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Acclaimed Karloff Biography Wins Award
By James Whittington, Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Boris Karloff More Than A Monster Book Cover SmallBoris Karloff - More than a Monster has won the coveted Rondo Award 2012 For Best Book.

It is author Stephen Jacobs' first book, and took him over a decade of research to complete. "I am delighted to have received this award, and didn't expect it", Jacobs commented.

The 2012 Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, celebrate the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. This year's e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 17-year old online community, drew more than 3,100 ballots from across the USA and around the world. The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards were created by David Colton and Kerry Gammill at the Classic Horror Film Boards in 2002. The awards are fan-based, and have no connection to any commercial sponsor.

The book had previously been declared as Best Book of 2011 by the Psychobabble website, and listed as one of the 5 best film books of last year by the Financial Times.

Publisher Bruce Sachs at Tomahawk Press is delighted. "We've had books nominated before, but this is our first international award. I am very pleased that the book has been such a success. It deserves every compliment it receives".

The 568 page hardback biography is fully illustrated, and reveals many unknown aspects of the iconic actor's life. The book is fully authorised by Karloff's daughter, Sara, who commented "Winning this award is absolutely wonderful but not in the least surprising. The book is so wonderful I can't put it into words. I learn something nearly every page I read. I love the format, the quotations, the presentation, the information, the thoroughness, the professionalism, the quality of the paper, the photo selection, the organization. I could go on and on, but most of all, it is such a learning experience for me. I never knew about my father's family, about his early life, how old he was when his mother died, and on and on and on. I love every word and page I read."

British-born Boris Karloff is the still the world's most iconic horror movie star in history, even years after his death. Although forever associated with his breakthrough role of the Monster in Frankenstein (1931) Boris Karloff had a career that spanned almost 50 years and over 150 movies - from the era of the silent picture through to the days of the 'Swinging Sixties'. His roles in Bride Of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Black Cat, and many others - most now considered classics of the genre - ensured his reputation as 'The King of Horror'.

The book details how Karloff was an actor for more than two decades before finding international fame as the monster in Frankenstein (1931). He was married five times and was a founder member of the Screen Actors Guild. He starred in over 150 films and also featured on television. Karloff's reputation is huge. He is the only person apart from US presidents to have appeared on American postage stamps twice!


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