Did somebody ask Santa for puppets this xmas? Thought so! And you know that Mr. Klauswell is always more than happy to give the gift that creeps on giving! So Happy Horrordays, gang– hope everyone gets everything little thing they want and deserve this season. We might be back for a few more before the end of the year, we’ll see how the scheduling goes– so stay tombed! From the February 1953 issue of Mysterious Adventures #12, art by Jon D’Agostino.
I was having a conversation with someone a few months back about a story concerning a guy who drinks bat blood to halt the aging process. It was assumed this was a precode story, but alas, digging through my 70’s DC horror long boxes, it seems it actually appeared in the Jan-Feb 1973 issue of Weird Mystery Tales #4 (unless of course someone knows of a precode story I’m somehow missing!), art by Bill Draut. And since this story is kind of short, I thought we’d round trip things out with another oddball yarn featuring the world’s worst (or greatest?) travel agent ever, from the Oct-Nov 1974 issue of Weird Mystery Tales #14, this issue highlighted by one of my all time favorite Luiz Dominguez covers no less! So off we go– one by air, and one by sea, pack your fangs and hop aboard for a double feature excursion into batty bluh-bluh-bluh-blood sucker terror-tory!
Getting back to some hilariously haunted Iger Shop thrills, specifically nightmarish ones in a murder mansion! From the oddball October 1953 issue of Haunted Thrills #3.
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!