monsters from the vault

Yesterday was the official release day for my first nonfiction book, but I was still feeling a bit under the weather, and too overwhelmed to post anything about it until today, so here’s the official announcement: Monsters from the Vault collects more than five years worth of the Vault of Secrets column on vintage horror cinema that I wrote for Innsmouth Free Press, including a few columns that haven’t gone up on the website just yet, so you can read ’em here first!

Movies range from the 1932 classic Doctor X (filmed in two-strip Technicolor!) to the 1976 Bert I. Gordon “classic” Food of the Gods, filmed with a bunch of rats on tiny model cars and houses. A few of the columns that are in the book but haven’t yet gone live on the website include pieces on The Monster That Challenged the WorldThe Invisible RayThe Mummy’s Curse, and even the great William Castle masterpiece The Tingler, to name just a few.

Short on cash at the moment but still want a copy of Monsters from the Vault? There’s a Goodreads giveaway of it running for the next few days, but act now, because it ends on June 17! (And speaking of Goodreads giveaways, you can still enter for a chance to win a copy of Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts as part of the Word Horde Summer Solstice Giveaway, ending June 20. Already got Painted Monsters? There are plenty of other amazing Word Horde titles up for grabs, including John Langan’s new novel The Fisherman!)

There’s more promotions and other stuff in the works for Monsters from the Vault, and I’ll be live-tweeting a suitably creaky old horror movie sometime soon, so keep your eyes on this space or on my various social media presences for more info. And if you already ordered your copy, it should be on its way to you directly! As always, reviews (whether positive, negative, or indifferent) are much appreciated, and if anyone knows how you go about getting a book into consideration for a Rondo Award, drop me a line…

Monsters from the Vault, collecting every single one of my more than four years worth of Vault of Secrets columns from Innsmouth Free Press, is now available for pre-order, and cheaper than cover price! But you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s the blurb it got from no less a personage than John Langan, author of The Fisherman, among others:monsters

“Orrin Grey’s Monsters from the Vault is a delight.  Grey takes the reader on a film-by-film journey trough some of the lesser-known horror films of the middle decades of the twentieth century, offering incisive and witty analysis of them along the way.  Possessed of an apparently encyclopedic knowledge of these films, Grey points out connections among their directors, writers, actors, and production crews.  The result is a book that can be enjoyed both for its discussions of individual films and for its overview of horror film during this period.  Put this one on the shelf next to Danse Macabre and The Outer Limits Companion–even better, keep it on your desk, so it’s close at hand.”

I’ve already been asked elsewhere about the table of contents, which should be showing up over on the IFP site directly. But for those of you who just can’t wait, I’ll go ahead and post it here, though I warn you, that’s a full 80 movies, so you’re in for a long list of titles, which I’m gonna put behind a cut:

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