Sunday, September 30, 2007

Happy Birthday! (NEWS)

One of my favorite actresses ever, Deborah Kerr, star of classic thrillers like The Innocents ('61), Eye of the Devil ('66), I See a Dark Stranger ('46) and of course some of the greatest Powell / Pressburger films of all time like Black Narcissus ('47) and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp ('43), born this day in Scotland in 1921.

Karswell's Night Gallery #3

ASYLUM by William Johnston / Cover Art by ???
(Bantam Books, 1972)

Book version of the 1972 Amicus film classic of the same name, based on stories originally written by Robert Bloch.

Ghost Town

Let’s stay put within the unsafe pages of Mysterious Adventures #18 for yet another story to neatly wrap up our weekend as well as the month of September. This is a seriously great issue from front cover to back, chock full of wildly excessive tales of terror, and our story here today is no exception... uh, that is unless you’ve read EC’s Midnight Mess which came out a year before with the same exact plot! Who was it that said “blatant plagerism is the sincerest form of flattery?” Oh yeah, it was one of the writers for Mysterious Adventures.

From the February 1954 issue of Mysterious Adventures #18

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Crime Suspenstories Vol. 1 HC (NEWS)

Just in time for xmas! EC Archives: Crime Suspenstories Vol. 1 hardcover collection is coming December 20th. Collecting 24 full color stories from the first six landmark issues, and of special note to pre-code horror fans (if you were wondering why I'm mentioning a crime series here) this is also where the Old Witch's "Haunt of Fear" stories began with issue 3.

String ‘Em Up!

Yep, it’s two-for-one day here at The Horrors of It All, we’re featuring a double shot from Mysterious Adventures #18, so once again sit back and enjoy yourselves with today’s back-UP feature, it’s a killer little puppet show that won’t leave you hangin’...

Bottom’s Up

If yesterday’s story didn’t deliver enough blood soaked impaling panels and severed heads for you gore fiends then how about a skull splitting axe swung right upside your drunken noggin’ instead? (Thanks to Brian Hirsch for the scans on this one!)

From the February 1954 issue of Mysterious Adventures #18

Friday, September 28, 2007

Boris Karloff (PHOTO)

Found this neat photo on Jay Stephen's excellent MONSTERAMA blog, and thought it would make a good companion post with the Comic Book Confidential clip from yesterday. Not only does it feature Boris Karloff holding a cute little girl (I wonder if he threw her into a lake after this photo was taken?) but it also features a metal spin rack loaded with pre-code horror comics from EC, Atlas, and Fawcett. The easiest issue to completely identify is the Beware! Terror Tales #6 which would mean this photo was taken in 1953, but to me Boris looks much older in the photo than he actually was that year. Plus the display card on top of the spin rack clearly shows the Comics Code stamp though none of the comics in the rack have the code on their cover. Anyone know what's going on here?

MYSTERY SOLVED! My friend Dr. Phibes found the original version of this photo online which clearly shows someone out there is a wicked little photoshop devil!

Headless Horror!

Here’s a terrific terror tale from the same issue of Chamber of Chills as yesterday's post, featuring insanely brutal panels of extreme violence and bloodshed--- just the way we like it!

From the May 1952 issue of Chamber of Chills #8

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Comic Book Confidential excerpt (VIDEO)

A highlight from Comic Book Confidential showing firsthand the affects of pre-code horror comics on a group of young boys! Be sure to rent or buy the DVD and see the rest. (Thanks to John Angelo for the link!)

The Fly Classic Collection DVD (NEWS)

The Fly Classic Collection is also out now and contains The Fly (1958), The Return of the Fly (1959), The Curse of the Fly (1965), plus The Fly Collection Bonus Disc which features a biography of Vincent Price, Fly Trap: Catching a Classic short film, stills, all 3 trailers, pressbook, poster art and more!

Click HERE for more info!

Formula for Death

Time for another disgustingly putrid Rudy Palais classic! You gotta love how much slime and bubbly ooze this guy can pack into a crackin’ four page mad scientist fest like this.

From the May 1952 issue of Chamber of Chills #8

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

From Beyond the Grave (NEWS)

Pre-code horror fans take note, From Beyond the Grave (1973) is now on DVD! It's a great anthology horror film adapted from four classic short stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes about a sinister antique dealer and the fate that befalls his customers who try to cheat him. Stars Peter Cushing, Diana Dors, Donald Pleasence, and David Warner.

Get yours now by clicking HERE!

Don't Marry a Dead One!

Here’s one of the better Dark Mysteries tales I’ve read... it seems that most of the issues from this series have one or two well written / illustrated stories (like this one) while the other half of their issues are frustratingly bad, bottom barrel junk. This is also one of the more expensive golden age comics to buy these days (in any condition), which proves equally frustrating for a collector like myself. Live and learn, take the good with the bad, or let someone else with a pre-code horror blog and a scanner do it all for you.

From the Aug – Sept 1952 issue of Dark Mysteries #8

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Die! Die! My Darling / Spiderbaby (NEWS)

In case you don't already know, the Turner Classic Movies channel on Friday nights becomes TCM UNDERGROUND and they show a great late night double dose of cult horror. This Friday Sept 28th they're premiering the director's cut of Jack Hill's 1968 kookball masterpiece Spiderbaby, followed by another guilty pleasure of mine, Die! Die! My Darling (1965) starring Tallulah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers.

For more info click HERE!

This Corpse is Mine

Another typically eerie Atlas horror tale... Stan Lee probably used this same plot a million and half different times, but I’ll be damned if I ever get tired of it no matter what the variation.

From the May 1952 issue of Mystery Tales #2

Monday, September 24, 2007

Mario Bava Vol. 2 DVD (NEWS)

It's coming October 23rd, hot on the heels of the Tim Lucas book, it's The Mario Bava DVD Collection Volume 2, featuring BAY OF BLOOD , BARON BLOOD, LISA & THE DEVIL, FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT, 5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON, KIDNAPPED, and ROY COLT & WINCHESTER JACK.

For more info click HERE!


A spooky Jack Keller classic from the March 1953 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #16, this issue also has one of my all time favorite pre-code vampire girl covers!