The annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards are coming up, and voting has begun on the increasingly lengthy ballot. My book, Regional Horror Films, has been nominated in the "Book of the Year" category, so please head on over to the Rondo site and send in your vote per the instructions on the top of the page.
Other regional horror-related nominees include the Film Chest restoration of Zaat!, the Night of the Living Dead Karen Cooper bobblehead toy from Drastic Plastic, and Eli Roth's featurette on the Mother's Day DVD.
Although the ballot is long, you don't have to vote in every category, and you can write-in nominees if you like. There's also some find work on the ballot from Tim Lucas, David Konow, Mike Gingold, Chris Poggiali, and other writers.
The Dead Next Door is a blog about regional or "backyard" horror and science fiction films made from the late 1950s to the earlyl 1990s (and beyond). These films were released during the peak years of independent film production, created by a motley crew of seasoned pros, gifted amateurs, and enthusiastic genre fans, along with dozens of eccentric dreamers -- doctors, lawyers, insurance salesmen, publishers, commercial filmmakers, TV production crews and moonlighting pornographers -- all looking for their big break or a fast buck or both.