Monday, January 23, 2017

The Case of the Curses / From the Ocean Bottom

We've spent most of the month looking at scary 70's Skywald classics, and yes, I promised we'd finally make our way back to the fright-filled 50's-- and we are! But first, a quick stop into the early 60's. And note: this is merely a temporary detour because I was recently discussing post-code ACG "horror" with Nequam and thought, what the heck, how about an example of how a really good series like Forbidden Worlds seriously got the business from the contemptible comics code, i.e.: water it way down, remove all traces of swords (!!!) etc., --yet still manage to be "too gay" (???), --though ya know what-- also, actually strive (or struggle) to preserve OK art and remain entertaining in a doofy Ripley's Believe it or Screw It kind of way. The second two-page quickie tale feels a bit more at home here, so enjoy 'em or hate 'em, we'll be back in a few with more of the good stuff! From the August 1961 issue of a Forbidden Worlds #97.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The House of Demons!

Let's take a look at one more shivery 70's Skywald tale before we head back into the freaky 50's for the usual / unusual fare around here... today's story also comes from the nerve wracking, November 1973 issue of Psycho #15 (see our previous post too), and where as the last "horror-mood" classic relied primarily upon gruesome gore and shocking violence to achieve its mood, The House of Demons is more about shadowy atmosphere and lurking, gloomy evil. Nice, slick art from Amador Garcia too, full of heavy blacks and wonderful Poe-esque detail.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The 13 Dead Things

More gruesome horror from Skywald's psychotic 70's black and white magazine series, specifically, the November 1973 issue of Psycho #15. This one is extremely brutal-- so hold on to your heads!

Saturday, January 7, 2017


The biggest part of the new label system-- publishers, titles, and artists (I include inkers and some scripters in there; there is a fair bit of overlap) is done. After some resting time, I intend to start refining things... for one, the cloud for artists and titles are very large and I may have it not show artists and titles for which there are few articles. The labels will still be in the system, and if more articles are tagged with them, they can be added back to the cloud.

A more complicated labeling job will be adding common motifs/tropes, mostly because some categories do overlap and I'll have to decide if they warrant being grouped under one label or split apart. But there will be time for that later.

Enjoy! And if you see any mistakes, please let me know...

... oh, pardon me. I forget myself.

The Monstrosity / The Boutique Macabre

A couple more Skywald quickies to keep us all gloomed and doomed and in the horror-mood; The Monstrosity is from the same issue as our last post HERE, plus one from the May 1974 issue of Psycho #18. And what say we stick with a few more ghoulish Skywald yarns in the upcoming posts too-- if anyone has any complaints they can take it up with the owner of The Boutique Macabre!

Too much gloom and doom and mood for ya? Need a chuckle? Head on over to my other blog HERE for some 60's TV Horror Listings courtesy of Cracked's For Monsters Only (Paul Reinman art too!)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Classic Creeps

Hope everyone is having a great new year so far, and as you can see things are certainly shaping up nicely around here with the addition of my new assistant performing a sensational bang-up job in making THOIA's archive so much easier to navigate. Yes, roaming our dusty, web draped halls in search of that one particular story you loved but forgot the name of, but you knew it was about a werewolf, or it was drawn by whoever, will now be that much easier (hopefully) to unearth as well. Continued kudos of eternal gratitude to Nequam for volunteering in doing what everyone has always said would be the impossible-- going back and tagging nearly 2,000 THOIA posts! Do you have any other comments, thoughts, or suggestions about our progress? Drop us a line! And as we progress in one sector of this scarifying domain, least we forget to continue with the spook stories as well-- shortly before xmas I was asked to share some Skywald Horror-Mood, and that was exactly how I had planned to kick off the new year, but things took a slight delay with an unfortunate illness etc etc. Anyway, let The Classic Creeps ring in 2017 proper, from the Sept '73 issue of Psycho #14 --with possibly more Skywald in our next post as well!

Stay tombed...