Saturday, December 6, 2008

Forrest J. Ackerman

For more than sixty years, Famous Monsters of Filmland has graced the newstands as the stand-out magazine dedicated to horror and sci-fi. The man at the helm of that publication was Forrest J. Ackerman, who recently passed away.

The magazine was pretty much the only place to see mostly behind the scenes/making of, of the fantastic and bizarre in modern film. You'd have great interviews of writers and directors alongside fan letters with photos the kids would send of themselves dressed up in horror make-up.

I especially loved the layout and the lettering they'd use, which was mostly done by hand. I think since, a few type designers have actually made these into fonts that you can find digitally. Forrest had also converted his house into a museum for film memorabilia, know as the Acker-mansion!

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