Wednesday, March 31

Last Days for the Rondo awards

The Rondo Awards officially end Saturday, so I hope you've all taken the time to vote. It is easy and fun - vote in as many or as few categories as you like. Simply place your choices in an email and send to: taraco@aol.com. The ballot is below for your convenience - I am nominated for Best website, Best Fan event, and best horror host if you are so inclined - but vote! Make your monster voice heard regardless of who you vote for. And long live the Rondos!!




HOW TO VOTE: All voting is by e-mail only. Simply copy this ballot and
send an e-mail with your picks to me (David Colton), at taraco@aol.com
by midnight, April 3, 2010. Please include your name (and not to worry,
no votes are ever disclosed and this will not generate spam).


Hope you can take the time to participate again in fandom's biggest horror
survey. More details at rondoaward.com. And thanks for putting up with
me again! (If you've already voted, sorry if I included you here. But feel free to send this to a monstrous friend!)

-- OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR THE 8TH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS --

1. Best Movie of 2009 (Pick one)

-- AVATAR
-- CORALINE
-- DISTRICT 9
-- DRAG ME TO HELL
-- HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
-- I SELL THE DEAD
-- THE LOVELY BONES
-- MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
-- MOON
-- MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D
-- ORPHAN
-- PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
-- SHERLOCK HOLMES
-- STAR TREK
-- TERMINATOR: SALVATION
-- TRICK 'R TREAT
-- TWILIGHT NEW MOON
-- WATCHMEN
-- ZOMBIELAND
-- Or write in another choice:

2. Best Television Presentation

-- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, 'Daybreak Part 2 (3),' SyFy, 3.20.09. Loss,
death and new hope in series finale. 'We all make our choices. Today, I
made a choice. I think it's my last one.'

-- DOCTOR WHO, 'The End of Time,' Parts 1 and 2), SyFy,
12.25.09-1.1.10. Farewell to the Tenth Doctor. 'If the time lock's
broken then everything's coming through. Not just the Daleks.'

-- FLASH FORWARD, 'No More Good Days,' ABC, 9.24.09. For two minutes
and seventeen seconds, the whole world blacks out and sees their
future. 'You're worried your future's gonna come true. I'm worried mine
won't.'

-- FRINGE, 'There's More Than One of Everything,' FOX, 5.12.09. World
Trade Center is intact in Season One cliffhanger. 'Unfortunately, the
question is what can't he do?'

-- LOST, 'This Place Is Death,' ABC, 2.11.09. Violent shifts in time
take toll on the Oceanic Six. "You asked me how to save the island and
I told you, you had to move it. I said that you had to move it, John.'

-- THE MEDIUM, 'Bite Me,' CBS, 10.30.09. Allison's nightmares throw her
into scenes from 'Night of the Living Dead.' Elvira guest stars. 'I'm
not sure I like what this black-and-white is doing to my skin.'

-- SUPERNATURAL, 'The End,' The CW, 10.1.09. Lucifer reveals the future
is a wasteland populated by zombies, 'You ever hear the story of how I
fell from grace?'

-- TORCHWOOD, 'Children of Earth,' SyFy, 7.10.09. Reunions and
sacrifice mark the final Sanction. 'I wanted to know about that Doctor
of his. The one who appears out of nowhere and saves the world. except
sometimes he doesn't.'

-- TRUE BLOOD, 'I Will Rise Up,' HBO, 8.16.09. The eldest of the
vampires, Godric, sacrifices himself to the sun. 'We may be immortal,
but you are dead to me.'

-- V, 'Pilot,' ABC, 11.3.09. UFOs arrive over major cities. The
Visitors have arrived. 'Just be sure not to ask anything that would
paint us in a negative light.'

