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Strange Angles: Fatale and HP Lovecraft

January 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fatale #11, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Much has been made of this series’ Lovecraftian elements, but so far that’s mostly been a surface thing. There’s no cosmic horror to it, really, no shattering revelations of man’s insignificance in the face of the vast unknowable universe. No, this book’s more about the entirely too knowable horrors of lust and desire, [...]

Halloween Leftovers: Jim Steranko’s Tower of Shadows

November 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Incredible as it may seem after 31 days of posts, I actually did have a few Halloweenie odds and ends that I didn’t get around to last month. But, hey. One of the great pleasures of the holiday season is leftovers, right? So tonight I thought I’d share one of the tastier bits: That’s Jim Steranko‘s cover for Tower of Shadows #1, Marvel Comics’ entry into the [...]

Countdown Completed! IT’S HALLOWEEN!!!

October 31, 2012 // 7 Comments

The big day is here, the Great Punkin is loose in the night, and here on the Dork Forty… I’m afraid our month-long celebration is going to end with a whimper instead of a bang. Due to some WordPress issues, I’m not able to post videos tonight. So our big Halloween mix-tape ends with last night’s Tom Waits marathon. But I’ve still got some pictures for you, so… [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 26: The Ghosts of New Orleans

October 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Tonight’s topic: GHOSTS! Picture #1: Funnybook ghost! Picture #2: A fine piece of 19th century trick photography– I mean… An amazing ghost picture from the early days of the photographic arts. Because of course it’s real! Can’t you see how terrified that man is?! Picture #3: Every bit as real as the last one! Disney technician– I mean, Ghost [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 25: This is My Last Song About Satan

October 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Much as we love all the various ghouls and ghosts of the Halloween season, let’s face it: the holiday’s real king-daddy, the man with the evil plan… is Satan. Yes, the fundamentalists were right: beneath all the candy and mischief and innocent spooky fun, Halloween is all about the devil. Old Scratch himself. The Great Deceiver.  Corrupter of virgin flesh… [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 23: Skullcrusher Mountain

October 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

Halloween Mix-Tape! Day 23! Mad Science! And love! Pretorius! Who was all about the love that cannot be named! Frankenstein! Who created life without the benefit of love! And of course my personal favorite… Phibes! Who lived, died, and killed for love! In as many bizarre ways as possible! Oh, and lest we forget… Coulton! Whose song “Skullcrusher Mountain” was the [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 22: Creep(er)

October 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

On the list of all-time greatest horror movie icons, the name Rondo Hatton probably ranks pretty high. He was never a star the caliber of Karloff, Lugosi, or Vincent Price; in fact, he ultimately made only a handful of seldom-seen B pictures, typically playing some variation of a character called The Creeper. But Rondo had one thing going for him that those pretty boys couldn’t claim: he [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 20: Little Demon

October 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Did I say that Screaming Lord Sutch was the only musician who could serve as his own photographic accompaniment? Silly me! Because Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (from whom Sutch took his name) is more than capable of doing that, as well: Rock & Roll’s original voodoo man, Screamin’ Jay is most famous for his hit song “I Put a Spell On You.” But you know… You get [...]