Forrest J. Ackerman
May 29, 2009 | 6:12 p.m.
Susan King is back with another report about an L.A. event, this time it’s a mini-festival of horror films this weekend to mark the resurrection of one of the most beloved brand names in geekdom. -G.B. The American Cinematheque is celebrating the return of the movie magazine “Famous Monsters of Filmland” with a two-day feast of classic Universal horror films. The late Forrest J. Ackerman began “Famous Monsters” with publisher James Warren 51 years ago and gave the world 191 issues of the magazine before it gave up the ghost in 1983. There was a revival in 1993 but that turned into an ugly dispute when Ackerman and the new regime parted ways. After numerous legal issues, Famous Monsters is shambling out of the crypt once again (although this time it’s online only) but without Forry’s presence the venture will have to prove […]
April 29, 2009 | 1:36 a.m.
The late Forrest J. Ackerman dedicated his life to amassing what many consider to have been the world’s largest personal collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror memorabilia. On Thursday, about 500 remnants of his prized cache will go on the block as part of a larger auction of Hollywood collectibles. (The auction has plenty of other historic Hollywood totems, among them this mask from classic 1954 monster tale ”The Creature from the Black Lagoon.”) Among the Ackerman-owned items for sale are the ring worn by actor Bela Lugosi in the 1931 film “Dracula,” Lugosi’s vampire cape from “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and other movies and his robe from “The Raven.” “Forry died a pretty broke guy,” said Joe Maddalena, president of the auction house Profiles in History, who’s staging the event at its Calabasas Hills headquarters and online at http://www.liveauctioneers.com. […]
Dec. 08, 2008 | 11:59 p.m.
It’s pretty telling that since the death of Forrest K. Ackerman last week, there has been a steady flow of memorial essays singing his praises. The man was clearly beloved. Carolyn Kellogg, one of my colleagues here at The Times, took the photo above during a 1994 visit to the famed Ackermansion. She’s written a nice piece on her visit that day, and I especially liked her appraisal of her host’s demeanor: The really wonderful thing Forrest Ackerman shared with us that day was glee. I mean, seriously, he was gleeful. He loved all his stuff, he loved showing it to people. We could have stayed longer, much longer than we did. If there is a heaven for each of us, I hope Forrest Ackerman’s is filled with heavenly versions of his entire collection, and an endless line of people […]
Dec. 05, 2008 | 10:38 p.m.
Sad (but not shocking) news today that Forrest J Ackerman has died. Dennis McLellan, one of the fine obituary writers in the country, writes about this true original: Forrest J Ackerman, who influenced a generation of young horror movie fans with Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and spent a lifetime amassing what has been called the world’s largest personal collection of science fiction and fantasy memorabilia, has died. He was 92. Ackerman, a writer, editor and literary agent who has been credited with coining the term "sci-fi" in the 1950s, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman’s estate, told the Associated Press. As editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Ackerman wrote most of the articles in the photo-laden magazine launched in 1958 as a forum […]