Back in 2012, Craig and I unleashed a horde of flesh eaters upon fans of precode horror collections with ZOMBIES (IDW / Yoe Books, still available HERE!), and now in 2017, we’ve dug up another plague of undead for you to devour –or be devoured by! RETURN OF THE ZOMBIES! is 140+ pages of the rotten resurrected, shambling at you from the 1950’s golden age crypts of gruesome graveyard filth! Featuring ferociously illustrated classics by Matt Baker, George Evans, Lin Streeter, Lee Elias, Warren Kremer, and more– as well as a Frazetta / Check cover and an introduction by Euro scream queen, Lone Fleming! If that’s not enough, we even have a FULL STORY sample by the great Jon Blummer for you today here at THOIA! We hope you’ll dig this collection as much as the first one, and if you scream loud enough we might even do another!
HAUNTED HORROR #25 is in stores this week, and as usual THOIA has a truly sickening FULL STORY sample preview for you– and this one is guaranteed to tear your flesh off! For those still unaware, HH25 is also the start of a special 3 issue HORRORS OF IT ALL mini series of supernatural shockers (see also HH 26 and 27), as everyone’s most loveably loathed horror host, Mr. Karswell, is in full control of the stories chosen from his awful archive of atrocities! So hold onto your shivering souls– you know it’s gonna get extra weird ‘n creepy for the next few issues!
Taking a queue from the English here in early December with a traditional ghost story double feature to get you ready for xmas– and for obvious reasons you know perfectly well why Mr. Karswell approves! Also, you know both of these classic supernatural tales, each has been told countless times in countless variations and cultures, and in some ways both have slipped into the annals of “urban legend” terror-tory as well! From the 1960 issue of The World Around Us: The Illustrated Story of Ghosts #24 from Classics Illustrated, artwork by Georg Evans and Reed Crandall on “The Hitch-Hiker”, Gray Morrow on “Room for the Night.”
The second volume in the Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Complete VOODOO collection arrives in stores December 6, and THOIA has two tales from within to terrify and tantalize you! Collecting issue #7 – 12, this is a seriously great gathering of gruesome violence, murderous monsters, and leggy, big eyed beauties! And will ya look at that– what better, blacker day to pre-order your copy NOW than on bewitched Black Friday too! CLICK HERE for more info! And while you’re at it, catch up on all of the other great IDW / Yoe horror collections –today!
Tempting fate was never so eerie, –well, maybe it has been– in this surprisingly reckless entry from the December 1954 issue of Hand of Fate #25, art by the ever reliable Louis Zansky.
Someone reminded me a few weeks ago via email that I had yet to upload the last of the stories from the April 1953 issue of Adventures into Darkness #9 –click the GCD link to get the other story titles and then just search the THOIA archive! Kind of surprising too, because it’s a pretty good looking tale. (FYI: HAUNTED LOVE fans note, one story from this issue wound up in issue #1.
Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Unfortunately mine was a little too low key for my tastes, it was so low key in fact, that I completely biffed on the annual THOIA Halloween post –and I’m only just now getting around to it 3 days later! Apologies to all! And I promised another tale from the Jan-Feb 1978 issue of House of Mystery #256, because after all, as the awesome Bernie Wrightson cover art clearly shows, this one is indeed a Halloween issue! And what better way to celebrate than to don an ‘Ol Scratch costume and raise a little Hell too! It may be November, but everyone who comes around here knows that EVERYDAY IS HALLOWEEN, so keep the fires burning, the candy buckets overflowing, and the dead bodies hanging from poles– as we once again enter into the horrifying House of Mystery!
We’re back with a squirmy double header of slimy fun (plus: Slim Jims for everyone!) –from the Jan-Feb 1978 issue of House of Mystery #256! Yes, 70’s DC horror occasionally tapped the gag reflex nicely, as so with these two slitherin’ tales of terror that’ll leave you gagging for mo– >>ARRGGHH!!<< More from this issue coming up in our next post– see ya on Halloween!
As we quickly approach Halloween, it’s time to drag out a 300 year old witch for some THOIA black magic! This one from the July 1953 issue of Baffling Mysteries #16 features some attractive art from Louis Zansky, and a most welcome body count too! What witchy movie am I thinking of?
A double shot of haunted horrors erupted from the bowels of the Earth last week: HAUNTED HORROR #24 from the ongoing bi monthly series, as well as the HH Volume 4 hardcover collection “Candles for the Undead and Much More!” featuring issues 10-12 PLUS bonus tales not found in the individual issues! I have some sneak peeks at each release for you today, and hey– if you’re having trubz finding HAUNTED HORROR in your town, drop me a line– good ‘ol Mr. Karswell has the hook-up for signed back issues and whatever else your screaming soul craves!