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Cats got their start as wild animals, like all our pets, and apparently "chose" to become domesticated.  Read about the wild cats of South Africa and elsewhere on the continent and how they became our pet cats in the July IMAGINEMAG! A SOUTH AFRICAN ARTS AND CULTURE MAGAZINE.




Michael Ramsey and I wrote a long piece for the June 2017 MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE (# 30) on the wonderful phenomenon that is Monster Bash, now celebrating twenty years of pleasing everyone who loves classic monsters!


At beaches where there is quartz sand and some silt, or in deserts with this mixture you can often find fulgurites.  What are they?  Lightning bolts preserved in sand fused into glass!  Read about their unusual nature in the June DEPOSITS MAGAZINE!!/Issue-50/p/85337037/category=15742590




Collecting minerals is something I always do whenever I go somewhere geologically interesting and have permission from the landowner!  The folks in South Africa are blessed with an abundance of beautiful and common minerals.  Read about them in the June issue of IMAGINEMAG!



Many people may not remember their earth science class in high school too well, but their teacher taught about a great ice age that gripped the Southern Hemisphere 300 million years ago when most of the continents were one land mass.  Read about some of the traces that ice age left in South Africa in the May IMAGINEMAG!



If you don't know who Basil Rathbone was you owe it to yourself to read the March issue of IMAGINEMAG!













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!




242 published credits took me a long time to amass... with your support to help keep my markets going 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!




Who (or what) was "Judy" in the TV series DAKTARI?  The answer:  a chimpanzee!! she was one of the stars.  No one provided the correct answer this time!


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 -----
  • 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.