MONSTERPALOOZA MAGAZINE is published quarterly. The premiere issue debuts in September, 2011.
96 pages. Full color. Printed in the USA.
PUBLISHED AND EDITED by MICHAEL HEISLER and MARK REDFIELD
ART DIRECTOR Theresa Ratajczak
GRAPHICS AND WEBDESIGN Jennifer Rouse
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR/SENIOR WRITER Joe Nazzaro
OPERATIONS MANAGER Zacharias K. John
ILLUSTRATORS: JEFF PRESTON (cover illustration, “The Pumpkin Master”, 2011)
George Chastain, Mark Redfield (interior illustrations).
Jeff Baham, Matthew J. Bowerman, Frank Dietz, Scott Essman, Pierre Fournier, Daniel Griffith, Michael Heisler, Matt Lake, Joe Nazzaro, Ted Newsom, Mark Redfield, Gary Don Rhodes, Anthony Taylor
Jeff Baham is the founder and a co-host of the Mousetalgia podcast, though he may be best known to Disney fans as the creator of DoomBuggies.com, a Haunted Mansion tribute website. Baham, an art director by day, has been a Disney fan as long as he can remember, having grown up with the Disneyland of Adventure Thru Inner Space, the PeopleMover SuperSpeed Tunnel, and the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland. Since then, he has served a term on the Disneyland Creative Advisory Council, has worked closely with Walt Disney Pictures, Disneyland and Walt Disney World to help promote various special events, and continues to exercise his love of everything Disney by collecting animation art and Disneyana. Baham is a charter member of both D23 and the Walt Disney Family Museum, and regularly attends Disney-related events at these and other venues to report about on the Mousetalgia podcast.
Matthew J. Bowerman is a freelance author, screenwriter/playwright and professional singer/actor/dancer for stage and screen.For Horror fans, Matthew was most recently seen as H.P. Lovecraft at the Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial Event in Baltimore in 2009. With over fifteen years in education he also conducts master classes and workshops in Acting, Movement and Creative Writing.Most recent writing has been featured in Playbills To Photoplays: Stage Performers Who Pioneered the Talkies (a piece on the parallel careers and lives of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin), Charmed Magazine, Baltimore Urbanite, Maryland Education Channel, Baltimore County Public Libraries and Will Interactive Films. Matthew is the recipient of a 2008 Emmy Award and Golden Eagle Film Award for Writer/Director on his piece "BusSTOP," addressing the bullying crisis in public education. He is also a 2011 Telly Award Winner.
RAYMOND CASTILE is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and collector of monster memorabilia. Based in the St. Louis area, Castile has 12 years professional newspaper reporting experience. Castile is one of the moderators of the Universal Monster Army online discussion group. Through the UMA, he organizes a traveling museum-style exhibit of monster memorabilia. The exhibit is scheduled to make its first Monsterpalooza appearance in 2012. In 2007, Castile received the 2006 Rondo Award for Monster Kid of the Year.
George "E-gor" Chastain is a first-generation Monster Boomer who was shocked and awed by FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and MAD in the late 50sand happily never recovered. A lifelong cartoonist and illustrator, he has a Masters degree in traditional art but many of his creative efforts for the last few decades have been monstrous digital labor-of-love projects done for (and sometimes with) many of his favorite people and characters including Forrest J Ackerman, Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, King Kong, Fay Wray, Bob and Kathy Burns, Zacherley, Vampira, M.T. Graves, Elvira, ChillyBilly, Count Gore De Vol, Penny Dreadful and Dr. Gangrene, Harvey Kurtzman, Byron Preiss, Carl Barks, Jim Steranko, the E.C. bullpen, R. Crumb, Big Daddy Roth, Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson, Doc Savage, the Shadow, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Theodore Sturgeon, Curt Siodmak, Karl Edward Wagner, Brother Theodore, Yvette Vickers, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, the Chaneys and many other icons of classic horror and fantasy. E-gor has produced posters and other official artwork for Monster Bash, the Chiller Theatre convention, the Classic Movie Monster Con, the Famous Monsters Imagi-Movies Film Festival, Pillar of Fire theatrical productions and other memorable events, and he is always eager to sink his fangs into worthy projects like the Monsterpalooza monsterzine.
E-gor and his wife Jeanne (don't call her "She-gor"!) live in a small historic town near Fritzburgh, Transylvania, in a beautiful 1925 Arts & Crafts bungalow he calls Castle Frankenberry (built in 1925 by a local contractor named Frankenberry!), which is stuffed to the rafters with a wide range of collectibles from thousands of books and magazines to original 78s by Elvis, Jelly Roll Morton and Robert Johnson to the authentic autographs of Hank Williams, the original Three Stooges and Dwight Frye.
