Top Sellers, Ltd.
Editors: Roger Cook & Jan Cook (nos.1-14 ) Dez Skinn ( V2 no. 1-3 )
1973 - 1976
Monster Mag was a poster book. Unfolded, the mag had a 24" x 36" poster on one side. The reverse side contained the (1-3 page) articles on eight magazine size pages. Posters were usually a color photo from a Hammer film (V2#1 and V2#3 contained a split poster with two photos), but V2#2 had a reproduction of the British Quad poster from (Horror of) Dracula (1958).
The articles were mostly reviews / previews of the then current horror movies (Hammer Films, "The Exorcist", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Planet of the Apes", etc.), or short career articles of popular horror stars. Some non-movie "horror" content was also featured. Contributors to V2 of MM included Tise Vahimagi, John Brosnan and Barrie Pattison. A "Monster Mag Double X Issue" was advertised in no. 17, but never appeared. All issues of Monster Mag are hard to find in excellent condition. .
Because of it's graphic content, Monster Mag carried an "Adults Only" lable. Upon it's arrival from the foreign printers, the English language edition of MM no. 2 was seized by "Her Majesty's Customs & Excise" and all copies were destroyed. European editions of no. 2 survive and most of the material in no. 2 was recycled in later issues. See Magazines of the Movies 1991 Yearbook for an excellent piece on MM. After Monster Mag, Dez Skinn created the popular magazine House of Hammer.
Thanks to Mike Howlett for scans of most of the British editions!