It’s the end of summer, and the dawning of a new issue…

Time to order the October 2019 print annual, Famous Monsters #291!

In 2019, we introduced a brand new series of best-of issues: the ACK-IVES, which put together six decades of Famous Monsters print material on a chosen topic (in the series so far: Godzilla *SOLD OUT*, and Hammer Horror). With our archives seeing print twice a year, we figured that the annual magazine should be reserved exclusively for new material!

So we’re changing the format a bit: this year’s annual, Issue 291, is the same price as a volume of the Ack-Ives — $16.99 — and contains 120 pages of brand new articles and interviews. No vintage reruns, fewer ads, more of the fresh content you love!

Famous Monsters #291 includes…

  • A look back at CURSE OF THE DEMON and other demon archetypes in cinema;
  • a celebration of Gaston Leroux’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, first published 110 years ago;
  • 200 years of John William Polidori’s THE VAMPYRE;
  • an epic Stan Lee memorial tribute;
  • an entire section called MUSICAL MONSTERS wherein we talk to FM-inspired musicians and how monsters influence their creativity;
  • anniversary celebrations of ALIEN, PHANTASM, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, THE VALLEY OF GWANGI, ED WOOD, DRAG ME TO HELL, and more;
  • a study of Stephen King’s domination of the movie world with PET SEMATARY and IT CHAPTER 2;
  • a peek into the wide world of horror podcasts;
  • and, of course, more!
Check out a preview of the issue below.

There are two stunning covers available: Sanjulian’s colorful rendition of the fire demon from CURSE OF THE DEMON, and a new shadowy portrait of Claude Rains’ Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!

Diamond Retail Cover

CURSE OF THE DEMON by Sanjulian

Kong at 85 by Sanjulian

Newsstand Cover

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Sanjulian