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Monster Kid Memories: Behind-The-Scenes, First-Hand Encounters With The Men Who Made The Classic Movie Monsters! Paperback – May 25, 2005


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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Dinoship, Inc (May 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972858520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972858526
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,105,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read an edition of Starlog magazine about Bob Burn's Halloween extravaganas.
Rob Robinson
Only a handful of books can accomplish magic like this, and Monster Kid Memories is one of them.
James Nemeth
Lovely collection of reminiscences of the type fans of horror and scifi movie making dig.
Nick Howes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Baeza on February 4, 2007
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Being a long time lover of everything that is classic horror & sci-fi, I consider this is a great and highly recommended book from one the most beloved fans of the genre, Bob Burns. It really feels as if he is sharing all his wonderful memories about guys such as Glenn Strange (the Frankenstein monster of the 40's), George Pal (War of the Worlds, The Time Machine), and Charlie Gemora (Monster & the Girl, "the Gorilla man"), with you in your living room. It is a fun adventure to share all of Bob's wonderful memories, and gives insight to not only those actors, directors and makeup men I mentioned, but to Bob's life as well. He is THE fan that we all wished we could be, and along with "IT CAME FROM BOB'S BASEMENT", is a wonderful journey back to the days of classic horror and early sci-fi!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob Robinson on September 4, 2007
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I read an edition of Starlog magazine about Bob Burn's Halloween extravaganas. I always wanted to attend one of these Halloween shows. Monster Kid Memories is as close as I will ever get. The book makes you feel like you were right there when it was being built and shown. Bob Burns is probably the greatest SciFi fan out there. The book is hard to put down once you start. I do wish Mr Burns would put a video out showcasing the Halloween shows. If you watch a documentary of The Time Machine you can see a portion of one of his shows.
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To my mind, there is no greater Monster Kid than Bob Burns. Burns has lived (and continues to!) the life that every Monster Kid dreams of. He has met some of the giants in the field; become friends with many other lesser-known, but equally interesting personalities; participated in the making of some of the classic films of the genre; appeared on television as part of Shock Theater; has accumulated an untold number of props and other memorabilia over his more than 50-year association with monster and science fiction films; and produced some of the most talked-about, elaborate, and awe-inspiring Halloween "haunted attraction" spectacles of all time.

Yet, despite his extreme good fortune, which could turn lesser men selfish and possessive, Bob Burns never hesitates to share his stories, anecdotes, collection, and super big heart with others.

At long last, Burns, in collaboration with horror/science fiction genre writer Tom Weaver, has gathered a collection of his wonderful experiences in Monster Kid Memories. Here, Burns shares many of the highlights of his life with fellow fans, in addition to hundreds of amazing, seldom-seen photos (the book contains over 300 illustrations), including one very special, never-before seen shot of the Martian costume from War Of The Worlds.

Ever the selfless, generous Kid, Bob turns the spotlight on others, allowing them to shine. We: listen with envy as he describes seeing Bela Lugosi on stage and relates his encounters with Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Chaney Jr.
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By Nick Howes on October 16, 2013
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Movie maker and scifi memorabilia collector Bob Burns shares his experiences in a compilation of articles from various movie fan magazines, focusing on his friendship with Western badguy Glenn (Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Gunsmoke) Strange, his own role as Tracey the gorilla on Saturday morning TV's live-action Ghost Busters with Larry Storch and Forest Tucker, makeup man Jack Pierce who created the original Universal monsters makeup, Burns own string of annual Halloween lawn displays, George (The Time Machine, Destination Moon) Pal, and more. Lovely collection of reminiscences of the type fans of horror and scifi movie making dig. Co-written with film historian Tom Weaver, who has written so many published interviews with moviemakers he's compiled in a collection of about a dozen books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. Ludden on March 14, 2006
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he didn't save lots of kids from burning buildings or shoot down Zeroes, but Bob Burns sure did a lot of other cool things. A neat story of the famous and near famous as told by one of the nicest guys ever to dress up like a gorilla. The writeups on his giant halloween extravaganzas are fantastic - could you imaging being a kid and being able to look forward to these giant home-transforming shows at the end of your street every year?
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