Rich Handley Author and Editor

New Book Coming by Halloween

Between now and Halloween, my next book will be released from Sequart. The title is MUSINGS ON MONSTERS: OBSERVATIONS ON THE WORLD OF CLASSIC HORROR. The anthology is co-edited by me and Lou Tambone, and you can find more information here.

As children, we fall in love with monsters, and age often fails to dim that freakish fascination. As adults, we examine our youthful passions with a cold eye, but the awful truth remains: we are eternally “Monster Kids.” Musings on Monsters, from the editors of Somewhere Beyond the Heavens: Exploring Battlestar Galactica and From Bayou to Abyss: Examining John Constantine, Hellblazer, gathers together a murderer’s row of writers to open the crypt of our childhoods and shine a ray of moonlight on all the creatures, creeps, and crazies of those bygone days of classic horror.

So beware, for such fiends as Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, Godzilla, the Cat People, Barnabas Collins, zombies, and even the Devil himself lurk within these pages, scrutinized by experts in the field of monsterism and laid out on the slab for thorough reflections on their supernatural powers to mesmerize children and adults alike. Join us, won’t you? Don’t be afraid – your ghoulish guides through this nightmarish landscape are at your side… unless, of course, you step off the path.

Cover by Leah Battle

Here’s the Table of Contents:

I Was a Grade-School Monster Kid – Growing Up Ghoulish with Classic Creeps: A Foreword
By Jim Beard

It Was a Graveyard Smash: An Introduction
By Rich Handley

The Search for Monsters
By Joe Bongiorno

A New World of Gods and Monsters: Universal Studios and the First Shared Cinematic Universe
By Joseph Berenato

Boris and Bela: The Best of Fiends
By Greg Cox

The Tragic Heroism of Larry Talbot, the Wolf Man
By Robert B. Nejman

What’s So Special About the Creature from the Black Lagoon?
By Lou Tambone

Frankenstein: Defining Monstrosity
By Kelli A. Fitzpatrick

Kharis: The Unsung Legend of Mummy Fiction
By Frank Schildiner

A Monstrous Regiment of Draculas
By Charles R. Rutledge

The Devil Has All the Best Films: Silver-Screen Satans and Boob-Tube Beelzebubs
By Joe Bongiorno

Continuity of Terror: The Horror Comics of Warren Publishing

By Samuel Agro

Modern Mythology on a Micro-Budget: Reinventing Classic Monsters on Dark Shadows
By Ross Johnson

I Like the Dark: An Exploration of the Monstrous Feminine in Val Lewton’s Cat People Duology
By Corinna Bechko

Godzilla vs. Continuity: Toho’s Shōwa-Era Shared Film Universe
By Rich Handley

Hippie Freaks in Monstrous Clothing: The Addams Family vs. The Munsters
By Robert Jeschonek

Dracula Gets Hammered
By Glenn Greenberg

Hosts with the Ghosts: Horror Hosts in Comics and Television, 1940–1969
By Matthew Sunrich

The Plague of the Plague of the Zombies
By Robert Smith?

Rock Until You Drop: The Enduring Legacy of Classic Monsters in The Monster Squad
By Greg Mitchell

Your Monster and You: An Afterword
By Lou Tambone

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