The winners of the 15th annual Rondo Hatton Awards were announced Sunday night. Famous Monsters of Filmland won Best Magazine (Classic), and also won Best Cover for Rick Baker‘s amazing, timeless rendition of his Oscar-winning American Werewolf in London!
I did not win any other awards, but I was named runner-up for Writer of the Year and my “The Great American Werewolf Reunion” piece was also the Best Article runner-up, so that’s nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it’s pretty exciting that my writing ranked up there for consideration given the fact that there really are so many wonderful journalists out there cranking out great horror, Sci-Fi, and fantasy copy. April Snellings earned the Writer of the Year Award, and if anyone truly deserves it, it’s her.
Thank you all again for your support and for making the effort to vote. My work as editor of Famous Monsters was honored last year with Rondos that included Best Classic Magazine and Best Interview (with Mel Brooks for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN), and that was a real thrill to be recognized. This year’s honor is that much more bittersweet as I am no longer with Famous Monsters magazine, and the publication’s future remains a bit uncertain. The good news from the Famous Monsters camp is that the magazine, once a bi-monthly, will now be published once a year as a double issue that comes out around Halloween. I wish them well, and sure hope they can create a product of substance that still taps into the Monster Kid within us all.
The Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, are conducted annually by the Classic Horror Film Board and honor the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation.
Here is the full list of winners, taken from the Rondo Awards site. The Rondo Awards Ceremony will be held at WonderFest in Louisville on June 4. You can keep track of Rondo happenings at classichorrorfilmboard.com or at rondoaward.com.