It all began with a tattered paperback book found at a random yard sale at some point during my youth...
I found it...
"Great Monsters of the Movies" by Robert K. Davidson
|I always had to skip this page with this picture of Lon Chaney in London After Midnight. It legitimately creeped me out. Still kinda does...|
There was also the occasional insight into the making of the movies. It was in these pages that I first learned of special effects and make-up techniques. Rather than destroy any remaining air of mystery the descriptions actually increased my fascination and inspired me to make my own monsters in later years.
I didn't grow up with these classic movies on the big screen and it wouldn't be until much later in life that I heard of publications like Famous Monsters that kept the flame going, but I always considered myself a "monster kid" thanks to this book.
Eventually, the its cover disintegrated, even with multiple attempts to salvage it with tape and contact paper... But the book itself made an impression that has lasted for years.