Monday, September 26, 2016

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In the early 1970s a small New York Publishing company produced the most frightening, gruesome and ghastliest horror stories in the history of illustrated horror -- Nightmare, Psycho and Scream... This blog is dedicated to that trilogy of magazines, which under editor “Archaic” Al Hewetson's creative reign, were taken into unparalleled realms of extreme, festering (almost spiritually sickening) horror... With many enduring characters and stories -- such as THE HUMAN GARGOYLES, THE SAGA OF THE VICTIMS, THE HEAP, THE SHOGGOTH SERIES, LADY SATAN, NOSFERATU and MONSTER MONSTER -- Skywald continues to stand the ravages of time more than forty years later... Now original Skywald artist Macabre Maelo Cintron and Skywald writer Awkward Augustine Funnell, along with newly minted talent George E Warner, Richard J Arndt and John Gallagher usher The Skywald Horror-Mood back into print for a new generation of readers under the banner of Horror-Mood Magazine Publications in conjunction with Bleeding Moon Comics, Gus Funnell Books and Chimera Arts... Offerings from the publisher will include but not be limited to The Human Gargoyles, the complete Monster Monster collection (featuring the never published final two chapters), The Horror-Mood (an ongoing anthology of Skywald's greatest stories), the Tom Sutton collection, the Edgar Allan Poe collection, The Saga Of The Victims collection (with the original concluding chapter), the Nosferatu collection, The Complete Illustrated Skywald Horror-Mood Index and an all new original graphic novel THE GREAT ANTI-SHOGGOTH CRUSADE... ...Miss Them Not... ...so welcome to the "asylum" and check in from time to time as the "horrors" are just beginning...

...A Horror-Mood Horror Book Review... “Fantastic Films Of The Decades - Volume 1: The Silent Era”

Your "Horridly Absent" "As In Late" "Horrendous Host" is back with a “Horror-Mood Horror Book Review”

Readers of horror film books about the legendary Hammer Films Studios are no doubt familiar with the name of author and acclaimed Hammer Film expert Wayne Kinsey… Kinsey, who made his debut with a 24 issue series of prozines which chronicled the history of the fabled British film outfit under the title of “The House That Hammer Built” along with an additional “Dracula Special”, went on to write two of the most sought after tomes about the UK film house, “Hammer Films - The Bray Studios Years” and its follow up volume, “Hammer Films - The Elstree Studios Years” for Tomahawk Press… After the success of these initial efforts, Kinsey would go on to script two additional volumes for Tomahawk, “Hammer Films - A Life In Pictures” and Hammer Films - The Unsung Heroes”… Persuaded by Steve Kirkham of Tree Frog Communication to self publish his next effort, “Hammer Films On Location”, Kinsey made the decision to set up his own publishing house under the banner, Peveril Publishing… Besides “On Location”, Peveril’s catalogue has grown to include “The Peter Cushing Scrapbook”, “Hammer’s Film Legacy”, “Running Scared” and the highly anticipated and forthcoming “The Hammer Film Scrapbook Series”…

Which brings us to Peveril Publishing and Kinsey’s current release, “Fantastic Films Of The Decades – Volume 1: The Silent Era”…


Breaking the book down after having read it cover to cover, I decided to start with the content… Following Mr Kinsey’s Introduction, 65 of the finest silent genre films leading up to the dawn of the talking film are covered in detail, with separate discussions of silent film legends (actors and prominent filmmakers), amongst them George Méliés, Herbert M Dawley, Willis O’ Brien, FW Murnau, Karl Freund, Fritz Lang, Paul Leni, Tod Browning, The Hitchcocks (Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville) and Team Curtiz (Michael Curtiz and Anton Grot) in the filmmakers category, Paul Wegener, Conrad Veidt, The Barrymores (Lionel, Ethel, and John) and Lon Chaney Sr. in the actors category, with The Westmores ( Perc, Wally, and Bud) and Jack P Pierce represented in the make-up artists category…


Series Links are also included for Frankenstein films, She films, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde films, Edgar Allan Poe films, Mummy films, Supernatural Films, Dracula films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame films, Dinosaur films, The Phantom of the Opera films, 10 of the best Chaney/Browning films and Vampire Films…


Separate text pieces include The Origins Of Film, Universal Pictures, Birth of the Hollywood Majors, and Transition to Sound along with a piece on Universal Luminaries Charles D Hall, Maurice Pivar and Vera West…


And then there are the films, which are covered in detail with little known facts and featuring separate entries, such as “What’s it about?”, “What’s it like?”, “Did you know?”, “Look out for”, “Who’s in it?” and “Who made it?” Two early talkies: The Terror (1928) and The Thirteenth Chair (1929) are covered as well…



The book isn’t as text heavy as Kinsey’s other tomes (but the copy is enjoyable, informative and thoroughly researched), with the emphasis being placed rather on the visuals instead, and what visuals are found within! Rare images, screen grabs, and posters both foreign and domestic (and all in sumptuous color) are included, resulting in a veritable visual smorgasbord of this oft forgotten and overlooked era of filmmaking… Steve Kirkham’s Tree Frog Communication design and layout work is exemplary (coming from one graphic designer to another) and I’ve peppered this review with numerous examples of his outstanding work…




