Monster 30

Monster   30 Author Tim Paxton
ISBN-10 1535081651
Release 2016-07-28
Pages 164
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MONSTER! #30 is the better part of 164 pages thick, and just as chock-a-block with monstrous goodness as ever. As for the contents, it's the usual unusual mash-up of more modern and vintage monster material; a tasty smorgasbord/cornucopia of the old, the new and the not-quite-so-old-or-new. As per our hunky three-eyed cover boy (the title critter from his newest movie TRICLOPS!), we've got lashings of loving reportage on the DIY-with-TLC creature features of regional American filmmaker Brett Piper, one of whose many specialties in practical special effects is stop-motion animation (forget CGI!). In addition, we have an in-depth essay on the early works of David Cronenberg, with an especial focus on his still-disturbingly-effective 1979 "monster kid" shocker THE BROOD. Also in this issue, by way of a moving and touching Special Tribute/Remembrance by someone who knew him, we pay our last respects to the much-loved and sadly recently late Vince Rotolo, "King of the Monster Podcasters" and a MonsterBash regular who shall be sorely missed. We've also got the second and final part of our feature article "Bathed in Blood", covering the cinematic excesses of notorious vampiristic aristocrat Countess Elizabeth Báthory. In addition to all this, we've got oodles of creature feature reviews and eye-catching original artwork besides. Just for the record, our roster of talent for MONSTER! #30 is: Stephen D. Sullivan, Eric Messina, Michael Hauss, Dennis Capicik, Christos Mouroukis, Stephen R. Bissette, C. Michael Hall, Andy Ross, Martín Núñez, Kinshuk Gaur, Salvatore Tarantola, Tony Strauss, Brian Harris, Steve Fenton, and Tim Paxton. Detailed video availability (most of it correct, as per usual, we hope!) rounds things out. Enjoy!



How to Draw Monster Trucks

How to Draw Monster Trucks Author Aaron Sautter
ISBN-10 1429600799
Release 2007-08-01
Pages 32
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"Lively text and fun illustrations describe how to draw monster trucks"--Provided by publisher.



The Nian Monster

The Nian Monster Author Andrea Wang
ISBN-10 9780807556429
Release 2016-12-01
Pages 32
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Tong tong! The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year. With horns, scales, and wide, wicked jaws, Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with Xingling! The old tricks to keep him away don't work on Nian anymore, but Xingling is clever. Will her quick thinking be enough to save the city from the Nian Monster?



I Will Fight Monsters for You

I Will Fight Monsters for You Author Santi Balmes
ISBN-10 9781497692756
Release 2015-03-03
Pages 32
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Two little girls—one human and the other a monster—are afraid to go to sleep for fear of what’s living under their beds. This beautiful and humorous tale is a perfect bedtime story for anyone who is afraid of (or wants to become friends with) a monster! This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.



80s Action Movies on the Cheap

 80s Action Movies on the Cheap Author Daniel R. Budnik
ISBN-10 9780786497416
Release 2017-03-24
Pages 260
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"The 1980s was the decade when the action film as we know it came into being. Nonstop, big-budget excitement became the standard for the summer blockbusters. Homages made with lesser budgets followed every hit action movie. Providing detailed commentary on more than 300 films, this book explores '80s low budget action cinema"--



The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films

The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films Author Salvador Murguia
ISBN-10 9781442261679
Release 2016-07-29
Pages 422
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Although the horror genre has been embraced by filmmakers around the world, Japan has been one of the most prolific and successful purveyors of such films. From science fiction terrors of the 1950s like Godzilla to violent films like Suicide Circle and Ichi the Killer, Japanese horror film has a diverse history. While the quality of some of these films has varied, others have been major hits in Japan and beyond, frightening moviegoers around the globe. Many of these films—such as the Ringu movies—have influenced other horror productions in both Asia and the United States. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films covers virtually every horror film made in Japan from the past century to date. In addition to major and modest productions, this encyclopedia also features entries on notable directors, producers, and actors. Each film entry includes comprehensive details, situates the film in the context and history of Japanese horror cinema, and provides brief suggestions for further reading. Although emphasizing horror as a general theme, this encyclopedia also encompasses other genres that are associated with this theme, including Comedy Horror, Science Fiction Horror, Cyber-punk Horror, Ero Guru (Erotic Grotesque), and Anime Horror. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films is a comprehensive reference volume that will appeal to both cinema scholars as well as to the many fans of this popular genre.



