The Crestwood House Monster Series

James / September 12th, 2010

A tribute to the Crestwood House Monster Series, the books that introduced me to the classic monsters!


  • September 12, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Wow. Very cool James. Thanks’

  • TehJedicake

    September 12, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Oh fuckin awesome

  • September 12, 2010 at 3:25 am

    I *might* somehow remember these books…yeah before the internet it’s a kids dream series.

  • September 12, 2010 at 3:27 am

    So there’s the Genesis of Monster Madness. Since he was around 14, they’re probably pretty poorly written. He should read one out loud. See how much he’s changed since a child.

  • Heep

    September 12, 2010 at 3:35 am

    So this is what really started it all which we all can enjoy today!

  • September 12, 2010 at 3:41 am

    OMG. Those are those are the same books that got me into Godzilla and the other movie monsters. Awesomeness!!!!!!!!!

  • jakers11

    September 12, 2010 at 3:49 am

    such a good video, almost like a teaser for this years monster madness

  • September 12, 2010 at 4:14 am

    The original monster madness book? So awesome! You should scan and publish it on internet. I know, it’s not finished and everything, but it would be cool anyway.

  • misfitsfiend316

    September 12, 2010 at 4:17 am

    The craziest shit ever…..because I was just thinking about these books today! I too read most of them at a young age…my school actually had them in the library. It’s freaking me out that you posted this video!!! lol. Awesome job as always.

  • strint519

    September 12, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Holy shit dude I totally forgot about these books. I used to get these from the library all the time as a child….friggin props James.

  • Tardman

    September 12, 2010 at 4:34 am

    I can’t wait for moooooonster madness.

  • Vyncent

    September 12, 2010 at 4:49 am

    On a totally different, yet somehow possibly similar note, I remember one obscure series of books I read growing up. They were youth novelizations of NES games that were popular at the time. I distinctly remember reading the “Master Blaster” one. And there were ones like Mega Man and Castlevania and some slightly more obscure ones. Anyone else remember these?

  • September 12, 2010 at 5:16 am

    I remember my old elementary school letting me keep one of their books from their library for some reason, and it was a Crestwood book on Dracula. I guess you can say that it was the book that got me interested in the Dracula legend. I love looking at all the pictures from the movies especially that one picture of Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula where his face was crumbling from the sun. That image I always remember the most from the book!

  • JustCody

    September 12, 2010 at 5:20 am

    this is random, but i just wanted to say that i’ve come around and I like the new layout. i hated it at first, but now that the kinks are worked out, i really like it.

    great video too! 😀

    always a fan james

  • JoeShmoe

    September 12, 2010 at 5:48 am

    OMG,I remeber those books! I checked these books out in school libary. Its cool me and james are same age,we grow up in the same time era.

  • NickReaper

    September 12, 2010 at 6:02 am

    oh james, you’re the coolest nerd i know…hell, you’re the coolest person i know…well, know of.

  • Butch Bitch

    September 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Ah, the magic of books,eh? Haha, but seriously, I LOVE reading!

    As for what someone else on here said, I would love to see the original Monster Madness. I keep a bunch of journals and sometimes I write really detailed reviews of movies. Maybe I should have MY own video series, haha.

  • asnaes1981

    September 12, 2010 at 8:06 am

    We probably were the same age when we read the Crestwood House books, James. The classic movie monsters will always be the best. Horror movies suck ass these days.

  • Dawson5

    September 12, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Thanks, James, for this video. I read these books as a child, and often think of them as I watch your review and trivia videos. Good memories!

  • gamera138

    September 12, 2010 at 8:19 am

    amazing video. i devoured that Orange series as a kid, pretty much every library i went to, i would seek those out. never saw the purple series!
    i work at a used bookstore, and i have yet to see these! here’s hoping…

  • Gens_Fan

    September 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Hey James you should scan that book put it on the web site for people to read and if they licke it make more

  • September 12, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I read those as a kid too, I still have the wolfman book.

  • goldenbane

    September 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Yep, I remember the vast majority of those books, especially the Godzilla one. I checked that book out many many times in my childhood! Great video, James!

  • adecourv

    September 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Really like that you did this video because I read the same books as a kid and they got me into monster movies too.

