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Forrest J Ackerman is slipping away...

Published at: Nov. 3, 2008, 2:10 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... I spoke briefly with Forrest J Ackerman earlier today, he wasn't sounding very strong, it hurt to hear his voice knowing that it wouldn't be here with us much longer. But at the same time, it was nice to say goodbye to one another. Ackerman is one of the founders of my love of cinema. My father is the geek he is, because of his magazine - and I'm the geek I am because of his magazine as well as the influence it had on my father. That magazine was, of course, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND. In speaking with Uncle Forry's caretaker, an amazing gentleman named Joe Moe, I was told that Forry was lucid, peaceful and not even on pain medication, but that he was progressively getting worse - and was ready to move on. However, he was wanting to say his goodbyes to as many of his neice and nephews that he has created in his almost 92 years on this Earth. His 92nd Birthday is this November 22nd. Many friends of Forry have visited his bedside, hearing one last story, one last pun and to say one last goodbye. Ray Bradbury even flew to his bedside. We here at AICN are preparing a fitting memorial - and something, most likely, permanent to AICN. In the meanwhile - there is a chance for you to say your final goodbye, here's how...

I talked to Joe Moe, Forry's caregiver and best friend. He told me to spread the word about Forry. Forry is leaving us quickly. If youre going to write or call, do it now before it's too late. He's in good spirits and not in any pain or taking any meds. He did not have any heart attack or stroke. He is home resting comfortably, but his body is starting to shut down and he's sleeping alot now, hes very weak. Even if you do what I did, just write "I love you" on a piece of paper and mail it, please do something if he touched your life in some way................joey OBrien FORREST J ACKERMAN 4511 Russell Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  • Nov. 3, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I'm so sad.

    by Graverobber

    That's all.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Forry is a Treasure

    by JethroBodine

    Forry is a treasure and he will truly be missed.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    I've heard so many stories.

    by gotilk

    From people who have visited him at his home. It was something I hoped to have the opportunity to do in the future. That time is gone now and I'm so sad. I just always wanted a chance to say thanks for making me smile, laugh and look to the future with hope and enthusiasm. What a sad occasion that brings me the opportunity. Time goes by far too fast, friends. Seek the opportunities instead of setting them aside for another more convenient day. Sometimes that day never comes, and trust me.. for some of us nothing is ever convenient.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by Jinxo

    This is just... horrible news. Yet, this article in and of itself makes me happy. I mean, 99.9% of the time an article about someone passing is one telling you, hey, it's over. Someone great is gone. The fact that in this case it's about someone not gone yet, about giving them a final chance to send some love... that truly is cool, even though losing Forrest J Ackerman isn't.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Aww - this is so sad...

    by Charlie & Tex

    ...Forry is one of the one of the most dedicated enthusiasts of classic sci-fi/horror cinema, moreso because he was around at the time classic movies were released. 92 is a pretty good innings, but it's still sad to hear this news.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Sorry to hear about your friend Harry

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Hope his passing will be peaceful and easy.<br> May he drift to sleep and sometime later, gently sigh out his last breath.<p> Be one of the lucky ones.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Sad news

    by Boba Fat

    Tried to see him twice when I've been visiting L.A but only got his answering machine. I guess I never will now.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    I love you, Forry

    by Wonderboys

    We'll miss you so much! :(

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    It had to happen, but I don't hate it less

    by KCMOSHer

    I had the extreme pleasure to take what would be one of Forry's last tours of the Ackermansion back in 1999. He stopped offering the weekly tours not too long after the one I attended. To say it was special and amazing doesn't do it justice. Forry is, simply put, a living museum. His mansion was only the building housing his collection, -he- was the collection. Sure, he had a lot of amazing stuff, but he was the star attraction. So many stories, so much history, the man was present and influenced so much of the genres we hold near and dear...always in the background, on the sidelines, shadowing movie history from shortly after it's inception through the grandest of it's eras. I love the man dearly, a truly wonderful human being full of warmth and joy. While he never held the limelight, in the end he's a bigger star than any he's known, and I'm willing to bet each and every one of them would agree with me on that. I can't bring myself to say goodbye yet. He isn't gone. I'll say that when I'm forced to, and not a second sooner.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Truly sad to see such a legend go

    by ELGordo

    Who will take care of all his memorabilia when he's gone? Go in peace Forry, even though I've never met you and never will.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    DAMN

    by sonnyfern

    :_-(

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST

    FJA - Greatest Genre Buff Ever?