Rubber Sharks and Wooden Acting

Rubber Sharks and Wooden Acting Author Nicko Vaughan
ISBN-10 1845839404
Release 2016-04-11
Pages 218
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From the hilariously dated moralising of anti-drug propaganda vehicle Reefer Madness (1936) to the mind-boggling awfulness of vanity project pioneer Tommy Wiseau's The Room (2003), audiences have always been drawn to the unintended delights of bad movies. What makes a good bad movie? Why do people seek them out? And why have they seen such a resurgence over the past decade? In this book, film writer, lecturer and comic Nicko Vaughan, co-creator of the Bad Film Club, presents an affectionate and humorous guide to the movies, the people who make them, the actors who star in them and the audiences who adore them.



There s a Monster in Your Book

There   s a Monster in Your Book Author Tom Fletcher
ISBN-10 9780141385617
Release 2017-08-17
Pages 32
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A mischievous monster has invaded the pages of YOUR book! Tom Fletcher's warm, witty and perfectly-judged narrative voice brings this wonderfully inventive debut solo picture book to life, inviting readers to create magic inside the book. Children will love interacting by tilting, spinning, shaking and blowing, and then seeing the impact as each page is turned. A fantastic celebration of all the fun that can be had with a book, with a wonderful wind-down bedtime ending!



Beastly

Beastly Author Alex Flinn
ISBN-10 9780061972539
Release 2009-10-06
Pages 336
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With a new Beauty and the Beast movie hitting theaters in spring 2017, it’s time to catch up on all things Beastly. Find out what it was like for the beast in Alex Flinn’s contemporary retelling of the classic tale. I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.



Riccardo Freda

Riccardo Freda Author Roberto Curti
ISBN-10 9781476628387
Release 2017-03-13
Pages 376
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In an eclectic career spanning four decades, Italian director Riccardo Freda (1909–1999) produced films of remarkable technical skill and powerful visual style, including the swashbuckler Black Eagle (1946), an adaptation of Les Miserables (1947), the peplum Theodora, Slave Empress (1954) and a number of cult-favorite Gothic and horror films such as I Vampiri (1957), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) and The Ghost (1963). Freda was first championed in the 1960s by French critics who labeled him “the European Raoul Walsh,” and enjoyed growing critical esteem over the years. This book covers his life and career for the first time in English, with detailed analyses of his films and exclusive interviews with his collaborators and family.



Monster Sleepover

Monster Sleepover Author Scott Beck
ISBN-10 0810940590
Release 2009-10-01
Pages 32
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The little monsters are having a party, but this time it’s not for a birthday—it’s a slumber party! In their own quirky monster style, the friends play Simon Says, read fortunes, sing songs, have snacks, and of course, stay up past their bedtime! Small children in particular will enjoy laughing along to the all-too-familiar antics of these little monsters. Told in brief text, and panels that highlight the physical humor in each scene, this is the perfect book to share with a young child before his or her first slumber party. F&P Level: J F&P Genre: F



I m Not Little

I m Not Little Author Alison Inches
ISBN-10 149980377X
Release 2017-03-07
Pages 32
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A funny picture book for children who are tired of being told they're little! Papa calls him Little Buddy. Mamma calls him Little Love Bug—and sometimes Little Fussbudget. Fur Pa calls him Little Whippersnapper. Fur Ma says, "Is this your little car?" Little Shaggy is a fuzzy little monster, but he has a BIG problem. Everyone keeps calling him little! All day long his family asks him if he wants a little snack, a little story, or if he’s a little grumpy. Well Little Shaggy has a little news: “I’M NOT LITTLE!” He throws a big tantrum, but his mother is able to calm him down by giving him a little news: he has a new baby sister, and he is now a BIG brother! Shaggy now suddenly doesn't want to be big, but his mom tells him that he'll always be mama's little angel.



Monsters Go Night Night

Monsters Go Night Night Author Aaron Zenz
ISBN-10 9781613129647
Release 2016-08-16
Pages 32
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Bedtime means brushing your teeth, putting on pajamas, snuggling, and kissing your family goodnight. For monsters, bedtime looks a little different. They brush their teeth, but not with a toothbrush. They get dressed for bed, but not in slippers and nightcaps. They snuggle, but not with a blankie or a teddy bear. Monsters Go Night-Night takes readers through the bedtime rituals of seven friendly monsters while making each step of the routine a guessing game. Getting ready for bed has never been so much fun!



