Saturday, December 6, 2008
Forrest J Ackerman
November 24, 1916 – December 4, 2008
Famous Monsters of Filmland was among the first genre publications that fueled my love for all things fantastic. (The grade school library of my alma mater had bookbound issues in all their horror-filled glory.)
Uncle Forry was the man behind FMoF, and the man who brought us Ray Bradbury.
The following is a fact: I would not be the horror geek I am today if not for Uncle Forry and Famous Monsters of Filmland.
AICN has a tribute page up here, where Phil Tippett and Rick Baker have left their own loving recollections of Uncle Forry and his influence on them.
Also on the page are his own thoughts on mortality, circa 2003.
Rest easy, Dr. Acula. You will be fondly remembered.
(Image courtesy of moviejuice.com.)