Back in the 1960s, kids didn't have to wait until October to celebrate Halloween. With the onslaught of classic black & white horror movies being sold to TV in the 1950s, and a glut of monster magazines in the 1960s, Michigan kids were treated to Halloween all year long.

There was a package of old 1930s-1940s Universal Horror movies that were sold to television stations under the name “Shock Theatre”. Soon, cities in every state were showing their versions of “Shock Theatre” with their own personal horror movie host. WXYZ-TV in Detroit had “Shock” on at 11:30 Friday nights hosted by Mr. X. The show became so popular, that for a brief period of time WXYZ followed it up at 1am with “Super Shock!”

Kids couldn't get enough. Seeing the writing on the wall – and obviously wanting to make a quick buck – various publishers began putting out their own monster magazines. These magazines featured photos & stills of the classic monsters going all the way back into the silent era, with backstories, actor biographies, and more. Just about any Michigan party store, sweet shop, drug store, news stand, or book shop.....any place that sold books & magazines.....were where you'd find monster magazines. We would go down to the local sweet shop and get ours. We'd stand there and look through the whole magazine before deciding to buy it.

The slew of monster mags kicked off with America's first monster magazine, “Famous Monsters of Filmland” in 1958. From there, publications came hard and fast. Some lasted for a few issues, some only one, with Famous Monsters lasting well into the 1980s. It is still published to this day under a new editor and publisher.

Below is a gallery of EVERY monster magazine title from the 50s and 60s. The exceptions are “Creepy” and “Eerie” which were not monster magazines, but rather horror tales done in comic book style.

BLACK ZOO 
1963

BRAVE GHOULS
1960
This was usually found advertised in the back of monster magazines. It was a one-shot, hardcover book.

CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Feb. 1962 - June 1975


CHILLING MONSTER TALES 
Aug. 1966

CINEMA 57 
1954 – 1999
This was NOT a monster magazine, but it was the issue that inspired James Warren to come up with the idea for America's first monster mag, “Famous Monsters of Filmland”.

CREEPY 
1964-1983
Not an official “monster” magazine, but it warrants a mention.

CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN/HORROR OF DRACULA 
1964

EERIE
1966-1983
Not an official “monster” magazine, but it deserves a nod.

FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND 
February 1958 - March 1983

FANTASTIC MONSTERS OF THE FILMS
1962 – 1963

FOR MONSTERS ONLY 
Nov. 1965 - June 1972

HORROR MONSTERS
1961 – 1964

HORROR OF PARTY BEACH
1964

JOURNAL OF FRANKENSTEIN 
1959

MAD MONSTERS
1961 – 1965

MODERN MONSTERS
April - Oct. 1966

MOLE PEOPLE
1964

MONSTER HOWLS 
Dec. 1966

MONSTER MAKE-UP HAND BOOK
1965

MONSTER MANIA
Oct. 1966 - April 1967

MONSTER PARADE 
Sep. 1958 - March 1959
This particular magazine was aimed toward the 'adult' market.

MONSTER WORLD 
Nov. 1964 - Sep. 1966

MONSTERS AND HEROES 
1967 – 1970

MONSTERS AND THINGS
Jan. 1959 - April 1959

MONSTERS TO LAUGH WITH 
1964 – 1965

MONSTERS UNLIMITED
1965 – 1966
This title was a continuation of "Monsters To Laugh With".

MUNSTERS MAGAZINE 
1965

SHRIEK! 
May 1965 - Winter 1967

SPACEMEN
July 1961 - June 1964

3D MONSTERS 
1964

WEREWOLVES AND VAMPIRES 
1962

WORLD FAMOUS CREATURES 
1958 - Feb. 1959

.....and the show that started it all, "Shock Theatre"!

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