Sunday, October 09, 2011

Review: Forry: The Life of Forrest J Ackerman

Forry: The Life of Forrest J Ackerman
Written by Deborah Painter

224 pages. McFarland Publishing , November 2010

Forrest J Ackerman (1916-2008) was an author, archivist, agent, actor, promoter, and editor of the iconic fan magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland; a founder of science fiction fandom; and one of the world's foremost collectors of sci-fi, horror and fantasy lms, literature, and memorabilia. More than that, he was the ultimate fanboy, collecting over the years he lived props and memorabilia and opening his home as a museum to fans of all ages. I myself met him twice in my life, once many years ago at a convention in California, years later in the company of Deborah Painter and others at a convention in Northern Virginia. Both times, he was a gentleman. Deborah Painter paints a picture of Forry’s life, one that even today’s fan of the sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres can get to know this man, who liked them, loved these genres so well, too. She shows her affection for this man, showing us a man she knew well.

The book was enjoyable to read and I got to know more about this man though the words in this book. If you knew about Forrest J. Ackerman—or even if you don’t—read this book. You will get to know one of the golden boys of fandom and you will enjoy the story of his life and why so many nicknamed him “Uncle Forry.”

Buy the book at McFarland
Buy both the hardcover  at AMAZON and it's also available on Kindle

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