Ten Creepy Monsters

Ten Creepy Monsters Author Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
ISBN-10 9781613124925
Release 2013-01-15
Pages 32
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Ten creepy monsters met ’neath a gnarled pine. One blew away, And then there were nine. And so the countdown begins . . . A mummy, a witch, a ghost, a werewolf, a vampire, and others all gather, but one by one their crowd diminishes. At last there is only one creepy monster left. But what kind of monster is it? Squeals of laughter are sure to accompany the reading of this book from bestselling illustrator Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis, as 10 creepy monsters set out for fun. Praise for Ten Creepy Monsters "Armstrong-Ellis injects just the right amount of humor into her portrayals of the ghoulish bunch, keeping the tone appropriately light." —Kirkus Reviews "Generously detailed acrylics provide a touch of nefarious charm, while a tender surprise ending should gratify trick-or-treaters." —Publishers Weekly "Fun for Halloween or for counting anytime." —School Library Journal "Armstrong-Ellis’ textured images, full of spooky spirit and clever detail, add to the fun. A happy Halloween outing." —Booklist "With rich language and a delightfully dark nighttime palette, this pleasing rhyme begs to be acted out or performed with puppets. The illustrations are appropriately ghoulish." —BookPage "A perfect Halloween read-aloud but a great way to relieve malaise on any day, this picture book also helps young readers learn to count as the monsters fall by the wayside in gruesome fashion." —Reading Today Online "Author/artist Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis clearly had fun crafting this silly, lighthearted Halloween tale of monsters who disappear…" —The Seattle Times "Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis delivers a delightful rhyming lesson in subtraction." —USA Today



The Nantucket Sea Monster

The Nantucket Sea Monster Author Darcy Pattison
ISBN-10 9781629440842
Release 2017-09-12
Pages 32
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A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper? Early in August 1937, a news flash came: a sea monster had been spotted lurking off the shore of Nantucket Island. Historically, the Massachusetts island had served as port for whaling ships. Eyewitnesses swore this wasn’t a whale, but some new, fearsome creature. As eyewitness account piled up, newspaper stories of the sea monster spread quickly. Across the nation, people shivered in fear. Then, footprints were found on a Nantucket beach. Photographs were sent to prominent biologists for their opinion. Discussion swirled about raising a hunting party. On August 18, news spread across the island: the sea monster had been captured. Islanders ran to the beach and couldn’t believe their eyes. This nonfiction picture book is a perfect tool to discuss non-political fake news stories. Back matter discusses the freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Quotes from Thomas Jefferson make it clear that fake news has always been one of the costs of a free press. A Timeline lists actual events in the order they occurred. A vocabulary list defines relevant words.



Down from the Attic

Down from the Attic Author John T. Soister
ISBN-10 9781476625447
Release 2004-03-31
Pages 248
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Much has been written (and rewritten) about classic horror and science fiction films like Nosferatu and Metropolis, as well as not-so-classic pictures like Bride of the Monster and The Hideous Sun Demon. Yet some genre films have fallen through the cracks. The 24 films--some elusive, some easily found on YouTube--examined in this book all suffered critical neglect and were prematurely stacked in the attic. The authors bring them back into the light, beginning with Der Tunnel (1915), based on an international bestseller about the building of a transatlantic tunnel, and ending with The Emperor's Baker--The Baker's Emperor (1951), a bizarre Marxist take on the Golem legend. A variety of thrillers are covered--Fog (1933), Return of the Terror (1934), Forgotten Faces (1928)--along with such sci-fi leaps into the future as The Sky Ranger (1921), High Treason (1929) and Just Imagine (1930). Early adaptations include The Man Who Laughs (1928), The Monkey's Paw (1923), Hound of the Baskervilles (1937) and Sweeney Todd (1928). Rare stills and background material are included in a discussion of Hispanic vintage horror. The career of exploitation auteur, Bud Pollard (The Horror, 1933) is examined.



Brave Chef Brianna

Brave Chef Brianna Author Sam Sykes
ISBN-10 1684150507
Release 2017-12-12
Pages 112
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To prove herself as a great chef, a young woman sets up a restaurant as the sole human in a city full of monsters. Brianna Jakobsson has big cooking dreams, and when her ailing restaurateur father poses a challenge to his only daughter and fifteen sons, she seizes the opportunity. She’s going to have the best restaurant around and earn the family empire. Thing is, the only place she can afford to set up shop is in Monster City. Her menu is full of weird delicacies, her kitchen is run by a half-bird harpy, and her dining room is filled with skeleton businessmen. Add on the nefarious Madame Cron, some highly competitive siblings and Brianna’s plate is literally . . . full. Brave Chef Brianna from writer Sam Sykes (Munchkin) and artist Selina Espiritu explores one woman’s incredible journey to realize her dreams in the unlikeliest of places. Welcome to Monster City!