James H. Burns Added To Rondo Ballot

James H. Burns

James H. Burns

Stop the pixels! The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ballot, released last week, has been amended to include File 770 columnist James H. Burns.


— Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA
— The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
— File 770 columns, by James H. Burns, FILE 770 online
— Fright Gallery, curated by Gary Pullin, RUE MORGUE
— Grey Matters, by Richard Schellbach, MONDO CULT ONLINE
— It Came from Bowen’s Basement, by John W, Bowen, RUE MORGUE
— Larry Blamire’s Star Turn, VIDEO WATCHDOG
— Ralph’s One and Only Traveling Reviews, by Richard Klemensen, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
— Rondo Remembers, by Ron Adams, MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE
— Scare-News, by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS
— They Came from the Krypt, by Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND
— Or write in another choice:

Voting continues through April 10. Everyone is eligible to vote, and voting is done by email.


All voting is by e-mail only.  Simply copy this ballot (cut-and-paste works fine) and send an e-mail with your picks to me, David Colton, at taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, April 10, 2016.

You can send a quick e-mail, or you can cut-and-paste the ballot and highlight your choices, or place an X next to your choices; or you can type your choices in an e-mail. And no, you do not have to vote in every category.

One vote per person, please. Every e-mail must include your name to be counted.  All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or personal information will ever be shared with anyone.

Feel free to spread the word about the Rondo voting — go social on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; place Rondo banners on websites, urge friends and fans to vote. But please do not mass-produce or duplicate ballots; suspicious ballots will be rejected at the sole discretion of Rondo organizers. Let’s keep this a fun vote!



5 thoughts on “James H. Burns Added To Rondo Ballot

  1. I’ve already cast my vote for Jim as Best Columnist, as well as for Writer of the Year AND for Monster Kid of the Year. Good Luck to Jim Burns at the Rondo Awards.

  2. Ah, yai, yaye…

    That’s just a little too much!


    (But Steve is a great friend. 😉 )

    Best, Jim

  3. Now, there was a joke to the photo Mike included here:

    Because that’s me looking for what happened to the column nomination!


    The FILE 770 pieces got many nominations:


    But somehow got left off the ballot!

    (Actually, there was something a little funny here: One of the administrators, someone heard through the grapevine didn;t realise that FILE 770 “was genre.”

    Which was particlarly odd, since the initial thread included some article links!


    I don’t mean to take this so seriosuly.

    In fact, in years past, I didn’t campaign for this stuff, even when nominated… Because, well, it struck me as odd to ask people to vote.

    But apparently. that’s what’s done with the Rondos.

    For better or worse!

    And I’m proud of the stuff I wrote here, thanks to the time Mike has given me.

    So, if you’d like to vote for the File 770 columns, and the best non-fiction writer for this particular annum (in the related fields), that would be fantastic!

    Or, PLEASE, vote for whomever you think is deserving!

    You certainly don’t have to vote in every category.

    In any given year, there are only about five-to-ten categories that I feel qualified to vote on….

    I don’t thinkI deserve that “Monster Kid of the Year” award, which goes to someone who’s helped bring more attention to the field…

    Perhaps it’s merely my ego speaking, but it would be nice for the columns to get some more attention.

    So, forgive my bluster!

    And thanks, as always, for your indulgence.

    And vote.



    Best, Jim

  4. This looks like a neat award, it will be fun to look through the the categories and nominees. Thanks Jim for your columns here, they are always thoughtful and full of personal notes that make them interesting.

  5. There’s still a few days left to vote. In addition to Best Columnist, I recommend voting for James H. Burns to be inducted into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame. It’s Item 27 on the Rondo Ballot.

    27. The Monster Kid Hall of Fame*

    Which fans, pros, writers, researchers, horror hosts or others should be inducted into the Rondo Awards Monster Kid Hall of Fame? Suggest up to six names. Previous inductees are listed alphabetically below.

    *ALREADY INDUCTED ARE: Forrest J Ackerman, Julie Adams, Rick Baker, James Bama, Calvin Beck, Stephen Bissette, Paul and Jackie Blaisdell, Ray Bradbury, Bob and Kathy Burns, Ben Chapman, Frederick S. Clarke, Jim and Marian Clatterbaugh, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Jack Davis, Gary Dorst, Dennis Druktenis, William K. Everson, Mark Frank, Frank Frazetta, Ghoulardi, Don Glut, Basil Gogos, Archie Goodwin, Alex and Richard Gordon, Count Gore De Vol, Ray Harryhausen, Del and Sue Howison, Cortlandt Hull, Larry Ivie, Sara Karloff, Ken Kelly, Dick Klemensen, Verne Langdon, JD Lees, Bob Lemon, Jessie Lilley, Lux Interior, Tim and Donna Lucas, Gregory Mank, Jose Mojica Marins (Coffin Joe), Ray Meyers, Morgus, Ted Newsom, Paul Naschy, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Don Post Studio, Gary Don Rhodes, German Robles, George A. Romero, Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, David J. Skal, Michael Stein, Bhob Stewart, William Stout, George Stover, Gary and Sue Svehla, Sammy Terry, Vampira, Mike Vraney, Bill Warren, James Warren, Tom Weaver, Michael Weldon, Bob Wilkins, Bernie Wrightson, and, of course, Zacherley.

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