* Samples of E-gor's artwork in his web portfolio:
* E-gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts (his magnum opus):
* E-gor's "FMeral Appreciation of Forrest J Ackerman" with many links to
tributes he did for Forry:
Trevor Denham is a California-based illustrator specializing in pen and ink drawings. He received a BFA from Ringling College in 2010 and his work has appeared in Mad Monster Magazine, Glass Eye Pix and Outta Tune Productions.
FRANK DIETZ has found success in the film industry as a writer, producer, director, actor and animator. He starred in a series of now-cult low-budget horror films like Zombie Nightmare, Rock N’ Roll Nightmare, Black Roses, The Jitters, and in Larry Blamire's The Lost Skeleton Returns Again. He wrote the sceenplays for many independent features, including Naked Souls, Cold Harvest, and the Magic in the Mirror series. Frank Dietz worked as an animation artist on such Disney films as Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, Atlantis-The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, and Home on the Range. He created the SKETCHY THINGS series of classic monster sketchbooks, which became extremely popular with genre fans. In both 2006 and 2007, Frank was awarded the very first Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for “Artist of the Year.” He is currently producing a documentary about Bob and Kathy Burns.
Scott Essman , 44, has been writing and producing projects about motion picture craftsmanship and Hollywood history since the mid-1980s. He was first published in Cinefex Magazine in 1996 with a story about makeup legend Michael Westmore. Three more articles for Cinefex followed, and in the past 14 years, Essman has published over 500 articles as a freelancer for outlets also including The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Design, The American Cinema Editors' magazine, The CinemaEditor, Creative Screenwriting, MovieMaker, Acted By, Below the Line News, Fangoria, plus several Internet sites dealing with filmmaking, especially in the science-fiction and horror genres. In 1998, Essman established Directed By: The Cinema Quarterly, a periodical that strictly focused on the craft of movie directors and directing. Seven issues were published, printed, and distributed and Directed-By.Com is now a working web version of the magazine. In 2002, Essman started working for Universal Studios as a writer and publicist of classic monster films. As of late 2009, he produced over 25 publicity projects for Universal Studios Home Entertainment where he made video documentaries about filmmakers, co-produced special live events, and wrote publicity materials and interviewed movie craftspeople, including directors Peter Jackson (King Kong - 2005), Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead), and David Twohy (The Chronicles of Riddick) and produced documentaries about the visual effects of The Incredible Hulk and the stunt work in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Essman won a Rondo for Best DVD Commentary for 2008's The Mummy (1932) Legacy DVD Set and was nominated that same year for best article for his tribute to effects pioneer Stan Winston in Fangoria Magazine. In 2008, he served as publicist of the horror movie Trailer Park of Terror, and in 2009, he consulted on the publicity for the family comedy Monster Mutt, the horror film Sorority Row, and the remake of Mother's Day. Essman has also consulted as publicity and demo reel producer for the renowned Illusion Industries. He published his first book, Freelance Writing for Hollywood, in 2000 and has a book about Tim Burton due in 2011. Scott lives in Los Angeles County where he has won a multimedia teaching award from The Art Institute of California and has also taught video production and DVD authoring at California State University at Pomona and mass media at the University of La Verne.
Pierre Fournier runs the Rondo Award-winning blog, FRANKENSTEINIA, tracking Frankenstein and all things related in the arts, media and popular culture. In a parallel universe, Pierre is a cartoonist and comics writer, winner of the Joe “Superman” Shuster Award and a Canadian Comic Book Hall of Famer. He created the iconic Capitaine Kébek and co-authors the best-selling Michel Risque and Red Ketchup series, published in the French-speaking world by La Pastèque. He also writes extensively for TV, film and the web. Pierre lives in Laval, just outside Montréal.
DAVID GERROLD is the author of over 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. TV credits include episodes of Star Trek ("The Trouble With Tribbles", "The Cloud Minders"), Star Trek Animated ("More Tribbles, More Troubles", "Bem"). Novels include When HARLIE Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself. The autobiographical tale of his son's adoption, The Martian Child won the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette of the Year
DANIEL GRIFFITH is an independent filmmaker specializing in documentaries which explore the 'truth' behind some of the most obscure motion pictures in cinema history. His documentaries include, "LET THERE BE LIGHT: THE ODYSSEY OF DARK STAR", "THE BLOODIEST SHOW ON EARTH: MAKING VAMPIRE CIRCUS", "NO DIALOGUE NECESSARY: MAKING BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS", "CITIZEN WOOD: MAKING THE BRIDE, UNMAKING THE LEGEND", just to name a few. His upcoming productions include documentaries on Hammer's TWINS OF EVIL, Universal/PRC's THE BRUTE MAN, and DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW. His company is BALLYHOO MOTION PICTURES.
