Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker: A Biography of the B Movie Makeup and Special Effects Artist



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"Of keen interest to anyone who enjoys the heyday of teenaged drive-in theater monster movies"--Midnight Marquee

"affectionate and informative… technical information is wonderful… crisply reproduced photos, drawings and half-tones"--Filmfax

Out of print in hardcover.

From the publisher:

Paul Blaisdell was the man behind the monsters in such movies as The She Creature, Invasion of the Saucer Men, Not of This Earth, It! Terror from Beyond Space and many others. Working in primarily low-budget films, Blaisde ll was forced to rely on greasepaint, guts and, most importantly, an unbounded imagination for his creations. From his inauspicious beginning through The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959), the construction of Blaisdell's monsters and the making of the movies in which they appeared are fully detailed here. Blaisdell's work in the early monster magazines of the 1960s is also covered.

Author Randy Palmer has written for Fangoria, Cinefantastique and other genre magazines.

Foreword by Fred Olen Ray

Foreword by Bob Burns

"a book dedicated to the rich imagination and ingenious talents of one of Hollywood's most creative fringe dwellers"--International Theatre Information

"recommend[ed]"--Famous Monsters of Filmland

"a tremendous resource"--Fangoria

"thoroughly readable and informative… highly recommended"--Cult Movies

"scrupulous detail… this book is a treat"--Shivers

"the definitive book"--Little Shoppe of Horrors

This came from the collection of Steve Sherman, a writer,artist, puppet-maker, puppet-performer, and avid collector. Steve worked as Jack Kirby's assistant, at Filmation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, before forming his own company Puppet Studio in 1984 contributing to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "Men in Black 1 & 2", "Mighty Joe Young", "Muppets" and numerous other TV series and feature films.


Paul Blaisdell
Randy Palmer

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, issued without dustjacket



Publishing Information

Jefferson, NC
McFarland and Company

Physical Description

9.25 inches
6.25 inches
298 pages
56 black & white photographs