Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks
Volume 2: The American Films

by Mike Hankin
Foreword by Jim Danforth

Written and produced over the past 10 years with Ray Harryhausen's cooperation and support, the complete 3-volume definitive 295,000-word career/biography features interviews with Ray and his colleagues and is profusely illustrated with several hundred rare photographs, artwork, and illustrations (many of which have never been previously published).

Chapters in Volume 2 cover
Mighty Joe Young, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, It Came From Beneath the Sea, The Animal World, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.

Interview subjects/contributors to Volume 2 include Forrest J Ackerman, Hal Chester, Paul Christian, Wilkie Cooper, Bernard Gordon, Enzo Musumeci-Greco, Richard Green, Leslie Halliwell, Nathan Juran, Arnold Kunert, Kerwin Mathews, Darlyne O’Brien, Neil Pettigrew, Paula Raymond, Charles H. Schneer, Henry Slesar, and many others, some of whom have since passed away.

Stills and other material provided by numerous private collections, including considerable material that has never been seen in print before (including Ray Harryhausen's own book).


  • Reproductions of advertising art & posters from different countries
  • Compilation of reviews and story synopses
  • Filmographies of key cast and crew
  • Glossary of technical terminology
  • The music for the films in this volume, including pages of David's Buttolph's original manuscript
    for his score for
    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
  • Ray Harryhausen "Timeline" chart — key events in Ray's life and career
  • Trivia and obscure facts and figures related to Ray's films
  • A selection of Harryhausen collectibles pertaining to the films in this volume
  • 370 pages, 104,000 word text (chapters, filmographies, reviews, technical glossary, cast & credits, and more)
  • Approximately 1,004 images—photos, artwork, posters, technical diagrams and other illustrations, in Spectacular Color and "Glorious Black-and-White" (and remember, this is just our Volume 2)
  • Hardcover: dark brown imitation leather with title stamped in gold foil on cover and spine
  • Full color dust jacket
  • Heavy 80 pound semi-gloss paper stock
  • Overall dimensions 9" x 11-1/2" (22.86cm x 29.21cm)
  • Weight - 5 pounds (2.5kg)

"An absolute marvel!! A dream of a book that inspires and awes as much as the filmmaker it enshrines. Flawlessly designed, chock-full of astounding graphic material and impeccably written, this is the book you dreamt of as a Monster Kid!! An absolute must."
Guillermo del Toro
Director of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth


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Actress Terry Moore ("Jill" in Mighty Joe Young) enjoys Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks


Volume Two...? Whatever happened to Volume 1...?


Interview with Author


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