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 Who knew that bullfrogs were good parents?  Male Giant African Bullfrogs are terrific parents that will fight off predators and even excavate a channel to connect two bodies of water to save their tadpoles as well as other parents' tadpoles during droughts!  Be amazed by this story in the May IMAGINEMAG!



Those of us here in America who saw Miriam Makeba on the Ed Sullivan Show or bought her albums, including those she recorded with Harry Belafonte, recall how she was an unofficial ambassador from her homeland of South Africa.  But she was much more.. Read about this actress, activist and composer in the April IMAGINEMAG!







Come back in time with me to 1962.  John Glenn had taken his first trip to space, John F. Kennedy was President of the U. S. and my dreams of acquiring the celebrated toy from Ideal, known as "King Zor" the dinosaur for Christmas were in full force!!  That was the same year I came up with my brilliant (at least to me) scheme of sneaking a look at the real Santa Claus.  It is in the latest (March 2018) SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE 2018 MONSTER MEMORIES YEARBOOK.




Even if you know little about Cape Town you have heard of Table Mountain, one of its great landmarks. Learn more about this spectacular mountain and what in the world its connection is to a faraway galaxy in the March IMAGINEMAG!  A SOUTH AFRICAN ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE!




She might not be a famous star but the lovely Molly Lamont could act with the best of them.. Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Cary Grant, George Sanders and even Bela Lugosi! Read about this elegant and prolific actress in IMAGINEMAG! A SOUTH AFRICAN ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE.






I'm not a foodie but I can cook, and I was honored to have a few recipes included in SIT STAY EAT, a cookbook to help support the fine work of the Friends of the Norfolk Animal Care Center.  Scrumptious meal ideas from celebrity chefs and others, including fellow environmental scientists Katy Damico, Kathy Perdue, Pam Painter and Scharlene Floyd are included  Get your copy!




259 published credits took me a long time to amass... if you support magazines and online publishers maybe I can soon reach 300! 


The great folks who organize Monster Bash awarded me a "Forry" during their Awards Ceremony July 9, 2016. It is awarded to those who have made contributions to classic horror film fandom and journalism.  Behind his back he holds a copy of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE!








 My 2015 Rondo Honorable Mention for an article about Forrest J Ackerman In CLASSIC IMAGES was my second:  "Forry: the Life of Forrest J Ackerman" received Honorable Mention in the Rondo Awards for "Best Book" in the year 2010!





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  • No age limit.  US Residents only.
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  • Prize is a gift card to a national restaurant.
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  • Entries must be received by December 1, 2017
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  • Author held harmless in the event that the prize or contest in some way negatively impacts the winner;



Forry: The Life of Forrest J Ackerman can be bought at


 The Thunder Child likes the book; see the below at his blog!

The good folks at FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND posted a very positive review on their web site, linked below,

The San Francisco Chronicle mentioned the Forry biography in a story about the Grace Cathedral's New Years Eve screening of The Hunchback of Notre Dame’s-eve-at-grace-cathedral/ 2009 this book was nominated for the 12th Annual Literary Award sponsored by the Library of Virginia.