  • Avatarass

    September 12, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Haha, At 2:42 there’s a library card inside the book. Wtf?

  • Joker83

    September 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I had that Frankenstein meets the Wolfman book! I think I had brought it home from my school in like 2nd or 3rd grade and never returned it.

    lol, i love all your videos james but usually don’t comment.

    i am excited for Monster Madness.!

  • CinemaSickness

    September 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Wow… I just got swept back into my childhood. Every month in Elementary School we had to do a book report and guess what my report was on every month? Yep, these exact books. I lived for these books! Can’t wait for monster madness to start!

  • September 12, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Damn… I wanna read what James had originally. That’d be pretty awesome. Anyway, can’t contain excitement for CINEMASSACRE’S MOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNSTER MADNESS!!!!!

  • bick.benedict

    September 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Wow, I’m a book collector too and those books look really neat. Probably worth a lot of money. Can’t wait for monster madness.

  • wyatt

    September 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Dude, AVGN is cool, but it seems like you’re a lot more passionate about these movies. Why not just put your energy into that?

    It seems like lot of people have taken the same idea that AVGN was and have capitalized on it.

    Just make a really cool horror movie. I know pretty much where you’re coming from, I was introduced to the classics pretty young too, barely, but I get it. No horror film makers today really seem to get it.

  • CosmicGecko

    September 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    My library had a lot of those ‘orange’ series books when I was growing up. My first one was also Godzilla, funnily enough. One weekend I ended up checking all of them out at once and shutting myself in my room reading them. Endlessly entertaining and really turned me on to some great films. Really brings back memories watching this video. Great video as always, James.

  • slasherfan

    September 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    have you ever heard of the show really seems like a show you like.i think its this generation twilight zone and tale from the crypt.and if you haven’t seen or heard of it you should really check it out.

  • itscmillertime

    September 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    sooooo did you take those out and never return them to the library? or buy them at a library sale…?

  • September 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I remember the King Kong book as well as the Frankenstein book very well but didn’t realize that they made so many of them. Thanks for posting this.

    I gave you a feature blurb in Web Series Today, check it out!

  • wartooth15

    September 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    it seems like we’re getting into monster mode kinda early this year which makes me very happy

  • MarioIsWicked

    September 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    these books got you into monster movies, and you got me into monster movies, thanks

  • Joe

    September 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    18 more days unil monster madness, Im stoked I cant wait….

  • xeemo

    September 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I remember some King Kong book that I took out of my local library once. I also rented The Thing on VHS there after finally convincing my mom to let me rent it which took months.

    What I remember slightly clearer is a book my brother had with info on a bunch of classic movie monsters in it. It was paperback and pretty small.

    I still haven’t seen the wolf man…I wanted to see that so bad as a kid but for whatever reason I was never allowed to.

  • September 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    James, thanks so much for this video and your whole horror series. I remember reading the Godzilla and Dracula books as a kid (I love how you started to write your own book but through the net are now fulfilling your childhood dream). I was already into monsters when i discovered these books so I’m scratching my head trying to figure out how I first got into monster movies–perhaps it was the Godzillathons shown during the 4:30 Afternoon Movie in New York during the ’70s; maybe it was watching Scooby-Doo.

    Anyway, you’ve not only made me feel like a kid again through this and your film reviews but you’ve also revitalized my appreciation of the horror genre, especially the classic Universal films. You rock. I really enjoy your Trivia Tuesday vids. You’d be hilarious to hang out with.

  • sutekh22

    September 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Absolutely loved the Crestwood House series! That’s how I got into monsters too. A wonderful librarian spread them out near Halloween when I was 5, and that’s what did it for me!

    Sadly we never had the purple series, or Phantom of the Opera for that matter. I think the Black Cat, Murders in the Rue Morgue and the Invisible Man all got books as well, but I never saw them back in the day.

  • Wesley26508

    September 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Man you know how to bring back memories. I’m glad you explained the whole two endings to King Kong VS. Godzilla. I also read this book as a child and always thought that there were two endings… Boy was I shocked to know almost 15 years later there really wasn’t. Its crazy how much my life paralleled my own life. I’m certain if we would have met as kids we would have been great friends. Keep up the good work.

