Tuesday, November 6, 2018

...A Horror-Mood Horror Book Review... “Inside Bray Studios”

Your "Horridly Absent" "As In Late" "Horrifically Horrendous Host" is back with another “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”… For his next effort, “Hammer Films On Location”, Kinsey (along with Steve Kirkham) 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”, the “Fantastic Films Series”, The Hammer Film Scrapbook Series” and “A Portrait Of She”…

Which brings us to Peveril Publishing and Kinsey’s current release, “Inside Bray Studios: The Complete Story Of Hammer’s House Studio”…


If you are a fan of Hammer Films Bray Studios output of films (from 1951’s Cloudburst to 1966’s The Mummy’s Shroud) then you will find this history of Bray Studios to be the most thoroughly researched tome to see publication to date.

Instead of breaking the book down for you after having read it cover to cover, I decided to post Peveril’s description of the contents of the book here for your perusal and approval…

“Hammer films took Down Place, a dilapidated mansion on the Thames outside Windsor, and turned it into the most unique film studio in England. Here we trace its history from Hammer and beyond to its closure with plans to develop the site into housing. We take you on a virtual tour of the studio, outside and inside, showing how Hammer developed it into a working studio. We’ll show how Hammer developed cramped space at the front of the studio into a back lot building set complexes which seemed huge on film. Hammer left the studio in 1966 to produce films in the larger studios but we show how they continued to use the studio for special effects on Moon Zero Two and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.
Then we explore the incredible amount of film, TV and music work that went on in the studio after Hammer. We show how Hammer’s old stage 2 that housed their first Frankenstein set became the home for the model effects on Alien. Gerry Anderson made it a home for work on Space 1999, Terrahawks and Dick Spanner; the team on Terrahawks share their memories of working at Bray.
We have 3 separate chapters on the 1998, 1999 and 2007 Bray open days organised by Donald Fearney and Simon Greetham with loads of photos, many sent in by fellow fans showing the assembled guests and fans enjoying three incredible days at the studio.
We end with the sad demise of the studio showing evidence of the chronic damp damage that destroyed the interior of Down Place and the redevelopment plans to save it by converting into housing. At the moment the doors have been opened again temporarily to some productions as the redevelopment plans are finalised, but the photos will show that already the interior of the house has been gutted to its bare timbers to follow the extent of the dry rot damage and part of the studio has already had to be demolished because it was beyond repair and risking the integrity of the rest of the core house. A fascinating story that still continues.
This beautiful hardcover book clocks in at 344 pages in length with an excellent introduction by Wayne Kinsey followed by Kinsey’s main copy of the book, which is enjoyable, informative and thoroughly researched”…
Visually the book is stunning, with Steve Kirkham’s Tree Frog Communications design and layout work as always exemplary (coming from one graphic designer to another) and I’ve peppered this review • overview with a plethora of numerous examples of his outstanding work which one must surely hold a physical copy of in their hands in order to truly appreciate Mr. Kirkham’s craftsmanship…





I can only give this tome my highest recommendation and it is a must have for the Hammer Films completist and film purist…





Please note that this book is only available as a numbered limited edition of 800 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 “Inside Bray Studios”…

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

...Welcome To This Wretched Awful Place...


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...

...The Complete Illustrated Skywald Horror-Mood Magazine Checklist...



A Horrifying But Necessary Noxious Note…

No part of this checklist may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise, except as permitted under Section 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, without the prior written permission of the publisher...


