Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fountain of Fear

It's almost Thanksgiving, and here's a supernatural appetizer (with an Native American twist!) to whet your whistle from the Jan. '54 issue of Out of the Shadows #11. Looks like this one got the Eerie Pub redraw / retitle treatment in the 70's, becoming "Spirits of Doom" for Witches Tales (twice reprinted), original 50's art by George Roussos and later reworked by Walter Casadei. This issue of Out of the Shadows also features one of my favorite Standard Comics covers, (I don't know who's face is more horrific) ...GCD says it could be a Peppe / Sekowsky team-up. Have a great holiday everyone, we'll be back this weekend with more stomach churnin' catastrophe's for you to choke on!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Crimson Hands Against Him

I had a request for "The Hands of Murder", but since I already posted it HERE back in 2011, I thought I'd find another tale about terror mitts a'stranglin'-- and maybe this one from the September 1953 issue of Web of Mystery #20 will grab you. *claps at my own dumb joke :P


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Beautiful Night for Murder!

It's been quite a while since I've posted a Dick Ayers story, so todays tale is a very welcome addition to the THOIA Archive! And since everyone seemed to relish in the murderously mean-spirited nature of our last post, we have another one to gently sweep you off your frankenfeet and lull you into a deadly dreamland of doom! From the March 1954 issue of Strange Suspense Stories #17.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Evil Intruder

Since announcing our new HAUNTED LOVE mini-series debuting this Feb 2016 (IDW / Yoe Books), I've been swamped with emails from HAUNTED HORROR and WEIRD LOVE fans from all over. The biggest concern seems to be coming from the horror fans (of course) that aren't into romance comics, and I'm here to assure you fiends that while HAUNTED LOVE walks the wicked fine line between both titles, it's definitely way more on the horror side than the romance! The stories are being picked by Mr. Karswell himself after all-- so don't get your burial panties in a bunch! Okay, do we need an example of the type of hairy-scary story you'll find within each issue? Here's a good 'n goofy one from the March '53 issue of Journey into Fear #12, and seriously, if this one doesn't get you in the mood for some extra haunted, whacked-out weird lovin'-- then nothing will!

Friday, November 6, 2015


By now I'm sure everyone has seen the silly/fake "Starring on LOVE BOAT" photoshop hilarity floating around Facebook and wherever else you boils and ghouls haunt the web. I thought I'd join in the fun with my own monster mash-up featuring my favorite horror movie theme-- CREEPSHOW! Might be even more fun to make a contest out of it-- sooooooo anyone with clever ideas on how the stories from the movie would translate if they actually took place on a cruise ship on the high seas gets themselves a FREE copy of HAUNTED HORROR. Have fun, and extra points awarded for anything that makes me wanna barf overboard!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the Coils of the Python Queen

THOIA returns after taking a rather forced holiday breather, plus a plethora of sexy side projects put our ever lovin' blog on the back burner for a week or so, not to mention the myriad of technical difficulties, and well... oh Hell, let's just get on with the story, shall we? How about a slithery Jim McLaughlin chiller from the Nov. '53 issue of The Beyond #23 to drag us back from the dead?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Crate

With Halloween right around the corner, I see a ton of "essential holiday horror movies" lists apparently compiled by people with a very narrow sense of The Horror Film. Yes yes, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Psycho, Halloween etc., all incredible classics, ok? We get it. We've seen 'em though, and we've seen 'em a million times. Now another incredible film that I've personally seen a billion times is George Romero's Creepshow (1982), but somehow this film is strangely always absent from these "must see" hipster film lists. WTF?!! And like Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (another oddly slapped 'n shunned film), I can't think of a better movie for horror amateurs to get turned onto this season than the one with the five jolting Stephen King tales of terror! Seriously people, get your act together and revisit Creepshow, aside from the 70's Amicus EC adaptations, there's never been a better anthology horror movie ever made about horror comic books! Need something to refresh your rotten memory? How about the snarling, gore drenched centerpiece to the film, the one that made everyone in the world stop loving and start loathing Adrianne Barbeau-- The Crate! And how about Berni Wrightson's awesome version of it from the Creepshow graphic novel! If you need more reminders you can always revisit "Father's Day" and "Something to Tide You Over" in the THOIA archive, just click on the titles!

And oh yeah... just tell it to call ya "Billie!"