-- Or write in another choice:

3. Best Classic DVD

-- AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: FULL MOON EDITION
-- BUCK ROGERS (serial)
-- FAUST (1926 Kino)
-- FIVE (Arch Obeler)
-- MAD MONSTER PARTY: SPECIAL EDITION
-- NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965)
-- NIGHT OF THE CREEPS: DIRECTOR'S CUT
-- PHANTASM II
-- Or write in another choice:

4. Best Classic DVD Collection

-- HELLRAISER BOX SET (first two films, and Blu-Ray)
-- ICONS OF SCI FI: TOHO COLLECTION: Battle in Outer Space, Mothra,
H-Man
-- KARLOFF/LUGOSI HORROR CLASSICS: The Walking Dead, You'll Find Out,
Zombies on Broadway, Frankenstein 1970

-- UNIVERSAL CULT HORROR COLLECTION: Murders in Zoo, Mad Doctor of
Market Street, Strange Case of Dr. RX, Mad Ghoul, House of Horrors.

-- WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTION, Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Mr.
Sardonicus, Zotz!, Old Dark House, Strait-Jacket, 13 Frightened Girls.
-- Or write in another choice:

5. Best DVD TV Collection

-- ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (Season Four)
-- BBC SHERLOCK HOLMES (Peter Cushing)
-- DARK SHADOWS: THE VAMPIRE CURSE: Barnabas' origin condensed to three
hours.
-- DEAD OF NIGHT (1977 Dan Curtis TV trilogy)
-- ONE STEP BEYOND (Season One)
-- TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE (Seasons 1 and 2)
-- TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION (1966 British series)
-- Or write in another choice:

6. Best Restoration (or video upgrade)

-- BUCK ROGERS (serial): All 12 episodes clear and clean.
-- FAUST (1926); Intensive Murnau Foundation restoration with original
hand-painted intertitles.
-- FIVE (1951): Sony restoration is best film has looked.
-- MESSIAH OF EVIL: THE SECOND COMING (1973). Restored, Techniscope
transfer..
-- NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965). Pristine print, uncensored.

-- OLD DARK HOUSE (1963). Color replaces B/W TV print.
-- ONE STEP BEYOND (Official First Season): Great transfers; pilot
episode extended.
-- REPULSION (Criterion). Correct aspect ration.
-- THE SHE-BEAST 1966) Widescreen Chromovision.
-- Or write in another choice:

7. Best DVD Extra

-- AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: 'Beware the Moon,' documentary.
-- BUCK ROGERS (serial): 'Buster Crabbe: All-American hero,' 1972
autobiographical talk.
-- DEAD OF NIGHT (1977): Includes unaired pilot episode.
-- FAUST (1926): 'Language of Shadows' documentary.
-- HELLHOUND: HELLRAISER II: 'The Soul Patrol,' interviews with
Cenobites.

-- KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS: William Shatner interview.
-- MAD MONSTER PARTY: SPECIAL EDITION: 'Making of a Cult Classic,'
documentary.
-- MESSIAH OF EVIL: THE SECOND COMING: documentary.
-- MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 VOL. XVI: 'Santa Claus Conquers the
Devil: A 50 Year Retrospective,' documentary.
-- WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTION: 'Spine-Tingler,' documentary on master of
shock.
-- Or write in another choice:

8. Best DVD Commentary

-- Fred Dekker, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
-- Barbara Steele, Ian Ogilvy, THE SHE-BEAST
-- Gregory Mank, THE WALKING DEAD
-- Steve Ryfle, Ed Godziszewski, MOTHRA (Toho collection)
-- Tom Weaver, Bob Burns, Charlotte Austin, FRANKENSTEIN 1970
-- Jim and Ken Wheat, Rebecca Balding, THE SILENT SCREAM
-- Or write in another choice:

9. Best Independent Production (film, documentary or short)

-- AMERICAN SCARY, finally on DVD, John Hudgens and Sandy Clark
highlight dozens of horror hosts old and new.
-- AUTOPSY OF THE DEAD, Night of the Living Dead retrospective,
directed by Jeff Carney.
-- BOB BURNS' HALLOWEEN SHOWS (streaming video documentary)
-- DARK DREAMERS collection. Four discs of Stanley Wiater's interviews
with genre writers and creators.
-- EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN, a Curtis Prather documentary tracing
the monstrous career of Dick Dyszel, aka Count Gore DeVol..
-- FAMOUS MONSTER, updated for DVD, a look back at Forrest J Ackerman.
-- FANEX FILES: HAMMER FILMS: Interviews with Lee, Pitt, Sangster,
others.

