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For many of the environmental studies I do, bats are part of what I report on since many American species are endangered.  South Africa has twice as many species as we do in the eastern United States but many are threatened nonetheless. Learn about the cool bats of South Africa in the November IMAGINEMAG!


The November CLASSIC IMAGES carries my article on the adventurous life of a man who spent much of his acting career portraying meek or snobbish bespectacled milquetoasts:  Richard Haydn!



This June's Monster Bash in Mars, Pennsylvania was jam packed with monster fun and Michael Ramsey, photographer David Hawk and I covered it as thoroughly as possible!  Read about it and many ape-ic films in the Fall issue of SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE, now available!


There are some species of birds we can see almost all over the world if we spend time at sea or at bird breeding islands off shore, and they are the shearwaters and the petrels. I talk about some of these wonderful birds in "The Birds That Fly Over South Africa and North America" in the October IMAGINEMAG!


He played a leprechaun, famed artist Thomas Gainsborough, an alcoholic restaurant owner, a museum curator, a scientist who helped defeat a rampaging dinosaur, and so much more! South African born Cecil Kellaway could play just about anyone. He was the first in a line of actors and ballet masters.  Read about his long and distinguished career in the September issue of IMAGINEMAG!




Sybil Jason, adorable singing, dancing and acting star of many a Warner Brothers drama and musical, got her start at the age of 4 and although her motion picture career only lasted five years her fame was established.  Beloved by millions, her story is told in the August IMAGINEMAG!




Who would expect to find a coral reef inside a cave?  If it is a fossil reef, yes!  And this particular cave I write about is the only one known to have a coral reel.  Read about it in the July/August GEOLOGY TODAY!


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!




249 published credits took me a long time to amass... if you support magazines and online publishers maybe it will not take too long to 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!




This month's Trivia Contest!!


Who (yes, I meant Doctor Who) was an explorer in an Ivan Tors produced made for TV movie set in the desert of Kenya?  Name the former Doctor who was in this film. 


Key points for Official Rules:

  • No age limit.  US Residents only.
  • Enter via Facebook or join my web site and post the correct answer.
  • Prize is a gift card to a national restaurant.
  • Not responsible for technical failures or typographical errors; identity disputes related to the winner
  • Entries must be received by December 1, 2017
  • Mailing address needed if notified that prize won
  • 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.