From the introduction:
Monsters! Can’t get enough. Won’t ever be enough. Must have now.
I remember sitting in the aisles of Waldenbooks, reading the monster manuals. Well, I didn’t understand them yet as I hadn’t read any of the other books, and it would be a little while until I would, but those monsters were eye-opening. That there could be an entire book—and a game!—devoted to monsters was thrilling. Oh, the possibilities. That section of the bookstore would prove to be a waypoint, and for the longest time, I’d go about my regular shenanigans in the mall, stopping in to peruse any new monsters, saying hello to the old ones. Carry on.
I dare say, dear reader, that many things have not changed. Hello, monsters!