Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Curse of the Bulaga!

No, it's not about the Green Bay Packer of the same name, and it's definitely not the TV show from the Philippines (or whatever it is), it's THOIA's Werewolf Wednesday taking a decidedly weirder ‘n woolier turn this week, courtesy of the August - September 1952 issue of Eerie #8 again! Sometimes I'm at a loss for words on these tales, I mean, I guess it's some sort of Werewalrus, maybe? And possibly if it's cold in your corner of the world right now, the Bulaga might just send a proper chill up your spine. I just hope if one of you ever experiences the unfortunate predicament of having your throat torn out, that you too will sit down and write a nice long story about it, instead of getting to the hospital, of course-- we'll all thank you later in the afterlife! This one’s also a bit similar to the Twisted Hands yarn I posted here back in September... you can run, and you can try to hide, far away in that same, seemingly safe corner of the world, but--

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Monster of Zollmort Castle

There's nothing too earth shatteringly unique about today's story from the August - Sept '52 issue of Eerie #8, it's just a super fun, man vs. over-sized monster romp in a haunted castle (where no one listens to the warnings either!), plus, terrific art from the consistently cool, Harry Lazarus.

(Cover courtesy of GCD)

Friday, November 15, 2019

Cadaver's Revenge

It's carnivals, crypts, corpses, and cadavers this week here at THOIA, and today we have another tale from the April 1953 issue of Strange Fantasy #5. Like every story in this issue, it also received the Eerie Pub remake / reworkin' over, and was reprinted no less than 5 times in the decades to come. And you can certainly see why, as it's hilariously off beat with a great splash, ruthless grave spittin', slimy rats, and a tombstone that is apparently more deadly than any actual cadaver! *Insert squashed melon sound FX here*

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Visiting Corpse

Seems like everyone enjoyed our last excursion into the world of supernatural romance, so let's try another, and this time we'll add a little twist of W. W. Jacobs to the mix! They don't get much more clear-cut and to the point as this one, folks! From the April 1953 issue of Strange Fantasy #5.

And a big happy birthday to one of the best horror anthology films ever made-- CREEPSHOW! Released to theaters on this date in 1982... it still tops my list of all-time faves! What'd everyone think  of the new Shudder series? I'm hoping for bigger and much better things with season two...

Monday, November 11, 2019

Out of the Crypt

Rising up from the tomb of ancient terror, Mummy Mondays at THOIA is comin' at ya! And like most Superior Publishing tales from the golden age of gruesomeness, this one is particularly way over the top and, to be totally honest, crazy as a bucket full of bats. And it's also a love story! And so, like our last post, let us journey into fear once more with a silly story from the September 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #9.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Carnival of Death

Just yesterday, Brian Barnes was asking me if I was aware of the great Laff In the Dark website (and yes, it's one of my favorite website ever, of course!), and that in turn reminded me of this freaky funhouse tale from the March 1954 issue of Journey into Fear #18. I do find it odd how very little precode content there is when it comes to stories about amusement park haunted attractions, ie: dark rides, spook houses, hall of mirrors etc (I've attempted to put together a book about it for years since it's clearly the perfect setting), but no can do, unfortunately. But the Iger Shop really outdoes themselves this time around with an insanely creepy creature design though, and like our last post, we also get another off hand comment about the lovely aroma of death. Enjoy! Hahahahahahahahaha...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Terror from the Tomb!

If you couldn't tell, I'm a big fan of these 1940's / 50's detective stories featuring sexy, supernatural overtones, and this oddly written sock 'em shock 'em --also from the same April 1948 issue of Manhunt #7 as our last post HERE --is certainly no exception! Here we find juicy Jim Fallon of the FBI on the case (I say "juicy" because dig the babe checkin' out Jim at the top of page 3!); we also have a potential va-va-va-voom vampire girl on the prowl, brutal thugs turnin' up the horrific heat, and THOIA fan fave artist, Ogden Whitney, signing his freakin' name right in the middle of the harrowing climax! Fun, off-beat stuff that should've been made into a spooky movie or TV show back in the day, and starring Vikki Dougan as the female lead, please...

Va-Va-Va-Vikki Dougan!