  • Magic Spoon

    September 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I really wonder what he’ll talk about in the upcoming Monster Madness. I mean, we’ve already had Ed Wood-a-thon, Godzilla-thon and of course the Monster Madness featuring every classic monster movie. What could he POSSIBLY talk about next?

    Heh, I’ll try not to think about it and just enjoy the big show!

    Also, whatever happened to the Giant Claw? Did anyone actually find information on its current whereabouts?

  • marclawson

    September 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I remember these books! I used to obsess over them when I was in 4th grade. I loved the creepy photos. I remember there was one photo of the various stages of the wolfman make up and it helped me be the wolfman for Halloween. Thank you for finding these!

  • Gordon

    September 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    haha james you must have alot of over-due book fees, dont go into any library anytime soon

  • September 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Oh man, thank you for this. I totally remember reading these at my library too. Every time we went to the library, it’d be the first section of books I’d look through just to see if there was one that I hadn’t already checked out before. Then they remodeled the library and I never saw the books again. Sad day for sure, but they also were my first introduction to monster movies and how I started watching Abbott & Costello movies (because I remember them mentioning or having a photo of A&C Meet Frankenstein) in one of the books.

    Thanks for this trip down memory lane James!


    September 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Technology kicks ass. Couldn’t live without it.

    Have you considered scanning and uploading that self-written book? I’d like to see it. :3

  • TheMicronerd

    September 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Oh man!!!! In sixth grade, my school library had the orange series and I read every one like five million times over… except for The Deadly Mantis, which, for some reason, disappeared from the shelf before I could borrow it. Imagine some kid just never returned it.

  • September 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I’m a computer geek, the first books i flocked to when i was a kid was anything robots or computers.

  • bullets

    September 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I used to have a couple of those books , this video brought back memories

  • September 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Wow. You just took me back to the fourth grade. My elementary school library had a bunch of those books, and I even remember reading the alternate Godzilla ending. I remember being told that I had to stop picking those books and read actual ones instead. The teachers must have not really cared that much. I never saw the purple series though. That would have been interesting, especially since I saw The Mole People on MST3K in the mid-90s.

  • joeykazaam

    September 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I had a few of the orange books at my elementary school. checked out the godzilla book like 20 times. I also belived king kong vs. godzilla had two endings untill recently. I even told that fact to people and now I feel like a dumbass. Thanks James

  • Faroutdude

    September 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Hey james you and mike should check out “Goth” its a horror based board game and has several old horror movie questions such as hammer films an lots of vincent price and lugosi questions and shit. Its not all movie questions but its still pretty cool man, anyway check it out an let me know what ya think dude. Peace

  • hotpoop

    September 12, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Wow James! I also used to read these books at the public and school libraries when I was a kid. I hadn’t thought about them in years until I saw this video. Thanks for that little stroll down memory lane.

  • stabwest88

    September 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    You should finish your book and publish it! It could be like Monster Madness, but more detailed.

  • September 12, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    James, I forgot all about those books, but the instant I saw them in this video a flood of memories rushed back. I’m going to go back to my library this week to see if they’re still on the shelves.

  • September 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    this video brought back good memories, thanks man

  • joshseb05

    September 13, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I remember reading these especially the Godzilla book! I must have checked that out at my local library over a dozen times! Godzilla rules! Thanks James!

  • joshseb05

    September 13, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Speaking of the double ending in King Kong vs. Godzilla. When I was a kid I remember calling into a local radio show to win some tickets to something and they were asking Godzilla questions promoting the new American remake. I got through the phone lines and they asked who wins in King Kong vs. Godzilla? Of course I answered King Kong and they told me I was wrong! Fucking bastards. The co-host tried to defend my answer by saying it depends on what version you’ve seen (no known to be bullshit of course). That still pisses me off to this day!

  • Xen11

    September 13, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I used to get these books frequently in middle school from the library. But there was this certain ( I think it was a red cover ) book about vampires. It wasn’t of thes series of books, but it was amazing. It went into the history of vampires and told you the various kinds and ways to kill them. It may have been simply titled “Vampires”. If anyone knows what book I’m talking about , please tell me the author, title, and more.

  • tattoo_hunter

    September 13, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Exactly what are you waiting for to scan the book and sell that motherfucker???

