Friday, December 15, 2017


In this full page ad from the March 1943 issue of HOLLYWOOD, the beautiful Hungarian actress, Ilona Massey poses for a shot promoting Max Factor's line of makeup products. Factor was a major force behind the makeup and cosmetics industry during the 1930's and 1940's. Universal's head of makeup, Jack Pierce, worked closely with Max Factor over the years to develop special products that would be captured on film in a particular way. Miss Massey, of course, starred in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN, and was, along with the monsters, the recipient of Pierce's makeup expertise.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Just announced, here's a look at the latest SCARY MONSTERS, a special giant bug issue... on video!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Now into its second issue, GROTESQUE QUARTERLY is a combination of vintage, public domain horror stories, new horror fiction, poetry, punk, death metal, and rockabilly music reviews, art, and true ghost stories. Ordering info is HERE.

From the Editor
Grotesque Magazine is a quarterly publication for all things horror. The gory, the scary, the psychologically thrilling, and the supernatural can all find their homes here. Our magazine features contemporary and classic horror stories from both established and up-and-coming authors. From literary fiction to splatter-punk; flash fiction to poetry, Grotesque Magazine thirsts for it as long as it contains some aspect of horror. Beyond the strange horizons of horror fiction, Grotesque Magazine showcases nonfiction articles and reviews on Psychobilly, Death Metal, and Horror-punk music, as well as horror and horror-comedy movies and television shows. We’re also known to unearth the occasional gruesome drink or food recipes and enjoy art and comics in the horror genre. In our Obituary section we let readers tell us their ghost stories.

Food for the Fish by Russell J. Dorn
Toxoplasmosis by Morgan Roth
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Top Attic in Pringle’s Mansion, Edinburgh by Elliot O’Donnell
The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe
The Lurking Corpses, Smells like the Dead Album Review
Skeleton In The Closet, Book Review
Castlevania, Series Review
Horror-Comedy Movie Essentials
Witch’s Brew Adult Beverage
The Obituary: Ghost Stories from Readers
Dinner For Two, Comic

Where Has My Mother Gone? by Thomas L. Winters
Hollow of the Dolls by Larry D. Thacker
Dots by Gale Acuff
In the Desert by Stephen Crane
The Intruder by John Grey
Randall’s Noose by N.D. Coley
A Mother’s Desire by Tiffany Buck
A Carcass by Charles Baudelaire
Hino by Robert Beveridge
Dry Rot by Maul Allan Hewish
Mister Midnight by Dan Fields
The Current Downtown by Bill Vernon
Across the Phosphorescent by Richard King Perkins II
Molly’s Parasite by Kevin Steffanson
The Scare Is Everywhere by Ramona Thompson
Mocking Laughter by Jake Cosmos Aller
Bad Day by Michael McHenry
In The Sand They Feed by Henry James Blizzard
Keezheekoni by Sheila Rosart
Oh Death by Jake W. Ford

Bathory Boys – Album Review by Nicholas Haust
Dead Vampires – Album Review by Morgan Roth
Optic Nerve Noodles – Recipe by Chop Chop Choi
Psychobilly & Horror-Punk Halloween by Russell J. Dorn
The Obituary – Ghost Stories from the Readers
Trick or Treat – Felipe Femur & Friends Comic

“All is Vanity” by Charles Allan Gilbert
“Blood Dress,” “Incubus,” and “Undone” by Melissa Trotter (Stolen Innocence Photography)
“The Mind of a Gordino,” “Disease Man,” and “Mr Marshall” by Rodrigo Montina
“Head of a Clown” by Joseph Kutter


Grotesque Quarterly is a professional horror magazine with a vivid design and digital or print edition. The magazine seems to have a minimal website. It is well designed, but they have not posted much.

In order to enjoy the magazine you have to purchase a digital copy starting at $2.99. The magazine seems worth it, but there are no sample pages.

The magazine is professionally done, with a good layout and good design. The issue is filled with horror stories and poetry. The magazine is still new, founded in 2017. It’s one we will keep out eye on in the future. It’s easily one of the best startup magazines of 2017.

Monday, December 11, 2017


Also using "pre-ordering" as a marketing tool, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES has found a way to build up interest in each of their coming issues. The magazine has evolved into the premier magazine of vintage/classic monster movies, largely because of many other magazines that cover this topic have either folded or severely backed off publication schedules (most notably MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT). Nevertheless, CMOM boasts some pretty decent content. Artist Daniel Horne has also found a new home here and his rendering of actor David Bruce in Jack Pierce's makeup from THE MAD GHOUL is one of the best things I've seen from him in a while... and just might get him a Best Artist and CMOM a Best Cover nod in next year's Rondo Awards.

Oh, you can pre-order CMOM #10 HERE.

