Wednesday, December 22, 2010

...A Skywald Horror-Mood Classic... ...Make Mephisto's Child Burn...

…Enjoy…


‘…Make Mephisto’s Child Burn…’ is one of the most disturbing and horrific stories Skywald would ever publish in just one double page spread of text and artwork… …Brutal…

Thursday, December 16, 2010

...Gathering Horror...



Among the comments I’ve received since beginning this Skywald “Horror-Mood’ blog, one of the most unexpected ones came from author and Warren Publishing historian David Horne. David had some kind words for us so I felt that it would only be rightly deserved and fitting to shamelessly plug his outstanding tome ‘Gathering Horror’. If you are a "choke” Warren Publishing” fan, James Warren is best known as the ‘independent publishing maverick’ who published such periodicals as ‘Famous Monsters Of Filmland’, ‘Creepy’, ‘Eerie’, and ‘Vampirella’. At over 700 pages and eight years in the making, ‘Gathering Horror’ is the most ambitious, thorough, and detailed checklist and index about the Warren Publications, and should be considered a must-have guide for devout Warren Publishing fans and collectors the world over. “Archaic” Al Hewetson wrote for Warren and was offered the editorship of his (Warren's) line of magazines but wisely turned it down in order to give us ‘The Horror-Mood’ line of Skywald magazines. A self published effort from David’s own imprint Phrona Press, the book only exists as a First Edition print run of 300 copies and is only available here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Warren-catalog-index-1-Famous-Monsters-Vampirella-Help-/320630231207?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa70d10a7#ht_1006wt_1126
and here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Gathering-Horror-Horne-Warren-Eerie-Creepy-1-catalog-/320630232797?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa70d16dd#ht_1006wt_1126.

Our very own Skywald Checklist historian Richard J Arndt had the following to say about this ginormous tome: “ This is the best book on Warren available. I’m a little consumed with envy about it. I’ve got an online Warren checklist (at http://www.enjolrasworld.com/ then look for Richard’s pages) that for some years was the definitive word on Warren credits. GCBD used my Warren & Skywald credits for their database. Dave Horne’s book expands upon and covers a great deal more that I ever thought possible. It’s beautifully done and extremely well organized. If you’re a Warren fan, this is THE reference book you’ve been waiting for. If nothing else, the 'Gathering Horror' book will certainly greatly increase in value when it's print run is sold out. My copy of 'Six Stories', self-published by Stephen King, is currently selling for $1400 dollars US. I ordered it pre-publication for $85.” - Richard J Arndt

Saturday, December 11, 2010

...A Skywald Horror-Mood Classic... ...The Slither-Slime Man...

Y’all move on in a little closer…Creep into this next story just like it slithers out at yew…C’mon an’ slither an’ creep…Slide a little…Ah’m here to cleanse the graveyard in this story l’ak y’all will find out a bit later on when y’all done read’ ‘bout me…The Slither-Slime Man…








‘The Slither-Slime Man’ is widely considered to be one of the 10 most essential Skywald Horror-Mood classics by “Archaic” Al Hewetson. Pablo Marcos illustrates this brutal and unforgiving tale where things start to happen uncounted for…where people in the story begin to wonder just what the Hell is going on, guaranteed to bend your Primal Spinal…This stands as a true example of a Skywald Horror- Mood classic as well as being one of my personal favorite tales about one of my most beloved characters in the Skywald canon… …Enjoy…

Saturday, December 4, 2010

...Maelo Cintron's Cover Box/Ad Art...

Along with providing interior artwork for 'The Human Gargoyles', other stories, spot illos, and one or two page features he masterfully illustrated for "Archaic" Al Hewetson and the Skywald Publishing Corporation, Maelo Cintron was responsible for the cover box artwork created for all 3 Horror-Mood magazines, and a beautiful 'Classic Monsters' illustration done specifically for Skywald's 'The Little Horror-Mood Shop Of Horrors' mail order catalog... ...Enjoy...


Friday, December 3, 2010

...A Skywald Horror-Mood Classic... ...Now...Another Maniac!...