-- THE GUARDIAN (short), directed by Andrea Ricca (Skeleton confronts a
motorist)
-- HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN, Eben McGarr enlists Ron Chaney in homage to
the original.
-- THE INSTITUTE OF SEANCE (short), directed by Kevin Corcoran.
(Invokes murder mysteries of the 30s)
-- LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN, directed by Frank H. Woodward. His
influence through the decades.
-- NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD -- REANIMATED, directed by Mike Schneider.
(Original soundtrack over new animation and stop-motion)
-- NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, Mark Hartley's exploration of Australian cult
cinema

-- ORLOK THE VAMPIRE IN 3D, directed by Keith Carter. The original
Nosferatu tweaked and rendered in threee dimensions.
-- TERROR FROM BENEATH THE EARTH, directed by Christopher R. Mihm. A
Monster Kid homage to 50s sci-fi.
-- VIRGINIA CREEPERS: THE HORROR HOST TRADITION OF THE OLD DOMINION,
Sean Kotz' and Chris Valluzzo documentary about Virginia horror hosts.
-- Or write in another choice:

10. Best Book of 2009

-- AMONG THE RUGGED PEAKS: An Intimate Biography of Carla Laemmle, by
Rick Atkins. Last surviving member of 'Phantom of the Opera' and
'Dracula' cast.

-- BELA LUGOSI AND THE HOUSE OF DOOM, by Dwight Kemper. Another comedy
thriller starring our favorite horror stars.

-- BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF: The Expanded Story of a Haunting
Collaboration, by Gregory William Mank. Almost 700 pages examining the
myths and realities of the Karloff-Lugosi rivalry.

-- COMEDY-HORROR FILMS: A Chronological History 1914-2008, by Bruce
Hallenbeck. From silents to Bud and Lou and Scary Movie.

-- EDISON'S FRANKENSTEIN, by Frederick C. Wiebel Jr. Everything about
the making of the 1910 silent (E-book with DVD).

-- GRAND DAME GUIGNOL CINEMA: A History of Hag Horror from 'Baby Jane'
to 'Mother,' by Peter Shelley. How mother complexes, and aging
actresses, found work.

-- THE HORROR FILM QUIZ BOOK: 1,000 Questions on Spine-Tingling Films,
by Chris Cowlin and Mark Goddard. Sure to settle, or start, tavern
brawls.

-- KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES, American Science Fiction Movies of the
1950s, The 21st Century Edition, by Bill Warren. More than 1,000 pages
in this expanded and greatly revised edition of the classic
film-by-film analysis.

-- THE MAN WHO COLLECTED PSYCHOS: Critical essays on Robert Bloch,
edited by Benjamin Szumskyj . Twelve looks at a master of suspense
fiction.

-- MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN, The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro
Honda, by Peter H. Brothers. Examining the visionary behind 80 films
and the origins of Japan's greatest monsters.

-- PREHISTORIC MONSTERS: The Real and Imagined Creatures that We Love
to Fear, by Allan A. Debus. The truth and fancy about movie monsters
through the ages.

-- ROMANCING THE VAMPIRE: From Past to Present, by David J. Skal. A
lush 'collector's vault' of research and reproductions covering the
entire history, books and films of the undead.

-- SHADOWS OVER FLORIDA, by David and Scott T. Goudsward. A tour of the
Sunshine State's spookiest locations.

-- THE TELEVISION HORRORS OF DAN CURTIS, by Jeff Thompson. A look at
the force behind Dark Shadows, Night Stalker and TV's horror
adaptations.

-- THE TWILIGHT AND OTHER ZONES: The Dark Worlds of Richard Matheson,
edited by Stanley Wiater, Matthew Bradley and Paul Stuve. Interviews,
essays and letters serve as a tribute to a genre grand master.

-- UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS: A Legacy of Horror, by Michael Mallory.
An oversized and lushly illustrated history of the films that started
it all.

-- Or write in another choice:

11. Best Magazine of 2009

-- Filmfax
-- G-Fan
-- HorrorHound
-- Little Shoppe of Horrors
-- Mad Scientist
-- Monster Bash
-- Monsters from the Vault
-- Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope
-- Rue Morgue
-- Scarlet
-- Scary Monsters
-- Screem
-- Van Helsing's Journal
-- Video Watchdog
-- Or write in another choice:

12. Best Article of 2009 (PLEASE PICK TWO)

-- 'All Miller, No Filler: An Interview with Dick Miller,' by Anthony
Petkovich, FILMFAX #121. After all these years, the B-movie favorite
has plenty more to say.

-- 'The Art of Linda Miller,' by Max Cheney, SCARLET #3. A tribute to
the late fan artist, richly illustrated.

-- 'The Bad Moon Rises Again,' by Jason Lapeyre and Jovanka Vuckovic
(with Brice McVicar). RUE MORGUE #93. A retrospective on the making and
influence of An American Werewolf in London.

-- 'Boris Karloff at Warner Brothers, 1935-1939,' by Greg Mank,
MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Behind the scenes at The Walking Dead and
Karloff's four other WB films.

-- 'Cult Classic Commander,' by Brett Homenick, G-FAN #86. Interview
with Robert Horton about his career and The Green Slime.

-- 'Dee Wallace: Hills, Howling and Beyond!' by Rob Freese, VIDEOSCOPE
#69. Interview with the genre star of E.T. Cujo and The Howling.

-- 'Down the Block from Bergman: The Last House on the Left and
Beyond,' by Eric Somer, VIDEO WATCHDOG #151. Connecting the cinematic
dots from art house to slaughter house.

-- 'Eerie Eyre: War Eagles Beyond the Test Reel,' by Allan A. Debus,
MAD SCIENTIST #20. Everything known about Willis O'Brien's unfilmed
epic.

-- 'Four Remember Five,' by Tom Weaver, SCREEM #18. Interviews compiled
over 60 years, some for the first time, describe the filming of the 50s
A-bomb classic.

-- 'Godzilla, My Old Friend: Akira Takarada Talks about His Career, His
Co-Stars', by Yutaka Ichimura (totorom), G-FAN #87. Interview with star
of the original Gojira.

-- 'How I Met the Man Behind Famous Monsters of Filmland,' by Daniel
Kirk, SCARY MONSTERS #70. Remembering the day Forrest J Ackerman's
cross-country tour in 1963 stopped at his house in Columbus, Ohio.

-- 'King Kong's Lost Nightmare: Mystery of the Lost Spider Sequence,
Part 3,' by Gary Vehar, FILMFAX #120. Facts and remembrances try to
track down the truth behind stop-motion's biggest mystery.

-- 'Let the Twilight In,' by Stephen R. Bissette, VIDEO WATCHDOG #150.
A sympathetic exploration of the newest wave of vampire romance and
shock.

-- 'A Look Inside of Bela Lugosi's Personal Scrapbook,' by Dennis L.
Phelps. SCARY MONSTERS #69. Lugosi's show business past, carefully
preserved by the actor himself.

-- 'The Making of Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile,' by Bruce
Hollenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #23. A look at Hammer's audacious
B-movies from the summer of 1965.

-- ''How Do You Solve a Problem Like Carmilla?' by John Paul Checkett,
VAN HELSING'S JOURNAL #10. Exploring the literary and film versions of
one of the first vampire tales.

-- 'The Most Famous Monster of Them All: A Personal Remembrance of
Forrest J Ackerman,' by Steve Vertlieb, THUNDER CHILD Website.

-- 'Mr. Rains Goes to Burbank,' by David J. Skal and Jessica Rains.
SCARLET #3. A look at Claude Rains triumphs and battles in Hollywood in
the 30s.

