Monday, December 11, 2017


Also using "pre-ordering" as a marketing tool, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES has found a way to build up interest in each of their coming issues. The magazine has evolved into the premier magazine of vintage/classic monster movies, largely because of many other magazines that cover this topic have either folded or severely backed off publication schedules (most notably MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT). Nevertheless, CMOM boasts some pretty decent content. Artist Daniel Horne has also found a new home here and his rendering of actor David Bruce in Jack Pierce's makeup from THE MAD GHOUL is one of the best things I've seen from him in a while... and just might get him a Best Artist and CMOM a Best Cover nod in next year's Rondo Awards.

Oh, you can pre-order CMOM #10 HERE.

Here's the ballyhoo from the website:

Classic Monsters of the Movies issue 10 is packed with more of your favourite classic horror movies and stars, presented in the timeless style that you won’t find anywhere else. Full colour throughout, it’s filled with informative and insightful articles – the perfect antidote to all your nostalgic cravings for the monsters of yesteryear.

This issue features beautiful new cover art from Daniel Horne – the perfect introduction to our feature-length article on 1943’s The Mad Ghoul. We think this horror gem doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, especially considering its cast includes the like of horror favourites George Zucco and Evelyn Ankers, and in this issue you’ll find out what makes it so special.

Naturally, that’s just the beginning, with a range of other articles bringing you a fresh take on the world of classic horror. 1968’s thrilling Witchfinder General goes through its trials… rarely has Vincent Price been this scary. Hammer fans have a treat in store too, with an exploration of slick 1971 classic Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde.

Other articles include a look at the messy romantic entanglements of our various monsters and their associates – who knew it would be so difficult for a monster to find happiness? There’s also a biography of Rondo Hatton, and so much more besides, making this an issue you won’t want to miss.

Issue 10 includes:

The Mad Ghoul – enjoy a new angle on the undead with our in-depth exploration of Universal’s 1943 cult classic. David Bruce is an altogether different kind of zombie in this tense, skin-crawling movie that boasts plenty of great twists.
Love Kills – being a monster isn’t easy, especially when you’re looking for love… From the Frankenstein Monster’s failed attempts to find a soul mate, to the lusty vampires of Hammer Horror, the horror genre is packed with broken hearts. We look at the love lives of our favourite heartsick beasties.
Witchfinder General – aggressive, raw and brutal, this depiction of life in the English Civil War pulls no punches at all. Vincent Price is on perfectly malicious form as Matthew Hopkins, but there are plenty of other reasons to rewatch this powerful piece of cinema too.
Rondo Hatton – stricken with the medical condition acromegaly, Rondo Hatton became a tragic figure in horror cinema as well as an icon of the genre. We look at some of his most powerful performances and examine his place in horror lore.
Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde – with Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Dr Jekyll and Jack the Ripper all together in one movie, it’s no wonder this is a classic of the Hammer Horror era.
The Undying Monster – let’s go hunt a werewolf! Fox’s sleeper hit is an action-packed romp with bags of atmosphere, a feisty heroine and some genuinely spine-tingling moments. We immerse ourselves once more in the Hammond mystery…
And so much more besides!
Issue 10 of Classic Monsters of the Movies is bursting at the seams with the kind of horror movie nostalgia you used to love as a monster kid of the 60s or 70s. With stunning articles and features from the leading lights in the world of horror magazine publishing, it allows our love of yesteryear’s horror film treasures to shine bright. You’ll soon discover why CMotM is fast becoming the world’s favourite monster movie magazine.

Remember, you can save money with a discount on each issue when you purchase an advance subscription to Classic Monsters of the Movies. Click here for details!

Magazine specification:

68 pages
Full colour throughout
Packed with stills, posters, articles and info
Printed and finished to the highest standard

Sunday, December 10, 2017


"I wasn't really happy with the new DH Creepy/Eerie versions (too small, the whole Warren concept was about a MAGAZINE with those big expansive panels) so I'm launching a new magazine in 2014 titled "the Creeps" with some of the original Warren artists, Frank Brunner, Rich Buckler, Ken Kelly and more. Check out for more details and HAPPY HAUNTING! - The Old Creep."

