Re: Forry Ackerman is gone.

 Posted on 12/5/2008 by to

On Dec 5, 1:08=A0pm, wrote:
> This was posted on Yahoo news just a few minutes ago. Raise a cup, say
> cheerio.
> Mike

I grew up a fan of Forry's work, I read Famous Monsters of Filmland
cover to cover every month...but ended up with mixed feelings after
one particular incident.

When Robert Bloch (author of Psycho) was dying of cancer, the family
wanted to keep it quiet and not let people know so he could pass in
peace. Forry broke the news, which I suppose was bad enough, but this
is what happened in the aftermath, per Harlan Ellison, who told me
about it at the time. (Harlan, Bob, Silverberg, and Julie Schwartz
used to get together for Thanksgiving dinner every year, so we were
all kind of in this circle.) While Bob was on his death-bed, Forry
sent a letter to Bob asking him to sign the enclosed card so that
Forry could say he got Bob's very last autograph.

There's not much I can say about that, that would be more telling than
the telling of it.