Here's the ballyhoo from the website:

Classic Monsters of the Movies issue 10 is packed with more of your favourite classic horror movies and stars, presented in the timeless style that you won’t find anywhere else. Full colour throughout, it’s filled with informative and insightful articles – the perfect antidote to all your nostalgic cravings for the monsters of yesteryear.

This issue features beautiful new cover art from Daniel Horne – the perfect introduction to our feature-length article on 1943’s The Mad Ghoul. We think this horror gem doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, especially considering its cast includes the like of horror favourites George Zucco and Evelyn Ankers, and in this issue you’ll find out what makes it so special.

Naturally, that’s just the beginning, with a range of other articles bringing you a fresh take on the world of classic horror. 1968’s thrilling Witchfinder General goes through its trials… rarely has Vincent Price been this scary. Hammer fans have a treat in store too, with an exploration of slick 1971 classic Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde.

Other articles include a look at the messy romantic entanglements of our various monsters and their associates – who knew it would be so difficult for a monster to find happiness? There’s also a biography of Rondo Hatton, and so much more besides, making this an issue you won’t want to miss.

Issue 10 includes:

The Mad Ghoul – enjoy a new angle on the undead with our in-depth exploration of Universal’s 1943 cult classic. David Bruce is an altogether different kind of zombie in this tense, skin-crawling movie that boasts plenty of great twists.
Love Kills – being a monster isn’t easy, especially when you’re looking for love… From the Frankenstein Monster’s failed attempts to find a soul mate, to the lusty vampires of Hammer Horror, the horror genre is packed with broken hearts. We look at the love lives of our favourite heartsick beasties.
Witchfinder General – aggressive, raw and brutal, this depiction of life in the English Civil War pulls no punches at all. Vincent Price is on perfectly malicious form as Matthew Hopkins, but there are plenty of other reasons to rewatch this powerful piece of cinema too.
Rondo Hatton – stricken with the medical condition acromegaly, Rondo Hatton became a tragic figure in horror cinema as well as an icon of the genre. We look at some of his most powerful performances and examine his place in horror lore.
Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde – with Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Dr Jekyll and Jack the Ripper all together in one movie, it’s no wonder this is a classic of the Hammer Horror era.
The Undying Monster – let’s go hunt a werewolf! Fox’s sleeper hit is an action-packed romp with bags of atmosphere, a feisty heroine and some genuinely spine-tingling moments. We immerse ourselves once more in the Hammond mystery…
And so much more besides!
Issue 10 of Classic Monsters of the Movies is bursting at the seams with the kind of horror movie nostalgia you used to love as a monster kid of the 60s or 70s. With stunning articles and features from the leading lights in the world of horror magazine publishing, it allows our love of yesteryear’s horror film treasures to shine bright. You’ll soon discover why CMotM is fast becoming the world’s favourite monster movie magazine.

Remember, you can save money with a discount on each issue when you purchase an advance subscription to Classic Monsters of the Movies. Click here for details!

Magazine specification:

68 pages
Full colour throughout
Packed with stills, posters, articles and info
Printed and finished to the highest standard

Sunday, December 10, 2017


"I wasn't really happy with the new DH Creepy/Eerie versions (too small, the whole Warren concept was about a MAGAZINE with those big expansive panels) so I'm launching a new magazine in 2014 titled "the Creeps" with some of the original Warren artists, Frank Brunner, Rich Buckler, Ken Kelly and more. Check out for more details and HAPPY HAUNTING! - The Old Creep."

On a comic book forum way back in 2013, Richard Sala, aka "The Old Creep" shared his dissatisfaction with Dark Horse's resurrection of Warren's CREEPY and EERIE comics titles and announced his plan to publish his own, full-size magazine that would more faithfully follow the formatting of the originals. Twelve issues later, Mr. Sala has more than kept his promise by not only capturing the visual and editorial essence of the Warren magazines, but has recently secured national newsstand distribution as well.

Just this week, issue #13 was announced for pre-order. Advance orders seem to be the latest in small publishing marketing tactics to have some idea ahead of time of how many copies to print. It also helps the "buzz" of the 'zine, too. Sala's magazine offers a poster of the cover along with each pre-order as an incentive.

This issue has a macabre-ly whimsical cover by Richard Corben. Pre-order HERE.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


"[The creature is] ultimately not seen as human, which is the ultimate disenfranchisement."                                     - Guillermo del Toro

In an interview in the January 2018 issue of the UK crypto/UFO/phenomena mag, FORTEAN TIMES, director and all-around monster fanboy Guillermo del Toro talks about his latest film, a "political fairy tale" entitled THE SHAPE OF WATER and monsters -- especially of the human kind -- in general. Critics are already calling this film about a cleaning woman in a research facility who falls in love with a strange and unidentified life-form, his best yet. But underneath the plot layer is something deeper than just human emotion. Mr. Del Toro explains...


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