  • gemini_dragon

    September 13, 2010 at 7:19 am

    technology ROCKS

  • btrx

    September 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

    oh i have seen this books in my childhood. Actually orange ones. I really loved it.

  • September 13, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I think I also checked out the Godzilla book countless times from my school library. And yea, I too also told everybody that Godzilla vs King Kong had two different endings.

  • Lesley M.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I would also love to see your book! Even if it is unfinished. This was a cool blast from the past.

  • jemurr

    September 13, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I too read those books in elementary school. They were in my school library. I probably checked out the Godzilla book 4 times in one year. I remember my mom yelling at me about it one time LOL.

    I never heard of those purple books before until this video. Kudos on writing your own book. That is so cool. At my first teaching job the school librarian said those books are worth a fortune now.

    How did you track them all down. I know there were a few I never saw. Along with everyone else let me say thank you for bringing back such great memories.


    September 13, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I would buy your book. You should try and get it published or at least as an e-book.

  • deadmartian

    September 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Man, I remember reading these books in 5th grade. I was amazed by them, they were my favorite books in the library. Thanks James for bringing back some great memories.

  • September 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    You should try publishing that book! There are plenty of publishers who will publish books for next to nothing.

  • crono04

    September 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Though they had none of ‘the purple series’, the library in my hometown had the orange ones. Every time I went there as a kid, I would look for ones I hadn’t read yet and every time I found one, I grabbed it, read it right there and checked it out for further review. I loved them. Only bad thing is that the Dracula one made me try to read the original Dracula by Bram Stoker, a Herculean task for a third grader.

  • tary

    September 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    VLAD TEPES is the real DRACULA and is from my country ROMANIA, unfortunately is a underestimated country. And in Romania is the real Dracula castle, is called The Bran Castle,I visited when I was younger,was very scary. Oh James,i live in the Dracula’s country 😀

  • Hulk

    September 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I’m looking forward to this years Monster Madness!! 😀

  • Dolly Dagger

    September 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm


    Yes, yes, YES! LOVED these books as a kid. I kept Godzilla, The Mole People and Dracula’s Daughter checked out for months at a time when I was in grade school.

  • ReynoldsM

    September 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I remember these! So awesome ’cause I would check these out from my local library and be fully immersed in the world of monsters. Thank you, good sir! This has made me smile today.

  • rubanek

    September 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I’m confused. Why are you calling them the orange series? 😛

  • avgnfan96

    September 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    i saw some of these in a scholastic book fair and they were in a $1.00 box on the floor! same on them!

  • September 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    When I was in 2nd and 3rd grade these were the books that got me into the old classics monsters, I LOVED THESE BOOKS!!!!! I STILL LOVE THEM!!!!

  • Rockymyowen

    September 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Wow thanks for reminding me about those books! Forgot about them! 😉

  • Liam Gauci

    September 14, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I second the idea of a video of James reading a few of these books for us! hehe

  • cadillaccastle

    September 14, 2010 at 5:05 am

    How I cant believe you mentioned thee books. They were exactly how I was introduced to monster films. I’ll never forget visiting the library in 1st grade and checking out the Godzilla book. They opened a world to me that I never knew existed. And yes for years I to believed that there were 2 different versions of King Kong vs. Godzilla. I always wished Godzilla had won. And on top of that your Joe Bob Briggs retrospective was great. I too used to stay up late watching Joe Bob’s Monster Vision. It was how I first saw Night of the living Dead the original and the remake. For years I would always try telling people how great the Crestwood books were but no one knew what I was talking about. And to think I thought i was the only one. Great minds motherfucker

  • Krieg

    September 14, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I remember reading this books when I was in elementary school! I remember going back to the school library and looking for more of these books and making my day when I would find one that had been returned that I’ve been waiting for. I loved these books. Thanks for reminding me of some of my childhood.

  • JimmyDash32

    September 14, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Wow nice little video that was so fun to watch. So inspirational that I searched amazon and found one copy of the Dracula one that I had to buy for 20 bucks. And WOW that mad scientist one is going for $74. These books look so cool I’ll enjoy Dracula when I get it. Keep up with these small informative videos about your childhood and many others childhoods.

