I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

The Ultimate Book of Movie Monsters examines and categories monsters from horror, fantasy, and science fiction films. The categories include: vampires, zombies, giant creatures, ghouls, monsters from the sea and from the air, supernatural monsters, and a few more.

One of the things I liked about this book is that it stuck to the topic of monsters very closely. This means that while you’ll find King Kong, the shark from Jaws, and the flock of birds from The Birds here, you won’t find Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers, or Leatherface. This was a rather quick read, which is a definite plus for me given the state of my TBR pile.

I gave The Ultimate Book of Movie Monsters four stars. Although I appreciated that it wasn’t too lengthy, it also left me wishing there were more to it. It did bring up a few older movies from the 1980s such as Legend and Labyrinth that I’ve never seen that I might just make an effort to track down now based on the author’s recommendations.