"THE WONDER WORLD OF K. GORDON MURRAY in COLORSCOPE"
"THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: The Films of William Grefé"
Matt Lake has appeared on film and on stage as a silhouette, two devils, and the element Tungsten. He once morphed Bill O’Reilly into Sharon Stone on an episode of Inside Edition, and although this was more than 15 years ago, he has still not quite recovered from the experience. He can be found in the corner of any room he occupies, occasionally whimpering. He is the author of six books (and counting) in the Weird U.S. series, and was the editor of The Zombie Cheerleader’s Big Book of Brains. The Associated Press once described his writing as "like shouting "fire" in a crowded theater."
Sean Paul Murphy is a professional screenwriter. His first film, 21 Eyes, starred Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens (The Cove) and marked the screen debut of Rebecca Mader (Lost). His subsequent films include Hidden Secrets, starring John Schneider (Dukes of Hazard) and Corin Nemec (Stargate: SG-1); Holyman Undercover, starring Fred Willard (Wall E); Sarah's Choice, starring the Grammy Award winning singer Rebecca St. James; The Encounter, starring WCW wrestling champion Steve "Sting" Borden and Marriage Retreat, starring Jeff Fahey (Lost) and Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live.) As a film editor, Sean has worked on countless commercials, music videos, television shows and features including In The Blink of An Eye, starring Eric Roberts (Runaway Train); Feature films he has edited for actor-producer Mark Redfield include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Death of Poe and Chainsaw Sally. Sean has been a lifelong devotee of horror and science fiction films.
Read Sean Paul Murphy's blog at http://seanpaulmurphyville.blogspot.com/
During his 25-year freelance career, Joe Nazzaro has conducted more than three thousand interviews and contributed to countless magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including Starlog, Fangoria, TV Zone, Starburst, SFX, Sci-Fi Now, Makeup Artist Magazine and Famous Monsters of Filmland. He currently divides his time between the New York area and London.
TED NEWSOM is a writer, producer and director. He has written for dozens of newspapers and magazines. His documentaries include Ed Wood—Look Back in Angora and Flesh and Blood, the Hammer Heritage of Horror hosted by Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Born in Ohio in 1958 and reared in Tennessee. A mixed breed of designer, musician (5 -string banjo), writer, educator, but above all Jeff Preston is an illustrator. Simply put it was a destiny almost from birth. Monsters always held an inexplicable fascination, and he drew them constantly. Where most boys in his neighborhood grew up idolizing sports, figures the names of Frazetta, Gogos and Rockwell were the giants he looked up to...and still does. After a stint in the Navy he went back to school and studied illustration with a vengeance at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio graduating with honors in 1985. A freelance career started immediately after and continues to this day. While primarily a mainstream illustrator, horror is where his work really shines. When he has been given the opportunity to illustrate it the love for the genre is unmistakable. "I try to follow the father of American Illustration Howard Pyle's lead, I throw my heart into the picture then jump in after it!"
Monsterscene, Little Shoppe of Horrors and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines have all carried his covers and interior illustrations. The California based band "The Ghastly Ones" commissioned him to illustrate the cover for their Unearthed CD which resulted in the German based Virus Magazine featuring his work and interview ( issue #19). In 2008 he had the distinction of being the first new Creepy artist hired in over a quarter of a century when the comic was resurrected through Dark Horse. The artwork for that story "Meet the Creepys" was selected as one of the years best in comic illustration and will be featured in Spectrum 16, along with the "Curse of Frankenstein" cover he did for Little Shoppe of Horrors #21. His work also appeared in Spectrum 15. Jeff Preston is an artist member of the New York Society of Illustrators.
