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House of Ackerman: A Photographic Tour of the Legendary Ackermansion Paperback – June 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Marquee Press (June 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936168057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936168057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Grossman on November 21, 2010
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This is a wonderful book for those who knew and loved FJA. If he is just a name to you, you may not care much. It is loaded with hundreds of color photos of his fantastic collection now - unfortunately - scattered throughout the world. And both "Ackermansions" get full shift. It's great seeing the original on 915 S. Sherbourne Drive in Los Angeles once again.

This is not a biography and his life is hardly covered but the tragedy of this pioneer can be found. Almost everyone let him down on his futile quest to keep his collection together as a scifi museum. Then L. A, mayor Tom Bradley gave him some lip service but nothing else. People like Lucas and Spielberg, who owed much to Dr. Acula, were of little help. Famed Director John Landis, though, proved to be a true friend and went out of his way to help in this lost cause and stuck with him throughout his long life.. And who else but Landis, himself, was chosen to write the wonderful introduction, never forgetting his debt to this gentle and wonderful man

If you knew and loved Forry, what are you waiting for.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Graeme on May 27, 2011
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Book gives a good impression of 3 incarnations of the Ackermansion. I say 'impression' as most photos either out of focus or very low res. At times astounding lack of detail. Some pictures reasonable, but overall lower quality than old FM mags. With the latter you could use a magnifying glass to bring out detail, but not on most of the photos in this book. To be fair many are blurry old snapshots probably from private collections included because no other picture available, but still, I'm disappointed. But I won't be returning it. It's the closest thing I'll ever have to an actual tour of the Ackermansion, so as such I'll treasure it. Colour photo of costume he wore for the 1939 world convention alone is worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah R. Painter on September 7, 2011
If you never had a chance to tour the three Los Angeles-based "Ackermansions" belonging to famed author, editor, archivist and actor Forrest J Ackerman, this is a fine book to own. Even if you have seen one or more of his treasure filled, creature filled homes, the book is a keepsake. There are photos of people and of unusual objets d'art in the Ackerman collection that have never before been in print, many photos being from the collection of Bill Warren, author of "Keep Watching the Skies". Film producer Paul Davids writes eloquently of his experiences with his friend Forrest and speaks of attending a 2009 auction and winning many of the personal scrapbooks. Forry's homes were meeting places where many of the biggest names in fantasy, horror and science fiction films and literature came to visit Forry, and since many non-famous artists, mask makers, authors and filmmakers were friends and business associates of Forry's as well, we all were able to meet one another in an informal setting. I personally never had a chance to see the interior of the home on South Sherbourne Drive, the first of the Ackermansions, since the Ackermans moved out of it in the 1970s. That was a big bonus, to have color photos of this house!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Byrd on January 25, 2014
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My only problem with this book is that the pictures are very low res and you can't really see what you want.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dmc on December 14, 2013
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always loved forrest j ackerman and famous monsters of filmland...with that being said, i was dissappointed with some aspects of this book. first, it's printed on low grade flat finish stock leaving the photos unimpressive.(one example jumps to mind...there is a pic of forry's cadillac with text reading "notice the sci-fi license plate", but the plate is just a black field (shade) it's probably visible in the original but not in the printing...second, the photos themselves are generally broad views rather than close up detailed pics of forry's spectacular collection of sci-fi, horror and fantasy memorabilia. i personally would have prefered detailed pics and stories of the aquisition and history of the items themselves considering the title of the book. not worth the list price but not bad at the half off range
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