Book Review: The Horror of it All

horrorofitallI first met Adam Rockoff in 2008 at a Fangoria Weekend of Horrors in Chicago. He was going to be there to help run one of the Q&A panels that was going to be in the evening at the Music Box Theatre. I knew of Adam because of his book Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, which was later adapted for the documentary of the same name, both of which are worth your time. So I was actually excited to meet him and have him sign my copy of his book that I had brought, which he graciously did once we did finally meet. Which in fact, was rather funny since I had no idea what this guy looked like. So when he came up to my table and started looking through the books I was selling, talking about different reference books, and then casually mentioning that he had written a book. Once he told me his name, I told him that myself and friend Aaron Christensen were the ones he was suppose to meet up with for the Q&A panel later. Small world. From that moment on, we became good friends. He’s been over the Krypt several times for some movie screenings and other get-togethers.

But now Mr. Rockoff has gone and written another book on the horror genre, but one that is quite different than his first one. This one is more autobiographical, meaning it is stories about him growing up to the be the horror fan that he is today. He talks about his early years trying to see some of these notoriously titled films, the slasher boom that he fell in love with, meeting other like-minded film nuts and degenerates, and other thoughts and views on the genre, all intertwined with personal stories from his youth. I have to say, they are pretty damn entertaining stories too. Now, I do to admit, giving full disclosure here, that I am mentioned in the book. But that has nothing to do with why I’m recommending this title. Any horror fan is going to enjoy the stories, even relating to some of them. They are fun and interesting. Sure, there are some opinions in there that are going to make you scratch your head and wonder how the hell Rockoff can call himself a horror fan! Trust me, I’ve already had that conversation with him several times over the years, and even I can’t change his opinion. But that is what makes it fun, since all of us will never agree on everything, which makes the discussions a lot more entertaining.

This comes out in a few weeks and is very reasonably price for a nice hardcover edition, well worth your hard-earned cash. If you get it from Amazon, it is under $20, so how could you pass it up? Give it a try. I think you’ll enjoy it. And if you ever get to meet Mr. Rockoff, tell him he’s crazy for not loving Jose Grau’s Let Sleeping Corpses Lie!

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