    by Cr8z13

    Probably. We owe the man a profound debt of thanks.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Totally bummed out...

    by TylerDurden3395

    I'll definitely have to send him something. The man is a national treasure.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    "I'm not dead!" - "You're not fooling anyone, you know?"

    by ricarleite

    Is this a death topic for someone who is still alive? How... SICK!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 5:55 a.m. CST

    As I'm Working...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... to finish my AFI reviews, I'm watching FUTURE WAR on DVD, thanks to the new MST3K box set. And guess who has a cameo on FUTURE WAR? Yep... Forry J. He just got eaten by a really, really bad dinosaur. It was great.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    God bless him!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    FJA...you will be missed!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Thank you Forry

    by foreverguardian

    Thank you for giving lovers of the fantastic a voice and a publication that changed everything. Thanks for your dedication and your enthusiasm. I wish our paths could have crossed. Thanks for making people like us aware that we are not alone. All the best, Andrew (UK)

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Dr. Ackula lives forever

    by cookiepuss

    Famous monsters raised me as a kid - several generations of grateful fans love you and you will never be forgotten.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    FJA- What a true rarity!

    by Spank

    Here's a guy who SO many folks owe SO much of their livlihoods, and perhaps sanity to. To think of how much he started, how many young minds he influenced, and how many hours of sheer entertainment he is responsible for, not just from his magazines but the hours spent enjoying even the schlockiest films watched from his recommendations. FJA IS cult cinema fandom to SO many of us that his impact will be as eternal as film making. I was lucky to meet him many, many years back at a San Diego Con, and never would have known it was him without his distinctive specks. What sad news indeed to hear of his ailing!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    A farewell message from all of us at work

    by foreverguardian

    A sincere farewell message from all of us at the Starstore blogs, to one of our heroes. http://starstoreblog.com/geek-culture/forrest-j-ackerman-a-farewell-to-one-of-our-heroes/

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    We'll miss you but you will be forever near...

    by Dataset

    Every time we jump at the movies, every time a child checks under his bed, every time we hear a theremin, and every time a monsterous shadow appears onscreen, you will be with us. We love you Ackermonster!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    A life lived well...

    by JIMBOCOP

    You could argue that dedicating the majority of 92+ years to aliens, dinosaurs, barbarians, robots, monsters, saucers and clones is a colossal waste of anyone's time, but you'd be wrong. Forry hasn't just obsessed over geek culture he's created some really major parts of it. FJA pretty much invented the SF/Fantasy convention and the format he put together remains unchanged to this day. He's also collected and stored some of the most precious and iconic items from the golden age of SF right up to modern blockbusters and again, he was a pioneer - seeing the potential in keeping this stuff that other people would write off as rags and junk. His legendary garage housed a Martian flying machine from George Pal's "War of the Worlds" for example. I really hope someone with their act together is responsible for archiving all this stuff (some of it being really fragile) for future generations. I recall reading about him way back in the brilliant, but doomed early 1980's UK SF mag "Voyager" when he said his lifelong dream then was to track down the original "Maria" robot suit from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"; the movie that kickstarted his love of SF. Sadly, it never happened (she was probably destroyed, forgotten, in some prop storehouse during WWII), but I hope he was at least he's got to see that new footage discovered in Argentina recently. FJA is truly one of those people who shaped the way I look at the genre I love and, more importantly, define myself - A geek and PROUD OF IT. Godspeed, Forrest J Ackerman. Remember, it's the second star on the right and straight on 'til morning... That is all.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    One of my childhood dreams...

