscriber copies and single issue orders have shipped. Wholesale copies have shipped to Scary Monsters, Creepy Classics, Oldies.com, Creature Features, My Movie Monsters.com, and Hemlock Books and The Cinema Store in the UK. Diamond Comics received their copies and the issue is on their ship list for May 2nd (as is Little Shoppe of Horrors #28 and Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave #2). Sorry for the delay and I hope everyone enjoys the new issue!

New Monster Kid Documentary!

Check out the trailer of the new documentary from Bob Tinnell on Monster Kids, That $#!% Will Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture. Also, access the film's Kickstarter to contribute to the film's production cost. Here's a description of the film from Kickstarter:


That $#!% Will Rot Your Brain! aims to tell the untold story of who the Monster Kids were, how they came into being, and how they transformed the world around them. It focuses on the history of the Shock Theater Package and why kids were so drawn to the Classic Monsters. It goes on to chronicle the creativity Monsters sparked amongst kids and how Classic Monsters, with the help of kids around the globe, invaded pop culture.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The 2011 Rondo Award Winners Announced & Monsters from the Vault #30 Status



On Monday, April 2, 2012, the winners of the tenth annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards (for work done in 2011) were announced. I was truly excited to find out that Monsters from the Vault had won the award for Best Magazine-Fan Market for the second consecutive year! A HUGE thanks to everyone who voted for Monsters from the Vault this year (and in the previous years) for Best Magazine! It was extremely close this year as MFTV bested runner-up Little Shoppe of Horrors by only 4 votes. Again, Marian and I are deeply honored to receive the 2011 Rondo for Best Magazine-Fan Market, and I can't wait to put it on my award shelf next to our Rondo Hall of Fame Award, last year's Best Magazine-Fan Market Award, and my Monster Bash Award ("The Forry") from 2008! Also, congratulations to Gary Rhodes for his runner-up finish in the Best Article category for "The Curious Undead Life of Tod Browning's Dracula" and Daniel Horne for his win for Best Cover for HorrorHound #27 (and Honorable Mention for his cover for Monsters from the Vault #28). Finally, a big shout out to all of this year's winners and for the fans who took the time to vote! To check the complete list of winners at the Official Rondo Award Web site.

Now for the latest news on Monsters from the Vault #30. I signed off on the proof today and the issue will be printed on Friday, April 6th. Early next week it will go out for the UV coating on the cover then to the bindery. The issue should be ready on April 12th and will ship to Diamond Comic Distributors then and it should be at your local comic book store by the end of the month. Unfortunately, when the issue is ready I'll be in Hollywood and Burbank California for the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and the Monsterplooza Convention and won't return home until the 18th. So subscriber issues, single issue orders, contributor copies, and smaller wholesale orders won't start shipping until April 18th with everything shipped out by Monday, the 23rd. Thanks for your patience in regards to this long overdue issue, and the additional shipping delay due to my much needed vacation. Enjoy the issue when it arrives and as always, I look forward to receiving some feedback.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

MFTV #30 Article Sneak Peeks


Below are sneak peeks of the four articles appearing in Monsters from the Vault #30. Click on the link below the images to open a two-page PDF. I'm still trying to wrap the issue up and it now looks like it will be going to press on March 26th and I hope to get most copies in the mail before I leave for my week-long vacation in Los Angeles and Burbank for the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and Monsterplooza on April 9th. Keep checking back for updates.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

MFTV's Rondo Award Nominees for 2011


Did you miss out on one of our nominated articles? Here's your chance to read it online before submitting your ballot for the 2011 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Below are the nominated covers and articles published by Monsters from the Vault in 2011. To read the articles, click on the link below each article's title page (it's in yellow) and you can download a low-res PDF of the article for your reading pleasure. Enjoy the articles, and don't forget to cast your vote before midnight on April 1, 2012. Congratulations and best of luck to all of the nominees!

BEST MAGAZINE COVER NOMINEE
Monsters from the Vault #28
Painting by Daniel R. Horne
BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE NOMINEE
The Mad Genius: A Retrospect
By Greg Mank
BEST MAGAZINE COVER NOMINEE
Monsters from the Vault #29
Painting by Daniel R. Horne
BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE NOMINEE
The Curious Undead Life of Tod Browning's Dracula
By Gary D. Rhodes
BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE NOMINEE
What If---Alternate Castings in Classic Horror Films
By Steven Thornton

Monday, February 13, 2012

10th Annual Rondo Awards!


