Monday, June 18, 2007

Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum

Monster Museum is a collection of 12 short stories published in 1965 by Random House and illustrated by Earl E. Mayan. Authors include Ray Bradbury, Guy Endore, and Jerome Bixby. The introduction is written by Hitchcock himself, in which he appears to be frowning slightly upon the monster culture of the 60s.

To me, the illustrations are more captivating than the stories. From the first illustration on the inside front cover to the last, the illustration are wonderfully strange. All are done in purplish red, white, black, and tones of gray. Many are collage like, and do not necessarily reflect the stories they accompany.
Here are two of my favorites:

This one is from "The King of the Cats" by Stephen Vincent Benet

This one is from "Henry Martindale, Great Dane" by Miriam Allen deFord

Delightfully creepy!

Here is a non-related Monster Museum

Professor Cline's Haunted Monster Museum of Virginia
"At the Haunted Monster Museum you will experience the very best of fun family entertainment. Bizarre and unique, it's like Scooby Doo meets the Twilight Zone."
-from the site

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