If you've read her Practical-ly Perfect column, then you know that when it comes to celebrating practical effects and the often overlooked artists that bring them to life, Heather Wixson is the premier expert on the fascinating subject. We couldn't be more thrilled, then, that Wixson's new book, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 1 (the first in a four-volume series), is now officially available from Dark Ink!

Featuring 20 insightful, entertaining, and in-depth interviews with some of the most talented makeup effects artists in cinema, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 1 also features more than 300 photos that go behind the scenes of some of the greatest practical effects creations in horror history.

Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 1 is now available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook! To learn more, visit:

"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 discussions with:

  • Howard Berger
  • Ve Neill
  • “Screaming” Mad George
  • Thomas Burman
  • Alec Gillis
  • Tom Woodruff Jr.
  • Joel Harlow
  • Matt Rose
  • David LeRoy Anderson
  • Bari Dreiband-Burman
  • Doug Drexler
  • Wayne Toth
  • Lance Anderson
  • Tony Gardner
  • Patrick Tatopoulos
  • Jim McPherson
  • Bart Mixon
  • Gabe Bartalos
  • Paul Jones
  • Everett Burrell"

  • Derek Anderson
    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.