One of my favorite books when I was young was Movie Monsters by Alan Ormsby. It was released by Scholastic in 1975 and features "A Ghoulery of Monster Greats", which are little bios on everybody's favorite monsters --
LON CHANEY -- Man of a Thousand Faces
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
The next section of the book is "How to Make a Monster", which includes make-up and recipes for monsters --
WARTS -- BLOOD -- SCARS
MELTING MAN'S AND MUMMY'S HANDS
DRACULA -- BLACULA -- COUNTESS DRACULA
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
WOLFMAN -- MR. SKULL
BROWN BAG FRANKENSTEIN
I remember my brother and I made this Brown Bag Frankenstein a couple of times. Unfortunately, we never saved them or took any pictures.
The last part of the book is "How to put On Monster Shows". It features the script for a short sketch that incorporates the Monster Recipes. It's called --
"The MONSTER of FRANKENSTEIN!"
Frankenstein Meets Dracula and Mr. Skull in the House of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde...
We never attempted to do the show, but we used to make plans like we would.
You can read John Rozum's post about this book here.
Alan Ormsby on IMDb.
Alan Ormsby on Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, Mr. Ormsby also created Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces.One of my favorite toys when I was a young pup. Read a post I did about Hugo here.
Below is a mix based on the monsters in the books. It features the main title music and some trailers from the movies. A special thanks to Universal Horror Sounds. Some of these tracks originally appeared on his blog.
1. Man Of A Thousand Faces (1957) - Frank Skinner
2. The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) - Lee Erwin
3. The Wolfman (1941) - Hans J. Salter & Frank Skinner
4. Frankenstein (1931) - Giuseppe Becce & Bernhard Kaun
5. The Mummy (Trailer)
6. The Mummy (1932) - James Dietrich
7. King Kong (Trailer)
8. King Kong (1933) - Max Steiner
9. Dracula (1931) - Phippip Glass
10. Horror Of Dracula (Radio spot)
11. Horror Of Dracula (1958) - James Bernard
12. Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931)
13. The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) - Franz Waxman
14. The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) - Hans J. Salter
15. Blacula (Radio Spot)
16. Blacula (The Stalkwalk) (1972) - Gene Page
17. Young Frankenstein (1974) - John Morris
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