Friday, April 29, 2016

Crypt of the Vampire

We got a little bit busy around here this month, many apologies for the lack of updates-- but why don't we seal up the so long sucker tomb on April 2016 with a story from the June 1952 issue of The Thing #3, (also includes the inside front cover "Weird Wonders" bonus page), as well as deliver a promise (fingers crossed) to post a few more tales from this pricey Thing series in May!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Curse of the Mandibles (Dr. Drew)

Who says Werewolf Wednesday has to be on a Wednesday? Derrrr, I only say this now because oops I forgot to hit publish on this post yesterday after uploading it! Distraction distractions!! And yeah, it's been a while since I featured a fun and frightening Dr. Drew horror mystery, so let's take a look at some more brilliant early work from Jerry Grandenetti (sorry, its been recolored by Eclipse in '85 though) and marvel at what some comic book legends could accomplish over half a century ago with just 8 pages to work with. Originally presented in the Oct '50 issue of Ranger Comics #55.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


One more devilish tale for you before we move on to other horrific subject matter, this time from the March-April 1952 debut issue of Avon's Witchcraft #1. Some of you already know that I'm all about the Devil-Music, but despite a nice crash crash panel, this one just didn't pack enough heat nor did it cut the spicy hot mustard for inclusion in DEVIL TALES either. Nice inks by Vince Alascia though. And with this post, we complete another full issue presentation here at THOIA-- use the search engine to check the archives [or our new indices-- Nequam], you can get the other story titles from the last scan below which is highlighted by some really cool art from the great Sid Check.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Devil's Prize

After posting Curse of the Werewolf last week, (also from the Jan '52 issue of Worlds of Fear #2), I was reminded by "Lil Raven" that there was still one story left from this issue to post, aka to chalk up as yet another THOIA full issue presentation. The story in question is the excellent Bob Powell chiller, The Devil's Prize, which I was positive I had already posted here at some point over the years. But no, apparently I had not, and then it occurred to me that it wound up in IDW / Yoe Books Bob Powell's Terror collection instead-- lord how I wish I could've included it in my Devil's Tales book too! In any event, and even if you already own the Powell collection, it deserves another summoning, if not for some superbly stunning panels (sock it to that skull!) and yes, to deem it yet another full issue blahblahblah here at THOIA. And don't forget to check the archive for the super creeptacular City of Fearful Night which we also reprinted in HAUNTED HORROR #13!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

HAUNTED LOVE #3 / Tomb for Two

IN STORES this Wednesday, April 6th-- it's HAUNTED LOVE #3! Yes, screams a charm as the third and finale fright-filled issue of IDW’s hair-raising new hit misery-series, HAUNTED LOVE concludes with a gag-gle of gruesome guys ’n gals ensnared in shivery tales of love and romance gone horribly awry! Seven macabre matches most definitely NOT made in heaven-- and here we have a FULL STORY preview of the first terrible tale from the issue-- an awful Tomb for Two, originally presented in the March 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #6. (WARNING: HAUNTED LOVE is not recommended for lovers of long walks on the beach, soft music, or candlelight dinners.)

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Legend of Rose Hall

What's the shivery secret behind the tortures, black magic, and murderous legend of Rose Hall's very own evil witch, Annie Palmer? Try not to die of fright as this tale of ultimate terror unfolds to the last screaming, supernatural panel!! From Menace #166.

And when I say Menace #166, I of course meant Dennis the Menace Bonus Magazine Series #166. APRIL FOOLS, ya'll!!! 

(FYI: A true THOIA horror tale coming up tomorrow)