Thursday, January 31, 2008

This Blog Is Haunted (UPDATE)

Coming next in February: This Magazine is Haunted #12--- in its ENTIRETY! Four chilling stories about demonic damsels, flesh crazed scientists, corpse mutilation, and an evil martian menace! See ya tomorrow for the start of this 3 day fest, and don't forget about the Tales of Horror contest located in yesterday's posts... you have until midnight tonight to get your answers in and possibly win a great Golden Age comic book! Good luck to everyone that enters.

A Gravedigger’s Terror

The Groovy Age of Horror blog recently had some interesting posts on nazi horrors, so I thought I’d join in the atrocities with this unevenly illustrated tale of German wartime betrayal and torture. And while we’re at it let’s throw in a vampire and a zombie because apparently the ratzis aren’t monsters enough.

From the December 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #11







Some Creepy (NEWS)

Dark Horse has announced a hardcover archive collection of Warren Publishing’s groundbreaking Creepy Magazine coming this June. Volume One reprints the first five terrifying issues of the original run, reprinted for the first time ever in the original magazine size format, and featuring work by such comics luminaries as Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams, Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Reed Crandell, Jack Davis, Alex Toth, Frank Frazetta and many more!

B&W, 232 pages, $49.95 / Click HERE for more info!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tales of Horror (CONTEST)

I’m giving away an extra copy of the August 1954 issue of Tales of Horror #12. This copy isn’t in the greatest shape but it is complete, and it’s 100% FREE. Let’s call it a G – VG. So here’s the deal: below are 6 random screen captures from some 70’s horror films, whoever correctly names / identifies the most films (by the number in the bottom left-hand corner of each) wins, or the first person to name them ALL correctly wins. Enter as many times as you like, you can change your answers, use life-lines, wild guesses, whatever it takes.



FYI: since so many of you post anonymously all entries should include a name and an email address (you don’t want someone else taking credit for your impeccable film knowledge!) You may also email your answers here: karswell@hotmail.com The winner will be announced on February 1st. Good luck!

***CLUES***
#1 is a Spain / Italy production
#2 stars a Frank Zappa look-a-like
#3 the director died in a helicopter crash
#4 stars a famous male actor with a woman’s first name
#5 was made for TV
#6 was originally rated X in the UK

The Pallbearers

Here’s another story from Tales of Horror #12, courtesy of comicbook legend Myron Fass. And don’t forget to check out the contest post today on how you too can actually own the comic book containing this story!

From the August 1954 issue of Tales of Horror #12





Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Welcome to My School

Today I present the first story in a two-day Tales of Horror fest. And in a first for this blog--- tomorrow I will reveal a special CONTEST where you can actually win yourself a genuine pre-code comic book! The same comic in fact that today and tomorrow's stories are scanned from. But more about that on Wednesday… for now, here’s our first tale, and it’s one that I can totally relate with because ::SPOILER:: the school I went to was also ruled by Satan.

From the August 1954 issue of Tales of Horror #12







Urban Dead (GAME)

For those of you into online gaming here’s one that sounds fun: Urban Dead is a multiplayer zombie-infection web-game from the creator of Zombie Infection Simulation. The synopsis: help evacuate (or loot) a quarantined city--- or join the evil shambling hordes and chow down!

Click HERE for more info, and to start playing!

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Executioner

Here’s a violent little Mister Mystery tale… it’s more on the “crime” side of horror, but still worthy of inclusion here since it contains some brutal SOTI style axe swings to the head.

From the June 1954 issue of Mister Mystery #17




60’s Horrorama! (NEWS)

This Wed Jan 30th on TCM, get set for a horrorfest of the highest order: The Terror (1963), Horror Castle (1963), Castle of the Living Dead (1964), The Haunting (1963), Children of the Damned (1964), Eye of the Devil (1967) and more!

Go to TCM for more info and showtimes in your area!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Man Who Owned a Ghost!

Seems like I do a lot of Bill Everett posts doesn’t it? But you know what? He’s the greatest! Re-reading Mr. Door Tree’s “Zombie!” post the other day only solidifies this fact. And today’s tale with its astonishingly terrifying spectre of evil is further proof of Everett’s genius.

From the March 1952 issue of Astonishing #10





They Call Me Butch (NEWS)

For all you Munsters fans in LA, actor Butch “Eddie Munster” Patrick will be on hand at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. to sign copies of his new book EDDIE MUNSTER aka BUTCH PATRICK. Butch will also be selling signed photos and autographing other items, check the Dark Delicacies site HERE for all the info on this event as well as all the other upcoming signings featuring Ray Harryhausen, Steve Niles, Reggie “Phantasm” Bannister, Susan T. Hitchcock, and more! God I miss LA…

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dial… City Morgue!

Today we have a Strange Tales double header, and leading off with heavy hitter Sol Brodsky (sounds like a baseball player name doesn’t it?) and a spooky story featuring a unique twist on the “haunted phone” scenario that’s so popular these days, especially in modern Japanese horror films (and the crummy redundant American re-makes.)

From the December 1951 issue of Strange Tales #4






It!

It’s John Romita’s turn at bat with one of his earliest Atlas assignments, a weird tale of toddler terror, from the same issue of Strange Tales as our other post today. Enjoy!

From the December 1951 issue of Strange Tales #4




Friday, January 25, 2008

The Bride of Frankenstein—IN COLOR!

No, it’s not some crummy colorized version of the movie, it’s a beautiful, digitally hand tinted photo from Dream Pin-Ups and currently for auction on eBay HERE along with many other classic Hollywood icons in full color. These limited edition prints are quite simply stunning!

Click HERE to see more amazing transformations from black and white to color, and maybe buy a print or two while you’re at it.

Tales From the Pub: The Death Napkin (VIDEO)

If you're a fan of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and can't wait for the sequel, then in the meantime head over to youtube and check out the Tales from the Pub series from Larry Blamire and company. These tremendous film shorts, (a dozen or so in all) are like a Twilight Zone episode gone horribly hilarious. Check them out NOW! Here's one of my favorites, The Death Napkin!

Death’s Highway

Buckle up because today we’re taking a swift and terrifying ride down Death’s Highway! Better pack a sandwich and some clean underwear too, you probably won’t make it back.

From the January 1954 issue of Web of Evil #10