From Roman fiction, medieval handbills, and 19th century ""penny dreadfuls"" to the creations of Hollywood make-up artist Jack Pierce. . . so Cohen traces the development of our favorite monsters, many of whom began in scary fireside stories and have ended up in scary TV stories. The only new angle here is the ""high interest/low vocabulary"" format. And as the reading level of Cohen's story falls into a narrow crack somewhere between Aylesworth's Monsters From the Movies (1972) and its offspring, Movie Monsters (1975), even that is only as fresh as yesterday's zombie. At least it reads smoothly.