Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Too Horrible / How Beautiful?

The May 1953 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #18 utilized the tricky old "Eye of the Beholder" / covering of the face for added drama routine most famously seen in the classic Twilight Zone episode, in not one, but two stories in this issue. (FYI: The TZ episode didn't actually air until 1962.) And as creepily clever as Atlas is, they managed to make each tale in today's Double Header uniquely fun, and also frighteningly funny at the same time. And dig that spooky Bill Everett cover too!



















Sunday, February 23, 2020

Lost!

It's been awhile since we've seen an Atlas post, so here's a queer little quickie from the July 1952 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #8. And maybe we'll go ahead and finish out the month with a few more creepy Atlas classics as well-- so stay tombed!



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Vampire Fog

Earlier this month marked the 40th anniversary release of one of my all time favorite John Carpenter films, The Fog (1980.) I'm sure I don't need to recap the movie here as it's quite the supernatural classic, so instead enjoy this similarly themed tale of foggy fright on the high seas of horror, from the June 1952 debut issue of St. Johns Weird Horrors #1.













Friday, February 14, 2020

Vampire Bride

Time to really nail this month long theme right where it counts-- with a blood lusting vampire bride on the loose tale, from the May 1952 issue of Web of Mystery #9. Happy Valentine's Day everyone, hope it's filled with plenty of X's and O's! And chocolaty coffins and creme-filled crypts too!















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Also, the special Vampira issue of PLAYGHOUL is now available. Limited to 666 copies, and presenting a chronological collection of Maila Nurmi magazine appearances (as herself and as Vampira) from 1950 to 1964, plus comics and more. If you're like me, you've probably already seen about 95% of the content, (and for the hefty price tag, some of the scans are aggravatingly low quality), but for Vampira collectors it's certainly a worthy addition to your horror book shelf. CLICK HERE for more info and to order your batty old self a creepy copy today.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Bloody Red Rose

Like candy, cards, and cheap motels, flowers are a big part of Valentines for some. So with that, here's an insane Rudy Palais tale of torment from the Oct '51 issue of Black Cat #31.













Monday, February 10, 2020

Weird Creepy Awful Spooky Ghastly Comics

We've been chuggin' along pretty intensely here so far this month for THOIA's Valentine Massacre 2020, so let's idle it back a notch for just a bit, and take a sniff of something different. Yes, love is in the air-- can you smell it? And love is magical-- black magical! Carl Hubbard uncorks his own magic potion of illustrative talent, and delivers some wonderfully silly scenarios in this weird creepy awful spooky ghastly comic tale from the downright daffy Dec. '53 issue of Whack #2.











Friday, February 7, 2020

The Fiend Who Lived Forever

It's Fiendish Friday, and here's a spooky kooky one from the August 1954 issue of Web of Evil #17 --some of you might remember this one reprinted in Haunted Horror #15 as well! Louis Ravielli's art is always richly, (and uniquely) detailed, and literally drips with misty, mouldering atmosphere. I always feel like he probably used old movie star photos for reference, as occasionally the posing and faces seem very familiar. It's a fun, fast paced shocker, though it might have benefited with another page to really flesh out the carnage a bit, especially during the crime spree montage.













And yes, there is a doomed love story in there as well, haha...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rebirth!

Okay, enough with the hairy scaries for a while, how about something more slimy and formless? Maybe a tale of extreme cuckoldism + blobs from the deep (courtesy of the January 1953 issue of Beware #13) adds up to something weird and different? You'll soon find out, as we sink deeper and deeper into our Valentines Massacre 2020 love affair of freakish frights 'n doomed delights this month...