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Anyone who has a nodding acquaintance with classic horror movies knows the name Lon Chaney Jr. He’s the only actor ever to portray the wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein’s creation, and the mummy — Universal Studios’ four classic movie monsters.

What’s not as well known is that Chaney was a native Oklahoman, one who almost didn’t survive his Oklahoma City birth. I’ve got the whole story in a special Halloween version of my OKLAHOMA Magazine column this month; you can read it right HERE.