By now I’m sure everyone has seen the silly/fake “Starring on LOVE BOAT” photoshop hilarity floating around Facebook and wherever else you boils and ghouls haunt the web. I thought I’d join in the fun with my own monster mash-up featuring my favorite horror movie theme– CREEPSHOW! Might be even more fun to make a contest out of it– sooooooo anyone with clever ideas on how the stories from the movie would translate if they actually took place on a cruise ship on the high seas gets themselves a FREE copy of HAUNTED HORROR. Have fun, and extra points awarded for anything that makes me wanna barf overboard!
THOIA returns after taking a rather forced holiday breather, plus a plethora of sexy side projects put our ever lovin’ blog on the back burner for a week or so, not to mention the myriad of technical difficulties, and well… oh Hell, let’s just get on with the story, shall we? How about a slithery Jim McLaughlin chiller from the Nov. ’53 issue of The Beyond #23 to drag us back from the dead?
With Halloween right around the corner, I see a ton of “essential holiday horror movies” lists apparently compiled by people with a very narrow sense of The Horror Film. Yes yes, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Psycho, Halloween etc., all incredible classics, ok? We get it. We’ve seen ’em though, and we’ve seen ’em a million times. Now another incredible film that I’ve personally seen a billion times is George Romero’s Creepshow (1982), but somehow this film is strangely always absent from these “must see” hipster film lists. WTF?!! And like Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (another oddly slapped ‘n shunned film), I can’t think of a better movie for horror amateurs to get turned onto this season than the one with the five jolting Stephen King tales of terror! Seriously people, get your act together and revisit Creepshow, aside from the 70’s Amicus EC adaptations, there’s never been a better anthology horror movie ever made about horror comic books! Need something to refresh your rotten memory? How about the snarling, gore drenched centerpiece to the film, the one that made everyone in the world stop loving and start loathing Adrianne Barbeau– The Crate! And how about Berni Wrightson’s awesome version of it from the Creepshow graphic novel! If you need more reminders you can always revisit “Father’s Day” and “Something to Tide You Over” in the THOIA archive, just click on the titles!
And oh yeah… just tell it to call ya “Billie!”
It’s seems that the Haunted Horror Vol. 3 hardback “Pre-Code Comics So Good, They’re Scary” (collecting issues 7-9) has jumped the gun and found it’s way into a few stores already despite the November 5th release date ???!!! I haven’t seen any anywhere yet, but reports are coming in. Either way, it’s great news so grab your copy today, or order online by clicking HERE! Also good news for those of you looking to find a happily traumatic middle ground between Haunted Horror and IDW / Yoe Books companion series, Weird Love, it’s– HAUNTED LOVE #1 coming February 2016 (yep, just in time for Valentines too, and no it’s not Charlton reprints from the same named silver age series either!) I… errrr, I mean, Mr. Karswell, has scoured the deepest, darkest, most romantically F’d up depths of my/his passion pit collection to bring you tragic 50’s pre-code love tales from beyond the gruesome grave. It’s the first in a sexy 3-issue mini series too, so save your pennies you luscious lil lovebirds, you’ll want every nauseating issue– guaranteed!
The super scary Halloween issue of HAUNTED HORROR #19 is in stores now –all stories were specially hand picked by me–errr— Mr. Karswell himself fyi– and it’s ready to fill your month of All Hallow’s cheer with page after page of frighteningly fun fear! For example, take this gruesome gem that originally appeared in the May 1954 issue of Weird Mysteries #10.
Don’t forget to summon up your own copy of HH19 NOW!!!
AIEEEE!!! It’s another perplexing Palais story for you today –and WTF, I totally thought I had posted this tale before, but it turns out there was just another story with the same title! So yeah, Rudy really delivers the grotesque monstrosity in this one… it’s so weird in fact that by comparison, Frankenstein’s monster is a mere piker! From the November 1953 issue of Horrific #8.
It’s come to my attention that I’ve posted everything from the July 1952 issue of Black Cat Mystery #37 except for this doomed ‘n sweaty Rudy Palais tale– so here ya go! I also added the one page bonus at the end in case that’s been overlooked here somehow over the years as well. Check the THOIA Archive for “The Moth”, “Doom Ranch” and “Kill No More!” for the other great stories in this one– yes, another full issue in the bag! And FYI: I’m seriously going to make every attempt possible to get the posts more frequent here again in October, wish me luck– we’ll see ya in a few!
Sad news from the Marvel Masters bullpen, as apparently Jay Scott Pike has passed away. In honor of his frighteningly fine artistic contributions to 50’s Atlas horror, THOIA has an encore presentation of one of his creepier classics from the December 1954 issue of Mystery Tales #24. RIP
Cave men apparently existed in the days of the dragonsaurs in this monstrously fun tale from the July 1952 issue of Adventures into the Unknown! #33, art credited to Charlie Sultan who did a ton of top notch artwork for ACG… post rounded out with a good ‘n ghostly “true” one-page filler too! Boo!
HAUNTED HORROR #18 finally landed in stores this week– two weeks late, but better late than never! And today it’s time for another preview of a spooky story contained in that issue, (making its debut here at THOIA as well), and originally presented in the February 1954 issue of Dark Mysteries #16. Anyone wanna take a stab at what the Hell the story host is supposed to be– and why he has two gun barrels sticking out of his forehead?!!