Thursday, January 12, 2017

All Girl-Ghoul Movies!

An interesting review/article about horror films of the day with the focus on women no longer being the pursued victims in terror and thus turning into the terrorizers! Blood and Lace, and Murders in the Rue Morgue are both considered minor classics these days, --and oh my, there's even a kung fu movie included here! But for my money, The House That Screamed is the clear winner of the article, it's seriously one of my all time favorite films ever, and gets Mr. Karswell's Highest Possible Squeal of Approval! What are some of your favorites?

From the "Special All Ghoul Horror Issue", aka the Nov. '73 issue of Skywald's Psycho #15.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

TV Horror Listings

From Cracked's March 1967 issue of For Monsters Only #4, with some fun art by Paul Reinman. The Intro: "According to TV execs, there's nothing horrible about old-time horror movies. These fright films shown on the late late night shows have sold more products than new-time love movies. They have become so popular, the execs are now beginning to run movie type ads on TV pages in the newspapers." (Please excuse some slight blurring from unfortunate water damage. --Mr. K)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Olszewski's HAUNTED MANSION Gallery of Light Boxes

My trip last fall to a Downtown Disney Orlando art gallery went from being very cool to being ultra mind blowing when I noticed a small Olszewski Gallery of Light display in one section of the store. Once you see the pictures below you'll know why, and at the time I knew that eventually I would own the two pieces I wanted the most out of the wonderful selection on hand: Disney Haunted Mansion miniature light boxes, one from Madame Leota's seance parlor, and the other featuring the 3 ghostly hitchhikers that sit on your lap as you exit the ride. Each box features small resin sculptures and is about 5 inches high/deep, highlighted by a highly detailed 3D layering scene and atmospheric on/off LED lighting with hidden button on the front (in the leaves)-- it's like owning an actual real View Master scene in a box!👻 They're incredibly hard to photograph unfortunately, so these pictures definitely do not do them justice, but take it from me they are truly amazing.

See more from the collection HERE!  (FYI: Both boxes are sold out too, so try eBay!)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hop for the Holidays!

Also: Crawl for your christmas pudding! And swing for your stocking stuffers! (Key art scanned from my Americana 1973 Merchandise Catalog) Happy Holidays, everyone!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Catholic Miss of America '54

A very exhausting clean-up in Karswell Kastle recently unearthed some interesting finds, things I had forgotten about, other things I had misplaced rather haphazard and foolishly. And I seriously have no idea when, where, or why I acquired a 1954 copy of Catholic Miss of America, as most things associated with any form of organized religion makes me instantly want to crank some Venom or Slayer-- but!!! --a quick flip-thru of the browning, crumbling pages and immediately I could see why (or how) this issue made its way into my devilish grip. Yes, cute girl illustrations seem to find their way into my possession no matter where they materialize from, and as your savior of forgotten key art (and now Catholic kitsch), I am more than happy to help these blessed things find new, everlasting, and yes, even redeeming life through the blood of blogger resurrection. Amen.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Petite Gourmet

There sure are a lot of fun recipes in this 40-page Petite Gourmet booklet from the 50's/60's: Alabama Biscuits, Crazy Cake, Quick Corn Piggies, Gashouse Eggs, and Fattigmand's Bakelse (aka Poor Man's Cake) just to name a few-- inquiring chefs feel free to drop me a line-- but what I really like here are the cute though sorta rough little drawings of our petite gourmette herself slaving away in the kitchen (cover signature says Idelson.) She looks so incredibly sweet, whether whipping up a sea food salad, or eating a late night sandwich while watching the pubic hair channel! Back cover of the booklet mentions a "Jovial Joe" as the fab designer / printer-- anyone know if he's the illustrator too?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dream Girl

Kicking off the new and final month of 2016 with a mysterious little love story, highlighted by beautiful Bob Brown interior and cover artwork. Originally featured in the December 1957 issue of House of Mystery #69 (though this is the later 70's Witching Hour reprint version), --and seriously, with all of the recent negativity and sadness in the world, I dedicate todays post to everyone with a dream girl, dream guy, or just a gorgeous dream about anything that makes your life happy and worthwhile...