  • September 14, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Wow I haven’t seen those books in years. Those books are what got me into monster movies as well. When I was a kid I would take those books out of the library all the time. I loved them.

  • Chronic

    September 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    oh yeah im so fucking excited about monster madness this november. I hope he does it

  • jla1987

    September 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I checked out quite a few of these at my local library in the late 90s! Great books! Great video James! Brought back some memories for me too 🙂

  • owenkun

    September 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Man, this video was one hell of a nostalgia bomb for me. Like so many people above me, I remember checking out these books over and over again.

  • passniffer

    September 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    No James technology is not cool ! You are Cool !!!

  • BouncekDeLemos

    September 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Wow James, that’s some amazing stuff!
    I like the book that you made, I would definitely read it if you had scans or copies! :3

  • cloob1

    September 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Man, it’s awesome how you kept nearly everything from your childhood. My family moved out of my house that I literally grew up in shortly after I graduated and moved out. Most of my childhood memories, thrown away like trash because at the time I felt no reason to keep them. Now that I’m in my mid 20s I’ve had this obsessive desire to look for everything that made me happy when I was a kid like movies, books, tapes, toys, and games. But, I’ll never get back all my drawings, which I would pay to see again.

  • Azn

    September 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Finish The Book And Publish it now lol!

  • September 15, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Oh my God, I can’t believe I completely forgot both these series’! I found these back in third grade and would search the library every time I went for more. They were like a bolt from heaven to my sheltered conservative church upbringing. These books got me into horror, gothic fiction, and laid the groundwork for my entry into the Goth subculture. Now off to ebay so I may torture myself with how much I cannot afford them.

  • zirrah

    September 15, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I was just thinking about these books a couple months ago, I remember bringing Frankenstein home first and loving it. And having nightmares about it too…haha. That didn’t stop me from getting all the others my elementary school library had to offer though. Hahaha.

  • Classy Snake

    September 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

    We are all grateful that you found these books because without them, we wouldn’t have you and all the entertainment you provide for us. Really looking forward to Monster Madness!

  • palacemaster

    September 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Awesome vid I was just thinking about these books the other day I used to check them out from the school library all the time I managed to buy 2 of them from a library Godzilla an King Kong. I also belived that there were to versions of king kong vs godzilla from this book till I found out via the net. Great review james keep up the good work!.

  • lordtaco

    September 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I have fond memories of checking these out of my school library too. it is how I got introduced to horror movies. I would love to be able to read one of these books again.

  • September 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Sweet! I remember writing/drawing a book as a child which I named “Vampires, werewolves and other monsters” or something in the art. It must still be somewhere at my parents place. I have to check it out next time I’m there. As a child I was really absorbed by time and space travels, magic crystals, dinosaurs, monsters and spent all my days telling, writing and drawing stories. To be honest, nothing has changed since then. Except the technology of course!

  • Donut

    September 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    wow instant flashbacks. i remember being the only one in my class to always check out these books when we were required to check a book out of the library every other week.
    had me fascinated with Godzilla, King Kong, etc.

  • LTGM

    September 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Oh my god! I’ve been trying to remember what these books were forever! I used to check them out from my city’s library all the time when I was a kid. All I could remember was that they were orange and the godzilla one had a picture of the tiny twins in it. Thanks James!

  • Curttehmurt

    September 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    James, If you were to publish that book, I would buy it

    For reals

  • ZankonProuductions

    September 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I read those too!!!! And im twelve and those books survived? I didnt know they were published in the 70’s when you mentioned those books as was like i had a quick thought of those black,white,and orange books i mean….that’ just amazing

  • nammm3

    September 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    great video! I used to have the Godzilla book as well, seeing it on your video was very touching. Keep up the great work!

  • viperxvii

    September 16, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Holy crap, I vaguely remember seein these at the library when I was like…4-6. I remember them fondly, which is odd because I think at that age I was still a coward to horror flicks.

  • September 16, 2010 at 3:43 am

    wow, I remember my school library had a few of these and I loved them.

  • Luke on ice

    September 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    James, for Monster Madness (if you’re open for requests) you should review Clownhouse. It’s nicknamed the last slasher movie of the 80s. It’s also one of the movies that made kids terrified of clown through the 90s (well, that an IT).