NIGHTMARE 1 (December 1970) 
Cover l Brendan Lynch?
Back Cover l Advertisement for Barnabas Glow-Glow Poster
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Saddle Stitch
Page Count l 66 pages
Publishers l Israel Waldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Artists l Don Heck l Mike Esposito l Syd Shores l David Hadley l Bill Everett l Tom Palmer l Dick Richards
Writers l Wayne Bennedict l Marvin Wolfman l Michael Fredrich l Noel Haven l Andru and Esposito
 
Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)

The Pollution Monsters l Script: Mike Fredrich l Art: Don Heck and Mike Esposito l 10 pages
Master Of The Dead! (Reprint: Eerie 14, Avon, 1954) l Script:? l Art: Martin Nodell and Vince Alascia l 6 pages
Dance Macabre l (Reprint: 1950’s) l Script:? l Art:? and Bill Everett l 6 pages
Orgy Of Blood l Script: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito l Art: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito l 8 pages
A Nightmare Pin-Up: Grave Ghoul l Art: Bill Everett l 1 page
The Skeletons Of… Doom! l (text story w illustrations) l Script: Art Stampler l Art: Bill Everett l 3 pages
Help Us To Die! l (Reprint: 1950’s) l Script and Art:? l 6 pages
The Thing From The Sea! l (Reprint: Eerie 2, Avon, 1951) l Script:? l Art: Wally Wood and Mike Esposito? l 7 pages
Half Page Advertisement for Psycho l 1 page
The Creature Within! l (Reprint: 1950’s) l Script:? l Art:? l 3 pages
The Deadly Mark Of The Beast! l Script: Len Wein l Art: Syd Shores and Tom Palmer l 8 pages
Nightmare’s Nightmail l (letters' page) l 1 page





PSYCHO 1 (January 1971) 
Cover l Brendan Lynch
Back Cover l Advertisement for Barnabas Glow-Glow Poster
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Saddle Stitch
Page Count l 66 pages
Publishers l Israel Waldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Artists l David Hadley l Paul Reinman l Grey Morrow l Mario Acquaviva
Writers l Gardner Fox l Roger Ellwood l Art Stampler l Wayne Bennedict

Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)

The Skin And Bones Syndrome! l Script: Roger Elwood l Art: Grey Morrow l 8 pages
The Glistening Death (Reprint: City Of The Living Dead 1, Avon, 1952) l Script:? l Art: Martin Nodell and Vince Alascia l 6 pages
I Painted Only Terror! l (Reprint: Eerie 5, Avon, 1952) l Script:? l Art:? l 6 pages
Psycho’s Gruesome Gallery No. 1: The Mirror l Art: Steve Hickman l 1 page (pin-up)
The Thing In The Mirror! l (Reprint: The Phantom Witch Doctor 1, Avon, 1952) l Script:? l Art: Everett Raymond Kinstler l 6 pages
The Steps In The Cellar! l (text story w illustrations) l Script: Art Stampler l Art:? l 4 pages
…and then there’s Cicero! l Script: Gardner Fox l Art: Paul Reinman l 6 pages
Anatomical Monster l (Reprint: Eerie 11, Avon, 1953) l Script:? l Art: A.C. Hollingsworth l 7 pages
Half Page Advertisement for Nightmare No. 1 l 1 page
The Hands Of Death! l (Reprint: 1950’s) l Script:? l Art: Norman Nodell? and Vince Alascia? l 7 pages
The Gruesome Faces Of Mr. Cliff! l Script: Len Wein? l Art: Mario Acquaviva? l 8 pages



NIGHTMARE 2 (February 1971) 
Cover l Boris Vallejo
Back Cover l Advertisement for Barnabas Glow-Glow Poster
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Saddle Stitch
Page Count l 68 pages
Publishers l Israel Waldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Artists l Dan Adkins l Ross Andru l Mike Esposito l Syd Shores l David Hadley l Bill Everett l Dick Richards
Writers l Wayne Bennedict l Marvin Wolfman l Michael Fredrich l Noel Haven l Andru and Esposito l Gardner Fox l Phil Seuling


Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)
Children Of The Cold Gods! l Script: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito l Art: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito l 10 pages
The Phantom Of Philip Hawks l (Reprint: Diary Of Horror 1, Avon, 1952) l Script:? l Art: A.C. Hollingsworth l 6 pages
The Mirror Of Death l (Reprint: Diary Of Horror 1, Avon, 1952) l Script:? l Art:? l 6 pages
The Circle Of Circe! l Script: Gardner Fox l Art: Syd Shores and Mike Esposito l 8 pages
Nightmare Pin-Up No. 2: Creature From The Black Lagoon l Art: Bill Everett l 1 page
Time Stop l (text story) l Script: Art Stampler l 3 pages
Blood For The Vampire l (Reprint: Eerie 7, Avon, 1952) l Script:? l Art: Norman Nodell and Vince Alascia l 8 pages
The Massacre Of Mankind! l (Reprint: 1950’s) l Script:? l Art:? l 8 pages
Half Page Advertisement for Psycho No. 2 l 1 page
Pressed For Time l Script: Marv Wolfman l Art: Dan Adkins l 8 pages
An Open Letter To Nightmare Readers From The Editors l 1
page\


PSYCHO 2 (March 1971) 
Cover l Hector Varella
Back Cover l Advertisement for Barnabas Glow-Glow Poster
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Saddle Stitch
Page Count l 68 pages
Publishers l Israel Waldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Artists l Ross Andru l Mike Esposito l David Hadley l Jack Katz l Rich Buckler l Tom Palmer l Chick Stone l Sean Todd l Dan Adkins l Frank Giacoia l Serge Moren
Writers l Sinclair Rich l Marv Wolfman l Rick Poulos l Chick Stone l Chuck McNaughton l Phil Seuling


Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)
The Heap l Script: Chuck McNaughton l Art: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito l 10 pages
To Laugh…Perchance To Live! l Script: Chuck McNaughton l Art: Jack Katz and Rich Buckler l 9 pages
Death’s Stranger l Script: Marv Wolfman l Art: Tom Palmer l 8 pages
Psycho’s Gruesome Gallery No. 2: The Vampire l Art: Steve Hickman l 1 page
Full Page Advertisement for Nightmare and The Crime Machine l 1 page
Revolution! l Script: Rich Margopoulos l Art: Tom Sutton and Dan Adkins l 8 pages l (script credited to Rick Poulos and penciling credited to Sean Todd)
The Quest! l Script: Rich Margopoulos l Art: Chic Stone l 8 pages l (script credited to Rick Poulos)
Dream Planet l Script: Phil Seuling l Art: Serg Moren l 8 pages
Valley Of Blood l Script: Chuck McNaughton l Art: Jack Katz and Frank Giacoia l 8 pages



NIGHTMARE 3 (March 1971) 
Cover l Boris Vallejo
Back Cover l Advertisement for Barnabas Glow-Glow Poster
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Saddle Stitch
Page Count l 68 pages
Publishers l Israel Waldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Artists l Jack Katz l Frank Giacoia l Serg Moren l Paul Reinman l Rich Buckler l Mike Esposito l Sean Todd l Chick Stone l Philip Roland
Writers l Chuck McNaughton l Al Hewetson l Gardner Fox l Singlair Rich l Chick Stone l Philip Roland l Gerald Conway l Dick Richards


Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)
The Inner Man l Script: Tom Sutton l Art: Tom Sutton and Dan Adkins l 10 pages l (Sutton’s story credited to Sinclair Rich; while his pencil art was credited to Sean Todd)
The Victims! l Script: Gerry Conway l Art: Rich Buckler l 6 pages
Vault Of A Vampire l Script: Al Hewetson l Art: Serg Moren l 8 pages
When The Dawn Gods War! l Script: Gardner Fox l Art: Paul Reinman and Mike Esposito l 8 pages
A Rottin’ Deal l Script and Art: Bruce Jones l 9 pages l (story and art credited to Philip Roland)
Horror Man l Script: Art Stampler l 2 pages l (text story)
Nightmare Pin Up No. 2 l Art: Chic Stone l 1 page
Soul Of The Warlock l Script and Art: Chic Stone l 8 pages
Beware Small Evils! l Script: Jack Katz and Frank Giacoia l Art: Jack Katz and Frank Giacoia l 10 pages l (story credited to Frank Voltaire)
Full Page Advertisement for Psycho No. 2 and The Crime Machine No. 1 l 1 page l (on inside back cover)



