Nov. 24, 2021

This Day in Halloween: Writer, editor and renown collector Forest J Ackerman is born in Los Angeles in 1916. / Illustration by Melissa Kim

Forest J Ackerman is born in Los Angeles in 1916. At first a writer, then a literary agent and friend to many of the great young science fiction writers in LA in the 1930s, he became the beloved editor-in-chief of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine from the 1950s to the 1990s and the world’s foremost collector of horror and sci-fi memorabilia. His home — also known as “Ackermansion,” housed the entire collection until his death in 2008.