Released last month was a fantastic hardcover 252 page retrospective on the Universal Studios Monsters. Honest, I had no idea this book existed when I wrote my own Universal Monsters history piece! I happened to come across this book while at Barnes & Noble the other week and it was a must-have for me. The price isn’t too bad (I’ve paid worse for similar hardcover coffee table books) and any look back at Universal’s golden age of horror is appreciated by me.
The book is well put together (besides the few typos I’ve seen) spotlighting movies, actors and behind-the-scenes info. Tons of great photos fill the book as well: movie posters, off camera shenanigans, scenes from the movies, shots of the Universal lot and publicity stills. The paper stock is nice and thick as well. I don’t know why I just mentioned that, but I really like it and it is so thick sometimes I thought maybe the pages had stuck together.
If you’re a big fan of the Universal Monsters, you need this book and there’s no month like October to read it!