…speaking of KISS
Pretty sure I’ve never posted anything from my gothic horror nurse story files (wait, do I have a file like that anyway? Apparently, yes!) And here’s a good example, a supernatural terror tale dripping with ominous atmosphere, as well as wonderfully inconsistent art from Tom Sutton. Sutton seems a bit all over the place with this one (some panels look as if he’s trying to ape Frank Robbins for example too), but it’s still a cool and creepy, haunted mansion / ghost story– it’s also a sprawling 16 pages long so I split it into a two parter. From the April 1973 issue of Charlton’s Haunted Love #1.
…to be continued!
I had a creepy chap write-in looking for a 70′s comic he remembers as a lad but he couldn’t recall any details other than it featured “a sea monster made out of barrels”, and another story about a “hot mermaid.” Pretty sure he’s looking for the August 1975 issue of Monster Hunters #1, –and if this ain’t the one I’ll eat a hot mermaid! And fyi: the art on the hot mermaid tale is by Pete Morisi, many of you THOIA followers may be familiar with his awesome precode horror and crime work, so check the archives for more– in fact, check out his Sewer Monsters tale HERE!
A polar vortex has descended upon the midwest this week, so to assist in the cool down, here’s an ice cold chiller originally presented in the August 1954 issue of Dark Mysteries #19, –and apologies for the quality, some black and white reprints tend to be a bit on the dark side thanks to the original lousy reproduction. So stay cool, ghouls! Lots more blood freezers coming up all this month!
I’ve posted a ton of stories here over the years at THOIA about jerk ass, big game hunters who find the terror tables turned on them gorily and ironically in the final panel– but you ain’t ever seen a bat shit crazy ending like this one– unless you encountered this tale reprinted a few times in the Eerie Pubs (and don’t let the splash panel fool you either!) Originally presented in the August 1953 issue of Mysterious Adventures #15, art by Doug Wildey.
The final supernatural story from the September 1954 issue of Forbidden Worlds #33, (artwork by Emil Gershwin) –check the last few posts if you’re collecting entire issues cuz we’ve just presented another one here for ya! We’ll take a look at some black and white precode horror reprints in the next few posts, featuring guaranteed decapitations, and blood suckins!
Here’s a fast ‘n fun Art Gates action / adventure horror yarn, also from the September 1954 issue of Forbidden Worlds #33 (see our last post), featuring a climax that you can really sink your teeth into! I noticed there’s only one tale left from this issue to be archived here at THOIA for another full issue presentation, so that’s what you’ll get in the next post– check the archive for the great cover story “Bride of the Swamp” by clicking HERE!
Science gone goofy is a popular theme in pre-code horror, and none came more goof-infused than those featured in ACG’s variety of terrific terror titles. Like this wonky one from the September 1954 issue of Forbidden Worlds #33, art by Lloyd Cynwald (who?) Click HERE for another corpse currently living under the same story title in the THOIA June ’08 Archive– this time from Alex Toth!
Fans of Larry Blamire’s hilarious and loving film series tribute to 50′s sci-fi/horror “The Lost Skeleton”, will be pleased to know that “The Boney One” is planning a third and final appearance to round out this epic trilogy of laughs and spine tingles. Dig into the recently launched (and equally hysterical) The Lost Skeleton Walks Among Us Kickstarter by clicking HERE and be amazed by all the things you can do to contribute and participate so this film can get made!
Larry and Company have been great friends to THOIA over the years, and we couldn’t be more pleased to see this project in the works! And to honor this event, we are dragging out this dusty old A.C. Hollingsworth skeleton classic from the October 1953 issue of Dark Mysteries #14 for one more rousing round of fun as well!
Here’s the wrap-up tale from the May 1951 issue of The Beyond #4, art by Ken Rice– and a serious round of applause is in order for yet another full issue presentation here at THOIA! Check the last couple of posts for the other stories in this issue if you missed them. Lots more hellish horrors coming up all summer so stay cool, and most importantly– STAY TOMBED!