GROWING UP WITH MONSTERS: MY TIMES AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS IN RHYMES (paperback)
A lovely book that tells the true story of how the classic Universal Studios Monsters were born from a centenarian who was there when it happened. Enjoy Carla's tale of growing up on her uncle's Universal Studio lot from 1921 to 1937 and not only witnessing the filming of such early classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (with Lon Chaney) in 1923, but actually being in The Phantom of the Opera (also with Lon Chaney) in 1925 and Dracula (with Bela Lugosi) in 1931, where her "bit" part was that of having the first line of spoken dialogue in that perennial classic vampire film.
Beware of vampires and hearses, but enjoy her story's verses!
Wonderfully illustrated by MAD magazine's Jack Davis and Hermann Mejia. Foreword provided by master of horror and sci-fi, Ray Bradbury.