Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pages of Death

With Hallowe’en just a few days away, the wide world o’blog is undoubtedly offering you lots and lots of Dracula this week. But not us. Simply put--- THOIA can’t afford him. Hell, we can’t even afford Blacula, let alone Count Duckula, Chocula, Smokula, Bunnicula, or Rockula. So, all apologies, today instead we offer you Count Tracula, from the July 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #8. He’s bald. But also let it be known that he is actually the least ridiculous aspect of this truly obnoxious story.











Okay, you’ve read the story now, show of hands: Who thought Alvin was more of a crackpot than Tracula?
Also! Don't miss a thing over at Pappy's house, he's running Hallowe'en horrors all week. And lots of creepy stuff (old and new) over at The Fortress as well.

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30 Films. 48 Hours of Horror. What more could you possibly want? Oh yeah, the list:

The Thing from Another World (’51)
Mad Love (’35)
The Beast with Five Fingers (’46)
I Walked with a Zombie (’43)
Curse of the Demon (’58) Karswell’s Favorite!
The Gorgon (’64)
Mr. Sardonicus (’61)
The Tomb of Ligeia (’64)
The Tingler (’59)
House of Usher (’60)
Dead of Night (’45) Highly Recommended!
Torture Garden (’67)
Twice Told Tales (’63)
Kwaiden (’64)
Spirits of the Dead (68)
Cat People (’42)
Freaks (’32)
The Devil Doll (’36)
Mark of the Devil (’35)
The Devil Bat (’40)
White Zombie (’32)
The Body Snatcher (’45)
Bedlam (’46)
The Ghoul (’33)
The Haunted Palace (’63)
Die, Monster, Die! (’65)
The Shuttered Room (’66)
The Dunwich Horror (’70)
Blood Feast (’63)
Two Thousand Maniacs (’64)


That’s quite a clawful of Castle, Corman, Lewton, Browning, H.G. Lewis, Karloff and Lovecraft… and of special interest: the big block of pre-code-esque horror anthology films on Thursday evening.

For all info and show times in your area check TCM now!

16 comments:

Horror pariah said...

Wow,that is the kind of science that could ONLY exist in comic books,insane.And who hasn't dreamt they were in their favorite story at some point?,i'd tell my experiences,but it's not exactly "clean" stuff,or even funny stuff,anyone else got one?.

The Fortress Keeper said...

But ...but... Tracula was going to show her how a vampire can love!

And while we're how the heck were the characters in Little Women supposed to show Alvin how he could get out of the book? I don't remember any trans-dimensional rocket scientists in that book.

Oh ... and thanks for the link! It's much appreciated!!

silvano said...

This story's a real riot , unintentionally hilarious , but with great art !
Thanks for sharing !

AndyDecker said...

You know, I won´t get this utterly idiotic name of Tracula out of my head today. I can feel it burrowing deeper and deeper. "I am ... Tracula!" How could they!

I liked Roger. This was a man with the best plan of murder ever.

And I bet Alvin and his sweetheart married and he went on to become a great politican. Big ideas but not a clue.

Great story.

Anonymous said...

OH GOD THAT WAS FUNNY AND YES ALVIN WAS MUCH MORE A LOON THAN TRACULA BUT THEN AGAIN SO IS JEAN I GUESS FOR GOING ALONG WITH ANY OF THIS HAIRBRAINED SCIENTIFIC SCHEME. LOVE THE FALLING PANEL ON THE LAST PAGE...... A CLASSIC.

I AGREE ABOUT DEAD OF NIGHT TOO, ONE OF THE BEST HORROR MOVIES EVER. ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE IV'E SEEN DR SARDONICUS TOO. THANKS FOR THE NOTICE!

todd said...

If she chose Alvin over Roger and Tracula, she deserves whatever she gets.

fishmorgjp said...

"Tracula"? This is great... I kept expecting Herbie Popnecker to show up and bop Tracula with a lollipop!

Wings said...

Now that is a story. Wow.

prof. grewbeard said...

Alvin should have consulted with Gumby about this book-entering thing- but then he probably would've tried to turn himself into green clay!

they show Herschell Gordon Lewis movies on televison?!? what a world, what a world...

THOIA makes my day, every day!

Karswell said...

Once they finally do invent "Jump into Book" technology, I'm totally gonna pay a visit to Exodus (got a few modification suggestions for our flawed creator.)

TOMORROW: Return of the Witches!

Karswell said...

Meant Genesis above... so much for calling the Almighty kettle flawed.

Also, do you guys like the TCM movie and DVD news posts? With a few exceptions it seems like no one really comments on them... I may quit doing them because it of course takes time to put together those posts as much as the pre code stories. Let me know, maybe starting next month I'll just shitcan the movie stuff and focus only on the comic stuff.

Dr.Phibes said...

You know I love the movie stuff. This looks like one of the best 48 hour line up of movies you could ask for. I'm surprised there isn't more movie interest. This seems like the perfect crowd for it.

Anonymous said...

I dig it all keep it up

horror movies and horror comics go hand in hand

Dane said...

Meant Genesis above... so much for calling the Almighty kettle flawed.

Heh.

No, I love the movie posts. I don't so much comment on them as I do quickly click over to see how many I want to see and what time they're on. And then I'm at tcm.com, not here anymore.

Consider them a public service announcement, maybe? I know I appreciate them. I still remember a really craptastic work day where the only thing that kept me going was knowing - thanks to you - that Spider Baby would be on within 15 minutes of my arrival home.

"Tracula"?? Ironically, in another browser window right now, I have Nosferatu going. Between the two, I guess Stoker's family was litigation-happy?

peter said...

...."can't afford dracula....blacula...etc"

...but how could you afford to not mention jacula

.....examples of much elation of jacula over at "the groovy age of horror"

Karswell said...

>how could you afford to not mention jacula

If we're gonna get that picky I guess I could've mentioned Spermula too.