    by RodneyOz

    ...ever since reading about his collection/museum/house in Starlog when I was nine years old, was to one day get to LA and gaze in awe at all the traces of a life spent dedicated to the fantastic in all its forms. Alas, many years later and I still haven't gotten to the US, let alone his home. This article makes me sad in so many ways, some selfish, but all deeply. Forrest J Ackerman is one of the people who taught me, even at such a long distance, how to be a fan and how to keep the spark of enthusiasm alive. I don't want to write a final 'bit' for this.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Never. Oh, Never. Nothing will die

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    <P> http://tinyurl.com/64fhwj <P> Know and be overwhelmed by all the wonderful things you did that inspired and entertained all of those who thank you for believing, loving, and honoring the fantastic. <P>May the journey be beyond anything you've ever imagined. Return to those you have lost. Have the Peace you've always sought and never known. <P>Nothing Dies...

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    My father and I also share our love of Uncle Forry.

    by JediRob

    He and John Zacherley are one of our biggest bonding outlets. We've been worrying about his health for quite sometime. At least it seems he is going peacefully.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Rest Easy, Forry

    by Duck of Death

    Famous Monsters was the first magazine I ever subscribed to, as an 8 year old kid. I basically lied to my parents and told them it was a kids' magazine to get them to let me subscribe to it. I'll never forget what happened when they looked at a random issue to see what kind of magazine it was, and it turned out to be the cover featuring the gruesome head of the Incredible Melting Man. Yikes. I guess Mr. Ackerman could have had more financial success in life, but he sure didn't want for friends and admirers. We should all be so lucky as to leave this world as legends in our time. I hope you will have an easy, peaceful journey into the next world, Forry. You will not be forgotten.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Dammit.

    by John Maddening

    This is one of those things that's always been in the back of my mind since I met him at the very first CONvergence in 1999 (where Harry and Jay were also guests). He really enjoyed himself, especially while watching the transvestite-headed rock band All the Pretty Horses.<br> <br> 4E promised us that he'd come back for his 100th birthday, and I'll be holding him to that.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Sorry to hear this.

    by mrfan

    Love his work.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    The end of an era...

    by Jerri Blank

    ...he will be missed. God bless you Forry.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    What a legacy...

    by Sparhawk38

    Comic books, Creature Feature on Sat. nights and Mr. Ackerman's magazine. I had a great childhood.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Tell Prince Sirki to wait Forry...

    by Circean6

    I grew up at the tail end of Famous Monsters era but in the anchient days before the internet, before VCR's, and mysterious stores that sold only comic books and sci-fi could only be found in the big cities, there was Famous Monsters of Filmland, a goofy, pulpy, b&w magazine that assured all of us pre-Star Wars geeks "you are not alone". I had the pleasure of seeing Forry give his presentation at San Diego '05. Listened to his impression of HG Wells (he met fucking HG Wells how cool is that?!?) tell war stories, and show off the geek relic that is Bela's Dracula signet ring. I also got to sit next to one of his most famous disciples, Jon Landis. To folks reading this who don't know about Forry, look him up online, he was the first sci-fi horror geek of the 20th century, he may be the last living person who has seen London After Midnight, and his contibutions to this crazy passion we all share I consider as vital as thise of Ray Bradbury, George Lucas, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Julie Schwartz, Gary Gygax, & Gene Roddenberry. Thank you Uncle Forry...thank you!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    The oldest child - One Wonderful day

    by ProfGriffin

    Uncle Forry, YOU are the one that made me love the monsters...your presence in the world gives me a belief in magic! <br> YOU are the Sultan of Sci-Fi and the collector of wonder. YOU are the eternal symbol of all that is good and right with world of fantasy entertainment. Through your pen, Lugosi lived eternal, King Karloff reigned supreme and Lon Chaney never died. <br> YOU taught us well...we children of FM. Don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t dope...read and educate yourselves, and most of all, let wonder and fantasy fill your heart! MONSTERS are good for you! <br> You proved that time and time again. Rest now...you have given so much. Go and spend eternity with Wendayne. Spend an eternity in One Wonderful Day.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    We are, because you were.

    by ArcadianDS

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Fewdio.com 'Thank You'

    by Therealumlaut

    Thank you for the tours, the inspiration and the permission to be who we are.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Forry, you are an inspiration!

