Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks

Volume 2








StopMo"The detail in the text is extraordinary with an abundance of comprehensive facts on Ray Harryhausen (which one would hope for in a book such as this) but in addition I was delighted to see that Ray’s co-workers and others who contributed to the success of these films were not overlooked." —Jim Aupperle, September 1, 2008
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CHFB"Quite simply, this is a magnificent tribute to one of our greatest cinematic magicians. As befits a publication dedicated to the man who inspired so many of today's special effects artists, all aspects of the book are of the highest quality. This is a production full of love and admiration for its subject, as is evident in the wonderful layouts and selection of the graphics, and with the best interests of the fan in mind. This is a beautiful book the Harryhausen fan and afficionado of visual effects will spend hours visiting and revisiting. Frankly, Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks is something of a miracle itself." —Ryan Brennan, August 29, 2008 (Read the complete review! Click on: TheClassicHorrorFilmBoard)

MonsterKid"I knew when I first heard about this book project ten years ago that it would be something special, but even I had absolutely no idea that it would end up covering all-things-Harryhausen to such an overwhelming degree. Now that I see what Hankin, Farino, and the large list of contributors have accomplished, I can safely say these books will become the epitome in academic reference on Ray Harryhausen." —Curt Hardaway, Sept. 6, 2008 (Read the complete review! Click on: MonsterKid)







MonsterVerse"It is only through small or private presses that such undertakings are possible as no major publisher would dare take the risk on such specialized and elaborate endeavors that are unlikely to ever achieve the sort of sales numbers the giants of the industry expect. All the more reason for you to give these sorts of books your special attention as there aren’t likely to be many of them in your lifetime. Thankfully, we the readers are the beneficiaries of the authors’ obsessions." —Ryan Brennan, Sept. 6, 2008 (Read the complete review! Click on: Monsterverse)


TheoFantastiqueINTERVIEWS with author Mike Hankin and publisher Ernest Farino
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In my recent roundup of film books I neglected to mention one of the most elaborate publishing ventures of 2008, Ray Harryhausen: Master of the Majicks Vol. 2 by Mike Hankin. I often receive review copies of books from their publishers but I was happy to shell out my own hard-earned dollars for this labor of love, a meticulous survey of Ray’s life and career.

— Leonard Maltin

Guillermo del Toro
Director of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth

"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."

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