  • Luke on ice

    September 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Another request, would be The Vanishing 1988. It isn’t a horror movie until the end. It had a remake where they made the terrifying ending happy. If you wanted an older scary movie, The Pit and the Pendulum original movie is pretty creepy.

  • clashkid83

    September 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    james i wish i could meet you. we’d have so much to nerd out about. i was telling my friends just the other day about these books, and wouldn’t you know it? keep it up man!

  • TheProfessionalGolgo13

    September 16, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Great video James. Truly enjoy your videos. I remember these books in my elementary school. I remember doing book reports on some of them. Thanks for bringing back memories.

  • volt28

    September 17, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Awesome. I remeber reading some of those books when I was in 5th and 6th grade. Love the one about Dracula the most

  • Ben_from_G-town

    September 17, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Really great to hear this history of how you got into these things, and that through the advance of technology you’re able to live a childhood dream. Very cool, very cool indeed. 🙂

    Oh, and looking forward to this year’s Monster Madness, big time!

  • 84megadeth

    September 17, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Hi! I’m from Romania and you should know that Vlad Tepes is pronounced Tsepesh not Tepesh. U know…as in tiTS. Just thought u foreigners should pronounce it properly. Impress a friend:). James kicks major ass. But I hope next time we see a game or movie review with Dracula, he’ll mention that correction:)

  • September 18, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Back in the 80s I use to check out that same Godzilla book from the library.

  • CSMovieDude

    September 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Hey, I have a book out of the purple series. I got it when I was in elementary school. I had an obsession for movie monsters ( still do) and got this book called the Raven. I really got into the story and to tell you the truth it was a whole lot like the movie. Also there were two books from the orange series, Phantom of the Opera and Murders in the Rue Mourge ( I can harldly spell), at my old school library. I only checked out Phantom of the Opera. I guess it appealed to me more than the Murders book. Anyways that was a pretty interesting video.

  • CSMovieDude

    September 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Same thing about the Raven book and the actuall movie. The way I seemed to picture it was (hmm what do them kids say these days (lol)) more epic than what I saw in the movie.. but the movie was pretty good too.

  • jogosnick

    September 18, 2010 at 11:27 am

    if u ever finish that book ill buy a copy

  • September 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Heh, this reminds me of a series I encountered as a kid, consisting of juvenile-fiction adaptations of ’80s horror movies, “illustrated” with stills from the films themselves. I think it was a series, anyway; I know The Thing got this treatment, but the only other one I remember is Aliens, and even that I only kind of half-imagine. Wonder if I’m remembering correctly or not?

  • September 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    i want to have one of those soooo badly

  • ThrashKid

    September 23, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I read every Crestwood book in my library at a very young age. I remember, checking out the Godzilla and Creature from the Black Lagoon issues like a billion times. I read the other ones as well, but those are the two that really stuck with me.

    I also remember the King Kong vs Godzilla error, I was wondering if you would mention it. lol.

  • sacredburnout

    September 24, 2010 at 1:03 am

    oh my god dude i remember reading that godzilla book!!! I was so young and loved it but i was already a fan of godzilla before then but wow thank you for the memeories

  • September 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Hello, my name is Mrs. Gonzales and I am the Head Regional Librarian you owe the Newark School District $3,930 in back Library Fees and We Want Our BOOKS BACK!!!!11 Expect to hear from our attorneys within the week.

    Thank you.

  • September 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    OMG I remember these books I use check them out from my school everytime i went to the school library. These are some of the things that taught me about the movies like that there were two oher creature from the black lagoon movies and and about king kong and of course Godzilla. I love these books I wish i could buy some of them some where those were my favorite books to read.

  • September 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    yea i remember thar being wrong about the two endings and trying to find the godzilla ending as soon as i was old enough. I miss these books

  • mortabius

    September 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I used to read these at my middle school library! i loved them!

  • September 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

  • September 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I always loved these when I was a kid! Awesome!

  • josezombiekillr

    October 1, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I think I saw these books in my school library when I was just a kid. I think they made an impression on me and that is why I have always had a fascination with old movie monsters. I would love to find these books again.

