Thursday, April 15, 2010

Crestwood House Movie Monsters Books - The Complete List?

I've been trying to get a complete list put together of the Crestwood House "Movie Monsters" books that I've been featuring here in "Children's Book Theatre" and, most recently, on the Wednesday monster book/magazine posts... and here's what I've come up with so far (if you know of any titles that I'm missing on this list, please speak up):

Original Series (Black with Orange covers):
The Blob*
The Creature From the Black Lagoon
The Deadly Mantis
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
The Invisible Man*
It Came From Outer Space
King Kong
Mad Scientists
The Mummy
The Wolf Man

Second Series (Black with Blue and Red cover, mostly Blue):
The Black Cat*
Bride of Frankenstein*
Dracula's Daughter
Ghost of Frankenstein
House of Fear
The Mole People*
Murders in the Rue Morgue*
Phantom of the Opera*
The Raven*
Revenge of the Creature
Werewolf of London

*Indicates books I'm missing from my collection

Now, looking over this list, I have to admit surprise at some monster movies that are entirely missing from this list, that I would've thought should've been in the series... such as...

Son of Dracula
Son of Frankenstein
House of Frankenstein
House of Dracula
The Creature Walks Among Us
The Thing (From Another World)
Son of Kong
The Fly
Return of the Fly
Curse of the Fly
The Mummy's Tomb
The Mummy's Curse
The Mummy's Hand
The Mummy's Ghost
Hunchback of Notre Dame

That's just what are (to me) the obvious ones... but then on further thought, there's more that should've been in the series, too, I think:

Cat People
Curse of the Cat People
Amazing Colossal Man
War of the Colossal Beast
Godzilla Raids Again/Gigantis the Fire Monster
King Kong Vs. Godzilla
Godzilla Vs. the Thing
Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster
Monster Zero
Godzilla Vs. the Sea Monster
Son of Godzilla
Destroy All Monsters
Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Vs. Gigan
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Vs. the Smog Monster
Godzilla Vs. Megalon
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Gappa the Triphibian Monster
It Came From Beneath the Sea
It, the Terror From Beyond Space
The Lost World
Mighty Joe Young
Monster That Challenged the World
The Spider/Earth Vs. the Spider
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein
I Was a Teenage Werewolf
20 Million Miles to Earth
Valley of Gwangi

Before anybody says anything, I didn't include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde because it was fairly well covered in the "Mad Scientists" volume (although so was the Invisible Man).

Now... there's a temptation here to at least mock up fake covers for some of these "missing/lost" volumes in the series... and perhaps to even create complete versions of the missing ones (I'm thinking specifically of "Son of Frankenstein," "House of Frankenstein" and "House of Dracula," just to make the Frankenstein saga complete). Heck, just doing cover mock-ups would eat up some time, I'd think... and unless my Frankenstein Legacy Edition DVDs happen to include full scripts in them, I don't know that I'll be trying to write versions of the first two of those above-mentioned titles...

But it is awfully tempting! Maybe that can be my special new feature for 2011's Countdown to Halloween?


  1. Great feature on these books that a surprising number of our fellow bloggers had as a primer to the classic horror films.

    Wanted to let you know that in the second series of books, there is another which you don't have listed and it is "BLACK FRIDAY". I recently picked it up at a library sale (along with about six of the others you listed). Puzzling that it was made and so many of the others you listed weren't, I'll agree.

    I will be blogging about this book series during the month of October and will post pictures of these if I can.

  2. Oh, great, yet another volume to keep searching for.

    I've yet to start working on mock-ups of covers for the "missing volumes," but I hope to have some time around December during Winter Break from school... although by then I'll end up not posting them until May or June, given how far I'm working ahead these days!


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