Today is the day, horror lovers! Whether you're a fan of Shaun of the Dead, Gremlins, Star Wars, Silent Hill, Interview with the Vampire, Jurassic Park, Predator, The Fly, or countless other horror and sci-fi films, there is plenty for you to enjoy within the pages of Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson's new book Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Conversations with Cinema’s Greatest Artists: Volume 2, which is now available from Dark Ink!

Like the first book in this four-volume series, the second volume of Monsters, Makeup & Effects features interviews with some of the most renowned and talented special effects artists in cinema (and television) history, and it also includes a special tribute to the amazing John Carl Buechler.

Having had the honor of reading Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 2, I can personally confirm that each and every chapter in Heather's new book is filled fascinating, inspiring, and altogether entertaining stories of what it's really like to work in the special effects industry on some of the most beloved horror and sci-fi films ever made. Featuring hundreds of jaw-dropping behind-the-scenes photos, this second volume would make the perfect gift for the horror or sci-fi lover in your life this holiday season!

We have additional details and a look at the cover art below, and to pre-order Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 2, visit:

After the tremendous success of Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Conversations with Cinema’s Greatest Artists: Volume 1, Dark Ink couldn’t be more excited to announce that Volume 2 will be available October 26th.  The second in the four-volume series from journalist Heather Wixson celebrates both the makeup effects industry as well as the artists who have thrilled millions of movie lovers around the world. Volume 2 features another 20 in-depth conversations with some of the most talented and imaginative minds in Hollywood.  Along with a special tribute to John Carl Buechler, this edition features Academy Award winners Christopher Nelson (the Halloween franchise, Suicide Squad), Phil Tippett (Jurassic Park, the Star Wars franchise), Michèle Burke (Interview with the Vampire, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Kazu Hiro (Darkest Hour, Men in Black) and Chris Walas (David Cronenberg’s The Fly, Gremlins) as well as many other brilliant creative forces from the world of special effects.

“The outpouring of adoration for Heather’s first volume has been amazing, we can’t wait for this next one to get into the hands of film fans!” said Michael Aloisi, owner of Dark Ink.

“The Monsters, Makeup & Effects series has been a years-long labor of love and I’m incredibly thrilled to introduce movie fans to even more FX artists with this second volume. As someone who has spent her entire life being enamored by the magic and artistry of special effects, I hope that readers will come away with a new love and appreciation for these artists’ work, determination and dedication that helped make the impossible possible on both the big and small screens,” said Heather Wixson.

About MM&E: Volume 2:

Gizmo. Michael Myers. Hellboy. Predator. Pinhead. Twisty the Clown. Spielberg’s dinosaurs. Brundlefly. This is just a sampling of the iconic characters that have continued to thrill fans both on the big and small screens for decades now that you’ll read about in Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 2. For this second installment of her ongoing interview series, journalist and FX historian Heather Wixson celebrates the lives and careers of 20 more special effects artists who have left their indelible mark on the world of entertainment, and many are still working hard in the industry today.

Featuring in-depth conversations and hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 2 furthers the exploration of the influence felt by the work of these brilliant artists whose ingenuity and creativity were behind the creation of so many seminal creatures and characters that have captured our imaginations, left us in awe and genuinely excited us as moviegoers. In simpler terms, these are the artists who were able to make the impossible possible, and these interviews are a celebration of all of the incredible contributions that these artists have made throughout their careers and the passion that has fueled their creative endeavors, both inside and outside of the makeup studio.

Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume 2 features comprehensive interviews with:

Steve Wang                   Chris Walas                  Mike Elizalde                Eryn Krueger Mekash

Kazu Hiro                     Todd Masters                Phil Tippett                   Michèle Burke

Robert Burman             Christopher Nelson        Richard Landon             Guy Himber

Shane Mahan                Stuart Conran               Joey Orosco                  Norman Cabrera

John Dods                     David Grasso                 Bruce Spaulding Fuller 

And a tribute to John Carl Buechler

Book Information:

Title: Monsters, Makeup and Effects: Conversations with Cinema’s Greatest Artists: Volume 2

Author: Heather Wixson

Size: 6 x 9

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-943201-86-0

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-943201-48-8

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    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.