  • October 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    James, I did the same thing as you when I was in Elementry School bout 6 years ago. I remember seeing the very first Frankenstien and I thought the costume was very funny. But that is how I learned about some of the stuff about horror movies but you have taught me the rest.

    p.s You should finish the book sometime and publish it.

  • BorisLugosi

    October 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    i agree with fatboymetallica. as of 2000 half of US families don’t have computers or internet. you should totally finish that book James. as an avid fan of yours and aspiring filmmaker i would buy that book in an instant and i could help you in any way possible if you need any help (doubt it)

  • October 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    James if you ever finished and published your monster review book I would buy it. Monster Madness 4 is going great can’t wait till tomorrow keep up the good work!

  • rockabore

    October 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Woah! My elementary school had those exact same books! It was so fun to read as a kid and it got me into the classic movies too. I don’t think we had all of them I remember the Wolfman, Frankenstein, Godzilla, and The Blob. We might have had King Kong too but I’m not really sure. I just remember the awesome pictures and stories.

  • LeyLey

    October 10, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Ahah, good times. Whenever I would see these books while at the elementary school library, I was always stare at the covers, turn them around, look at the back, and check them out. They weren’t in good condition like those were in this video, but the memory of them is still in tact.

  • JudgeDredd

    October 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

    What the hell man, you had the same fucking childhood I did. Unfortunately for me the only surviving book I have is the Godzilla one.

    And putting that book of yours together (incomplete as it may be) is really impressive.

  • Zeeboe

    October 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

    lol. I remember those. At the library at my grade school, I use to check those out all the time.

  • scottandrewhutchins

    October 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I loved these. My favorite one was Godzilla, and the books on Dracula and The Blob (and even The Deadly Mantis) creeped me out.

    I never saw the blue series, but I did see the green series, which covered legendary monsters like Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster. The green ones were the same size as the orange one, but they were never shelved with the orange ones because they weren’t film-related and were either in the 000s or the 300s.

  • October 28, 2010 at 10:24 am

    HAVE to edit this book for real XD I WANT TO READ IT!! really XD

  • January 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    i had the Godzilla book in the series. i think i may have stolen it from the Bookmobile, sorry Carnegie Library.

  • January 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    i think the Godzilla book started the roomer of the alternate ending to the Godzilla vs King Kong.

  • monkymahn

    February 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    You definitely introduced me to the classics. I came here for AVGN and left with a new understanding for classic film. Thanks James =D

  • SpeedyEric

    April 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I remember seeing these books at my elementary school library and local library around the time when Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla film was coming out. I first read the Godzilla books, and it’s where I learned most of his history up to the first Mechagodzilla filma, it’s also where I first learned that he’s a Japanese monster.

    I also learned alot from these films before I even saw them.

  • Mad_Alice1540

    June 22, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Oh my gosh! They had these books in my grade school library when I was a kid! I used to rent these out like MAD!!!! I loved them! ^^!

  • stevieman01

    June 29, 2011 at 12:09 am

    You should publish that book, I happen to be a huge fan of the classics. and i’m only 14. Most of my friends don’t like any kind of classics because their black and white. if you were to publish this book. i definatly get a copy. maybe my friends would like what they read and would want to check out the movie. So please work on it. For the fans of yours and of the classic monster films

  • blackmetal

    July 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I remember my elementary school library had Werewolf of London and The Mole People. I was so damn excited when I saw those and I even did a book report on Werewolf of London. Good memories.

  • penpan

    September 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    You should totally finish that book and publish it! Or at least online, James 😛 I never saw these books but what a good way to get into some movies!

  • JamesVincentCastro

    September 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I loved this series as a kid and checked them out over and over a the library. he Deadly Mantis and Godzilla being my personal favorites. It was, I believe, the place I was led to believe that King Kong versus Godzilla had two endings, which I continued to believe until it was corrected on during the Godzillathon!

  • Darthleather

    October 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Oh wow, I remember getting that King Kong book from the school library when I was in Elementary school.

  • November 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    James, you have GOT to finish that book of yours! It could very well be what catapults you from being just “The Nerd” into something mainstream! Not that I’ve got anything against your nerd character; quite the opposite really, I love him.