    by briantag

    I've always loved Famous Monsters, and you are a beloved icon. My only regret is never getting up the nerve to knock on your door and ask for a personal tour. You have left an amazing impact, and I wish you and your family all the very best, and lots of love. - Brian

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    My Forry experience...

    by Grendy

    I was fortunate enough to meet him a few years ago, and after telling him that he reminded me of my grandfather (although he wasn't dead!) we had a great conversation about his cool chrome Batman-symbol watch. That turned into him pointing out that he was wearing the original Dracula signet ring! And to top it off he also was wearing the Scarab ring from The Mummy. I was the only girl in line to meet him, and he gave me an autograph for free, even though I only stopped by to say hello, and not pester him too much. He was a very generous man with his time with me, and as someone who read issues of Famous Monsters, Starlog and Fangoria growing up, his loss will be felt for ages. Forry, you've had some good times on this planet, hopefully the end of them will be with peace and love and your family. Thank you for your love of all things cinema.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Famous Monsters Of Filmland

    by skimn

    informed my childhood culture as much as any movie or television program. Growing up in the '60s, we had Outer Limits and Twilight Zone to view, but nothing could be more pleasurable than hiding under the covers, with the trusty flashlight and reading Famous Monsters. And Forry, your love of the weird, the wonderful, the monsterous, leapt forth from the page and into the imaginations of t young, and to quote a corny cliche, the young at heart.<p>In fact, the introduction of genre films through your magazine has indeed kept this 51 year old, feeling like a kid.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Thank you sir

    by Purgatori

    I got to go through the Ackermansion YEARS ago. Forry was just amazing. And the place was beautiful. He's the reason there are mags like Fangoria and HorrorHound around. You were one of the first sir. And thank you for Vampirella as well.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Mr. Ackerman

    by mr dark

    This kind big hearted gentleman started my love affair with cinema. There is no other way to say it.I used to ride my bike up to the Liquor store when I was just a kid to pick up my monthly Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine..They had a well stocked magazine section and even if my search there came up empty I always got a chance to sneak a peek at the Girlie mags. So I guess Forry was also kind of responsible for my interest in beautiful women as well.. As a kid in the 60's I can bear witness to his greatness..He was always popping up in print or getting a mention by others who were influenced by his generousity. He is loved by many and had a massive part in bringing the genre's of Horror and Science Fiction to the mainstream..Thank you Forry...

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Forry will live forever......

    by deadboy1313

    in the hearts of everyone who he brought his special brand of magic to. As a child, I couldn't wait to pick up the latest issue of Famous Monsters. Several years ago, I had someone agressively trying to buy my collection, and I politely informed them that they would NEVER be for sale. It is the one piece of my childhood that got me through the true horrors of real life. Forry, you gave an orphaned child a safe world to escape to, and for that I will always be grateful. I love you Uncle Forry.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Famous Monsters will always be an ispiration for me

    by alienindisguise

    The artwork and the stories inspired me to become an artist and writer in the film world and this is very sad news. I am glad to hear that he's in a peaceful state.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Birthday is November 24th according to multiple sources...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The King of the Fanboys!

    by Jobacca

    And I mean that with all the love in my heart.As a kid I remember reading second-hand copies of Famous Monsters and being amazed at what a cool guy Uncle Forry seemed to be-I used to dream about making it out to the west coast and taking a tour of the Acker-Mansion. FJA made it cool for geeks like us to take pride in our collections of action-figures,prop replicas and grade Z pulp movies on DVD. Rock on Uncle Forry....you've helped create a million little monsters who are more than ready to carry the torch!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Thank You, Forry

    by Partyslammer

    I pretty much grew up on the old "Famous Monsters of Filmland" mag in the late 60's and early 70's. The letters page would have usually have comments by kids like Joe Dante, Tom Savini and John Landis who'd later grow up to be major directors and top special effect/makeup guys in the film industry. More than once, I got busted in school reading a copy of FM in the middle of class. The magazine was a huge part of my childhood. <p> As a birthday present in my teens, my mom managed to contact him (he was listed in the phone book!) and arranged a tour of his huge old house in Hollywood for me and a couple friends (he'd always let *anyone* tour his house for free) where he had a gigantic, awesome collection of sci-fi and horror movie ephemera including many actual props and a couple of the stop motion puppets from old Ray Harryhausen monster movies. He struck me as a big kid who loved every aspect of the genre, the prototypical "fanboy." Probably the coolest thing my mom ever did for this once young punk kid. <p> Godspeed, Ackermonster.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Famous Monsters of Filmland...