…Slither Slide now into a mad, maniacal, macabre tale of real homicidal horror… …Now…Another Maniac!…







‘Macabre” Maelo Cintron along with “Archaic” Al Hewetson (writing once again under the pseudonym of Howie Anderson) bring you the brutal tale of a man on a personal mission of revenge who is so intent upon his vendetta that it isn’t until the end of the story that he realizes the real horror he has unknowingly committed… Maelo Cintron proves his mastery of the form here with his dark, innovative panel layouts, and a restrained use of the washwork for which he is widely known… Maelo is still active in the horror comics field with his new work on the forthcoming 'The Human Gargoyles' series, but this tale stands alone as another fine example of a Skywald Horror-Mood classic…

...A Skywald Horror-Mood Classic... ...The End Of All Vampires...

…Slither once again into the emotionally tortured and wretched degenerate world of The Horror-Mood with the following weird tale by “Archaic” Al Hewetson and Jesus Suso Rego of one man’s efforts to bring about… …The End Of All Vampires…










 

While not widely regarded by Skywald collectors and enthusiasts as one of the most 10 essential tales in The Horror-Mood canon, ‘The End Of All Vampires’ remains one of my personal favorites... Featuring a nice classic twist ending from the “Archaic” one, (writing under one of his many pseudonyms, this time as Howie Anderson), and the beautifully rendered artwork of Jesus Suso Rego (one of the Mood-Teams finest artists), ‘The End Of All Vampires’ is, in my opinion, an instant Skywald horror classic…

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

...What Is THE HORROR-MOOD...?


Come into this SLITHER-SLIME mood, this archaic, living HORROR-MOOD where things live and die that have no names -- no faces… only TALES to tell… …of abominations undefined… of agonies unheeded… …of moments abstract, unreal, unimportant… where unnameable beasts and fiends rule, and writhing, horrid, tiny dead things serve… when horrors uncounted collect and compound a compost in minds of rhyme and reason… while senile elder things drivel and choke up ways and styles long forgotten… ignored… who tell of other-places much like this… less-heeded -- less horrid, perhaps less ugly… why THEY come into this slither-slime place no one cares, least of all US, for we come only to enjoy and integrate our muddy, mad minds into an astonishing, delightful experience THE HORROR-MOOD! 

Monday, November 29, 2010

...Horror-Mood From The Tomb...

Peter Normanton loves horror comics… He loves Skywald  “Horror-Mood” comics as well... Peter is the editor and publisher of the UK horror comics fanzine, From The Tomb… Each and every issue of this outstanding and highly regarded magazine celebrates over 70 years of comic book terror, crime, and science fiction from across the globe… Within the pages of this lovingly produced publication you’ll find reprints of pre-code horror comics, new unpublished horror comic stories, interviews with comic book masters of terror past and present, along with articles covering virtually every horror comics publisher, title, and artist stretching back over seven decades with full color cover galleries… Each issue also contains contributions and letters of comment from the likes of Peter Normanton, Al Feldstein, “Archaic” Al Hewetson, Maelo Cintron, Richard J Arndt, James Fletcher, Mike Howlett, Pete Von Sholly, Barry Forshaw, Gene Broxson, Frank Motler, Peter Coady, Alan Richardson, A.C. Hollingsworth, Stephen Sennitt, Rudolph Grey, Michael Ambrose, Roy Thomas, Steve Bissette, Peter Enfantino, Joe Monks, Michael T Gilbert, Jeff Gelb, Ronn Sutton, and “choke” yours truly (George E Warner)… Since February of 2000 From The Tomb has thrilled, chilled, and informed its readers to date with 28 jam packed issues of comic book terror… …miss it not…

The From The Tomb store can be found here…
And Peter’s interview with comicmonsters can be found here…
www.comicmonsters.com/features-1033-Peter_Normanton_talks_From_the_Tomb_Magazine.html

A special tip of the hat to Headpress publisher David Kerekes for making me aware of From The Tomb's existence in his introduction to The Complete Illustrated History Of The Skywald Horror-Mood...

And special thanks to Peter Normanton for alowing me to post for your enjoyment James Fletcher's excellent text and illo piece about Skywald's Darkkos Manse series from the pages of From The Tomb issue 23...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

...A Twist Of Horror-Mood From Headpress...