    The nerd may be what you’re most famous for, but it doesn’t have to be the ONLY thing you’re famous for. Imagine reaching out to even MORE people in the world. Imagine reaching out to the twitchy ADD kids of today that think the NES is a piece of shit, that haven’t even SEEN a black and white movie… you see where I’m going? And I swear these people exist.

    If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for the fans!

  • AppleCider

    January 21, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Yeah technology!

    You know what, I really wanna read those movie reviews you had introduced there. Like everyone else here is saying, you should really publish that book. I bet it is far too interesting to keep it locked up in your closet!

  • March 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    When I was in elementary school in the eighties I devoured those books!  All I ever took out of the school library was those monster books and dinosaur books.

  • March 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    There was also a really cool book I had called ‘Movie Monsters” written by Alan Ormsby.  I read that book until it fell apart.  It talked all about the actors and special effects.  I still have the remains of that book and it always brings back memories.

  • Leeleeleeleelee

    September 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    This is my first comment: since you stopped nerding out on those shitty games, I have been forced to search for another source of nerdliness. Monster Madness has me watching so many of the films you review every Halloween. But I have been wondering while watching this video; How many libraries did you rob to collect those books? They all have the check-out card in the front cover and a label in the spine it seems. Did you just eat the fine for the chance to own each book? Also, do librarians ‘sush’ you or what. What the deal with airline food? come on!

  • September 21, 2012 at 11:31 am

    A lot of libraries sold their books. I got them on Amazon and Ebay. I never actually owned them when I was a kid.

  • March 26, 2013 at 12:02 am

    The amazing thing to me is I used to check these books out of the library at Morgan Elementary in Ramsey Indiana when I was like 7 or 8. I went in for the Godzilla one, and then checked the rest out. Kinda scary really, considering he is saying the same shit. I was interested in making it though, just watching all
    the movies.

  • BladeRunner

    August 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I loved these books, had some, rented a bunch from the library. Just classic!

  • September 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Holy crap, they had a few of these in my elementary school library in the early 90s. I checked them out all the time along with some shark and dinosaur books. My babysitter had the book “A Pictorial History of Horror Movies” at her house when I was a kid. That book left a big impression on me too.

  • Matt Lawton

    October 23, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Are you me?! This…is like a page directly from my childhood. Uncannily so. I too was introduced to Godzilla, and classic movie monsters, via this series well before I’d ever seen them for myself. My childhood friend Andy and I used to stare each other down from our assigned seats across the room in our weekly library period in 2nd grade (roughly 1989ish). The second the boring lady quit yammering about this or that we were free to peruse the stacks and we would invariably race to the section where those aging orange covers waited. We both wanted Godzilla like every week. I’d just stare at the pictures for ages. I know what you mean by being able to just see the movie playing out in your mind.

    Such great memories, and the memories it built later, having started my love affair with all things creepy as a child. Now that I think about it, it may be that very godzilla book that began a period in my life where I had my head so full of monsters that night time genuinely was terrifying for a while! It also started a life long love affair with Godzilla, something…I tend to keep to myself, ha!

    Anyway, it’s really cool to know someone else had this experience. I hope Andy sees this vid some day and smiles. Thanks for sharing these memories with us!

  • October 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

    that godzilla book is the first book i ever got from my school library. Wow almost completely forgot about these even though they were my favorite when i was young. Thx for taking me back to the past, to see some old books that kicked ass.

  • January 12, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I also had those orange books at my grade school! I remember checking out the Godzilla book several times.

  • May 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I remember these books, too. I used to check them out from my school library. I would read them on the couch, and then Twilight Zone (the 80’s rebirth) would come on, and by the end of the night, I would be too terrified to let my feet touch the floor.

  • Dr. Juice

    June 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    never saw those. i’d like to read them if i can find them.

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  • May 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I just picked up the Creature from the Black Lagoon book at a garage sale for a quarter. I’m sure you know James, these books are now collectables and go for decent money on ebay. I remember checking some of these out from my school’s library, especially the Godzilla book.

  • Michael Mayne

    October 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    This is awesome! I remember reading some of these in my school library. I remember the Godzilla vs. King Kong “two endings” lie and how I wanted to see both endings so bad. It’s crazy how that was false the whole time.

  • Christina Flibotte

    May 24, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Those book are what got me into horror movies, too! Gawd, I loved those books.

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