    by REDD

    What a great, fun magazine. I remember getting my first issue back in the early 70's. Thank you Forry, rest well.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    not sad at all really.

    by FleshMachine

    92...great life...going peacefully. we should all be so lucky.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Did he coin the term "science fiction"?

    by berserkrl

    Or was it "scientifiction"?

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I loved visiting with Forry in his home on several occasions

    by Snake Foreskin

    between 2000 and 2001. It was always a weird and surreal experience, with complete strangers being invited in to see his countless items of memerobilia and hear his countless fascinating stories about his life. My favorite stories weren't about Boris or Bela or Ray or Robert; they were about his wife. He loved her so dearly and missed her so deeply. It was a strange and magical time in my life, and I will forever be grateful for the memories made in that delapidated den of Sci Fi known as Ackermansion. I am saddened that his time is coming near, because the world will be a far less interesting place without his presence. Dio beni vi, Forrest Ackerman, kaj tend vi sur via next granda aventuro!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    No, it was Sci Fi!

    by Snake Foreskin

    What a great and wonderful man.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    The Worst News of the Day

    by AugustusGloop

    on the heels of the best news of the day. Dangit Harry! Peace be with you, Forry.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Thank you

    by nolan bautista

    FM and Forry had a profound impact on my childhood..its actually one of the reasons why i go to this site..to bond with everyone here..thank you Forry..we all thank you..

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    I had no idea he had moved!

    by Snake Foreskin

    I haven't seen him since 2001, and I just looked him up on the web and found out he moved to a different house. I know the original Ackermansion was in disrepair. Actually, it was really falling apart. One of the places he housed a lot of his memerobilia was in terrible shape. I hope he's comfy and cozy in his new Ackermansion and that he rests peacefully, knowing he is loved and will be missed.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    yeah he's a cool guy

    by Rupee88

    I saw him at a comic convention back in the 80s and he seemed very nice....he contributions to fandom are far too numerous to mention.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Thank you,Forry

    by Deus X Meshuga

    For being a good friend to a budding Geek.I read FAMOUS MONSTERS and your other mags voraciously.I spent my allowance ordering Aurora model kits from the back pages,and in 1977,it was in an issue of FM where I saw the first photos from STAR WARS,a few months before it's release.Those few b & w stills were more than enough to get me insanely hopped up for it! ( I saw it on my birthday ) **Sigh**...A happier,less cynical,less pissed-off time...Rest easy,Dr.Ackula,you've earned it...and thanks for all the fun you gave us.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Forrest J. Ackerman...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...I knew that name long before I knew anything about the person attached to it. It was just a name that I saw every time I opened up an issue of my favorite magazine. Of course, as I grew, I came to know and appreciate who the man was. It was the first time in my life that there was an "old person" in the world with whom I shared anything resembling a common interest. I used to show my geek colors whenever he came up in a cameo and I would point him out to my friends excitedly (actually, strike "used to"). Forrest and his magazine shaped the person I am today, without a shadow of a doubt. It hurts to know that I'll never be able to shake the hand of (or maybe even hug) the man; that "grandfather" to this nerdy little, monster-loving boy, who gave me my first peek behind the curtain in the chamber of horrors. My most heartfelt, loving thanks go to you, Forry.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Wow, I lived right down the street from him for a year

    by IndustryKiller!

