Another post (just) in time for Halloween! Today’s post celebrates the amazing Donald F. Glut, perhaps best known for his novelization of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. His career has seen him wear many interesting hats, including writer, musician, photographer, film historian, dinosaur expert, actor and filmmaker. He has long been celebrated by aspiring filmmakers for his many amateur films, which are available in a DVD set entitled “I Was A Teenage Movie Maker.” You should definitely check out his website: DonaldFGlut.com
In the 1970s Glut began writing for comics, scripting and creating characters for industry giants like Marvel and Gold Key. It was during that time that he penned this 1977 gem for Golden Press. Almost a decade later, my aunt would pull a copy out of her hall closet and hand it to me saying, “I think you might like this one.” Boy was she ever right! I devoured the book, and re-read it so intently that she let me keep it. (This same aunt would later take me to my first James Bond film. My aunt is cool, man!) It helped shape many of the interests already forming in my young mind, and would be cherished both as a reference and a reminder of simpler times.
This wonderful book is called “Monsters”, written by Glut and illustrated by Carole Jean Boerke, with an amazing cover by Dennis Hockerman. It features mention of every monster conceivable; with detailed histories of classic monsters in film and literature, tantalizing tales of the most famous cryptozoological creatures, a section on dinosaurs and even stories of UFOs and alien visitations. Each chapter includes quizzes, games and a list of topical films. There’s even a section of magic tricks and a full-sized board game. Additionally, several characters from Gold Key’s horror comics make appearances, including Glut’s own Doctor Spektor, Hephzibah Grimm, Ra-Ka-Tep, and Simbar the Were-Lion.
You can download the PDF by clicking here. I hope you will enjoy this rare bit of nostalgia as much as I have!