Magazine article Sunset

Little Mansions of Horrors

Magazine article Sunset

Little Mansions of Horrors

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Halloween's here. You want scary? Forrest Ackerman knows scary. A fan's fan, Ackerman toiled 50 years in the Hollywood horror biz, collecting all the way. A few Saturdays each month, he opens his Griffith Park "Ackermansion" to show off his 300,000-piece science-fiction museum.

Now pushing 80, the native Angeleno began his career as a literary agent, occasionally working with Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. In the 1950s he launched the fanzine Famous Monsters of Filmland, a job that let him pal around with a pantheon of Tinseltown ghouls: Boris Karloff ("He was so sympathetic in Frankenstein," says Ackerman); Bela Lugosi ("That movie Ed Wood was totally inaccurate-Bela never said 'damn' or 'hell' or the scatological things they had him saying"); and Plan 9 from Outer Space's director Ed Wood ("Mainly he was just a drunken voice on the telephone to me. I could never reason with him").

Visitors to the museum are greeted by a replica of the false Maria-the robotic siren from Fritz Lang's Metropolis. …

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