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Weird Tales, August 1935

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Keeping with our run of incredible art from Weird Tales, these goodies from deep in the Depression.

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Weird Tales May 1924

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Last month featured Houdini writing and Lovecraft’s “The White Ape,” and now we have Lovecraft writing as Houdini in “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs.” “Imprisoned” has far out mummies and cosmology and Necronomicons and all the rest that one would expect from Lovecraft writing as the Master of Escape.  There is also a Lovecraft poem “Hypnos”; it seems that WT knew what they had by this point in the game, trying [and failing] to get Lovecraft to write more. There is also some less-than-exciting material like the long serial “Draconda” [nothing to do with Dracula] and “The Vow on Halloween.” But I would certainly be remiss if I did not mention C.M. Eddy’s “The Loved Dead,” which is about necrophilia. Weird Tales indeed.

 

Weird Tales April 1924

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Lovecraft fans [the ones that were] got back to back tales in early 1924. As I posted yesterday, “Rats in the Walls”  made its appearance in March, and this month gives us “The White Ape” a.k.a “The Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family,” one of the better stories that implies some ape-on-lady action.  Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of cultural discussion about missing links and found links and evolution circulating in the period.

This issue also concludes one of my least-favorite serials, “The Transparent Ghost,” which once again shows why humor and horror can be a bad, bad mixture. At least until the 1980s came around.

Also, since I forgot to post on this in Labor Day, here are the almighty Dead Kennedys bringing us their version of Johnny Paycheck’s “Take this Job and Shove It”:

Also, to quote one of my New Orleans friends, “Fuck David Allan Coe.”

 

Weird Tales March 1924

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

The March 1924 issue of Weird Tales has some outstanding material. First, as a way to prop up flagging sales, the magazine got Houdini to “write” a story and start an monthly question and answer column. I put write in quotation marks since, from what we can tell, much of it was ghost written [largely by HPL]. But still, that Houdini guy was still a rocking skeptic and great salesperson for Tales.

As importantly, if not more so, this issue has HPL’s “Rats in the Walls,” which,  unsurprisingly, was a mind-blower to the readers. “Out Poe’s Poe” was one of the common responses. There is also the story “The Hermit of Ghost Mountain,” (C. Franklin Miller), which could easily be the title of a Scooby-Doo mystery.

This image is the first page of “Rats.”

Here is the cover:

And we are back

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

The great research binge is over, and I can get back to posting all of the goodies that I found in Weird Tales.

Like Lovecraft’s “The Hound” from the February 1924 issue:

Courtesy of the John Hay Library

Here is the cover as well. Thanks to Yankee Classics and the Miskatonic Reading Room for the image since for whatever reason, I forgot to take the picture.