This is an excellent start to this series of books which, when completed, will take us all of the way up to the 70’s, covering the finest in Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy…

Please note that this book is available as a numbered limited edition of 500 copies (of which about 200 have been sold as of this writing) and is available only direct from the publisher (it is not available in book stores or other online markets)… I’ve included the link in this review below as well as in the links section…

In closing, your “Revolting Reviewer” can only say that these will go fast so… …Miss It Not…

To order Fantastic Films of the Decades - Volume 1: The Silent Era…

...A Horror-Mood Horror Book Review... “Fantastic Films Of The Decades - Volume 2: The 30's”


Your "Horrible Host" is back once again and better late than never with a brand new hot off the “Horrid Press” “Horror-Mood Horror Book Review”

By way of introduction, readers of horror film books about the legendary Hammer Films Studios are no doubt familiar with the name of author and acclaimed Hammer Film expert Wayne Kinsey… Kinsey, who made his debut with a 24 issue series of prozines which chronicled the history of the fabled British film outfit under the title of “The House That Hammer Built” along with an additional “Dracula Special”, went on to write two of the most sought after tomes about the UK film house, “Hammer Films - The Bray Studios Years” and its follow up volume, “Hammer Films - The Elstree Studios Years” for Tomahawk Press… After the success of these initial efforts, Kinsey would go on to script two additional volumes for Tomahawk, “Hammer Films - A Life In Pictures” and Hammer Films - The Unsung Heroes”… Having his next effort, “Hammer Films On Location” failing to be picked up by his previous publisher, Kinsey made the decision to set up his own publishing house under the banner, Peveril Publishing… Besides “On Location”, Peveril’s catalogue has grown to include “The Peter Cushing Scrapbook”, “Hammer’s Film Legacy”, “Running Scared” and the highly anticipated and forthcoming “The Hammer Film Scrapbook Series” with the soon to be newly minted “The Hammer Dracula Scrapbook” taking its rightful place as the initial volume…

Which brings us to Peveril Publishing and Kinsey’s current release, “Fantastic Films Of The Decades – Volume 2: The 30’s”…


Breaking the book down after having read it cover to cover, I decided to start with the content… Following Mr Kinsey’s Introduction, 118 of the finest 30’s era genre films are covered in detail, with separate discussions of 30’s film legends (actors and prominent filmmakers), amongst them Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, James Whale, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye, Colin Clive, Peter Lorre, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesinger, Claude Rains, Tod Slaughter, George Zucco and Basil Rathbone, along with Special Effects Legends Kenneth Strickfaden and John P Fulton and “Murders In The Rue Morgue’s” “Mirakle’s Manglers” Charles Gemora and Noble Johnson…



Series Links are also included for Fu Manchu, Universal Dracula Films, Universal Frankenstein Films, Universal Mummy Films, Zombie Films, Universal Invisible Man Films, King Kong Films, Karloff and Lugosi Films, Werewolf Films and Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes Films…






Universal Films Directors such as Robert Florey, Edgar G Ulmer, Lew Landers, Stuart Walker, Lambert Hillyer and Rowland V Lee are covered along with separate text pieces including Composing Fantasy, Meet The Girls, Meet The Guys, Motion Picture Production Code and UK ‘H’ for Horror and a series of 1930’s - News Headlines…





And then there are the films, which are covered in detail with little known facts and featuring separate entries, such as “What’s it about?”, “What’s it like?”, “Did you know?”, “Look out for”, “Who’s in it?” and “Who made it?” Two Lost Films: The Cat Creeps and The Gorilla are covered as well…




Last but not least, a skull rating system of one to five skulls has been introduced for this volume as well…

As with the previous volume, the second edition in this series isn’t as text heavy as Kinsey’s other tomes (but the copy is enjoyable, informative and thoroughly researched), with the emphasis being placed rather on the visuals instead, and what visuals are found within! Rare images, screen grabs, and posters both foreign and domestic (and all in sumptuous color) are included, resulting in a veritable visual smorgasbord of this oft forgotten and overlooked era of filmmaking… Steve Kirkham’s Tree Frog Communications design and layout work is as always exemplary (coming from one graphic designer to another) and I’ve peppered this review with a plethora of numerous examples of his outstanding work which one must surely hold a physical copy in their hands in order to truly appreciate Mr. Kirkham’s craftsmanship…




This is an excellent follow up to this series of books which, when completed, will take us all of the way up to the 70’s, covering the finest in Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy…

Please note that this book is available as a numbered limited edition of 500 copies and is available only direct from the publisher (it is not available in book stores or other online markets)… I’ve included the link in this review below as well as in the links section…

In closing, your “Repulsive Reviewer” can only say that these will go fast so… …Miss It Not…

To order Fantastic Films of the Decades Volume 2: The 30’s…
http://peverilpublishing.co.uk/fantastic-films-of-the-decades-the-30s/