Saturday, October 31, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Saturday)

Today we end our journey through the Scary Halloween Week. 
We started with the Carter Brown tale, So What killed The Vampire.
We will end with his tale, True Son of The Beast. 

True Son Of the Beast
by Carter Brown

Robert McGinnis Cover
then the moon merged from behind  a cloud bank and I could see level ground ahead of me, dotted with an occasional stunted brush. It figured I must be getting close to the river, so I managed to stop sobbing for breath and kept on walking. The next moment an owl hooted loudly close by, and almost put me into orbit........There was no reason to panic just because I was all on my own. lost in a strange country, and would probably never find civilization. And that flickering blue light...was strictly a figment of my imagination.......The next moment I was involved in a two sided conversation with myself....all the time I had been having that two way conversation with myself my idiot legs had gone walking all by themselves, and now I was too close not to see the thing lying on the ground directly in font of me....The closer I got the more it it looked like somebody was just lying there on the ground....The guy was stark naked on the ground with a aping hole in his throat.......

 A country house full of sexy, sultry swingers,
but one was a witch with murder on her mind!

 There was a curse on the house, and a corpse with its throat cut open in the marsh. Screenwriter Larry Baker came to the strange island estate to bring superstar Trudi Lambert back to Hollywood. But he did not count on a house full of devil worshipers. Before the week was over there were lewd satanic orgies, strange creatures lurking in the darkness. And an island strewn with dead bodies. Baker's script called for sex, but the question was survival!

Printing History
Written by Allen G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #153 1970 (1971?)
ISBN 7255 0106

New American Library
Signet Books
P4268 June 1970
Y8050 1978

Friday, October 30, 2015

Scary Haloween Week (Friday)

We are nearing the end of this year's Scary Halloween Week. 
Today's episode will be the classic.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

With autumn already in full swing, the Peanuts gang prepares for Halloween. Linus van Pelt writes his annual letter to The Great Pumpkin, despite Charlie Brown's disbelief, Snoopy's laughter, Patty's assurance that the Great Pumpkin is a fake, and even his own sister Lucy's violent threat to make her brother stop. Only Sally, Charlie Brown's younger sister, who is smitten with Linus, supports him. When Linus goes out to mail the letter but cannot reach the mailbox, Lucy refuses to help him; so he uses his blanket to open the box, and throws in the letter. On Halloween night, the gang goes trick-or-treating. On the way, they stop at the pumpkin patch to ridicule Linus' missing the festivities, just as he did last year. Undeterred, Linus is convinced that the Great Pumpkin will come, and even persuades Sally to remain with him to wait.

Christopher Shea as Linus van Pelt
Peter Robbins as Charlie Brown
Gail DeFaria as "Pig-Pen"
Sally Dryer as Lucy van Pelt
Glenn Mendelson as Schroeder
Kathy Steinberg as Sally Brown
Ann Altieri as Violet/Frieda
Lisa DeFaria as Patty
Bill Melendez as Snoopy
Directed and Written by Charles M. Schulz
Directed by Bill Melendez

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Thursday)

We are almost the end of the Scary Halloween week event. 
Let's turn to very eerie film aptly named "Halloween"


The film is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers dresses in a clown costume murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Some fifteen years later he escapes from a psychiatric hospital and then returns home, and stalks high school student Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael's psychiatrist a Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael's cruel intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing.

Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Nick Castle as Michael Myers (credited as "The Shape")
Charles Cyphers as Sheriff Leigh Brackett
Nancy Kyes as Annie Brackett
P. J. Soles as Lynda Van Der Klok
Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace
Brian Andrews as Tommy Doyle
John Michael Graham as Bob Simms
Sandy Johnson as Judith Margaret Myers
Directed by 
John Carpenter

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Wednesday)

We are in the middle of the Scary Halloween week. We will stay with the theme of vampires. Presenting today will be a comic that was started in the early 1970's.

The Tomb of Dracula

This horror comic book series was published by Marvel Comics from April 1972 to August 1979. The seeries featured a group of vampire hunters who fought Count Dracula and other menaces.

Gerry Conway, Archie Goodwin, Gardner Fox, Marv Wolfman

Series Run
April 1972 until August 1979
70 issues

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Tuesday)

We are back on day three of Scary Halloween Week. Today we will feature the cult classic way back from 1966, Dark Shadows. Dark Shadows ran from 1966 until 1971 and was a Gothic soap opera, depicting the lives of the Collins family in the fictional town of Collinsport, Maine. The series was made into a another series in 1991 and a film in 2012

Dark Shadows
Created by Dan Curtis

Joan Bennett
Grayson Hall
Jonathan Frid
Nancy Barrett
Alexandra Moltke
Louis Edmonds
Kathryn Leigh Scott
David Selby
David Henesy
Lara Parker
Thayer David

The Film

Directed by  
Tim Burton
Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins,
Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman
Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard,
Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis,
Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins
Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters

Monday, October 26, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Monday)

Scary Halloween Week is back today and will continue it's run through Saturday,  Halloween. Scary Halloween will showcase a different mystery or horror event each day. A book, film, or television show will be featured.

