Friday, May 22, 2015

Frankenstein and the Plant

Awesome Arizona artistic, Layla, is not only a fantastic drummer, cosplay costume creator, and tee shirt designer, she's also a top notch prop master. Check out this amazing Little Shop of Horrors inspired, and fully functioning venus flytrap (meaning the head moves up, down, and side to side, and the mouth opens and closes) that she recently constructed from scratch.

She's currently building one for me too, and man, I totally cannot wait to feed my enemies to it! Anyone interested in one for themselves, or if you have an idea for something else you'd possibly like to see turned into a reality, just drop Layla a message HERE for price quotes :) Seriously, she can make ANYTHING!

And keeping with the carnivorous plant theme, here's a re-colored / reprinted Dick Briefer tale that originally appeared in the October-November 1954 issue of Frankenstein #33.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Curse of the Fire-Bird

THE HORRORS OF IT ALL rises from the ashes of a much needed vacation with a hot little curse to set your weird weekend on fire! The always slick, and exceptionally sexy bad girl art from Ace great, Lin Streeter, really turns up the hellacious heat on this one-- from the January 1953 issue of The Beyond #18. GCD says the cover art is by Gene Colan.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Man Who Outdistanced Death!

We reach the final story post from the new issue of HAUNTED HORROR... yes, we thought we'd give you a full taste of issue #16 to see what you're missing (if you happen to be one of those types that doesn't buy new comics!) Lots more on the way from HAUNTED HORROR, as well as THE HORRORS OF IT ALL-- umm, as soon as I get back from a quickie vacation. See ya'll in a week, THOIA returns next weekend with another terrifying tomb of frights and delights! :)

Originally presented in the Dec '52 issue of Strange Suspense Stories #4 (art by George Evans.)

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Stolen Brain

From an age when brains looked more like armadillos, it's yet another revolting scientific development (aka FULL FREE PREVIEW) from HAUNTED HORROR #16! Originally presented in the May 1953 issue of Mysteries #1 --the artist is also an (Iger Shop) mystery.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Search into the Unknown! (and for contest winners)

More heinous hits from HAUNTED HORROR #16-- in stores NOW! Yep, we thought it's time to show you non-buying comic kooks what you're missing-- in its ENTIRETY!! We have a few more stories to go, and today's slithery classic originally appeared in the March 1953 issue of Beware! Terror Tales #6, --it's 10 whoppin' pages of cold blooded action and eeeeeevil!!

***Also, we have our 3 winners in the HH16 Contest: Grant! Brandiweed! and JD! Email your addresses to me at karswell @ (remove the spaces) --yes, you nightmarishly doomed fiends each get a personalized copy of HH16! Thanks again to everyone that entered!***

Thursday, April 30, 2015

HAUNTED HORROR #16 / Black Death

Haunted Horror #16 is in stores NOW, and beyond that creepy-crawly insect cover awaits today's even creepier, crawlier insect tale to take a bite out of your senses! Originally presented in the November 1953 issue of Fantastic Fears #4, "Black Death" has been referred to by HH friend, Tom Stein as "one of the greatest pre-code horror stories ever told!" I do believe he's correct! *shivers!

And don't forget about our contest-- see the last post for details!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Nightmare of Doom! + CONTEST

More doom for ya, this time from the January 1953 issue of Chamber of Chills #15-- and dear lord *choke!* it's also featured in HAUNTED HORROR #16 --in stores this Wednesday! Want a FREE copy of HH16 personally signed by Mr. Karswell himself? Just leave a comment about today's story below, and then tell us about your own personal nightmare of doom-- be sure to leave an email address too! I'll be drawing 3 names on Walpurgis Night (that's Thursday, April 30th at midnight, aka May 1st, for those of you not evil enough to know better!) So give it to me straight from the grave, doom lovers, be as detailed and deadly as you want, but the more nightmarish (and naughty) the better-- I'm only putting the really good ones into the fishbowl this time. Good luck to everyone that enters, and stay tombed for another HH16 preview this week as well!