-- 'Mystery and Imagination,' by Kim Newman. VIDEO WATCHDOG #151.
Revelations from the obscure British TV series that adapted
'Frankenstein,' 'Dracula,' 'The Suicide Club' and other gothic
classics.

-- 'One Browning, Two Helens and a Host of Fakes: Narrative and
Cinematic Trickery in The Thirteenth Chair,' by Gary D. Rhodes,
MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Exhaustive study of the director's use of
sound, editing and, two years before Dracula, Lugosi.

-- 'Peter Lorre: The Lost One Is Found,' by Herbert Shadrak, CINEMA
RETRO website. An interview with Stephen Youngkin, author of Lorre
biography.

-- 'Scare News,' by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS and MONSTER
MEMORIES. Fandom's insider column, appearing regularly.

-- 'Tales from the Crypt: A Horrorhound Retrospective,' by Nathan
Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #18. From comic to movie to TV, 20 years of the
Cryptkeeper.

-- 'A Tribute to Oliver Reed,' by Tom Triman, SCARY MONSTERS #72.
Complete career retrospective of Hammer's werewolf.

-- 'Universal-International's The Strange Door, Part One,' by Tom
Weaver and Steve Kronenberg, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Inside the
over-the-top Karloff-Laughton production of 1951.

-- 'Vampires, Zombies and Sorcerers,' by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn,
MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Examining their picks for the best Hammer
horrors of the 1960s.

-- 'A Very Careful Hatred,' by John W. Bowen, Dave Alexander and staff,
RUE MORGUE #96. The making, loss and rediscovery of the 1977 film,
'Rituals.'

-- 'Video Invasion: Remembering the VHS Boom,' Parts 4-9, by Matt
Moore, HORRORHOUND #15-20. The definitive history of the please-rewind
gore days of VHS in the 1980s.

-- 'Weird Scenes Inside the Fun House: The Making of Malatesta's
Carnival of Blood,' by Shaun Brady. VIDEO WATCHDOG #153. Resurrecting
the bizarre ghoulfest filmed in Pennsylvania 40 years ago.

-- Or write in another choice:
Remember, please pick TWO articles from the list above. One will win.

13. Best Magazine Cover (Find images at rondoaward.com)

FILMFAX #120
By Vincent DiFate

G-FAN #89
By Lee Munday

HORROR HOUND #20
By Nathan, Thomas Milliner

LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #22
By Mark Maddox

LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #23
By Bruce Timm

MAD SCIENTIST #20
By Pete Von Sholly

MONSTER BASH #9
By Lorraine Bush

MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26
By Daniel Horne

MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT
SPECIAL EDITION #1
By Kerry Gammill, Joe Schovitz

RUE MORGUE #90
By Gary Pullin

SCARLET #4
By Michael Wilks

SCARY MONSTERS #72
By Terry Beatty

SCREEM #18
By Bill Chancellor

VIDEOSCOPE #70
By Kevin Hein

VIDEO WATCHDOG #147
By Charles Largent

Or write in another choice:

14. Best Website (Online magazine, message board or tribute site)
Classic Horror Film Board, sponsor of Rondos, is not eligible

-- Atomicmonsters.com (Fun look at 50s scifi)
-- Chiller Cinema (Dr. Gangfrene's website of horrors)
-- Cinema Retro (online genre magazine)
-- Classic-horror.com (Dedicated to the history of classic horror)
-- Creature Feature (Count Gore DeVol's weekly multimedia monsters)
-- Creepy Classics (Monster Bash and latest product news)

-- Dread Central (all things classic and modern)
-- Eccentric-cinema (One of earliest cult sites)
-- E-gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts (amazing)
-- Famous Monsters of Filmland (latest version, under new management)

-- FearZone.com (modern horror)
-- Film Noir Foundation (For fans of long inky shadows)
-- Gallery of Monster Toys (The source)
-- HK and Cult Film News (Off the well-worn horror paths)
-- HorrorhostGraveyard.com (Clips, listings and more)
-- Horror Society (Independent horrors)

