Thursday, March 23, 2017

'DIABOLIQUE' RETURNS


After a one-year hiatus, DIABOLIQUE is returning in print with issue #26. The issue is devoted to the Japanese horror film and promises its usual, intelligently written insights accompanied by appealing visual design.

Below are the contents. More information can be found by clicking HERE.

Curse, Death and Spirits: Supernatural Folklore in the Japanese Ghost Film
Kat Ellinger tracks the evolution of the Japanese Ghost Story in cinema, from classic to contemporary and unravels its folklore origins.

As a continuation on the themes in Curse, Death and Spirits the feature concludes with a talk with legendary J-horror pioneer: Hideo Nakata.

Hours Dreadful and Things Strange: Macbeth, Japanese Theater, and Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood
Samm Deighan examines the influence of traditional Japanese theater on Akira Kurosawa’s eerie, horror-tinged 1957 Shakespeare adaptation, Throne of Blood.

The Masculinized Zone: The relationship between masculinity and psychological, physical, and political traumatism within the horrors of Korean war cinema
Rebecca Booth explores the representation of masculinity within Korean war cinema from the 1950s onwards, analyzing the visceral and emotional immediacy of the horrors onscreen in relation to the tensions between gender and national identity, societal roles, and the political landscape.

Forbidden Colours: When British Art Rock Met Japanese Art House
East meets West in the form of the cinematic/sonic dream team of Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian in Heather Drain’s article-expedition.

Korean Gothic: Refractions of national and sexual identity in The Handmaiden
Joseph Dwyer investigates aspects of sadomasochism and Gothic feminism in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, and the film’s place in an international tradition of erotic art cinema.

Nature, Nuclear and National Guilt
Kieran Fisher examines the complex mythology behind Japan’s biggest monster: Godzilla.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

'THE CREEPS' NO. 10 SNEAK PEEK


Richard Sala's THE CREEPS is fast becoming one of the premiere monster mags on the racks. Since the first issue, each subsequent copy has been evolving more and more into looking (and reading) like the title that inspired it, Warren's legendary CREEPY, to the point where Sala has brought aboard some of the original talent with names like Frank Frazetta, Sanjulian, Richard Corben, and Pablo Marcos.


Below are sample pages from issue #10, due to be released next month. Information about pre-orders and a limited-time free poster can be found by clicking HERE.








Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES NO. 6 ON SALE NOW


Granted, it takes a Monster Kid to call a monster magazine "beautiful", but Nige Burton's CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES can certainly be called that. Each issue is carefully designed for classic monster eye candy and the printing is exceptional.

Information and ordering for the latest issue (#6), back issues and pre-ordering the next issue can be found by clicking HERE.


Contents of Issue #6:
  • Glenn Strange – in rounding off the Universal Frankenstein series, this cowboy-turned-monster played a key role in the franchise, but what kind of legacy did he leave behind? Our in-depth article looks at his lasting contribution to the horror genre.
  • Inner Sanctum – Universal’s thrillers took Lon Chaney Jr on a journey into the dark corners of the mind, and made a lasting contribution to the world of psychological horror.
  • Quatermass – Hammer’s movie series took Nigel Kneale’s story into bold and horrific territory – join us in celebrating this remarkable motion picture trilogy.
  • Evelyn Ankers – though popularised as a horror pin-up, this skilled star was more than just a pretty face… find out why in our biography.
  • Monster Music – from sampled music to original scores, horror film soundtracks aren’t just about screaming. We explore the relationship between monsters, movies and music.
  • Them! – one of the all-time big bug classics comes under the microscope with our exploration of this movie’s enduring appeal.
  • Dark Eyes of London – ugly and unsettling, this Bela Lugosi shocker has much to recommend it in this issue’s Forgotten Frights feature.
  • And so much more too!
Issue #6 of Classic Monsters of the Movies brings your favourite classic horror movies back to life. Lovingly written by our team of professional writers, each article is packed with information and adorned with high-quality stills. Its elegant, sleek design captures the spirit of the classic monster magazines of yesteryear, and brings it bang up to date – the perfect way to revitalise your love of classic horror.
This issue features another stunning painting by monster art supremo Daniel Horne, this time of Glenn Strange as the Frankenstein Monster. Whatever kind of monster is your particular favourite, Classic Monsters of the Movies has plenty to offer.

