My compulsion is forcing me to comment on this part of the review:
"RH Smith offers a nice appraisal of some of the problems of early horror fan criticism and mentions the Famous Monsters connection as well. He says he started collecting the magazine with issue number 86. Hah! Why I (cough, cough) started with issue #32! You know, back when all of Forry's articles had only been recycled twice each. Had my father found my stash of FMs he would surely have thrown them out."
Well, I'm so old I started collecting Famous Monsters of Filmland with issue #1!
That day in early 1958 is frozen in my memory, when my older brother came home after school, having stopped at the corner drugstore, and announced to my 8-year-old ears there was a magazine down there called Monsters (he hadn't noticed the much smaller "Famous" above or "of Filmland" below).
I said, "And you didn't get it?!"
And he said, "It costs 35 cents!"
Which made my eyes bug out, because up to then the most we spent on periodicals was 10 cents for a comic book. We even found the 25 cents for Mad Magazine exorbitant.
But we came to our senses and he did get it soon thereafter, and the rest is history.
Also, the reviewer implies that already by Issue #32 the magazine was full of reprints, but I think that awful state of affairs began with Issue #36.
As for speculating his father would have thrown them out, that was typical back in the alleged "good old days." On the bus to day camp in 1959, I saw a bunch of boys crowded around another boy, fascinated by what he held in his hands, which was Famous Monsters #4. It had clearly been retrieved from a wastecan where it had been deposited by an irate parent after said parent had done his or her best to crumple and mangle it.
I was very fortunate to have parents who loved old movies and encouraged my reading and never believed for a minute that things like "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" were anything other than classic movies based on classic literature.
Of course, "The Devil Bat" is another story, but I love that movie too and I wish I could see every old horror movie in a great print on Blu-ray.