The final installment of Mr. Karswell’s 3-issue “HORRORS OF IT ALL” thrillogy, aka HAUNTED HORROR #27 is finally in stores NOW, and Mr. K has a deadly double feature sampling of depraved sickness from said dead issue to gouge you right in your sockets! The Eyes of Horror first appeared in the June 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #8, while Modern Design originally made its debut in the March-April 1953 issue of Mister Mystery #10. I’ve included the original cover of Crime Mysteries #3 below as well so you can see and compare the type of editorial choices we occasionally make for the better of our own HH cover designs, we hope no one minds the changes. And apologies for the delay as I was in NYC for a few days and not able to update THOIA on the actual release date. So get it now– get it while it’s rotten!!
And I know, I still owe you guys one final story from that Mystic reprint– it’s coming up NEXT!
Another L. Miller and Son reprint from the 1963 issue of Mystic #30… and as mentioned in our last post, this is pretty much a complete reprint of This Magazine is Haunted #1, sans color, and occasionally sans contrast. Still, this is a nice and creepy, (though somewhat lengthy) centuries spanning tale of rebirth and witchcraft with typically effective art from George Evans. One more story from this reprint issue to go, stay tombed…
Hey, looky here– IT’S A NEW POST! So sorry folks, been very busy on a variety of other related horror projects lately. But to make up for it I’ll be posting the October 1951 issue of This Magazine is Haunted #1 in its entirety over the next week… errrr… except it’s not exactly TMIH1, but instead the early 60’s L. Miller and Son black and white UK reprint from their strangely titled Mystic series (Mystic #30, to be exact.) “Wait a second!” you scream– wasn’t Mystic an Atlas title?!! Ummm, yes… you know what? It’s a long dull story, so let’s skip it and read a satanically creepy story already, one with nice art from Sheldon Moldoff in fact! More from this b/w reprint up next…
It’s never the end… true legends live forever.
A fellow horror fiend sent over some small, but still certainly scary scans to a very cool Lou Cameron (penciled) story from the May 1952 issue of The Beyond #11— an issue from this series that has always eluded me! There are definitely not enough evil mirror stories archived here at THOIA!
Here’s a rare example of a Farrell story highlighted by artwork apparently NOT created by the Iger Shop. Man, I could’ve swore I already posted this story here at THOIA over the years, (pretty sure the rest of the issue is), but a quick search through the dusty archives proves I haven’t –though it is featured in our Complete Voodoo Volume 2 collection (IDW / Yoe Books) which is available HERE! From the Sept ’53 issue of Voodoo #11… and thanks to E. for the request!
Another tale from the Dec ’51 – Jan 1952 issue of Dark Mysteries #4 …if the evil eye glasses of our last post wasn’t ridiculous enough for ya, get ready for a witch brush. Annnnnnd with this post I’ve included the super cover as well as a related ad at the end. Hmmm, for some reason this is one of three issues from this series that hasn’t been indexed over at GCD. Well heads up to whoever does that sort of thing over there– this full issue is now posted here at THOIA in its entirety– see also “Horror in the Glass”, “The Creatures of the Mist”, and “The Dead Rise” in the archive.
Speaking of wanton witchery…
Eye doctor Rick writes in: “I recently received a copy of your terrific Devil Tales collection and love it. For obvious reasons I thoroughly enjoyed the Satan’s Spectacles story on page 119 and was curious to know if there are more stories like this about evil glasses.” Needless to say, after looking into this somewhat blurry inquiry, Mr. Karswell managed to shed some light on the December ’51 – January 1952 issue of Dark Mysteries #4, thus bringing into focus a truly hazy crazy old gem that is indeed, just what the optometrist ordered! (Special guest appearance by Hank Hill, various panels.)
One more strange Iger Shop yarn for you this month and then we’ll get back to mixin’ things up around here. This is a questionably fantastic tale from the April – May 1954 issue of Strange Fantasy #11… and yes friends, I’ve come to realize that I can postpone this cursed post no longer!
All settings on WEIRD OVERLOAD as we delve into the final tale from the oddball October-November 1954 issue of Strange Fantasy #14 …and wow, check out the GCD entry on this one, between the Eerie Pub remakes, and L. Miller / Gredown reprints, Monster in the Building was revived 10 freakin’ times over the years —Farrell even dragged it out again themselves and updated it for Strange Journey #2 in ’57! Did this tale really deserve this much continued attention? Haha, Hell yes! And woo-hoo! It’s another full issue presentation here at THOIA! Hope you enjoyed it!