Sample pages from the latest issue:




Monday, March 20, 2017

SORCERY FOR SALE


If you have read anything about Howard Phillips Lovecraft and his works you will be most certainly aware of his fictional creation, The Necronomicon, the legendary grimoire of black sorcery by the fictional "Mad Arab", Abdul Alhazred. But wait -- many believe that this book is no mere fictional invention and is instead an authentic magical relic, written by a real Arab poet, that was discovered and unleashed upon an unsuspecting Mankind.

The story goes that Alhazred spent 10 years alone in the great southern desert of Arabia where he received information about evil non-terrestrial entities who lurked unseen, waiting to strike and devour hapless victims. Alhazred wrote of these beings in his al-Azif, which later became known in the West as The Necronomicon.

To the non-believers. Alhazred and his book are indeed, fictitious, as the name "Abdul Alhazred" is not an authentic Arabic name. In response to this assertion, some would say that this is just another ploy in the tale of a man who was eventually torn limb from limb from the demons that he exposed in retribution for his unwise deed.

Currently available from Weiser Antiquarian Books is one of 666 copies printed of the first edition of The Necronomicon. Simon, the editor of the book is thought to be Peter Levenda, the actual author as well. Levenda, specializes in conspiracy theories, occult Nazism, hidden government, and of course, H.P. Lovecraft.




Here is the description of the copy for sale from Weiser:


The Necronomicon.


New York: Schlangekraft Inc. / Barnes Graphics, 1977. First edition, Limited. Hardcover. Quarto. lvi + 222pp. Original full black leather, ornately lettered in silver on spine, with silver title and decorations on front cover. All edges silver. Black and white diagrams. Black ribbon page marker. Edition limited to 666 numbered copies, this being no. 308. The First printing of the best-known edition of the mythical Necronomicon, this copy SIGNED by the publisher L. K. Barnes on the Acknowledgment page. With the distribution label of Stephen Skinner's "Askin Publishers" on the verso of the title page. This copy from the library of occult scholar Stephen Skinner with his ownership signature on the dedication page. This copy also has Skinner's Askin Publishers distribution sticker on copyright page. One of the nicest copies we have seen, with just a match-head sized scratch to the leather of the front board, a touch of toning to pages and a very few scattered spots of browning. Otherwise near Fine condition. Item #57499
Price: $875.00
EXTRA: Shown below is an ad for "Simon's Necronomicon" seen in a 1981 issue of the TWILIGHT ZONE magazine.




Sunday, March 19, 2017

BERNIE WRIGHTSON, R.I.P.


One of the most talented and influential horror artists of all time has sadly passed away. This, from his website:

"A Message from Liz Wrightson
It is with great sorrow that I must announce the passing of my beloved husband, Bernie. We thank you for all the years of love and support. His obituary is below:

After a long battle with brain cancer, legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away."

[Photo source: www.berniewrightson.com.]


DRACULA NO. 2 (NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY)


DRACULA
Vol. 1, No. 2
1971 (No month given)
Publisher: Buro Lan, S.A. de Ediciones/New English Library
Editor: Laurence James
Cover: Enric
Pages: 24


The second issue of New English Library's DRACULA comic magazine provides another excellent Enric painting. Stories included in this issue are:

"The World of the Witches" (Wolff)
"The End of a Legend" (Sir Leo)
"The Village in the Sea" (Agar-Agar)
"Krazy"

























Saturday, March 18, 2017

DRACULA NO. 1 (NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY)


DRACULA
Vol. 1, No. 1
1971 (No month given)
Publisher: Buro Lan, S.A. de Ediciones/New English Library
Editor: Laurence James
Cover: Enrich
Pages: 24



The U.K. version of this stunning comics magazine was printed in Spain, presumably ganged with the printing of the Spanish language version. The series lasted for 12 issues. A compilation of all 12 issues into one volume was sold later. Editor Laurence James was the voice of the U.K. version and promised something new and exciting.

DRACULA is indeed, beautiful to behold. The evocatively rendered art and rich color pallete was masterfully printed in full color and served to introduce the English-speaking world to a entirely new, exciting group of writers and artists that seemed almost exotic.

The first issue begins ongoing series for each character, including Esteban Maroto's Conan pastiche, "Wolff" and "Sir Leo", Jose Bea's monster hunter. Maroto's poster is missing from this scan and it is known to be quite scarce.

Never one to miss an opportunity, James Warren acquired the rights to this series in 1972 and published the first volume of DRACULA, which contained the first six issues. Volume 2 of DRACULA remained in its coffin and never saw the light of the moon.

























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