I have always been fascinated by special effects and movie makeup effects. That fascination began quite early thanks to the Scholastic book order service at school, through which I managed to get my hands on this book (which I still have).
By the time I was in grade 4, names like Lon Chaney (Sr. and Jr.), Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Fredric March, Tod Browning, and other classic stars of old horror and monster movies were probably more familiar to me than they should have been. Not only did this book introduce me to all of the classic movie monsters, it also showed me how to transform myself into some of them.
The cool thing is, a few years ago, my youngest daughter stumbled across this book on my shelf and developed a fascination with it as well. I'd like to think it's partly responsible for her current fascination with all things makeup, although she's more focused on making people beautiful rather than making them ugly. But there's always hope . . .
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