For years, Daily Dead Managing Editor and author Heather Wixson has celebrated makeup effects artists in her Practical-ly Perfect column, and that celebration will continue in Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Conversations with Cinema’s Greatest Artists, a new four-volume series from Dark Ink that features more than 80 conversations with the artists behind many of horror and sci-fi cinema's most iconic, creepy, and altogether entertaining creations!

Volume 1 of Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Conversations with Cinema’s Greatest Artists will be released early this summer.

We have a look at the cover art and the official press with additional details below, and you can pre-order the book now in hardcover and paperback from Dark Ink's website:

Press Release: Dark Ink is thrilled to announce the release of Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Conversations with Cinema’s Greatest Artists, a four-volume series from journalist Heather Wixson that celebrates both the makeup effects industry as well as the artists who have all left their indelible mark on the world of horror and science fiction entertainment. Featuring 80 in-depth conversations with some of the most respected and creative minds in Hollywood, this series is sure to become the definitive series on the craft and art of effects, and those who helped make the impossible possible through their creations. MM&E: Volume 1 is set to release early this summer and is currently up for presale on the publisher’s website.

“We are absolutely amazed that Heather was able to get so many brilliant and legendary artists to contribute their stories for this series. Their experiences are profound, interesting, entertaining and important parts of film history.  We are honored that we get to publish these books and look forward to working with Heather over the next few years,” said Michael Aloisi, owner of Dark Ink.

“These interviews have been a labor of love of mine over the course of the last five years, and I’m delighted that they have found a home at Dark Ink. One of the most important things that I’ve learned throughout my career is that everyone has a story to tell, and I am beyond humbled and grateful to be able to share and celebrate the lives and careers of these artists who helped fuel my own love of horror and science fiction for so many years,” said Heather Wixson.

About MM&E: Volume 1:

Pennywise. Xenomorphs. Freddy Krueger. Beetlejuice. Jason Voorhees. Most movie fans immediately recognize these creatures and characters, but hardly know much about the artists behind these iconic designs. In Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 1, journalist Heather Wixson shines the spotlight on twenty special makeup effects artists, creators and technicians whose work has left us captivated and marveling at their innovation, ingenuity and creativity.

Featuring behind-the-scenes photos and extensive interviews, MM&E explores the lives, careers and inspirations behind some the greatest artisans to have ever worked in film and television. MM&E is a celebration of the creative spirit and artistic endeavors of those who have worked tirelessly for decades to create the memorable monsters, creatures and onscreen personas that have terrified us, made us laugh and filled us with a sense of wonder.

Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 1 features comprehensive interviews with:

Howard Berger - Ve Neill - “Screaming” Mad George - Thomas Burman

Joel Harlow - Matt Rose - Alec Gillis - Tom Woodruff Jr.

David LeRoy Anderson - Bari Dreiband-Burman - Doug Drexler - Wayne Toth

Lance Anderson - Tony Gardner - Patrick Tatopolous - Jim McPherson

Bart Mixon - Gabe Bartalos - Paul Jones - Everett Burrell

Book Information:

Title: Monsters, Makeup and Effects: Conversations with Cinema’s Greatest Artists

Author: Heather Wixson

Size: 6 x 9

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-943201-47-1

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-943201-52-5

Release Date: Early Summer 2021

Price:  $19.99 Paperback

$25.99 Hardcover

$9.99 eBook

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