He's the man who is condered by many the one to actually bring life & character to everyone's favorite hockey masked, machete wielding maniac. Having been the man behind the mask for 4 of the "Friday the 13th" movies, there is more to the life of Kane Hodder than one probably realizes. There's something about the man that has horror fans, myself included, going back to this table to get memorabilia gned. This past March, my quest was a little different. Rather than getting a machete or a hockey mask or an 8x10 gned, my goal was to pick up copies of "The Killer and I" & "Unmasked"; the journal covering the creation of Kane's biography & the story of his life itself.
First up, we have the journal from Michael Aloi (Author Mike). Through this humorous book, you will discover how Mike went from being a kid terrified of horror movies to eventually embracing them & becoming a fan of Jason Voorhees. The journal also chronicles stories Mike has from pitching the idea of Kane telling his life story to being selected to pen it to traveling with Kane. In short, this book can ealy be summed up as "The Odd Couple" of horror. But in this journal, you will also start to see a de of Kane you may not have known existed. I would definitely recommend reading this before jumping into the actual biography, as parts of the journal can prepare you for what to expect in...
Before jumping into "Unmasked", I remembered what Kane told me at his table at MonsterMania. "This isn't your normal biography. You will laugh. And you may even cry." The story of Kane's early years blew me away. Never did I expect the man who would become Jason Voorhees to be the victim of bullying. One of the biggest badasses in all of horror...picked on as a child. It's pretty powerful stuff given the increased problem of bullying among kids now. Hodder also discusses his time living on a small island in his youth, how he got into stunts, landing/long the role of Jason Voorhees, the birth of Victor Crowley, and much more. But perhaps the most horrific stories in the book are that of how he sustained 3rd degree burns over 50% of his body & the literal Hell it took to recover phycally and mentally from a life threatening tuation. Sure enough, there is plenty in the book that will make you laugh and there are points where you will get choked up after reading what this man has endured.
Both books are great reads and you will definitely gain a new level of respect for Kane Hodder after you see him unmasked.
With Kane Hodder at MonsterMania Con 21 This Past March