Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Ghost on Hawthorne Lane

Here's another fun piece of fiction from the October, 1964 Jack and Jill.

Isn't "Spice" a fun last name for the author?

One confession -- that missing text on the last page is because some kid with my name wanted to cut out the the image on the other side of this page.

Some time soon you'll see the other side.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hidden Monsters from 1983

Omni magazine featured this article on cryptids -- that is, animals such as Bigfoot or "dinosaurs in Africa" that are held by believers to be actual, physical beasts -- not folklore.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Make Your Own Spooky Skeleton!

More pages from October 1964, Jack and Jill.  If you wanted to print each page on a letter-size piece of paper, that would be close to the original size.

Happy hauntings!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trio of Terror

The October 1985 issue of Video magazine featured three of our favorite Monster Men.

Also note the authentic period advertisements for audio-video equipment that can now be surpassed by a nine-year-old and a cellphone.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Musical Monday - Silly Surfers & Weird-Ohs

This album came out around 1964 or 1965.  If you've seen any of the surfer/drag-race model kits in the style of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, you'll recognize the artwork.

This album was actually released to promote the model kits.  I dubbed it a few years ago, and here it is.  The songs are straight 60s teen/surf/pop, with a lot of humor and sarcasm thrown in.

It may not be spooky, but it definitely weird!

A folding CD case front cover is included, showing both sides of the LP sleeve, and a rear CD insert.

Here's a track list:
1) Gremmie Out of Control

2) Hot Dogger Hangin’ Ten
3) Hodad Makin’ the Scene with a Six Pack
4) A Woodie on a Surfari
5) Beach Bunny Catchin’ Rays
6) Cowabunga! Surf’s Up
7) Huey’s Hut Rod
8) Daddy, the Swingin’ Suburbanite
9) Drag Hag
10) Davy, the Psycho Cyclist
11) Digger
12) Endsville Eddie
By the way, the "twangy" sound you hear between cuts (and inside some of them) is explained by this bottom image, which was one side of the LP insert.

The other side of the paper sleeve was the lyrics to the songs, which I've included as a 2-page PDF.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

BK Turned 80 in 1968

In the world before VCRs and DVDs, the only way to watch an old monster movie was whenever it was playing -- usually on a weekend labeled "melodrama" in the TV Guide.  Pretty much our only source for what to look for was Famous Monsters.

But as far as I was concerned, EVERYBODY should know who Boris Karloff was!
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