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Montag, 9. Januar 2012
The start of a lifelong obsession.
THE START OF A LIFE LONG OBSESSION........
I was truly a weird kid. Everyone was more than happy to inform me of this. Parents, Teachers and Friends.
as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with monsters, Horror, SF, Fantasy and the Fantastic. In my heart of hearts I know that the written word is the greatest medium for this stuff. In my minds eye I supply my own illustrations, which no one else can top. One of my earliest memories is sitting in the back of my parents car at a Drive-In somewhere around Newcomerstown Ohio. Honest to God it had to have been either 1963 or 1964. My parents must have thought that my sister and I were sleeping and didn't notice me watching the screen. What unfolded before my eyes, was what I would find out many years later, was the trailer to "Twice Told Tales" starring the wonderful Vincent Price. I remember watching a man sitting in a chair when the room starts to shake, the ceiling cracks open and a long skeleton arm reaches down and starts to strangle him!!!!
It wasn't until the early 90s that I finaly saw the film on TV and discovered it was the "House of 7 Gabels" episode from the above mentioned film.It had to have been been the trailer since I seem to remember lots of text on the screen even though I couldn't read a word at the time. I was only 21/2 or 3 years old then. Anyways, it must have blown a dozen or so circuit breakers in my brain and damaged me for life. Which is as it should be in these sitiuations.I was in love from that day on.
The next stop was horror comics at the end of the 60s, beginning of the 70s. Sadly the "Code" comics never ever lived up to fun that their covers promised!
No way in hell could any Gold Key comic's Cover deliver that kind of mayhem between the covers! I did though, force one little girl from down the street to play Spring Heel Jack with me as I chased her while riding a Hippity-hop.
Sad, odd and true!
Thank god that the library at Johhny Clem elementary School in Newark Ohio supplied my salvation and saved me from shitty watered dowen "kids" horror comics.
These 4 hardback collections were the next stage in the evolution in my love of all things horror. These 4 "Robert Arthur" edited anthologies featured reprints from the old pulp magazine "Weird Tales" and a good mix of Edwardian Horror fiction from the likes of Algernon Blackwood and Lord Dunsany and A. M. Burrage.
This was great Brain Food for a 10 year old! These four anthologies were, for me, the final proof that NOTHING could be better than a written story! This was also the start of the time where I didn't have to stay with my parents and sister when we went shopping. By the time Ii was 10 years old I had the run of the little shopping center that we had at the north end of town. This contained 2 super markets, a drug store and a Woolworth's among other businesses. One of the sueprmarkets, the Woolworth's store and the Drug Store all had fairly large selections of paperbacks. I started browsing these and they deposited me into a whole new level of garish Nirvana!
This freedom of movement and the ads from "Captain company" in the back of "Famous Monsters of filmland" showed me what could be found out there if only you persevered enough.
By the beginning of the 1970s I was so deeply infected that I've never found a cure, or even sought one, for my passion.
I'm planing on posting scans of my collection of garish vintage/retro Horror anthology paperbacks that I've collected over the years. I hope that this will be fairly entertaining and informative and that my writing will become better as I gain more experience. So please stay tuned and THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!!