Today we feature a CLASSIC

Written by Abraham (Bram) Stoker (1847-1912)
The Novel 

Introduces the character of the vampire Count Dracula,  The story is of his attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. 

The Film
Directed by
Tod Browning

Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula
Helen Chandler as Mina Seward
David Manners as John Harker
Dwight Frye as Renfield
Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston as Dr Seward
Frances Dade as Lucy Weston

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Sunday)

Scary Halloween Week kicks off today and will run through Saturday, which so happens to be Halloween this year. Just what is Scary Halloween week exactly? Well, Scary Halloween will showcase a different mystery or horror event. A book, film, or television show will be featured. 

Today we will start off with a old favorite

So What Killed The Vampire 
 by Carter Brown

When TV Writer Larry Baker stumbles through a comedy of horrors in an old haunted castle...Merrie England was never merrier or deadlier.

Robert McGinnis Cover
"Can I help it if the wall gave way?" In his crazy castle capers Larry Baker crashes through walls with ease of Superman. And somehow usually lands plunk in the middle of a lovely lady's bed. But Larry isn't really a sex maniac. Not quite. Even though the black-haired babe calls him seducer and the gamin-type blonde screams bloody murder.

Grant Roberts Cover
 When you up against a real live vampires, disappearing corpses, things that go wheesh in the night, plus a couple of gorgeous undressed gals guarantee to drive Larry up the wall. Something has to give. And when it does, with plenty of happy horrible hilarity! 

It was called Fearsome Grange and it's a natural for the supernatural. Larry baker and his sidekick Boris Silvka are there to create their new TV horror series right on location. The old 13th century castle has everything, slimy moat, revolving walls, secret passages, hidden treasure, and an ancient curse. In fact, it's made to order, right down to the unexpected bunch of murky monsters in residence. Perfectly cast and not in the script.

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications Inc. 
Numbered Series #130 1966
International Edition Series #78 1975 
Published in Hong Kong

New American Library
Signet Books
D2859 March 1966
Y6549 1975

New English Library
Four Square Books
#1721 January 1967

Bonus Covers



Monday, October 19, 2015

USA Fiction Challenge: Washington

After a 10 month hiatus we are back with the USA Fiction Challenge. This time around we will visit the Sate of Washington. Washington was made out of the western part of the Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in the Oregon Treaty as a settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute in 1846 and was admitted as the 42nd state in 1889. 

We will highlight the J.A. Jance title  
Improbable Cause

When the dentist is a sadist, an appointment can be murder...

The dentist was sitting bolt upright in his chair. Stone-cold dead. 
Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont had plenty of suspects. Like the dentist's wife, who, after ten years of brutal beatings, certainly had the motive to kill. Or the pretty dental assistant, whose late night services would never appear on her resume. Or the ex-con who was the last person to see the dentist alive, and was an intimate friend of the widow. Beaumont knew he was closing in on his prey. But when a new piece of evidence surfaced, he discovered the true meaning of evil, and decided the killer should go free!

Bonus Covers

Printing History
Written by Judith Ann Jance (1944- )

Avon Books
ISBN 380 75412

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Pace That Kills by William Fuller

She was a tramp
Easy to take and easy to make
Then she fell in love

Cover by Tom Miller
The living was hard and the loving was easy

There was Harry's place.....
It was a dump, but the food was good. And there was sort of an evil charm about the place, way the hell out o the edge of nowhere

Then there were three women at Harry's place.....
Mary had everything, but wound up with only the memory one wild night.
Marge lived because she had too, and drank because she lived.
June had nothing but a sex filled past, and a sinful, future

There was a kid at Harry's place.....
A kid whose gun would make all of them be what they had never been before, and would never be again.

Cover by Mitchell Hooks
Print History
Written by William Fuller (1913-)

Dell Books
March 1960

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-1978)

A former astronaut with bionic implants works for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg and ran from 1974 to 1978.

Steve Austin (Lee Majors)
Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson), Director of the OSI
Rudy Wells (Martin Balsam in pilot)
(Alan Oppenheimer, seasons 1 & 2)
(Martin E. Brooks, seasons 3–5)

Series ran for 99 episodes 

The Book

Printing History
Written by Martin Cadin (1927-1997)

Arbor House
ISBN 0-87795-025-3
April 1972

The Comic

Charlton Comics 

The Toys

The Game

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Apollo Legacy by Albert Barker

A deadly space virus
A beautiful girl who is its unwitting unknowing carrier
And amateur agent Reefe King on an espionage mission that delivers a chilling climax

The illicit affair between a noted Apollo astronaut and a female journalist has two unexpected results. The first was a pregnancy which might be trouble due to a space virus. The second is a strong interest in the relationship by the Soviets desiring some way to embarrass the American space program. To find a way out of the scandal, the CIA asks Reefe King to help.
Printing History
Written by Albert Barker (1900-1990) 

Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp
Award Books
September 1970

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Fabulous by Carter Brown

A cold corpse becomes a hot assignment to curvy blonde Mavis Seidlitz

   Printing History
Written by Allan G Yates (1923-1985)
Horwitz Publications, Inc
International Edition #9
September 1961

Revised title of None But the Lethal Heart