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!


--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.


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!

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

By John McElwee

By Greg Mank

By Tom Weaver

By Scott Essman