Originally published in 1966, my paperback copy of Horror! By Drake Douglas is now dog-eared and battered. It’s a hell of a book and the only non-fiction book I’m promoting this month outside of my own. The back cover blurb for Horror! stated: The awful truth about the monsters, vampires, werewolves, zombies phantoms, mummies, and ghouls of literature – and how they went Hollywood, the book is an affectionate and literate account of monsters with emphasis on Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, werewolf folklore, and the writers that helped popularize them. Written in the strong, imagistic style of the pulps, Horrors! Is a beguiling and fascinating introduction to the world of monsters and other creatures of the night. I have always loved the unique style of the writing and the obvious love the author has for films and literature. This book also includes a mystery that has never been solved, at least as far as I know. The back cover offers little about author Drake Douglas except this titillating clue: “Drake Douglas is the pseudonym of a gentleman who has been deeply involved with horror throughout his life – and prefers to remain anonymous.” This leads us to the inevitable mystery I and others have never solved – who is Drake Douglas? Is he still alive? Surely someone, somewhere knows who Drake Douglas is – or was. One Amazon reviewer claims he was really Carlos Clarens, author of An Illustrated History of Horror and Science Fiction Films which I also own, but there are modest stylistic differences. Clarens died in 1987 and his obituary makes no mention of Horror! It’s an intriguing possibility and anyone that can clarify this please feel free to contact me.