Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HAUNTED HORROR #14 / HOWARD NOSTRAND NIGHTMARES (IDW / YOE BOOKS)

IDW and Yoe Books seriously knocks yo'socks and heads off today with a double release of petrifying precode horrors! HAUNTED HORROR #14, aka The Mr. Karswell Issue (meaning, I personally handpicked all the stories this time around) crawls from the earth with a sickening assortment of 1950's eye gougings, decaptitations, and flesh eating! Is it our bloody best issue yet? Let Kars know! Also on stands, HOWARD NOSTRAND NIGHTMARES, the latest mind blower from our ongoing artist series in the Chilling Archive of Horror Comics collections! Those of you somehow still unfamiliar with Nostrand's nightmarish work are in for a seriously scary awakening! 

Is this too much horror in one day to handle? You know it! Here's a preview from both too!












10 comments:

Trevor Markwart said...

The second story is really a nice piece of work from Nostrand that shows how he's wasn't just a Jack Davis knock-off back then, but had his own, strong talent showing through. I liked the strong sequential panels in it a lot, and there was great atmosphere going on. A slight story, but Nostrand really makes everything he can out of it.

The first story was slight, too, but actually pretty funny, and by the top of page four it's obvious that the artist (the writer, both?) really wanted to get out of that basement just like poor Jeremiah. That hand of cards with the ace of spades made me laugh. And, holy cow, could you get a more blatant EC host rip-off than THE GHOUL TEACHER? Ha!

And that cover for the new book is awesome! Good luck with it!

Thanks for posting these. Fun reading in the morning.

Mestiere said...

"Hmmm, neck 19, waist 30, hips 42! Oh, yes she's that fat women[sic] who I detest!"

A 30-inch waist was fat? The average today is 37.8! Most women would have to loose 30 pounds before they were as fat as Mrs. Rush.

It looks like Simon and Hugh had killed each other 15 years before but only Simon knew. Cool.

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

Well, I'd say not only the host is E.C. style in the first story.
A poor, decent guy is tormented, over and over again until he gets mad: an E. C.'s classic. first thing i recall is a story where such a guy gets an original hood ornament for his degenerate brother's car... by Graham Ingels if I remeber well. I would rather have seen this lovely little old taylor kill the hag in a clever way and get away with it... All in all, very nice story.
I see dressmaking is very inspiring to horror comics.
The second one was way better. Very poignant and deep, almost philosophical, a "grave" story I'd say...
Did Hugh really die 15 years ago or his putrefaction is just a symbol of his guilt, as if he "died inside" killing his friend?...
By the way, I really like the names "Hugh" and "Locksley". For some reason they remind me of Robin and the Sheriff (who was called either "Hugh" or "Hubert" in "When Things were Rotten").

Trevor Markwart said...

Yeah, I read those measurements and noticed that woman had a really fat neck for her proportions, but that's about it. Unless she's 4'10. I mean, if she's of an average height, she'd be just a little chubbier than the ever annoying, but quite attractive physically, Kim Kardashian. But with a really fat neck.

Mr. Cavin said...

Beer and Skittles? Gross.

Can't wait to buy both of these books in a few weeks when I'm stateside again for the holidays! The Eerie Pubs book, too. 'Tis the season!

Dr. Theda said...

We enjoyed these two tales....
Believe we have seen the first story before.... Still worth re-reading again.....

Karswell said...

Yes, with over 1500 posts here at THOIA, you're likely to read a few of these again reprinted in Haunted Horror. Thanks for the comments!

Grant said...

There seems to be a whole category of "vengeful ghost" story where the ghost claims he or she is actually doing the other character a favor by trying to get him killed! Of course, this one's little twist makes it different (the characters become a little like Gladys Cooper and Robert Redford in that famous Twilight Zone).

Brian Barnes said...

Four Color Shadows has a Nostrand doing Wally Wood and here we have him doing Davis! The man was incredibly versatile at aping styles, something that is a lot harder than it looks, especially being able to bounce between two very different styles like Davis' rushed look and Wood's more complex line work.

BTW, calling Davis "rushed" isn't a slight, he was very, very fast but his style was scratchy, which gave it it's weight and charm.

Congrats on your own themed issue! Waiting on my comic pile to read! And thanks for linking to my little dog n pony video show, too, last post, forgot to thank you for that!

Karswell said...

No problem, Brian... and thanks again to everyone writing in about the new HH issue, hope you all enjoy it with as much fun as it was to put together! Let us know what you think, back shortly with more!