    My first apartment in LA was on Russel. While Im not intimately familiar with his work I wish him all the peace in the world and acknowledge his contribution to this art that makes all our lives more brilliant. Thank you and peace be with you.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    I wonder if it was Indy 4 that made him lose his will to live.

    by Snake Foreskin

    I know it made me want to eat a cyanide donut with arsenic icing. This is all George Lucas' fault, and makes me hate him even more!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Terrible news

    by Beezbo

    I want to go to my parents' house and dig out my old FMs.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Fortunate

    by tensticks

    I have been fortunate enough to meet Forry on a couple of occasions, and to visit his home--not the old mansion, alas, but the small Hollywood bungalow he's been in for the last few years. Though he was clearly "getting up there", he still had a firm handshake and a gleam in his eye, and he was a pleasure and a delight. It was particularly gratifying to shake the hand of a man who's met Professor Tolkien--and of course, a man who is himself so drenched, entrenched and intertwined in genre history. A few weeks ago, the theatre I own in Phoenix hosted the International Science Fiction and Horror Film Festival, and one of the panel guests was an artists who'd done some recent work on Vampirella. I told him how tickled I was that I'd been able to purchase a copy of Vampirella "straight from Forry"--and the guy had now clue who I was talking about. Which made me very, very sad. Godspeed, Forry, and I have no doubt that you'll have the ultimate Geek museum prepared for all of US when we get to the other side. Genuine Love--Matteo Yenkala

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    As I said to a friend of mine tonight...

    by RobinP

    if it wasn't for Forry....I wouldn't be writing for GoreZone, because GoreZone wouldn't exist. I owe him everything. The first cool adult I was ever aware of.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    When he does pass, the networks better not

    by skimn

    ignore it, like Stan Winston. It IS like that line in Indy 4: We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    As you look back on your life

    by hallmitchell

    know that you gave enjoyment and imagination to alot of people. Thankyou.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    This fucking sucks!

    by disfigurehead

    I have every issue of Famous Monsters and I have met him several times. He's a father figure to me.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Famous Monsters back issues

    by vic twenty

    You could order them from the back of magazines in the 70s. I remember waiting for the issues to arrive as a kid. I forgot about those old mags. Thanks for everything Forry, and godspeed!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Mail it? What if it doesn't reach him?

    by quentintarantado

    I'm in the Philippines. How many days will mailing it take? Anyway, if it will prolong his life a few days, I will. I have very little connection with him, nevertheless, I know him by reputation and I know of his amazing collection in his house. He's the perfect geek that I always aspired to be. Please add one more prayer for him.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I am a horror movie fan for life.

    by Smerdyakov

    And it's all because of Forey. God I just saw him in "Tower of Terror" with Brinke Stevens.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Just popped in Mad Monster Party

    by Kirbymanly

    in his honor. The world of film will lose a true hero and historian. Hang in there, Forrest! We love you!

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    I'm old enough...

    by HumanRain

    ...to remember watching Creepy Classics on AMC every Saturday when everyone else my age was watching cartoons. FJA was the one I turned to at my local library to brush up on the history of my beloved Universal monsters. I have several volumes of Famous Monsters of Film Land. Sorry to hear about his fading health, but at least, to paraphrase Robert Altman, the passing of an old man is never a tragedy. But it still breaks our hearts... However/whenever he leaves this earth, he'll be remembered and greatly missed. A great man. I shall always read his volumes with affection. By the way, if we're talking about great cameos, how about his turn in Al Adamson's godawful "Dracula vs. Frankenstein?" He gets one-upped by the afro-touting Count and then gets strangled to death by the raisin-faced Monster. Classic moment.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    He was a towering figure in my childhood...

    by Fireball XL-5

    ...a friend to all us Monster Kids. He helped us understand who we were. I posted a video about that era recently and included a pic of Forry with a heart-shaped transition. It was my way of saying what he's meant to me. So glad I did it. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTu-LNjFl_c

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Forry Video

    by Fireball XL-5

    Try this instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTu-LNjFl_c

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    God I'll miss Uncle Forey

    by Kloipy

    what a great man

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I could kick myself for never visiting the Ackermansion

    by TimBenzedrine

    About ten years ago some friends of mine from Detroit popped into town unexpectedly and I spent a couple of days playing Hollywood tour guide. We were all fans of FMOF back in the day (I collected every issue and I even used to buy back issues.)After they left, I slapped myself in the head thinking, "Of course, the Ackermansion." Another opportunity missed. I did encounter Forry himself at the San Diego ComicCon years ago. I chatted with him briefly, but he was really more interested in messmerizing the blonde that accompanied me with his Dracula ring,the old devil. Forry we love you, please don't ever die.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Thanks Fireball XL-5!!

