Friday, December 05, 2008


Forrest J Ackerman, who influenced a generation of young horror movie fans with Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and spent a lifetime amassing what has been called the world's largest personal collection of science fiction and fantasy memorabilia, has died. He was 92.
Ackerman, a writer, editor and literary agent who has been credited with coining the term "sci-fi" in the 1950s, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman's estate, told the Associated Press.
As editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Ackerman wrote most of the articles in the photo-laden magazine launched in 1958 as a forum for past and present horror films.


Robert Adam Gilmour said...

Real shame, this man changed the world more than most people will ever know.

Paleo said...

What makes me sad is that the Museum of SF & Horror never came to be, what a shame that his amazing collection atomized into the hands of private collectors, anyway, thanks Forry.