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Konga was one of my favorite movies as a kid.It doesn't hold up well but for an eight year old it rocked.Jim Born
i suspect the covers of both books are better than the contents of the books and the contents of the movies combined. which is usually the case, come to think of it.
I remember Dean Owen being a deft, clever writer...so I do have to wonder what he made of these scripts...
And all of this time I thought these were written by Emerson LaSalle.
I read both of those when I was in high school. I still have the paperbacks, though my copy of Gorgo has a different cover.As I recall, both novelizations were better than the movies themselves, and as an extra feature also included sex scenes that weren't in the movies.I think Dean Owen was a pen name and that he had something to do with Argosy Magazine.
Oops, it's KONGA, not Gorgo. No wonder it has a different cover!(I think he wrote a novelization of Gorgo too.)
Dean Owen was a very good writer of noirish, hardboiled, neurotic western paperbacks - and also some crime novels. There's a very good profile of him somewhere in Mystery*File (not the blog, but the actual site). So I think he needed the money. Would *you* refuse the offer to write these novelizations? That said, I must admit that I haven't read the books nor have I seen the movies.
He also wrote a few things for Beacon.