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Caroline Munro
(The Golden Voyage
of Sinbad)


From his Preface to Volume 3 —

"There is no way to overstate the importance of these books.
[This book] is, simply, the most perfect book about Harryhausen ever made. This is the book that you dreamt of having as a child and the only gateway, I guarantee you, to regain that long-gone thrill you had when you where eight years old and you cracked open the pages of the latest issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Perhaps more importantly, this book performs one truly magic trick- one that we don’t experience often enough: it makes you want to go out, immediately, and rewatch every single one of the the chronicled films and, if at all possible, go and shoot a film yourself. In summation: It makes you fall in love with cinema all over again."

— Guillermo del Toro, Director of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth

Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks
Volume 1: Beginnings and Endings

by Mike Hankin

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).

We published Volume 2 ("The American Films") first, then Volume 3 ("The British Films"), and are now wrapping up the set with Volume 1: "Beginnings and Endings."

Chapters in Volume 1 extensively cover:
Ray's Early 16mm Experiments, The Influence of Willis O'Brien and King Kong, George Pal's Puppetoons®, Ray's Film Work During World War II, The Fairy Tale Short Subjects, Ray's Retirement Years (including tributes, awards, convention appearances, colorizing his films, unfinished projects, The KING KONG 50th Anniversary celebration at Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1983, Ray's cameo appearances in other films, Ray's Lifetime Achievement Oscar® from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ray's "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and much more).

As a special adjunct to the Willis O'Brien chapter, we're including the complete
first draft of the King Kong screenplay by British mystery writer Edgar Wallace.

A special supplement that we're calling "How To Make a Monster" will take you step-by-step through the process of constructing a stop motion model using photos from numerous stop motion films (Caveman, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Willis O'Brien films, and more) — from blueprint to armature to clay sculpture to plaster mold to final foam rubber animation model. (Now you'll know the answer when someone asks, "How did they DO that...?")

Interview subjects/contributors to Volume 1 include: Forrest J Ackerman, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Darlyne O'Brien, Bessie Love, Beveley Cross, Kenneth Kolb, John Landis, Arnold Kunert, Randall William Cook, and many others, some of whom have since passed away.

Stills and other visual material come from numerous private collections, including considerable material that has never been seen in print before (including in Ray Harryhausen's own books).


Hardcover: dark brown imitation leather with title stamped in gold foil
Full color dust jacket
Heavy 70 pound semi-gloss paper stock
Overall dimensions 9" x 11-1/2" (22.86cm x 29.21cm)
Weight: 5 pounds (2.75kg)


Ray Harryhausen


Terry Moore
(Mighty Joe Young)


Sherri Alberoni
(The 3 Worlds of Gulliver)

Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks
Volume 1: Beginnings and Endings


Michael Callan
(Mysterious Island)

Foreword by TOM HANKS

Preface by

Tim Lucas' Video Watchdog review of Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 of Majicks

David J. Hogan's Filmfax review of Vol. 2 of Majicks


Interview with publisher Ernest Farino