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!

Monsters from the Vault #28
Painting by Daniel R. Horne
The Mad Genius: A Retrospect
By Greg Mank
Monsters from the Vault #29
Painting by Daniel R. Horne
The Curious Undead Life of Tod Browning's Dracula
By Gary D. Rhodes
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 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 and cast your vote for your favorites of 2011 today!


--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 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  
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.