A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!
Day 19: “Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Monsters But Were Afraid To Ask!”
By Tony Tallarico

My older brother got this book for Christmas of 1977, right after it had been published. This book really shaped my fascination with monsters and horror movies, since it was full of movie stills, set photos, and historical pictures of authors and other horror-related figures. Grainy, mysterious shots from some of the 1920’s movies filled me with anxiety and dread at such a young age, since they looked so weird and rustic. Other pages I went to town on with a black crayon. Dell Comics artist Tony Tallarico drew the cover and wrote the Q&A stye text, with a lot of interesting horror movie and literature trivia.


A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!
Day 18: “Rod Sterling’s Triple W: Witches, Warlocks, and Werewolves”
Various Authors, edited by Rod Sterling

This title first saw print in 1963 with a different cover, but this 5th printing from 1967 has a wonderfully half-hearted photo cover featuring the best wooly red-lipped werewolf ever in the history of werewolf costumes. That werewolf is great, ain’t he? The stories are a pleasant bunch (Rudyard Kipling’s “Mark of the Beast” again!), with “Hatchery of Dreams” by Fritz Leiber, author of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser sword & sorcery books.


A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!Day 17: “Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories”Various Authors, edited by Marvin Kaye.
Here’s another one of Marvin Kaye’s excellent horror and fantasy anthologies. Like the other one I posted awhile back, it has an Edward Gorey cover illustration and a lineup of popular American horror authors from every era. The book is divided into the author’s home regions; New England, the South, the West, and the Midwest. First time I had ever run across Edward Lucas White was in this collection, with his eerie “The House of the Nightmare” from 1906. More fine cold weather reading.

A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!
Day 17: “Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories”
Various Authors, edited by Marvin Kaye.

Here’s another one of Marvin Kaye’s excellent horror and fantasy anthologies. Like the other one I posted awhile back, it has an Edward Gorey cover illustration and a lineup of popular American horror authors from every era. The book is divided into the author’s home regions; New England, the South, the West, and the Midwest. First time I had ever run across Edward Lucas White was in this collection, with his eerie “The House of the Nightmare” from 1906. More fine cold weather reading.


underwhelminglovecraft:

Today at Underwhelming Lovecraft Comic Synopses is the sixth and last chapter of “Herbert West- Reanimator”, where everything comes back to bite Herbert in the ass. 

underwhelminglovecraft:

Today at Underwhelming Lovecraft Comic Synopses is the sixth and last chapter of “Herbert West- Reanimator”, where everything comes back to bite Herbert in the ass. 


A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!Day 16: “Dracula”By Bram Stoker 
My brother read this 1965 Dell Publishing copy when he was in high school, with its depiction of a blue, mustached Dracula. I’ve always liked the cover, which, mercy me, is credited for a change. Paul Davis is the illustrator of this icy looking vampire.

A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!
Day 16: “Dracula”
By Bram Stoker 

My brother read this 1965 Dell Publishing copy when he was in high school, with its depiction of a blue, mustached Dracula. I’ve always liked the cover, which, mercy me, is credited for a change. Paul Davis is the illustrator of this icy looking vampire.


366sketchbook:

230/366
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. — Frederick Buechner

366sketchbook:

230/366

Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. — Frederick Buechner


A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!
Day 15: “Ghostly By Gaslight”
Various authors, edited by Sam Moskowitz and Alden H. Norton

I found this 1971 Pyramid Book paperback at an Episcopal Church book sale a few years ago. The editors wrote a nice introduction explaining how important these stories were in the times of low lit evenings and dark wallpapered walls with shadows concealing heaven knows what. Each story is preceded with a write up of where it was originally published and anthologies it might have been collected in. If you ever see a copy of this book at a second hand store, I’d highly recommend it.


underwhelminglovecraft:


Today at Underwhelming Lovecraft Comic Synopses is the fifth chapter of “Herbert West- Reanimator”, where Herbert finds a way to make war more gruesome and upsetting. Come back here Friday for the last chapter of “Herbert West- Reanimator”. 

underwhelminglovecraft:

Today at Underwhelming Lovecraft Comic Synopses is the fifth chapter of “Herbert West- Reanimator”, where Herbert finds a way to make war more gruesome and upsetting. Come back here Friday for the last chapter of “Herbert West- Reanimator”. 


Pffffaw!
Lee Gatlin, ladies and gentlemen…

Pffffaw!

Lee Gatlin, ladies and gentlemen…


A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!Day 14: “Ripley’s Believe It or Not Ghost Stories & Plays”Uncredited, unless it was written by Robert Ripley’s ghost.
Here’s a 1968 Scholastic paperback with popular ghost legends, a few written in play form in case you want to act them out with your theater group, and some morbid death-related Ripley’s Believe It or Not cartoons in the back. I seem to spot these pretty frequently in thrift stores.

A MONTH OF HORROR BOOKS!
Day 14: “Ripley’s Believe It or Not Ghost Stories & Plays”
Uncredited, unless it was written by Robert Ripley’s ghost.

Here’s a 1968 Scholastic paperback with popular ghost legends, a few written in play form in case you want to act them out with your theater group, and some morbid death-related Ripley’s Believe It or Not cartoons in the back. I seem to spot these pretty frequently in thrift stores.