We learned recently that there’s currently a historic home on the market, bound to stoke the interest of Sci-Fi and horror fans. A magnificent abode known as “The Ackermansion” is up for sale, formerly the home of the late Forrest J. Ackerman. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he not only coined the phrase “Sci-Fi”, that many of us use every day, but he also created the character Vampirella, who currently stars in her own comic series and collectibles from Dynamite Entertainment.
Mr. Ackerman’s life is fascinating, influential, and full of his own passion for science fiction and horror genres in film, TV, and more. Recognizing his impact, the city of Los Feliz, California, where his former home is located, dedicated a local square to him.
Though Ackerman was quite a public person, and used to open his home every Saturday to enthusiasts who wanted to see his gigantic memorabilia collection, the location of his home is quite private and tranquil, with sweeping views, complete with a pool and cabana.
During his lifetime, Mr. Ackerman and his collection were referred to as:
…the greatest private collector of memorabilia from horror films, science fiction epics, and monster movies. Mr. Ackerman, a pleasantly eccentric fellow, began his collection back in the late 1920’s; after 60+ years he has amassed a staggering hoard of over 400,000 items. His collection fills his 18-room house in Griffith Park, which Forrest has transformed into a virtual museum of horror and sci-fi movies. Fans call it “The Ackermansion.”
The regular parade of celebrities and notable names in science fiction and horror who visited Ackerman testify to the rich history of his home.
Actors Ed O’Ross, and Vincent Price, as well Stephen King and Steven Speilberg were all friends of his.
You can even take a rather grand video tour of the mansion for sale:
But this is the one that will provide you with a great deal of historical context:
It’s fascinating remembering the man behind the home and commemorating its place in pop culture history after Ackerman’s passing in 2008. But for some lucky folks, this might be their new home. Or, are there any pop culture organizations looking for a new museum site? This would certainly make a great location.