Tuesday, November 27, 2012

...Headpress Publishes The Skywald Horror-Mood...




Here for your perusal and hoped for pleasure and enjoyment are two original print advertisements from the counterculture publisher ‘Headpress’ lauding their excellent Skywald Horror-Mood related publications. Although no longer available from the publisher due to being "choke" ‘Sold Out’ and ‘Out Of Print’ (with the exceptions of ‘Complete Saga Of The Victims’ and ‘Creatures Of Clay’) all of these volumes are worth seeking out for any discerning Skywald Horror-Mood fan. Be prepared to pay some steep prices for ‘The Complete Illustrated History Of The Skywald Horror-Mood’ and ‘Ghastly Terror’ as they are highly sought after (and rightly so)…

Thursday, October 4, 2012

...The Best Of From The Tomb...

My good friend and fellow Skywald expert--enthusiast--historian Peter Normanton has partnered with Twomorrows publications to bring you the best of his great pro fanzine 'From The Tomb'. Since 2000, From The Tomb has terrified readers worldwide, as the preeminent magazine on the history of horror comics, with stellar writing and intensely frightening illustrations from the best talent in the industry. Produced in the UK, issues have been scarce and highly collectible in the US, and here's your chance to see what you've been missing! Now, TwoMorrows Publishing brings you this "Best Of" collection, compiling the finest features from From the Tomb's ten years of terror, along with new material originally scheduled to see publication in the never-published #29. It celebrates the 20th Century's finest horror comics—and those they tried to ban—with a selection of revised and updated articles on Matt Fox, Alvin Hollingsworth, Basil Wolverton, Johnny Craig, Richard Corben, Lou Cameron, Rudy Palais, plus classic publishers including ACG, Atlas, EC, Fiction House, Harvey Comics, Skywald, Warren, House of Hammer, A-Bomb Comics, Cannibals, and others! It also includes a full-color section, and an invaluable set of collectors' indices, to help you track down long-buried gems in the horror genre. Don't go out after dark without it!

192-page Trade Paperback with COLOR - Edited by Peter Normanton

You can order it direct from Twomorrows at a substantial discount in your choice of printed or digital format here:
http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1062




Monday, September 24, 2012

...Back Issues...

Your “Psychotic Prognosticator” returns once again to this “Lugrubious Landscape” called …The Horror-Mood… for yet another “Evil Entry” in this “Black Necronomicon” of a blog. This time around I present for your enlightenment and enjoyment the history and story of the Skywald back issue department. Before the “Archaic One” was handed the reins of the Skywald line of Horror Mags, the Back Issue Department was described as just that by the previous Editor and was bland and boring and went as follows in the back issue department pages of PSYCHO No. 7
BACK ISSUE DEPARTMENT
Try Them, You’ll Like Them!
Due to many of your requests, we have established a back-issue department.
Seems as if many of our fans missed copies for one reason or another. They have been writing and asking for those copies.
So, we’ve established these pages as the back-issue dept. Just fill in the coupon below and we’ll fill your order.
Exciting sales copy, right? I read the above solicitation and immediately took a pass and ordered some back-issues of “Famous Monsters Of Filmland” instead…
But a funny thing happened when I read my way to the back issue department pages of PSYCHO No. 8 and was presented with the following plea to order back issues from the now newly minted Editor “Archaic Al” Hewetson…
Inside NIGHTMARE and PSYCHO there is a lurking THING that grabs hold of your almighty anonymous all and twists it… bends it… possesses your MIND… but you already KNOW that don’t you… the pen SHAKES in your hand… your brain is trembling… but do it NOW… make that order NOW… because tomorrow you may be too late, and you will simply shudder and collapse into chaos…
We make you fair warning, chronicle collector, these farfetched freak-fantasies are selling FAST… To keep your collection complete send in the creeping cash NOW for these…
FEAR-FRACTURED BACK-ISSUES!
WTF! WHERE’S THAT CREEPING CASH? I DON’T HAVE ANY? I spent the rest of that year after reading the above mowing as many lawns, trimming as many hedges, and shoveling as many sidewalks as I could in order to get those back-issues I had missed! The back issue department was never the same after that initial entry from the “Archaic One” and his calls to us loyal readers to order more back issues of Skywald Horror-Mood mags just got more twisted, bizarre, entertaining, and captivating as the months went on and each succeeding issue was published…
Until next time... Enjoy... 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

...Horror Comics In Black And White...

Your “Horrid Host” is back after a prolonged but necessary absence with some “Noxious News and Notes”… As stated in the intro to The Complete Illustrated Skywald “Horror-Mood” Index, I let all of you “Skywald Horror-Hounds” know that Richard J Arndt was hard at work on a book from McFarland Publishing. The “Terrible Tome” is  finally finished, and should be seeing release sometime later this year… It is now officially titled “Horror Comics In Black And White” A History and Catalog, 1964—2004… This massive monster should clock in at about 363 pages and will feature scans of Skywald material by none other than me, your “Obnoxious Orator!” I contributed the scan that ended up being chosen for the cover as well. Due in December 2012, and featuring a Foreward By Legendary “Swamp Thing” Artist Steve Bissette… Miss It Not…
Full Description For Horror Comics In Black And White…
In 1954, the comic book industry instituted the Comics Code, a set of self-regulatory guidelines imposed to placate public concern over gory and horrific comic book content, effectively banning genuine horror comics. Because the Code applied only to color comics, many artists and writers turned to black and white to circumvent the Code's narrow confines. With the 1964 publication of Creepy #1 by Warren Publishing, black-and-white horror comics experienced a revival that continued into the early 21st century, marking an important step in the maturation of the horror genre within comics and the comics field as a whole. This generously illustrated work offers a comprehensive history and retrospective of the black-and-white horror comics that flourished on the newsstands from 1964 to 2004. With a catalog of original magazines, complete credits and insightful analysis, it highlights an important but overlooked period in the history of comics.
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It appears the best pre-order price for this is through Barnes and Noble here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/horror-comics-in-black-and-white-richard-j-arndt/1111239682?ean=9780786470259