-- Latarnia: Fantastique International (all things Euro and more)
-- Lugosiphilia Yahoo Group (Just Bela)
-- The Many Faces of the Frankenstein Monster (like it says)
-- Mondo Cult Online (the world of, well, everything)
-- Monster Island News (Godzilla is just the start)
-- Monster-Mania Forum (monster conventions)
-- Movie Meltdown (Interviews and more)

-- Serialsquadron.com (Cliffhangers, restored serials and talk)
-- Shriekfreak Quarterly (online magazine)
-- Stoner's Monster Mayhem (if downtown had a monster shop)

-- Thethunderchild.com (Online magazine)
-- Trailers from Hell (Joe Dante, pros comment on trailers)
-- Universal Monster Army (Toys, models, masks and way more)
-- Witch's Dungeon (Home of the monstrous Hollywood tributes)
-- Or write in another choice:

15. Best Horror Blog

-- Cinebeats (for monster cinephiles)
-- Cinema Dave (movie musings)
-- Cinema-suicide (Smart look at modern films; soundtracks, too)
-- Dollar Bin Horror (for fans on a budget)
-- The Drunken Severed Head (Max Cheney's unique blog about it all)

-- Final Girl (A different kind of scream)
-- Frankensteinia (If it didn't exist it would have to be invented)
-- Gary J. Svehla: Midnight Marquee/Mad About Movies (From a genre
original)
-- The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla (August Ragone's G-blog)
-- Groovy Age of Horror (Not for faint-hearted)

-- The Horrors of it All (Horror in the comics and more)
-- Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire (mondo, Euro and fantastique)
-- Monsterama.blogspot.com (Friendly creeps from Jay Stevens)
-- Monstermoviemusic.blogspot.com (Music is just the start)

-- Obscure Hollow (The look of horror)

-- Scared Silly (classic horror comedies)
-- Secret Fun Blog (childhood reveries from creator of Flip!)
-- Unimonster's Crypt (John Stevenson's news and views)
-- Vault of Horror (Blog for every era of horror)
-- Vampiros and Monstruos (the blog of Mexican horrors)
-- Video Watchblog (and still it lives)
-- Zombos' Closet of Horror Blog (John Cozzoli new generation blog)
-- Or write in another choice:

16. Best Convention or Film Festival of 2009
-- B-MOVIE CELEBRATION (Franklin, Ind.)
-- CHILLER (Parsippany, N.J.)
-- CINEMA WASTELAND (Cleveland)
-- DARK CARNIVAL (Bloomington, Ind.)
-- DEEP RED FESTIVAL OF FANTASTIC FILM (Portland and Seattle)

-- DRAGONCON (Atlanta)
-- FANGORIA WEEKEND OF HORRORS (New York)
-- G-FEST (Chicago)
-- HORROR-FIND (Baltimore)
-- HORROR HOUND WEEKEND (Indianapolis)
-- HORROR REALM (Pittsburgh)

-- LIVING DEAD FESTIVAL (Evans City, Pa.)
-- MONSTER BASH (Pittsburgh)
-- MONSTER FEST (Chesapeake, Va.)
-- MONSTER-MANIA (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
-- MONSTERPALOOZA (Burbank)

-- RUE MORGUE'S FESTIVAL OF FEAR (Canada)
-- SPOOKY EMPIRE (Orlando)
-- SPOOKY MOVIE FEST (Washington, D.C.)
-- WONDERFEST (Louisville)
-- Or write in another choice:

17. Best Fan Event

-- Ron Chaney appears as the Wolf Man (Ron Chamberlain's makeup), at
the Monster Bash.

-- Blob panic reenactment, held at actual theater where movie was
filmed in Phoenixville, Pa. (Blobfest)

-- Classic 3D double feature (Creature from the Black Lagoon and It
Came from Outer Space), at Cleveland Cinematheque.

-- Dario Argento's INFERNO screened; Q&A hosted by Tim Lucas with star
Irene Miracle and composer Keith Emerson. Los Angeles.

-- Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny and Zombie Walk in Nashville.

-- Godzilla actor Kenji Sahara appears at G-FEST XVI, Rosemont, Ill.

-- Boris Karloff blog-a-thon, organized online by Frankensteinia.

-- Shadow and Substance: The Twilight Zone Tales of George Clayton
Johnson, hosted by Terry Pace, Sheffield, Ala.

-- Thriller re-enactment with original dancer Sheryl Sington; guest
John Landis at Spooky Empire, Orlando.

-- Tribute to Forrest J Ackerman, Grauman's Egyptian Theatre,
Hollywood, organized by Joe Moe.

-- Tribute to Mike 'Ygor' Thomas, Chiller convention. Paul Scrabo
assembles archival footage of late actor and makeup artist.

-- Universal Monster Army toy exhibit, including rare toys from 50s and
60s, at Wonderfest.

-- James Warren talks about Famous Monsters and more, Monsterpalooza,
Burbank.

-- Witches' Dungeon Classic Movie Museum. Startling recreations of
full-sized classic monsters, open at Halloween in Bristol, Conn.

-- World Zombie Day: It's Alive Zombie Fest included zombie walks for
World Zombie Day, Monroeville, Pa.

-- Or write in another choice:

18. Favorite Horror Host of 2009

Who did the best hosting in 2009? If your favorite is missing, please
write them in.

-- A. GHASTLEE GHOUL (Ohio)
-- THE BONE JANGLER. (Illinois)
-- KARLOS BORLOFF (Washington, D.C.)
-- COUNT GORE DE VOL (Mid-Atlantic)
-- DR. GANGRENE (Nashville)
-- DR. PUREBLOOD (Smyrna, Tenn.)

-- GHOUL A GO GO (NYC area)
-- GRAVELY MacCABRE and GRIZELDA. (Pennsylvania, West Virginia)
-- LATE DR. LADY
-- MR. LOBO (California)
-- ORMON GRIMSBY (North Carolina)
-- PENNY DREADFUL (New England)

-- PROFESSOR EMCEE SQUARE (Pittsburgh)
-- REMO D (California)
-- SINISTER MINISTER (Las Vegas)
-- SON OF GHOUL (Ohio)
-- SVENGOOLIE (Rich Koz; Chicago)
-- WOLFMAN MAC (Michigan)

-- There are plenty of others, so if your favorite isn't listed, write
in another choice:

19. Best Soundtrack or CD)

-- CAPTAIN NEMO AND UNDERWATER CITY (Angela Morley, Film Score Monthly)
-- DRACULA A.D. 72 (Mike Vickers, GDI/BSX Records
-- EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (Dana Kaproff, Kritzerland)
-- ESCAPE FROM PLANET OF THE APES, (Jerry Goldsmith, Varese)
-- MASTER OF THE WORLD/GOLIATH AND BARBARIANS (Les Baxter, Intrada)

-- NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (Barry DeVorzon, LaLaLand)
-- PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (Les Baxter, LaLaLand)
-- 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Bernard Herrmann, Prometheus)
-- SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (Gershon Kingsley, Howlin' Wolf)

-- STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN, (James Horner, Film Score
Monthly/Retrograde)
-- TIME AFTER TIME (Miklos Rozsa, Film Score Monthly)
-- VERNE LANGDON PIPE DREAMS (DejaVu

-- Or write in another choice:

20. Best Horror Audio or Video Podcast

-- Cult Radio A-Go-Go!
-- Deadpit.com
-- Fangoria Radio
-- Fearshop.com
-- The Graveyard Show
-- Mail Order Zombie

-- Midnight Podcast
-- TheMonsterclub.com old time radio
-- Rotting Flesh Radio
-- Rue Morgue Radio
-- Without Your Head
-- Or dial in another choice:

21. Best Horror Comic Book

-- ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN. Robert Kirkman (Image)
-- BATMAN: GOTHAM AFTER MIDNIGHT by Steve Niles and Kelley Jones (DC)
-- BEASTS OF BURDEN by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)
-- CARNIVAL OF SOULS, by Michael H. Price (Midnight Marquee)

