Friday, August 30, 2019

I Can't Stop Running!

Time has officially run out for our August 2019 Atlas Fest, as we nail the creepy coffin shut with one final terror tale, also from the May 1953 issue of Mystery Tales #11 (see our last lurid post too.) I hope everyone enjoyed the selection of yarns presented, and we'll definitely take a look at more Atlas in the mix before 2019 winds down in the coming months. For now, Sam Kweskin does a nice, moody job here with a simple, spooky story-- I just hope that some of you don't miss the point! *wink! See ya next month, fiends...

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Love Affair

A pretty girl bent over a typewriter. A longing that swells up inside him. These are the ingredients that equal one big dreamy disaster, as bad things continue to happen to good people during our month long Atlas Fest here at THOIA. From the murderous May 1953 issue of Mystery Tales #11, art by Mike Sekowsky.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Bennett's Bride

Fans of Fritz Leiber's chilling 1943 novel, Conjure Wife, (and even fans of ABC's Bewitched TV series) will be entertained by yet another take on the age old trope: man discovers he's not responsible for his own life, love, and success, and thus, cock blocks himself into the grave. Seriously, how many people these days would really be bothered to discover their significant other is magical? And okay, if that's a supernatural spoiler then you have my apologies, but we've seen it here before, and we'll probably see it here again, and I'll probably love it all over again just the same-- especially with such nice looking, atmospheric art from Al Hartley and Art Peddy! From the jolting July 1954 issue of Mystic #32.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Living and the Dead!

The atmospheric art of Al Eadeh is always a welcome addition to the THOIA Archive, so here we go with another frighteningly fine, exceptionally eerie entry, and this time from the January 1954 issue of Mystic #26.


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Monday, August 19, 2019

The Baby Sitter / The Glasses!

The aliens have landed, as we continue unraveling the marvelous mysteries of the April 1954 issue of Marvel Tales #122. And it's a creepy creature double feature for you as well, with Tony Dipreta and Chuck Winters reminding you that we are most certainly not alone in the universe!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Man Without a Body

We're sticking with Atlas for a few more posts, but now diving deep into the April 1954 issue of Marvel Tales #122, with a tale of shabby science colliding with extreme gold digging (a favorite theme among miserable pre code writers and artists apparently!) But hold the phone-- does this one end the way they usually do?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Terror at Midnight

Last tale from the August 1952 issue of Suspense #21, and that makes it official-- another FULL ISSUE PRESENTATION here at THOIA (check out the last 5 posts for the rest of this issue in case you missed anything!) Nice artwork in today's post too-- and especially during this awful summer heatwave, these snowbound stories of wintery weirdness are very much welcome to help cool things down with some shivery chills up 'n down our 'ol spooked-out spines!

More Atlas on the way too-- stay tombed! (And while you're at it, head over to my other blog for some Monster News and Monster Hit Parade fun too! CLICK HERE!)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Secret

A couple more to go from the August 1952 issue of Suspense #21, --and whoa, you've likely seen some pretty lousy ladies presented on this blog over the years, but here's one that'll really get under your skin! Ah well, won't be long until "skin" is apparently no longer an issue (rhymes with tissue) --and by the way, can somebody please get me one, because this story makes me tear up every time!

We also want to wish long-time THOIA follower, Brian Barnes, a very happy birthday today (I believe he turns 87 if I'm not mistaken), and... what a sec... his first and last name both start with a B as well! Also, that beard! AIEEEEE!!!