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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; 8.9.2009 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318961
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Universal Studios Monsters, Michael Mallory has used his encyclopedic knowledge – and dear love – for old-school Universal horror to craft an engaging and informative read. Whether you're an expert or a newcomer to the classic horror scene, there will be something for you here." ~FamousMonstersofFilmland.com

"... a loving overview of the work of the one studio responsible for turning so many monsters into cinematic brand names...Universal Studio Monsters is a frightfully good time." ~SciFiWire.com

"It appears to have covered all the bases, editorial-wise, it's the wealth of illustrated elements that puts any coffee-table tome over the top. In that regard, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS will not disappoint. " ~Bookgasm.com

About the Author

Michael Mallory is an internationally recognized authority on twentieth-century popular culture and the author of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe, and X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe. He has written some 400 articles for newspapers and magazines, including several on the monster films of Universal Pictures, for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Scarlet Street, and Millimeter.

Stephen Sommers is the director of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

More About the Author

Michael Mallory leads multiple creative lives. In fiction he is best known as the creator of "Amelia Watson," the second wife of Dr. John H. Watson (Sherlock Holmes' friend and "Boswell"), who appears in the novels "The Stratford Conspiracy" and "Murder in the Bath." Mike is also the author of "Kill the Mother!", the first in a series of misadventures starring hapless Los Angeles P.I. Dave Beauchamp, and the stand-alone horror novel, "The Mural." A recognized authority on 20th century pop culture, he is the author of several nonfiction books, including "The Science Fiction Universe and Beyond," "Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror," "X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe," and "Iwao Takamoto: My Life With a Thousand Characters," which Mike co-wrote with the late animation legend Iwao Takamoto. He has published over 120 short stories and more than 500 magazine and newspaper articles. In addition, Mike is a frequent public speaker, a former newscaster, and over the years has been known to take on an acting role or two (most recently on TNT's "Mob City"). Mike lives and works in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Customer Reviews

It has tons of information and great photos.
RJG1999
I enjoy looking through it as well... The book is perfect for anyone who is a fan and can appreciate old classic horror movies.
Snickerdoodle
My son loved getting this book for Christmas.
Mike Hogan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Almir Sadovic on January 16, 2010
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Great book covering very nicely Universal classic characters and movies. It starts with little history of Universal Studios and continues with silent period and spotlight on Lon Chaney. Every chapter is finished with spotlight on actor or director important for Universal monsters period. Book is so nicely written and it is full with pictures and poster art for all the movies. This book covers a lot but if you need more I am suggesting you get yourself this one Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-1946

If you need a book that covers very nicely basics of Universal Studios Monsters than it is certainly this. You will not regret it. :) Enjoy :)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Gammill VINE VOICE on September 29, 2009
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I'm always on the lookout for a good "coffee table" book on my favorite movies. This one fills the bill quite nicely. As expected, the BIG films (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy) get more attention than the various sequels and minor Universal films. But I was delighted that the book DOES include the lesser-known efforts. While the coverage of the films--even the major ones--may be a bit too brief for hardcore fans, a wealth of beautiful photos more than makes up for this. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of photo reproductions of the movie posters for most of the films discussed in the text.

For those with only a passing familiarity with the Universal Horror story, the book includes a wealth of behind-the-scenes information. There are several "spotlight" sections on individual personalties, and a fine appendix of the studio's leading men and ladies. Each of these sections also feature gorgeous photos that really give the overall volume a very attractive quality. Sure, hardcore fans already know Bela Lugosi's given name, or the fact that Lon Chaney Jr. and frequent co-star Evelyn Ankers hated each other. But even as a long-time fan, I gained a few new insights into the lesser-known films like the 40's "Inner Sanctum" series or the short-lived career of "Jungle Girl" Acquanetta.

For a more in-depth study of the Universal Monsters, Tom Weaver's Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-1946 is the way to go. And for sheer visual delight, it's hard to beat Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios. But this may be the only book on the subject that casual fans need.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RJG1999 on November 5, 2011
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This is a great book for any universal horror fan. It has tons of information and great photos. A must for any fan - new or old. Don't miss it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Sassatelli on October 1, 2009
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Universal Studios Monsters A Legacy Of Horror by Michael Mallory. This brand new 2009 book is a welcome addition to any Universal Classic Monsters fan. Mr. Mallory reviews these films from the silent 1920's to the 1950's. Starting with The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Lon Chaney Sr. and ending with the Creature from the Black Lagoon series. This book offers many great behind the scenes photos along with interesting stories and facts. Also covered are the Abbott and Costello monster comedies, with side spotlights on actor Dwight Frye, director James Whale, makeup artist Jack Pierce and music composer Hans Salter. Plus much more. A must for any monster fan! I give it a big thumbs up. Nicholas Sassatelli Hobe Sound, Florida
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jackgavin on June 8, 2012
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As a new convert to the world of Universal Horror films, I enjoyed this book. However a lot of the information is vague and the book rarely goes into depth of detail on the films themselves. That said I really enjoyed the book but I was left wanting to know more and can see why those who are already familiar with the Universal Horror films may be disappointed.

The book is very well presented with lots of great photographs. That aside I think the book is a little overpriced.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William T. Wiggins on October 27, 2010
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*Brilliant* and lovely coffee-table-style book. An absolute must for both diehards and newcomers to the genre. Text alone may be considered superficial yet cursory. The story of the studio's fantastic-themed output is laid out simply, chronologically, without too much pontification. Mallory does takes note to debunk a myth or two along the way (Chaney's actual real name; Karloff and Lugosi's working relationship; etc) and generally lays out a factual if fanboy-ish timeline of the films. Standing alone the text might not have been five-star material, but paired with page after page of superb stills, any quibbles would be minor. (One aside on the photos: my memory had classed Lon Chaney, Jr as a fat, lunkheaded slob ... but dude is the quite the dapper dandy in pix from his "leading man" roles! I stand corrected, Lon!)
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2009
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Michael Mallory has written a nice detailed book full of tidbits and glimpses into the Universal Studio monsters and their legacy of horror.

The avid (key word "avid") horror film buff probably won't find a lot of new facts, photos, and information, but the book is a great review and for those who are fans of the horror genre this is sure to satisfy.

Chapters include Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, and more. Each chapter has a short discussion of the films featuring the monster along with information about what went on behind the scenes. Great photos will bring back the movies in living black and white. You'll once again understand why the Mummy fascinates, Gill Man catches your fancy, and why Frankenstein, Dracula and Wolf Man endure!

Whether you keep this book out on your coffee table for all to see or file it in your bookcase for reference, you'll enjoy reliving the highlights of the Monsters Universal Studios developed.
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