Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Somewhere in the THOIA Archives is another pre-code publisher rip-off of EC's Shock Suspenstories #9 classic "Carrion Death!" but I'll be damned if I can find it or remember what it's called (with well over 1300 untagged posts now, it's hard to keep up with stuff like this!) Anyway, I'm pretty sure it was good, but possibly not as great or as relentlessly grueling as this version from Fight Against Crime #17 (1954) which features endless cruelty, child murder, a word balloon without words (?!) and vultures cannibalizing the living and the dead in gorious four-color detail. Thanks again to Brian Hirsch for this one, as well as our previous heartless post too!

Monday, December 27, 2010


Post-holiday posts usually feature some of THOIA's most anticipated stories, especially so to our more "deadicated" readers who (as usual) recently had your own hearts ripped out by loved ones that didn't deliver on the xmas goodies you had hoped for this year! Yep, that's why we're here to deliver-- plus! with a little help from my buddy Brian Hirsch you know you're in for something that'll leave you clutching your chest in terror! Take for example this pulse-pounding yarn from Fight Against Crime #17 (1954.)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tomb for Two! / It Happened 'Neath the Sphinx!

Cursing you with the gift of horriday spirit today (THOIA style), we deliver unto all two doomed Atlas classics, one from the June '54 issue of Uncanny Tales #21, and the second from the Sept. '54 issue of Mystic #33 --just heed this one simple warning: Don't open these tombs until xmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Monster / Curse of the Vampire

Last month at Mykal's Bloody Pulp, he posted a cool Eerie Publications text story called Xebico that stirred up some "boy's club" comments because of the accompanying illustration that clearly shows a woman's bare breast and areola (click HERE.) One of his commentors asked about the frequency of "exposed female breasts" and it was answered as a possible Eerie Pub "rare sighting." Not to be one who rubs boobies in anyone's face, today we have two Eerie Pub stories also featuring briefly exposed female breasts, first-- "The Monster" is from the July 1974 issue of Tales from the Tomb Vol. 6 #4, (and coincidentally enough also a remake of the pre-code Harvey story I featured in our last post, aka "Transformation!") Our bloody back-up feature "Curse of the Vampire" is from the July 1971 issue of Horror Tales Vol. 3 #4 and also contains some memorable mammaries.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Transformation! / EEEK! (US Edition)

Another juicy Jekyll & Hyde-esque type mad scientist tale from Harvey Comics, this time from the Sept. '52 issue of Witches Tales #14 and features art by Vic Donohue (man, you gotta love that disgusting bunny transformation on page 3-- eeek!)

***NEWS!! EEEK! by Jason Paulos (the USA edition) is finally in stores now! A killer collection of weird and wild horror stories written and illustrated by Jason-- and also contains a special introduction by Karswell himself! Only $11.66 at Amazon, click HERE for all the info! EEEK! is also up for "Anthology of the Year" at the great COMIC MONSTERS site--voting begins today so click HERE!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bird of Prey! >>> Nightmare

"He wanted to make the future secure for his offspring, but his plan turned into a bloody bedlam of shock!" says the contents page for "Nightmare" from the September 1970 issue of Horror Tales Vol. 2 #5. This is yet another 70's remake from Eerie Publications of a Golden Age Harvey pre-code story, and since we haven't done a side-by-side comparison in awhile, let's see the original Abe Simon version first, aka: "Bird of Prey!" from the April 1953 issue of Witches Tales #18... note how both versions deliver on that devastatingly gruesome climax!

 (Cover Art by Lee Elias)