June 9th, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Novels & Comics |

Lullabies from Hell by Hideshi Hino

by Ghastly McNasty

Lullabies from HellHideshi Hino is a well respected manga artist who burst on to the scene during the 70’s. As well as writing novels and directing movies he is best known for his horror manga including such delights as Hell Baby & The Bug Boy along with over 400 books! Often referred to as the ‘Master of Horror’ Hideshi’s artistic style deliberately side steps the standardized manga visuals, which many have come to love/hate, where it wallows in his own unique and twisted version of manga that perfectly suit the disturbing stories he has to tell.

Lullabies from Hell is an excellent place to start if you’re looking to delve into the deranged world of Hideshi Hino. The novel comprises of 4 short stories beginning with the semi-autobiographical ‘Lullabies from Hell’ in which the author introduces himself to the reader and to his psychotic imagination. In this fantastically dark story we meet a young Hideshi, neglected and abused by his family, his sick childhood fantasies are laid bare on the pages inviting us to understand just how low the human imagination can stoop when a person is unloved and uncared for. If some of the elements in this story are true it’s no wonder the author has such a twisted imagination. It really makes you feel for the poor kid.

The cutely drawn panels suit the childish nature of the story and the grotesque sweet little bug-eyed Hideshi is freakishly likeable/pitiable. At the end of the story we catch up with the adult Hideshi Hino who has grown to become a master of horror and a ruthless killer. He addresses the reader directly and informs us that after reading the story we are destined to die in 3 days. It’s a classy end to a brilliant story and quite chilling, especially as the panel in which we see him threaten us directly is the one used on the cover of the book. For the next few days I had the author pointing at me whenever I looked at where the book was lying!

In the second story, entitled Unusual Fetus: My Baby the author takes on a story that most parents would avoid even thinking about; what if your unborn child turned out to be a monster? It’s a bold move to go where few other authors would dare to go and solidifies your belief that this guy really is a fruitcake!

The remaining 2 stories retain the themes of solitude, alienation and terror that this small collection of stories wears on its sleeve, although none as powerful as the first story we were treated to. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent work of horror manga and would be more than happy to see what else the author has to offer.

 

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June 6th, 2011 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Comic Scans |

The Punch & Just Horror Show from Scream #7

by Ghastly McNasty

The Punch & Just Horror Show from ScreamAn extremely popular story straight from IPC’s Scream! Issue 7. Scripted by James Nicholas with terrifiying art from B.McCarthy &amp lettering by Jay Cobb. The show goes on for a wicked puppeteer after he brutally murders the man sent to stop him. However, he gets more than he bargained for as we find out who’s really pulling the strings. Ghosts and ghoulies, now showing for your pleasure, The Punch & Just Horror Show

 

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June 5th, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Comic Scans, Horror Comic Covers |

Top 20 Tomb of Dracula Comic Covers

by Ghastly McNasty

Tomb of Dracula Comic Covers

Our Top 20 Covers series continues with Marvel’s the Tomb of Dracula. Watch out for the inclusion of a couple of top Marvel characters along the way.

 

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June 3rd, 2011 | → 1 Comments | ∇ D.C. Comics |

Death’s Last Rattle from Secrets of Sinister House #17

by Ghastly McNasty

Secrets of Sinister House 17A most grisly tale for you today horror fans plucked straight from the D.C. Comics archive. Secrets of Sinister House was a horror-suspense anthology comic book series published by DC Comics from 1972–1974.

In this ghostly yarn written by George Kashdan and with art by Ramona Fradon we find that even the laws of the land listen to the dead. Steel your nerves and listen…for Death’s Last Rattle!

 

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June 1st, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Creepy Videos |

Tales from the Crypt TV Intro

by Ghastly McNasty

The TV series of Tales from the Crypt thrilled folk of all ages during its 7 year reign as one of the spookiest TV shows of the early 90’s. Based on the E.C . Comics comic of the same name, each episode was a story from the E.C. Archive introduced by the wonderful Crypt Keeper. We’ve included the intro sequence below to get you in the mood for a YouTube marathon as most of the episodes can be found online.

A quick steal from Wikipedia shows a fantastic list of actor who appeared in the TV series including Adam Ant, Dan Aykroyd, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Craig, Tim Curry, Timothy Dalton, Roger Daltrey, Benicio del Toro, Kirk Douglas with son Eric Douglas, Brad Dourif, Kerry Fox, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Teri Hatcher, Marg Helgenberger, Mariel Hemingway, Jane Horrocks, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Izzard, Margot Kidder, John Lithgow, Andrew McCarthy, Dylan McDermott, Malcolm McDowell, Costas Mandylor, Ewan McGregor, Meat Loaf, Demi Moore, Donald O’Connor, Joe Pantoliano, Bill Paxton, Joe Pesci, Brad Pitt, Iggy Pop, Christopher Reeve, Natasha Richardson, Don Rickles, Mimi Rogers, Tim Roth, Julia Sawalha, Martin Sheen, Brooke Shields, Slash, John Stamos, Ben Stein, Jeffrey Tambor, Lea Thompson, Vanity, David Warner, Sam Waterston, Steven Weber, George Wendt, Adam West, Treat Williams, Rita Wilson and many more.

Famous directors include Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Kyle MacLachlan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Many well-established film directors also contributed episodes. They include Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner, Howard Deutch, John Frankenheimer, William Friedkin, Walter Hill, Tom Holland, Tobe Hooper, Mary Lambert, Peter Medak, Russell Mulcahy, Elliot Silverstein, and Freddie Francis, who directed the original 1972 film.

 

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