Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fingered!

THOIA gives you the finger today with a double encore presentation of precode horror! Both stories have been posted here before, and they will also be featured in HAUNTED HORROR #16 coming to finer comic book establishments next week-- so mark your calendars now! Fingers of Doom is originally from the Oct '53 issue of Dark Mysteries #14art by our good friend Hy Fleishman; and Finger of Guilt is from the Sept '53 issue of Adventures into Darkness #11art by John Celardo. We'll have another petrifying preview (or two) for you coming up next week as well!

The countdown to HAUNTED HORROR #16 is on!!













Sunday, April 19, 2015

Killer Lady

Here's an encore presentation of one of the more popular stories we featured here long, long ago... and since I'm incredibly busy with some new projects, and we have lots of lovely new followers too, occasionally I'll be dusting off some of these archived entries to remind people of what glorious evils await in our vast vault of no return. Dig around a little-- and you will see!

From the February 1953 issue of Voodoo #6.








Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Vampire of Broadway

Another request is one of the oddest vampire tales ever from the February-March 1977 issue of House of Secrets #144. Nice, atmospheric art by Abe Ocampo (I'm sure I would totally die in amazement if I ever saw a giant 3D billboard featuring a vampire girl in a coffin to promote a movie!), and even though the choppy storyline doesn't quite hold it all together, that just makes everything seem more strangely surreal. Still a winner in weirdness factor alone! (For Tanya and Allan :)








Monday, April 13, 2015

Through Wicked Eyes

The sole remaining story that I have yet to post here from the Nov '52 issue of Strange Mysteries #8... check the archives for "Return of the Corpse", "Flaming Horror", and "Mask of the Devil." 







Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Is THAT Art?

Speaking of Rudy Palais, our best fiend, Forlock the Warlock, (aka Craig Yoe), has a personal exhibit on display at the Society of Illustrators/NYC, called "Is THAT Art?" which features an ultra rare, original, unpublished horror cover by Palais himself from Forelock's very own collection! Get an awesome, up-close look at it-- but don't get too close!! Exhibit runs from now until May 2nd, and also features other original works of art from Harvey Kurtzman, Winsor McCay, Charles Addams, Elzie Segar, Boody Rogers, Steve Ditko, R. Crumb, Matt Baker, John Stanley, Jack Cole, Ed Roth, Jack Kirby, Wally Wood, and lots, lots more! Click HERE for more info!




Hand of the Yogi / Monster Lore!

I unwittingly started a theme this month, that being precode comic horror stories that use themes we see over and over again, like the creeping, murderous, severed hand tale, as well as plots that borrow heavily from literary classics like The Monkey's Paw. In today's post, we see a story that borrows from both, and to make things even more demented, it's illustrated by the king of all that's demented himself-- Rudy Palais! From the April 1952 issue of Black Cat Mystery #34, plus a one page bonus quickie also illo'd by Palais, same issue.










Sunday, April 5, 2015

Terror of the Boa Constrictor

Jon D'Agostino has not one, but two illustrated stories in the October 1953 issue of Dark Mysteries #14 (see our last post too.) And like our last tale, it follows a well tested horror plot we've all seen before; this time it's voodoo from beyond the grave, but it's still pretty interesting none the lesssssss. Among the problems of the story (of which some things I'll let you guys point out because I know a few of you think this blog is MST3000-- ugh!), is D'Agostino's inability to draw the leading lady with some consistency from one panel to the next-- though I do appreciate that she's a dead ringer for Cheryl Ladd in the center of page 3! Neat skeleton cover by Hy Fleishman.










The Horror of it All by Adam Rockoff

A new book with a familiar title, not to be confused with the films of the same name (as well as a certain blog), has anyone read The Horror of it All by Adam Rockoff? Sounds interesting, I always enjoy reading about people's childhood introduction to the realm of horror.

Find out more HERE.



Friday, April 3, 2015

Escape to Death!

A sneak escape from jail, via hiding in a coffin, is an oft-told theme in horror comics with an oft-familiar conclusion. We've seen it happen oft-times here at THOIA over the years, and this time it's from the Oct '53 issue of Dark Mysteries #14, art by Jon D'Agostino.