PSYCHO 3 (May 1971) 
Cover l Boris Vallejo
Back Cover l Advertisement for S & S Co. Coin Catalogue
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Saddle Stitch
Page Count l 68 pages
Publishers l Israel Waldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Artists l Chic Stone l Bill Everett l Ross Andru l Mike Esposito l Sean Todd l Dan Adkins l Serg Moren
Writers l Gardner Fox l Sinclair Rich l Marv Wolfman l Chic Stone l Chuck McNaughton


Frankenstein, Book ll: Chapter One l Script: Tom Sutton l Art: Tom Sutton and Dan Adkins l 12 pages l (story and penciling credited to Sean Todd)
A Coffin For Captain Cutlass l Script: Gardner Fox l Art: Serg Moren l 9 pages
Full Page Advertisement for Nightmare No. 3 and The Crime Machine No. 2 l 1 page
The Heap: The Heap Meets The Horror Master! l Script: Chuck McNaughton and Ross Andru l Art: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito l 15 pages
Psycho Delivery l (letters’ page) l 1 page
Gruesome Crewcut! l Script and Art: Chic Stone l 3 pages
The Man Who Stole Eternity l Script: Gardner Fox l Art: Bill Everett l 10 pages
The Love Witch l Script: Marv Wolfman l Art: Ernie Colon l 11 pages l (art is credited to Jack Purcell



NIGHTMARE 4 (June 1971) 
Cover l Harry Rosenbaum l (cover is miscredited to Boris Vallejo)
Back Cover l Advertisement for S & S Co. Coin Catalogue
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Square Bound
Page Count l 68 pages
Publishers l Israel Walldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Artists l Sean Todd l Tom Palmer l Ralph Reese l Mike Esposito l Bill Everett l Dick Ayers l Serg Moren l Jack Abel
Writers l Gary Freidrich l Al Hewetson l Gardner Fox l Chuck McNaughton l Mike Jennings


Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)
Phantom Of The Rock Era l Script: Chuck McNaughton l Art: Ralph Reese l 8 pages
Shoot-Out At Satan’s Coffin l Script: Mike Jennings l Art: Jack Abel l 10 pages
The Mad Mind Doctor! l Script: Chuck McNaughton l Art: Dick Ayers and Mike Esposito l 6 pages
A Nightmare Pin-Up No. 3 l Art: Bill Everett l 1 page
Hag Of The Blood Basket! l Script: Al Hewetson l Art: Tom Sutton l 16 pages l (Sutton’s art credited to Sean Todd)
A Living Death! l Script: Gary Friedrich l Art: Tom Palmer l 10 pages
The Horror On The Chapel Wall l Script: Gardner Fox l Art: Serg Moren l 9 pages
Nightmare’s Nightmail l (letters’ page) l 1 page
Full Page Advertisement for Psycho No. 3The Crime Machine No. 2 and Science Fiction Odyssey No. 1 (never published) l 1 page



NIGHTMARE 5 (August 1971) 
Cover l Boris Valejo
Back Cover l Advertisement for Hell-Rider No. 1 • The Crime Machine No. 2 and Science Fiction Odyssey No. 1 (never published)
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Square Bound
Page Count l 68 pages
Publishers l Israel Walldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Artists l Ralph Reese l Sean Todd l Doug Wildey l Carlos Garzon l Jack Abel l Chic Stone l Dan Adkins l Jack Katz l Bill Everett
Writers l Kevin Pagan l Len Brown l Chic Stone l Chuck McNaughton l Al Hewetson l Alan Asherman


The Man Who Became…Frankenstein’s Monster! l Script: Allan Asherman l Art: Harold Shull l 1 page (frontispiece)
Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)

