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March 31st, 2011

Rondo Award Winners of 2010 [Mar. 31st, 2011|10:08 am]
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The Ninth Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards have been announced! I know, I can't believe it's been nine years either, especially considering I hadn't heard of this award before last year. But as someone who loves classic horror movies, the more I hear about this award, the more I like it. Here are some of this year's winners:

BEST FILM OF 2010: The Black Swan

BEST TV PRESENTATION: The Walking Dead: "Days Gone Bye"

BEST CLASSIC DVD: The Complete Metropolis (The long awaited Vampire Circus release got an honorable mention. Yay!)

BEST CLASSIC HORROR COLLECTION: Thriller: The Complete Series

BEST RESTORATION: The Complete Metropolis

BEST COMMENTARY: Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton on the Jason and the Argonauts Blu-Ray

BEST DVD EXTRA: The Wolf Man Special Edition: "Pure in Heart" documentary

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM OR DOCUMENTARY: TIE: Aurora Monsters; The Lost Skeleton Returns Again/Dark and Stormy Night (Way to go, Larry! Also, I'm dying to see Aurora Monsters, a documentary on those old monster movie model kits I had as a kid!)

BEST SHORT FILM: United Monster Talent Agency (Greg Nicotero)

BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Art of Hammer: Posters from the Archives of Hammer Films by Marcus Hearns

BEST MAGAZINE (mass market): Rue Morgue (Congrats to my good friend Monica Kuebler and the rest of the Rue Crew!)

BEST MAGAZINE (fan market): Monsters from the Vault

BEST ARTICLE: "The Wolf Man: 69 Years of Terror" by Robert Aragon in Horror Hound #21 ("The Creature Incarnate (Paul Naschy)" from Rue Morgue #98, co-written by my friend Shade Rupe, was runner up!)

BEST WEBSITE: Dread Central

BEST BLOG: Frankensteinia (Stacie Ponder's awesome Final Girl blog got an honorable mention!)

BEST FAN EVENT: February as Women in Horror Month (conceived by Hannah Neurotica of Ax Wound Magazine)

BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK: The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard

FILM MOST IN NEED OF DVD RELEASE OR RESTORATION: 1932's Island of Lost Souls (Apparently, this is the sixth time the same film has been named winner. I couldn't agree more, by the way. Come on, Paramount, bring this one out already!)

This is just a partial list. The full list, with plenty more awards categories, can be found at their website.
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Mystery! [Mar. 31st, 2011|04:31 pm]
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I handed in my first column for a new writing gig and the editor loved it. That's always nice to hear! I'll spill the beans when the time is right, but until then, there's this.

If you thought my monthly columns at Fear Zone and The Internet Review of Science Fiction reached a lot of readers, you're right--but you ain't seen nothing yet.
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