It's that time of the year again when the best of all things horror and sci-fi is celebrated by the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Go to www.rondoaward.com to see this year's official ballot. The tenth annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards will be recognizing the best in monster research, creativity, and film preservation in 2011.

Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom's only true classic horror award. They are decided by fans, for fans. For every Rondo nominee, just being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre during the year of 2011 is a great accomplishment.


So head on over to the official Rondo Web site and cast your vote today. Over the past nine years, Monsters from the Vault has been extremely fortunate to win several awards, including:

Best Article (2003): The Horror Film Crisis of 1932 Parts I & II by Gary D. Rhodes

Best Cover (2006): MFTV #21 by Joe "Sorko" Schovitz

Monster Kid Hall of Fame (2008): Jim & Marian Clatterbaugh

Best Cover (2009): MFTV #26 by Daniel R. Horne

Best Magazine Fan-Market (2010): Monsters from the Vault

We also were runner-up to Video Watchdog in the "Best Magazine" category in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Plus, tons of our articles and covers have been nominated over the years, and two of our regular contributors, Greg Mank and Tom Weaver, have won "Writer of the Year." Finally, in 2010, Daniel R. Horne was selected as the "Artist of the Year."

This year, Monsters from the Vault is nominated for 6 Rondo Awards (Best Magazine, Best Cover (2 covers), and Best Article (3 articles), and I urge you to consider us when you cast you ballot. However, there are NO losers when it comes to the Rondo Awards, as just being nominated is quite an honor. So again, head over to www.rondoaward.com and cast your vote for your favorites of 2011 today!


HOW TO VOTE:

--All voting is by e-mail only. Simply copy the ballot (cut-and-pasting is easy), and send an e-mail with your picks to David Colton, at taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, April 1, 2012.

--One vote per person, please.

--Every e-mail must include your name to be counted. All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or any personal information will ever be shared with anyone.

--ImportantFeel free to spread the word about Rondo. But please remember that organized voting campaigns (duplicated ballots, mass e-mailing efforts, getting strangers to vote) are prohibited and can result in a warning and even disqualification. Let's keep this a fun vote of monster fans.

--And no, you do not have to vote in every category. Again, to vote simply copy the ballot and make your picks by highlighting your selection and putting an X by your selections or by typing out your picks separately---whatever is easiest. Then e-mail your selections to taraco@aol.com.  
  
You'll receive an e-mail acknowledging your vote, and the nominees who work so hard to enrich the classic horror genre will appreciate your taking the time to say thanks for their efforts.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

MFTV #30 Table of Contents

Here's a peek at the Table of Contents of Monsters from the Vault #30. I hope to wrap up the issue and get it off to press by the middle of March. The issue should start shipping by the end of the March. Check back for more updates and sneak peeks.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Monsters from the Vault #31 Cover SneakPeek!



Another beautiful Daniel Horne painting is featured on the cover of Monsters from the Vault #31 which will be published in October 2012. The cover design (which is what brings everything together), as always, is by the Mighty Sorko! With the upcoming publication of MFTV #30, I’m trying to get Monsters from the Vault on a regular schedule, so expect to see a new issue every spring and fall. As you know The Bride of Frankenstein is my favorite film so to continue on with the coverage of the film that started in issue #28 (which featured the Monsters's mate on the cover, and is a perfect companion to this cover), first-time MFTV contributor, John McElwee (Greenbriar Picture Shows Blog) looks at the Ballyhoo that helped promote the film during its original release as well as re-releases over the years. Greg Mank returns to our pages with a look at the James Whale film, One More River (1934). While the film is not horror, since it's directed by Whale and features Colin Clive and Lionel Atwill, I figured it would be a perfect fit for MFTV. The film has rarely been seen (it aired on TV for only second time in January on Turner Classic Movie's James Whale Tribute). Rounding out the issue is Gary Rhodes' article on the 1947 Bela Lugosi Film, Scared to Death, and excerpt from Candace Hilligoss's upcoming memoir on the making of Carnival of Souls, and Cleaver Patterson's article on the Boris Karloff film, The Sorcerers (1967). All this plus DVD and book reviews. One final note on the painting, when Daniel Horne decided to start painting monster portraits, this was the very first painting he ever did. Talk about hitting it out of the park on the first try! It's one of the only paintings he still owns and it hangs in his studio.

Monsters from the Vault #30 Update!


I hope to wrap up the new issue of Monsters from the Vault over the next two weeks then it's off to the printer. The issue should ship at the end of March. Keep checking back for more updates and some sneak peeks at the interior.