Mark Redfield is an American actor and filmmaker. Redfield's feature film credits include: Come Hell or High Water (Justin Gatewood), Larry Blamire's Dark and Stormy Night (Farper Twyly), The Death of Poe (Edgar Allan Poe), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), and Cold Harbor (Roger). Television credits include: Armed Robbery Orgasm (as Ron–Channel Four, London), and In the Grip of Evil (as Father Hughes–Discovery Channel) among many others. During his career he has acted in, or directed and produced over seventy plays professionally, from original works to American and European classics. Redfield has founded two successful theater companies; Industrial Strength Theater and New Century Theater, respectively, and has toured internationally. He received training in theater and film from Towson University, UNESCO’s Theatre Of Nation’s University, and The Actor’s Conservatory. Passionate about E. A. Poe, he has worked since 2008 with Jeff Jerome and The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, co-writing and directing the 2009 Poe Bicentennial Funeral, which garnered world-wide media attention. Since then, in an effort to keep the Poe House open to the public, he has produced numerous events, including the East Coast premiere of Jeffrey Combs' one-man show about Poe, Nevermore, directed by Stuart Gordon. His work as a set designer and art director has covered film, television, theater and museum exhibits. Redfield has been a life-long painter and cartoonist. His writing has taken the form of comic strips, screenplays, magazine articles, and the infrequent yard sale signs. Redfield will have his first novel, THE CHANEY MURDER CASE, published in 2011. He is the publisher and editor, with Michael Heisler, of MONSTERPALOOZA MAGAZINE. Damfino Media was created to publish Monsterpalooza, other periodicals, and audio books. He owns the production company Redfield Arts and makes his home on sets all over the world, but collects his mail in Los Angeles and Baltimore.
GARY D. RHODES currently serves as Co-Director of Film Studies at The Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of such books as Lugosi (McFarland, 1997), White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film (McFarland, 2002), and The Perils of Moviegoing in America (Continuum, 2012), as well as the editor of such anthologies as Horror at the Drive-In (McFarland, 2001), Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row (Lexington, 2008). Rhodes is also the writer-director of such documentary films as Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997), Chair (2000), and Banned in Oklahoma (2004). Currently he is at work on a history of the American horror film to 1915.
Jennifer Rouse is an actress and designer. Her acting credits include the role of "Helen Gatewood" in the western drama Come Hell Or High Water, "Mrs. Moran" in The Death Of Poe, the role of "Ice Cream Girl" in the Redfield Arts / Planet X production Chainsaw Sally, "April" in the Palmetto Moon Studios film The Last Ride Of The Raven, and "Molly Pinkerton" in The Sins of the Fathers. Jennifer is cast as the female lead along-side Jason Priestly in the up-coming thriller Stingy Jack
Rouse has also appeared in Kevin MacDonald's State Of Play, Ridley Scott's Body of Lies, Touchstone Picture's Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets, and the John Waters film A Dirty Shame. Television credits include "Whiting's Secretary" on season 5 of HBO's The Wire, a Secret Service Agent in The West Wing, and a News Reporter in The District.
In addition to working in front of the camera, Jennifer Rouse has also worn numerous hats on production teams. Some of her production work includes being the associate producer for Chainsaw Sally and The Death Of Poe, photographer for filmmaker Tony Malinowski's docu-drama The Battle Of Bunker Hill, and production assisting, make-up, and costuming on various commercials, educational pieces, and films. She did the music score for The Death Of Poe and the sound design and score for The Drum Major, an educational film about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Her website is www.jenniferrouse.com
ERIC SUPENSKY has worked in all aspects of film, television, theater, event planning, and museum exhibitry focusing his attention in the last 15 years on the highly specialized areas of make-up, mechanical special effects, props, sets, masks and costumes.
ANTHONY TAYLOR is the author of Arctic Adventure!, an official Thunderbirds™ novel based on the iconic British television series by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. He's also written Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Complete Series - Volume 2, which includes reprints of the classic Gold Key comic book stories and The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim, chronicling artist Mike Trim's career designing models and special effects for Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO, and illustrating the cover for Jeff Wayne's musical War of the Worlds album. Online, Anthony writes Sleighted: The Vintage Magic Blog, which covers all aspects of vintage magic, magicians and the culture of retro theatrical magic from sleight of hand to grand illusion. It can be found at sleighted.blogspot.com
He was a monthly columnist for Toy Shop Magazine for 12 years covering garage kits and sci-fi collectibles. In addition, Anthony was a regular contributor and editor for the British magazine Sci-Fi & Fantasy Models International, and contributed a chapter on the Flying Sub miniatures from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea for the book From Sketch to Screen. His articles have appeared in Famous Monsters of Filmland, FilmFax, Amazing Figure Modeler, Effects Special, Modeler's Resource, and many other magazines. Anthony also designed and co-edited CultTVMan's Ultimate Modeling Guide to the Jupiter II as well as CultTVMan's Ultimate Modeling Guide to Classic Sci-Fi Movies, available at culttvman.com.
For more information on The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim, visit the artist's website at miketrimart.com.