Slime World l Script: Chuck McNaughton l Art: Ralph Reese l 10 pages
Whence Stalks The Werewolf l Script: Len Brown l Art: Carlos Garzon l 10 pages
Nightmare’s Nightmail l (letters’ page; short bio and photo of Boris Vallejo) l 2 pages
The Doom Star! l Script: Chuck McNaughton l Art: Tom Sutton, Dan Adkins and Ralph Reese l 10 pages l (Sutton’s pencils credited to Sean Todd)
Great Men Of The Horror Films: Boris Karloff l Script: Allan Asherman l 4 pages l (text article with photos)
Creature Of The Deep! l Script: Chuck McNaughton l Art: Jack Katz and Jack Abel l 12 pages
Advertisement For Skywald Movie Posters l 2 pages 
Nazi Death Rattle l Script: Al Hewetson l Art: Serg Moren l 9 pages
Within The Torture Chamber! l Script: Kevin Pagan l Art: Doug Wildey l 8 pages



PSYCHO 4 (September 1971) 
Cover l Ken Kelly
Back Cover l Psycho Presents The Heap l Art: Bill Everett
Cover Price l $.50
Binding l Square Bound
Page Count l 68 pages
Publishers l Israel Waldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Editorial Assistant l Helen Rudin
Artists l Ross Andru l Mike Esposito l Rich Buckler l Sean Todd l Bruce Jones l Syd Shores l Bill Everett l Larry Todd l David Cook
Writers l Len Wein l Alan Asherman l Marv Wolfman l Ross Andru l Sean Todd l David Kaler


The Innsmouth Apparition l Script and Art: Larry Todd l 1 page (frontispiece)
Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)

The Heap: Night Of Evil! l Script: Ross Andru l Art: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito l 10 pages
Out Of Chaos… ...A New Beginning l Script: Marv Wolfman l Art: Rich Buckler l 10 pages
Advertisement For Skywald Movie Posters l 2 pages 
Museum Piece l Script: Len Wein l Art: Serg Moren l 7 pages
Comes The Stalking Monster! l Script: Tom Sutton l Art: Tom Sutton and Syd Shores l 5 pages l (story credited to Larry Todd, art credited to David Cook)
Psycho Delivery l (letters’ page) l 2 pages
A Psycho Photo Special: Behind The Planet Of The Apes l Script: Allan Asherman l Art: ? l 4 pages l (text article with storyboard art and photos)
Escape l Script and Art: Dennis Fujitake l 2 pages 
Plague Of Jewels l Script and Art: Bruce Jones l 10 pages
Frankenstein, Book ll: Freaks Of Fear! l Script: Tom Sutton l Art: Tom Sutton and Jack Abel l 10 pages l (story and pencils credited to Sean Todd)
Back Issue Department for Nightmare • Psycho and The Crime Machine l 1 page
Full Page Advertisement for Nightmare No. 5 and Hell-Rider No. 2 l 1 page



PSYCHO 5 (November 1971) 
Cover l Boris Vallejo
Back Cover l Ad for Hell-Rider No. 3 (never published)   
Cover Price l $.60
Binding l Square Bound
Page Count l 68 pages
Publishers l Israel Waldman l Sol Brodsky
Editor l Sol Brodsky
Associate Editor l Herschel Waldman
Editorial Assistant l Helen Rudin
Artists l Ralph Reese l Rich Buckler l Ross Andru l Mike Esposito l Sean Todd l Doug Wildey l Serg Moren l Dick Richards l Pablo Marcos
Writers l Jerry Siegal l Marv Wolfman l Ross Andru l Sean Todd l Allan Asherman l Al Hewetson l Douglas Moench


A Psycho Scene l Art: Bill Everett l 1 page (frontispiece)
Titles Page l 1 page l (with title illustrations)