    by batzilla

    WOW! I had a bunch of those monster toys when I was a kid and that video brought back toys I had long forgot! I was freaking out saying "OH YEAH! I HAD THAT TOO!!" several times! I would have NEVER remembered that stuff. Took me back. God speed Ackerman. And thanks for everything you did.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Harlan Ellison hates him...

    by randie1313

    ...for the way he treated Robert Bloch when Bloch was dying.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    dont listen to the haters

    by The cunning linguist

    Hey man, you were an inspiration to me. "slippin away" is so lame...fight the good fight. We 're not ready to lose you yet.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    see, I

    by The cunning linguist

    didn't know he dissed robert bloch. I love my robert bloch. "I have the heart of a fourteen year old...in a jar on my desk" yep, thats a quote.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    I like the sound of

    by gotilk

    two crickets making love.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    it is evocative, isn't it?

    by The cunning linguist

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Creator of Vampirella

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Thanks for thinking her up Forry.

  • Nov. 3, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    "I love copulating crickets!"

    by Bob Cryptonight

    We love ya, Uncle Forry!

  • Nov. 4, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Crying Shame

    by Chaykin

    I met this man back in the 80's at a Fango con in New York (back when cons where about what they were supposed to be about, not just reaming the fans of their money). He was a true gentleman and a FOUNTAIN of information about so much that has been forgotten. Not to slight anybody here, because you are reading this, but so much will be gone forever and judging by most of the attention deficit clueless talbacks that I read on this site, most of the supposed "geek world" will not even know what has been lost. Thank you Harry and everyone else who will keep the fire burning. Famous Monsters forever!!!

  • Nov. 4, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    This month's Rue Morgue

    by filmcans

    Interested parties should pick up the latest double-sized anniversary issue of Rue Morgue Magazine, featuring Ackerman on the cover and a handful of related articles on the man, the magazine that made him famous, and the influence he's had over the years.

  • Nov. 4, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Terrible News

    by Slaphappy Slim

    I was lucky enough to discover FM a year or two before it ended and was immediately hooked. I've spent the past quarter century haunting comic shops and used book stores slowly building to a collection that currently holds 114 of the 191 regular issues. Over twenty years ago, at 14 years old, I found Forry's number and called him at home. He spent nearly an hour on the phone with me--some dopey kid he'd never met who rang him up out of the blue--talking anything and everything. An unbelievable guy. I always took it for granted that Uncle Forry would be there. Sadly, this is not the case. Thankfully, he seems to be at peace. Thanks for everything through all these years, FJA.

  • Nov. 4, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Before the internet

    by Snookeroo

    the only connection to fandom (if you lived in the Midwest)were magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland.<br><br>Thank you Mr. Ackerman for the wonderful hours of joy you brought to this young man back in the early 70's. I still treasure those old magazines and that special place and time.

  • Nov. 4, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Forry is the greatest!

    by Ricky Retardo

    The Akermonster gave the world the best horror mag. Famous Monsters of Filmland was the mag I most loved as a kid. I still have almost all of the early issues. I love you, Forry! Thank you for bringing us so much pleasure and chills.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Sucks!

    by geech

    I had always fantasized that I would trek down to SoCal and meet him before it was too late. Forry, thank you for setting me on the path. You're a hero to us all.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Forever Forrey!

    by rlabrana

    Forrey, like all of the others, you were a huge part of my life. At your knee, I learned how to love horror movies and bad(?) puns. Best wishes!!!

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    TimBenzedrine

    by rlabrana

    Call me.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    2008 is really a bummer

    by bacci40

    ackerman fed my love of movies and horror films throughout my childhood and teen years...gotta get that letter off right now

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Hey Rod!

    by TimBenzedrine

    How you doin'?