…headpress kills me… …Headpress is a publisher of delightfully strange tomes about various weird aspects of pop culture… David Kerekes is the publisher whose introduction to Skywald came in the form of Psycho #15, the Special All-Ghoul Horror Issue… …The impact that Skywald had on him would carry over from his youth into his adult life… …The following 4 titles I have listed below are key publications to seek out, read, and own for anyone interested in “The Skywald Horror-Mood” and the history of the small 1970’s New York horror comic magazine publisher… …All were published by Headpress under the Headpress/Critical Vision imprints with the exception of “The Complete Saga Of The Victims” which was published by Chimera Arts and catalogued and sold/distributed by Headpress… …Rather than list each publication in order of its importance (I’ll let you decide that)… ...I’ll be listing them instead in the order of their publication… …I’ll also be spotlighting each book individually in greater detail in future posts... ...There are still some quantities of “The Complete Illustrated History Of The Skywald-Horror Mood” and “The Complete Saga Of The Victims” available from the publisher directly here...
www.headpress.com/ShowProduct.aspx?ID=48 
...and here…
www.headpress.com/ShowProduct.aspx?ID=56
…”Ghastly Terror” and “Headpress 16” are both out of print but do turn up occasionally on “eBay” and “Amazon” and other online booksellers as well, however, be prepared in some instances to pay more than their original cover price… …Trust me, the quest for all 4 publications is well worth it…

Headpress 16
The Human Gargoyles Issue
Editor: David Kerekes
Availability: Out Of Print
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 96
ISBN-13: 9781900486026

Ghastly Terror
The Horrible Story Of The Horror Comics
Author: Stephen Sennitt
Availability: Out Of Print
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
ISBN-13: 9781900486071

The Complete Saga Of The Victims
Author: Alan Hewetson
Artists: Suso Rego and John Gallagher
Availability: Hurry! Few Left! Order Now! 
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 120
ISBN-13: 9781900486545

Skywald Horror-Mood
The Complete Illustrated History
Author: Alan Hewetson
Availability: Hurry! Few Left! Order Now!
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 256
ISBN-13: 9781900486378

...Miss Them Not...

...In addition visit www.worldheadpress.com/ for more great counter culture visual and text content... 

Friday, November 26, 2010

...Prologue To Horror...

…HORROR is a WEIRD word that CONFUSES as it TEASES…for it means MANY things…and many things mean horror… It is a word slightly BEYOND DEFINITION, for HORROR is PEOPLE and EMOTION and EXPRESSION, PROLOGUE TO HORROR ...HORROR is PEOPLE…VAMPIRES…WEREWOLVES…CORPSES…OBSCURE MONSTERS… …but in EFFECT…it is YOU…afraid of what such BEASTS and FIENDS might DO to YOU… …HORROR is EMOTION, therefore…the unnnameable, indescribable FEAR that OVERCOMES you when you are presented with something you can neither UNDERSTAND nor ACCEPT in your MIND…which is why HORROR is incurably linked to MADNESS and LUNACY... …HORROR is an EXPRESSION of inner knowledge BURIED at the BACK of your BRAIN…for you KNOW…that FIENDS, MONSTERS, and your FEAR of the UNKNOWN are SECONDARY HORRORS… …the REAL HORROR is you…and the UNBRIDLED, BRUTAL ALTER-EGO MADMAN INSIDE YOU who is capable of HORRORS far more EVIL than the WORLD now KNOWS… …what is HORROR?… YOU ARE!

...A Skywald Horror-Mood Classic... ...The Funeral Barge...

...Slide into the lunatic-emotional mad-macabre HORROR-MOOD... ...with this corpse-ridden emotion evoking tale of astonishing abominations by "Archaic" Al Hewetson and Xirinius entitled... ...The Funeral Barge...








...Widely considered by most if not all Skywald collectors and historians as "Archaic" Al Hewetson's finest story, the "Archaic" one himself considered "I Slime" his personal favorite... With his morbid imagination and alliterative scripting style on full display, Hewetson consistently ignored the notion and standard convention of having the good guys win in the end... ...Morality to him was entirely too subjective and inhibiting when composing his fictional "Mood" classics... ...To many "The Funeral Barge" still stands as the most perfect example of "The Horror-Mood" and I couldn't agree more...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

...Bringing The Human Gargoyles Back To Print...

...As promised due to the requests I've received as to how "The Human Gargoyles" will return as a print publication as follows is an explanation of how the "shudder" process works...

...First I sent series artist Maelo Cintron the original scanned off page from Nightmare #10 Page 58...


...Maelo proceeded to work his magic on the page and sent me the following back in the mail...


 ...I cropped the panels so they all were squared and proceeded to the next step...


...I then placed new borders around each panel...


...And then I finally dropped in new lettering along with some new copy from Maelo and the page was finished...

...Finally as an extra special treat... here is the preliminary artwork for the cover of the forthcoming new issue... with and without final copy... ...Enjoy....