For those of you who are not familiar with Haunted Horror, it’s a cool publication that reprints graphic horror comics from the 1950s, usually centered around a general theme, which in the case of this issue is “love.”
My little shriveling worms, welcome to these rotten pages I have the disgrace to host. You are here for an unlikely lesson in the revolting feeling many call “love.”
Significant others: Sometimes you want to let rats eat them, some others you worship their decaying corpses. Love is strange, indeed?
The stories within are my horrible homage to you. I sincerely hope that one day you will find the omega to your alpha, the nadir to your zenith, the zombie to your graveyard robber.
In total, the publication includes eight twisted tales:
- Date with a Corpse—originally published in The Unseen #15, July 1954
- Death Writes the Horoscope—originally published in The Beyond #26, April 1954
- The Hand of Glory—originally published in Chilling Tales #13, December 1952
- Horror Blown in Glass—originally published in The Beyond #9, March 1952
- Kiss and Kill—originally published in Witches Tales #20, August 1952
- Mark of Violence—originally published in The Thing #10, September 1953
- The Rat Man—originally published in The Unseen #9, March 1953
- The House—originally published in Chamber of Chills Magazine #18, July 1953
I really enjoyed reading this, because it brought back memories of when I was a kid. Growing up, I loved horror comics and magazines, and would regularly read stuff like Creepy, Eerie, Weird Worlds, Vampirella, and Famous Monsters of Filmland. While these publications were not high literature by any stretch, they did foster a love of reading which has lasted my entire life.
There is a local comic convention here in town in November. I think I may have to see if there are any of the vintage horror mags that I grew up reading. I’ll let you know if I find any. Happy reading!