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    MICHAEL CRICHTON is DEAD

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    John!

    by rlabrana

    Sorry to clog the talkback. But a mutual love of the Ackermonster has connected me with a long lost fiend (FJA pun intended). John, email me at forreyisgreat@yahoo.com

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    chrichton was too young

    by bacci40

    2 more months to go...hope 09 is better

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    FJA on the cover of "Rue Morgue"

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Why was the former FM editor rendered into a homeless outcast? Why did classic artist Basil Gogos commit such blasphemy? It's a demoralizing portrait of a man who introduced a pioneering magazine. "Rue Morgue" blows (but it's still superior to "Fangoria").

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    When all the other kids were reading comics back in 1964...

    by Stan Arthur

    I was reading FM. Monster movies and The Beatles were the only things I cared about by the time I was 7 years old. Forry, you were my hero for putting in pages the things that made me squeal with glee. Thank you, Forry.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Forry and a kid from Croydon

    by Goldmagus

    It's just about the most boring suburb of London, and not the most exciting spot to grow up in the 1960s as a horror fanatic. But every now and again, a magazine would appear in a local newsagents - absolutely not regularly, maybe only once every two or three months - but it was like a lifeline. It was, of course, FM, and the world that opened up to me was mindblowing. Forry's passion for movies new and old was so amazing to me as a kid, and he has been a life long influence on everything I've ever done. I'm lucky enough to work in the business and produce movies - I don't know whether I'd ever have got there without the incredible doors he opened into an imaginative and creative otherworld. He will be seriously missed by many, many people but we'll always love him for the gifts he gave to a whole generation.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST

    'Dead People Server' reports Forry's passing today

    by KCMOSHer

    Don't know for sure where their source is, but they are calling it Thursday the 6th. http://www.dpsinfo.com/dps/2008.html#latest

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Scratch that, false alarm

    by KCMOSHer

    Reports out of London likely spawned this obit. Current word from Joe Moe is that he's still with us, although in the same tenuous condition as before. Check http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/topic/19869/master/1/ for up to the minute news directly from those closest to Dr. Acula.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST

    RIP FJA

    by edgreen86

    No false alarm, sadly. He passed away earlier this evening.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 12:38 a.m. CST

    not gone yet...bet he gotta kick out of that

    by bacci40

    he died...then came back as zombie ackerman...i cant count the book stores that used to chase me out from spending hours at the stacks reading his mags...i sent him a letter...hope he gets it

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I recall as a kid...

    by gotilk

    Thinking while reading FM (and later on, Starlog/Fangoria)... wouldn't it be great if all of us guys and ghouls could be connected in some way? If we could communicate easily. I had a few pen pals, but nothing ever gelled. Too spread out and distracted by lives. We could take over the world if we could find a way to make it easier to keep in touch. Megalomaniacal little brat, huh? <br> <br> Well, here we are folks. In his name, do great things with the connections you've made and make him proud.<br> <br> Thank you again Forry. We'll come back for you when we figure out the time travel thing.

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    truly touched our lives!

    by ufoclub1977

    A founder in the culture that powers this website. I was a kid eager to find an issue of "Monsters" at the drugstore and flip through pics of ALIEN or American Werewolf in London... before I ever saw a Fangoria.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Forry Update

    by hellcatsagogo

    From Facebook page: "Following a long depressing haul, there is some GOOD NEWS. All of your cards, letters and well-wishes have really caused Forry to rally! The torrent of love flooding the Ackerminimansion has encouraged Forry to fight for his life. I can't predict how much longer we'll have him around. A day? A week? A month? Who knows? But I CAN tell you we're taking full advantage of this upturn to really encourage Forry to get stronger and hang around a while more. I am actually feeling hopeful he'll make it to his 92nd birthday on Nov. 24th. Please pass this message on and let everyone know that their tributes, stories and prayers have had a miraculous effect on Forry. We should all continue to support him (and each other) and enjoy his presence as long as we are able... Thank you all so much! Joe" Thanks for the update Joe - we are all wishing Forest the best of days, the brightest of smiles and the hope that comes with each new dawn. Cheers.