It seems only right and proper that I actually follow through in blogging about Forrest J. Ackerman today. It is, after all, his birthday. 93 years ago today, on 11/24/16, he came into the world and changed it for the better.
Yeah, I know I said I was gonna get to FJA on this one. Hold yer horses.
By the way, that station I mentioned in my last post? WTCG? They later changed their name to WTBS, and became the first cornerstone of the Turner Communications empire. More on them below.
I’m glad I was born when I was. The 1970s represented the last stand of the Monster Kid, those children fascinated by the classics of cinematic horror history. During that time, there were still local horror hosts and stations running packages of old horror movies. That would all change during the 1980s, though. You’d still find some classic movie programming, but it was becoming scarcer and scarcer.
But during the 70s, classic horror still had a home on newsstands thanks to Forrest J. Ackerman’s glorious Famous Monsters of Filmland and horror comics such as DC’s twin Houses, House of Mystery and The House of Secrets (not to mention Warren Publishing’s more “adult” lines, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella), which kept the spirit of the grand old EC age alive. But more on those later…
The black-and-white image flickered on the screen. I lay in bed, peering at the television, fascinated by what was transpiring. Some unholy creation, born of man’s desire to best God at his own game, stumbled blindly across a boat’s dock. Arms flailing, his scarred features registered only pain and anger. His flat head and bolted neck seared themselves in my mind.
Then it was gone. Either the channel changed, I slipped into sleep, or that’s just when my mind goes blank on the details.