On a comic book forum way back in 2013, Richard Sala, aka "The Old Creep" shared his dissatisfaction with Dark Horse's resurrection of Warren's CREEPY and EERIE comics titles and announced his plan to publish his own, full-size magazine that would more faithfully follow the formatting of the originals. Twelve issues later, Mr. Sala has more than kept his promise by not only capturing the visual and editorial essence of the Warren magazines, but has recently secured national newsstand distribution as well.

Just this week, issue #13 was announced for pre-order. Advance orders seem to be the latest in small publishing marketing tactics to have some idea ahead of time of how many copies to print. It also helps the "buzz" of the 'zine, too. Sala's magazine offers a poster of the cover along with each pre-order as an incentive.

This issue has a macabre-ly whimsical cover by Richard Corben. Pre-order HERE.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


"[The creature is] ultimately not seen as human, which is the ultimate disenfranchisement."                                     - Guillermo del Toro

In an interview in the January 2018 issue of the UK crypto/UFO/phenomena mag, FORTEAN TIMES, director and all-around monster fanboy Guillermo del Toro talks about his latest film, a "political fairy tale" entitled THE SHAPE OF WATER and monsters -- especially of the human kind -- in general. Critics are already calling this film about a cleaning woman in a research facility who falls in love with a strange and unidentified life-form, his best yet. But underneath the plot layer is something deeper than just human emotion. Mr. Del Toro explains...

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Due to be in stock this coming January from Two Morrows Publishing is Peter Normanton's second collection of pre-code horror comics, IT CREPT FROM THE TOMB. Pre-order info is HERE.

192-page Trade Paperback with COLOR - Edited by Peter Normanton
Just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets again, From The Tomb (the UK’s preeminent magazine on the history of horror comics) digs up more tomes of terror from the century past. It Crept From The Tomb (the second “Best of” collection) uncovers atomic comics lost to the Cold War, rarely seen (and censored) British horror comics, the early art of Richard Corben, Good Girls of a bygone age, Tom Sutton, Don Heck, Lou Morales, Al Eadeh, Bruce Jones’ Alien Worlds, HP Lovecraft in Heavy Metal, and a myriad of terrors from beyond the stars and the shadows of our own world! It features comics they tried to ban, from Atlas, Charlton, Comic Media, DC, EC, Harvey, House of Hammer, Kitchen Sink, Last Gasp, Pacific, Skywald, Warren, and more from the darkest of the horror genre’s finest creators!

Monday, December 4, 2017


Vol. 1 No. 8 (1st issue)
February 1971
Eerie Publications
Cover: Johnny Bruck, reprinted from Perry Rhodan (German Series) #134 (Mar 1964)
Pages: 52
Price: 50 cents

The owner of a crematorium burns his wife alive when he thinks she's having an affair, astronauts find an advanced civilization on a jungle planet, a reporter chases down a string of interstellar kidnappings, a mortician collects trophies of his work; these are the kind of stories that await the reader in the first issue of STRANGE GALAXY.

Adopting the practice of beginning a series run with a higher number than "1" to dupe newsstand owners into thinking a magazine was successful enough to make it through the first few issues, Eerie Publications, never noted for making total sense when matching a magazine title with its contents, mixes here a heady brew of stories based in both outer space and terra firma.


  • The Unknown (art by Antonio Reynoso) Revision of "Plaything", Weird Tales of the Future #6 (Gillmor, Mar 1953)
  • Planet of Horror (art by Oswal) Revision of "The Last Expedition", Planet Comics #72 (Fiction House, Fall 1953)
  • Space Monsters (art by Oscar Fraga) Revision of "The Monster Men of Space", Strange Worlds #6 (Avon, Feb 1952)
  • The Moon is Red (art by Oswal) Revision of "A Nation is Born", Strange Worlds #4 (Avon, Sep 1951)
  • Voodoo Doll (art by Oscar Novelle) Revision of "The Human Clay", Mysterious Adventures #14 (Story, June 1953)
  • Flaming Ghost (art by Torre Repiso) Revision of "Flame Thrower", Mysterious Adventures #14 (Story, June 1953)
  • Terror of the Dead (art by Torre Repiso) Revision of "Death Comes in Small Pieces", Mysterious Adventures #13 (Story, Apr 1953)


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