-- THE COMPLETE DRACULA, by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Colton Worley
(Dynamite)
-- THE GOON. Eric Powell (Dark Horse)
-- SCIENCE FICTION CLASSICS: War of the Worlds, A Martian Odyssey and
more. (Graphic Classics)

-- HELLBOY: THE WILD HUNT by Mike Mignola and Fegredo (Dark Horse)
-- LENORE: The Cute Little Dead Girl, by Roman Dirges (Titan)
-- LOCKE AND KEY: HEAD GAMES by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)

-- ROBOT 13 by Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford (Blacklist)
-- VICTORIAN UNDEAD Ian Edginton and Davide Fabbri (Wildstorm)
-- VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS, anthology (Blue Water)
-- Or write in another choice:

22. Best Toy, Model or Collectible (Find images at rondoaward.com)
Nominees developed with help from the Universal Monster Army!

Classic Monsters (Funko)

Creature (Ultratumba)

Dracula ornament (Carlton)

Horror Host trading cards (Horror Host Graveyard)

Karloff (Executive Replicas)

Monster Scenes (Moebius)

Twilight Zone Talking Tina (BifBamPow)

New Wolfman (Mezco)

-- Or write in another choice:

23. Count Alucard's Controversy of the Year

Every year has its fair share of disputes and worrisome trends. What
topped this year's list?

-- 'Copyright lawyer sold separately.' Universal cracks down on
unauthorized kits, images.

-- 'You know I can't hear Bela when the ice is melting!' Fans debate
whether a snippet of Lugosi-as-the-Monster dialogue can be heard in
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman.

-- 'No, but I can burn one for you.' Major studios offer DVD-Rs on
demand rather than full-fledged classic DVD releases.

-- 'Hey kid? Want a DVD?' Turner Classic Movies joins Best Buy in
offering exclusive DVD releases.

-- 'This ain't no library!' Genre magazines continue to struggle.

-- Or add your own matter of concern:

WRITE-IN CATEGORIES:

24. Classic Most in Need of Restoration

Which classic horror film, either released or unreleased, do you think
most deserves a restoration?

25. Writer of the Year (for 2009)

Who do you think did the best published (or online) work in 2009 to
advance the state of classic horror research?

26. Artist of the Year (Pro)

Which professional artist (designer, illustrator, sculptor),was your
favorite in 2009?

27. Artist of the Year (Fan)

Which amateur or fan artist (designer, illustrator, sculptor), was your
favorite in 2009?

28. Favorite DVD reviewer

Which reviewer in print or online was your favorite in 2009?

29. Monster Kid of the Year

Who deserves to be named 'Monster Kid of the Year' for efforts beyond
the call of duty to build a better world of gods and monsters?

30. Monster Kid Hall of Fame
Who should be this year's inductees into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame?

ALREADY INDUCTED ARE: Bob and Kathy Burns, Forrest J Ackerman and James
Warren, Zacherley and Vampira, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Alex and
Richard Gordon, William K. Everson, Rick Baker, Basil Gogos, Roger
Corman, Dick Klemensen, Gary and Sue Svehla, James Bama and Bobby
'Boris' Pickett, Paul and Jackie Blaisdell, Joe Dante, Don Glut, Jack
Davis, German Robles and Frank Frazetta; Bernie Wrightson, Ben Chapman,
Cortlandt Hull and Dennis Vincent, Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth, Archie Goodwin
and Ghoulardi; Ken Kelly, Jim and Marion Clatterbaugh, Bob Wilkins,
Calvin Beck, Paul Naschy and Lux Interior. Who should join them?

Tell us your suggestions. We'll pick six more.

Whew! That's it!!!

Again, all voting is by e-mail only. Simply copy this ballot and send
an e-mail with your picks to me (David Colton), at taraco@aol.com by
midnight, April 3, 2010.

Thanks to all who have voted for Rondo this year!

david 

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