Famous Monsters of Filmland - A New Topseller For The Average 1950s Kid

A magazine just for monsters? Nowadays this hardly comes as a surprise. Yet, in the late 1950s, James Warren's Famous Monsters of Filmland hit the US newsstands like a bomb. Join us looking back at the origins of a cult genre magazine and the golden age of early horror film. To create and...


In Times of Trouble - Read Some Horror: Sixties Magazines by Warren Publishing

Few publishers influenced the 1960s horror comics genre quite like James Warren. For almost 25 years, he published all things horror, fantasy, and scifi - smartly utilising the magazine format to avoid censorship imposed on US comic books by the Comics Code Autority. Even today Creepy, Vam...


Review: H.P. Lovecraft - From Beyond and other Stories

Dutch illustrator Erik Kriek has created an ornamental and heavily inked fifties horror comics vision of five Lovecraft stories in his most recent comic book „Vom Jenseits und andere Erzählungen“ („From Beyond and Other Stories“), published November 2013 by Berlin based avant-verlag. Work...


John Warren's Backdoor Into The Little Shop of Horrors

In the late 1960s the US comic book industry was confronted with a huge dilemma: All comic books sold at public newsstands had to undergo censorship and needed the approval of the Comic's Code on their cover. During these times, magazines represented the big exception from the rule - and b...


I'm dead! I'm back! I'm dead! Tomb of Dracula

Bram Stoker's Darcula is everywhere. Not many fantastic creatures have let a similar  impression on their contemporary audience, quite like the light-skinned transsylvanian count has. Since his immigration to Central Europe in 1897, he has never stopped creeping about in our livingrooms. H...


Creepy Kitty meets the Red Death – Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's work is considered a most important part of American literature. Born as "Edgar Poe" on January 19, 1809 he is best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre and generally considered "the inventor of the short story". Quite a few ladies were said to have fainted afte...


Creating a new literary genre: Mary Shelley

Today, she is known as the world's first science fiction author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley started writing her first novel "Frankenstein" at age 18. When the book was first published - anonymously - in 1818, she was 21. The first actual publication to bear her name came out in France fi...


Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein – "It's Alive!"

Some classics never die and "Frankenstein's Monster" is definitely one of them. So, could anyone imagine a comic book artist better suited to take on Mary Shelly's creation than Bernie Wrightson? Probably not. Bernard Albert "Berni(e)" Wrightson was born October 27, 1948 in Dundalk, Maryl...


A classic of film history

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s 1922 film "Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror" spreaded the name of "Nosferatu" throughout the world. Inspired by Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" he used actor Max Schreck to create the image of a creature that will stick to our brains come eternity. Even Klaus Kinski – th...