April 4, 2012
The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards — selected by 3100 voters! — were announced on Monday and I am proud to report that Frankensteinia was named First Runner-Up in the Best Blog category! The Best Blog Rondo goes to Terror from Beyond the Daves, an enthusiastic, fun blog with a passion for horror hosts.
I am also enormously happy to note that my article, Dare You See It?, published in Monsterpalooza Magazine #1 landed an Honorable Mention in the Best Article category! Another article from the same issue, Mark Redfield’s revelatory piece on Boris Karloff and the creation of the Screen Actor’s Guild, was a Runner-Up to Best Article, and Monsterpalooza Magazine itself was a Runner-Up to the Best Magazine Award. Quite a feat for a new magazine, and proof of its excellence! The Best Magazine Rondo went to the ever-fabulous Monsters from the Vault, and the Best Mass Market Magazine was, again and deservedly, Rue Morgue.
Noting Rondos with a Frankensteinian connection: The Island of Lost Souls won as Best Classic DVD and Best Restoration. The Best Book award went to Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, The Authorized Biography by Stephen Jacobs, and fans voted Bride of Frankenstein as the Film Most in Need of Upgrade or Restoration. And I’ll drink to that one.
Among all the other Rondos given out, I was most pleased to see the 100th Anniversary celebration of Vincent Price, the Vincentennial, rewarded as Best Fan Event, Mark Maddox named Best Artist and Tim Lucas crowned as Best Writer. Among this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, allow me to single out favorites David J. Skal, the author of such important works as Hollywood Gothic and The Monster Show, and Mark Frank, the pioneering editor of the fan monster movie magazine, Photon.
Congratulations to nominees and all the winners, and extra special thanks to David Colton for putting the whole thing together.