Guide to Horror
by Cheryl Duran. JoNa Books. Softcover. 95
Although at first glance this seems to be a thin tome for the
subject in question, but it is only after delving into the Monsterclub.com Guide to horror
that you realise that there is a wealth of information on every page. Concisely written
and to the point, Cheryl has managed in her first publication to cover even monster toys
and collectibles within the pages.
What soon becomes apparant is that this is a personal guide by Cheryl into what she feels
is an important platform from which to dip your toe into the dark, dank sea of other
So this is exactly what it sets out to be,
a pocketsized ready reference guide to the many facets of the horror movie written in a
way to encourage further investigation on your own terms.
The sections lead the reader from the "Forward", written by none other than Ben
Chapman who portrayed the Gillman in Universal's Creature
From the Black Lagoon, right through the interesting "Golden Age of Horror
Radio" to Cheryl's synopsis and credits of "100 Favourite Horror Films".
Included are web links to sites with further information and plenty of references to
Cheryl's own Monsterclub.com which in itself is a superb site for horror movie information
Cheryl's own credentials are impressive;
apart from Monsterclub.com and her involvement as co-executive producer of the Los Angeles
cable television programme Nightmarez Café, Cheryl is also co-executive
producer of the horror/comedy film Stop It, You're Killing Me starring
James Black jnr. and Jamie Donahue.
All in all the book is slight, lacks any
pictures or movie stills, but it is the content that shines with a slew of facts necessary
for any budding horror movie fan.
I would encourage Cheryl to continue with future editions of the Guide if
only because of her wealth of knowledge on the subject, I believe that the Monsterclub.com
Guide to Horror will continue to grow and become a staple of horror movie fandom.
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