Let The Dreamer Beware l Script: Jerry Siegal l Art: Ralph Reese l 7 pages
Power Of The Pen! l Script: Doug Moench l Art: Doug Wildey l 9 pages
Psycho Delivery l (letters’ page; includes a pencil sketch by Vallejo of the cover for No. 3) l 1 1/3 pages
The Psycho-Analyst l Script: Jeff Rovin l 2/3 page l (text article with photo)
The Heap: A Thing That Was Once A Man!! “Cavern Of Doom” l Script: Ross Andru l Art: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito l 10 pages
A Psycho Photo-Special: The Vampire l Script: Allan Asherman l 4 pages l (text article with photos) 
The Unholy Satanists l Script: Al Hewetson l Art: Serg Moren l 8 pages
Advertisement For Skywald Movie Posters l 2 pages 
Out Of Chaos… A New Beginning, Part 2 l Script: Marv Wolfman l Art: Rich Buckler l 10 pages
Back Issue Department for Nightmare • Psycho and The Crime Machine l 1 page
Frankenstein, Book ll: The Sewer Tomb Of Le Suub! l Script: Tom Sutton l Art: Tom Sutton and Jack Abel l 10 pages l (story and pencils credited to Sean Todd) 
Advertisement for Nightmare No. 6 l Art: Jeff Jones l 1 page l (on inside back cover, black and white reproduction of next issue’s cover)


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

...A Horror-Mood Horror Book Review... “Son Of Unsung Horrors”


Your “Mad Maniacal Mocking Monstrosity Of All Things Horror-Mood” returns once again to this “Dungeon Of Decadence” called …The Horror-Mood… for yet another “Diabolical Dissertation” in the form of yet another “Horror-Mood Horror Book Review”…

This time around we are presented for your enjoyment a “Terrible Tome” focused on more of the “Unsung Horrors” of the horror film industry…


“Unsung Horrors” are best described as neglected, unappreciated or otherwise forgotten horror or fantasy films from the Silents to the 70’s, at least according to publisher Eric McNaughton (he of We Belong Dead magazine and the sold out “70’s Monster Memories” “Tome Of Terror” (which I previously reviewed)…

Following up on the initial volume of “Unsung Horrors”, Eric has returned with “Son Of Unsung Horrors”, a look at almost 200 neglected, overlooked or under appreciated films from the silent era to the 70s… Presented in a large oversized format, with full color throughout, this 400 page tome is packed with hundreds of photos, lobby cards and posters…


Eric McNaughton’s heartfelt introduction and editorship (along with Darrell Buxton) is once again near flawless and seamless throughout, with an excellent foreword this time around from John Landis (he of Schlock! and An American Werewolf In London directorial fame) who provides commentary on 14 of the films featured in this massive tome…

Titles that are thoroughly covered by editor(s) McNaughton and Buxton’s stable of reviewers in this publication are as follows:

The Black Cat (1934), Burnt Offerings, La Coda Dello Scorpione (The Case Of The Scorpions Tail), Communion (aka Alice Sweet Alice), Count Dracula’s Great Love, The Creature Walks Among Us, The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb, The Devil-Doll, Ghost Ship, The Beast In The Cellar, He Who Gets Slapped, Schlock, The Hellstrom Chronicle, Horrors Of Malformed Men, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1956), King Kong (1976), The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Medusa Touch, The Norliss Tapes, Phase IV, Tower Of The Seven Hunchbacks, Carnival Of Souls, Sh! The Octopus, “Cat O’ Nine Tails” (classic Dario Argento), Chamber Of Horrors (1966), The Car, King Kong Escapes!, The Island, The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964), Tower Of London (1939), Blood And Lace, Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I have The Key, Le Frisson Des Vampires, The Man Who Haunted Himself, The Final Programme, No Blade Of Grass, The Amazing Mr. Blunden, Moon Of The Wolf, Dr. Black And Mr. Hyde, Attack Of The Crab Monsters, Zombies Of Mora Tau, The Demoniacs, Alligator, The Monster, Mako: The Jaws Of Death, Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Devil’s Rain, Man Of A Thousand Faces (classic James Cagney), The Deadly Mantis, Dr. Cyclops, La Casa Del Terror, The Velvet Vampire, Female Vampire, First Man Into Space, Frankenstein’s Daughter, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Horror, Nightwing, The Swarm, The Ghost Of Kasane Swamp, Silen Night, Bloody Night (1970), The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1977), Crimes At The Dark House, Crimes Of The Black Cat, The Colossus Of New York, Misterios De Ultratumba, The Finishing Line, House Of Dark Shadows (a true classic), Night Of The Bloody Apes, La Lunga Notte Di Veronique, L’Ossessa, I Start Counting, Blood Of The Vampire, Island Of Terror, Dracula A.D. 1972, Death Laid An Egg, The Ghost Walks, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (1935), The Book Of Stone, Mantis In Lace, The Uncanny, Mad Love (1935), When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, The Ghost Of Rashmon Hall, The Corruption Of Chris Miller, “Let’s Scare Jessica To Death”, Maria Marten, Ruby, The Haunted Palace (1963), The Hidden Hand, Long Weekend, Mr. Sardonicus, The Phantom Of Crestwood, The White Reindeer, Malenka, Psychomania, The Maze, The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires, The Mummy’s Tomb, Demons Of The Mind, Sweeney Todd (1928), Requiem For A Vampire, Ghost Train, Hausu, Targets, I, Monster, Black Friday (1940), Night Of The Lepus, The Flesh And The Fiends, Terror In The Midnight Sun, The Blood Beast Terror, Burn Witch, Burn, The Ghoul (1975), Night Of Terror, Planet Of The Vampires, The Mutations, The Ghost (1963), Phantom Of The Rue Morgue (1954), The Soul Of A Monster, Theatre Of Death, The Fifth Cord, It Happened At Lakewood Manor, The Man Who Laughs (1928), The Last Wave, The Witch (1962), La Chute De LA Maison Usher, I Vampiri, Bloody Pit Of Horror, Zombies On Broadway, Time After Time (1979), The Legend Of Lizzie Borden (1975), Fiend Without A Face, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1973), The Spectre Of Edgar Allan Poe, Blood For Dracula, The Night Strangler, “The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave”, The Ghost Galleon, The Trollenberg Terror, The Mole People, Werewolf Woman, Voodoo Island, Die, Monster, Die!, The Stranglers Of Bombay, The Phantom Of Hollywood, Wolfen, Blind Beast, The Earth Dies Screaming, Hyena Of London, I married A Monster From Outer Space, La Venganza De La Momia, The Magician (1926), Grip Of The Strangler, 7 Murders For Scotland Yard, The Tingler, The Mark Of The Wolfman, The Spiral Staircase (1946) House Of The Damned, The Killer Reserved Nine Seats (a must see!), Colossus: The Forbin Project, The Pyx, The Emblamer, Frankenstein: The True Story, The Blue Eyes Of The Broken Doll, El Retorno Del Hombre Lobo, 7 Faces Of Dr. Lao, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, The Tent Victim, Torture Garden, Prophecy, The Premature Burial (1962), The Pit, Maniac Mansion, Night Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Ghost Story (1974), The Night My Number Came Up, Mark Of The Devil, The Power, Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, Madhouse, The Manitou, Lemora: A Child’s Tale Of The Supernatural, House Of Dracula, The Black Torment, The Black Sleep (1956), The Strange World Of Planet X, Circus Of Horrors (1960), The Beast Must Die (with an interview with director Paul Annett)…     

Now That Is A Bucket List Of Movies To Watch, Eh?






Once again, Steve Kirkham’s Tree Frog Communications provides you with a plethora of eye popping visuals to guide you on your visual journey through this oft forgotten landscape of filmic delights…

Out now and again a must have tome for any discerning horror movie buff, “Son Of Unsung Horrors” will prove indispensable as an informing and entertaining read and reference publication…

Do not hesitate on this “Terrible Tome” as it is selling rather rapidly, so in closing, …Miss It Not…


To order “Son Of Unsung Horrors” along with the previous volume “Unsung Horrors” direct from the publisher please use the ordering links in the links section...