Forrest J Ackerman (1916-2008) was an author, archivist, agent, actor, promoter, and editor of the iconic fan magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland; a founder of science fiction fandom; and one of the world's foremost collectors of sci-fi, horror and fantasy films, literature, and memorabilia. This biography begins with a foreword by Joe Moe, Ackerman's caregiver and close friend since 1982. It documents Ackerman's lifelong dedication to his work in both literature and film; his interests, travels, relationships and associations with famous personalities; and his lasting impact on popular culture. Primary research material includes letters given by Ackerman to the author during their long friendship, and numerous reminiscences from Ackerman's friends, fans and colleagues.
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Deborah Painter is an Environmental Planner at Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia.
Foreword: Marching to the Beast of a Different Dreamer by Joe Moe
1. Forry's Background, Family and Early Years
2. "I Couldn't Sleep with Marlene Dietrich!"
3. Sergeant Ack-Ack
4. The 1950s-Forry's Rise to Fame
5. The 1960s-Forrest J Ackerman, Movie Actor
6. The 1970s-Colleges, Conventions and Creatures
7. The 1980s-The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
8. The 1990s-Pinnacles of Achievement
9. The 2000s-Documentarian and Octogenarian
Five Personal Reminiscences (Powell, Knight, Atkins, Hawk, Morrow)
A Brief Bio-Bibliography
"I was thoroughly entertained and informed...this is a good first volume on a very complicated life and well worth purchasing"-Little Shoppe of Horrors
"[Painter] has accumulated a history of [Forry] that one could not get through simple research...there is a lot of information here...jam packed with trivia, anecdotes and history. Snippets of conversations, letters and insights fill the pages."-Famous Monsters of Filmland
"The author has done her homework...delightful...Painter presents a lovely, and generally acurate portrait of an unforgettable life. ...[a] must read"-Scary Monsters Yearbook
"Definitive...you need this book"-Creepy Classics
"[Painter] has a wealth of personal information to share with fans"-Dred Central
"Even the most obsessive Forry-fan will find a slew of new information here...There are scads of photos of Ackerman at various points in his life"-Scarlet
"[Painter's] biography is full of warmth and affection...Forry led a fascinating life and Painter gives us a good view of it...I recommend this book highly"-Daily Space
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