-- Best Book of 2004: An Animated Life, by Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton, an oversized hardcover by the creator of Mighty Joe Young, the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and the popular Sinbad movies.
-- Best Classic DVD: The Creature from the Black Lagoon Legacy collection, which included all three Creature movies from the 1950s and new audio commentaries by stars such as Lori Nelson and horror experts Bob Burns and Tom Weaver.
-- Best Restoration: A restored print of the 1932 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, for which Fredric March won an Oscar, was the winner over the original Japanese version of Godzilla (known in 1954 Japan as Gojira), which toured the U.S. last year.
-- Best Article: 'The Donnie Dunagan Interview,' by Tom Weaver in Video Watchdog #112, marked the first time Dunagan, the unforgettable child actor in Son of Frankenstein (1939) and the voice of Walt Disney's Bambi, had spoken to the media in 65 years.
Weaver's interview with the retired Marine, who was living quietly in Texas unaware he was believed to be a 'lost' icon, was considered by many voters the scoop of the year in the world of classic horror scholarship.
Other honors went to multiple-year winners:
-- Writer of the Year: In addition to the Dunagan interview, Tom Weaver won best writer honors for the third straight year. A write-in-only category, Weaver nevertheless was named by an impressive 127 voters.
"Maybe you should name this award after Tom, make him ineligible and give the rest of us a crack at it,'' joked a fellow horror writer.
-- Magazine of the Year: Video Watchdog, edited by Tim and Donna Lucas, won top magazine honors for a third straight year as well, despite expanded voter participation that included more 'mainstream' monster magazines.