Rondo Awards 2018 – Sam Irvin and Mark Maddox

As part of my ongoing series to recognize all of my friends who have been nominated for a prestigious Rondo Award, today I want you to consider not one but two men, Sam Irvin and Mark Maddox.

Sam Irvin, director of such genre films as Oblivion (1994) and Elvira’s Haunted Hills (2001), has been a monster kid since childhood. He’s loved Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) since it first aired on NBC television and, in 2017, he wrote an incredible article that became the entire 38th issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors. “The Epic Untold Saga Behind Frankenstein: The True Story” is more than 100 pages of monster goodness and I highly recommend you not only vote for it but that you also add the magazine to your collection. Visit their website and order it today!

And no magazine is complete without an amazing cover to help tell the story. In this case, you’re receiving an amazing piece of art from Mark Maddox. You’ll find his work everywhere, from Doctor Who Magazine to Video Watchdog. He’s actually nominated for three covers this year. In addition to Little Shoppe of Horrors #38, you’ll find his work on Mad Scientist #32 and Screem #34. Finally, let’s all write-in Mark in the Best Artist of 2017 category as he had a phenomenal year! Then, check out his website for more of his amazing work.

As a reminder, Sam was a guest on episode 8 and on episode 9, Jeff Owens and I talked about this classic mini-series. Check out both episodes!

The 16th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ballot is now live and waiting for your votes. These awards are voted on by fans for fans and highlight the best of the best of 2017.

Voting is easy to do. Simply go to the Rondo Awards website and follow the instructions. It’s a little old school and there are a lot of categories, so make sure you take your time. You don’t have to vote in every category and you can always write in your own suggestion because they might have missed something or someone worth recognizing. Just remember, voting ends at midnight April 8!

Come back tomorrow as I highlight another friend nominated in this year’s Rondo Awards!

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