The Best of Weird Tales

Weird Tales
Weird Tales Weird Tales

Weird Tales has always been the most popular and sought-after of all pulp magazines. Its mix of exotic fantasy, horror, science fiction, suspense, and the just plain indescribable has enthralled generations of readers throughout the world.

Collected here are 13 of the best short stories published in Weird Tales' first year of publication, 1923 -- classics by many who would later play an integral part in the Unique Magazine, such as H.P. Lovecraft, Frank Owen, and Farnsworth Wright.

$10 @ Amazon.com
In: Books, Comics, Unearthed

Clown Coffins

Clown Coffins
Clown Coffins Clown Coffins

These clowns (later called Ka-Lowns) derive from Egypt and are very clever with their magical abilities. This art is reflective of their daily lives and their attitude towards death; something we must all experience and later go through in our final stages.

The first book, Ka-Lown Ka-ffins-The Beginning is available on Amazon.com and is a fun mesh of historic bits, horror and yes, ZOMBIES!

www.clowncoffins.com
In: Art, Books

Haunted Horror: Banned Comics from the 1950s

Haunted Horror: Banned Comics from the 1950s
Haunted Horror: Banned Comics from the 1950s Haunted Horror: Banned Comics from the 1950s

Special introduction by Misfits' Jerry Only! Back from the open grave are more masterpieces of the macabre from the horror comics of the 1950s. Genius horror artists of the known and unknown variety poured their tortured souls into these comics. The best and rarest stories have been chosen with the help of top horror comic collectors. The comics are all lovingly restored and presented in full-creepy color. Bonus: a story by Warren Kramer reproduced from the original art and Kramer's sketches for this book's iconic cover! You will be thrilled, chilled and maybe even a little sickened by the over-the-top zombies, ghouls and gore in this latest addition to The Chilling Archives of Horror!

$18 @ Amazon.com
In: Books, Comics, Unearthed

The Hammer of Witches (Malleus Maleficarum)

Malleus Maleficarum
Malleus Maleficarum Malleus Maleficarum

The Malleus Maleficarum (Latin for “The Hammer of Witches”, or “Hexenhammer” in German) is one of the most famous medieval treatises on witches. It was written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger, and was first published in Germany in 1487. Its main purpose was to challenge all arguments against the existence of witchcraft and to instruct magistrates on how to identify, interrogate and convict witches. ~MalleusMaleficarum.org

Etching: Daniel Hopfer: Gib Frid

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In: Books, Freebies, Witches

Dictionnaire Infernal

Dictionnaire Infernal
Dictionnaire Infernal Dictionnaire Infernal

The Dictionnaire Infernal (English: Infernal Dictionary) is a book on demonology, organized in hellish hierarchies. It was written by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy and first published in 1818. There were several editions of the book; perhaps the most famous is the edition of 1863, in which sixty-nine illustrations by Louis Le Breton were added to the book. These illustrations are drawings which try to depict the descriptions of the appearance of several demons. Source: Internet Archive

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In: Art, Books, Freebies, Vintage

Last Gasp

Last Gasp
Last Gasp Last Gasp

Last Gasp is one of the largest and oldest publishers and purveyors of underground books and comics in the world, celebrating its 41st year in business. Over the years we have published, and in some cases brought to light, some of the most respected and talented artists working today, including R. Crumb, Justin Green, Bill Griffith, Mark Ryden, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Frank Kozik, Todd Schorr, Winston Smith, Spain, Robert Williams, and countless others. Today, we publish 12-20 new titles per year, focusing on 'lowbrow' and 'pop surrealist' artists, as well as graphic novels and pop culture titles. We also distribute all sorts of weird 'n' wonderful subversive literature, graphic novels, tattoo, and art books, supplying them to bookstores and art galleries on six continents.

www.lastgasp.com
In: Art, Books

The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring

The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring

Welcome to Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England. The year is 1926 and Sarah Grey has landed herself an unlikely new job - personal assistant to Harry Price, London's most infamous ghost hunter. Equal parts brilliant and charming, neurotic and manipulative, Harry has devoted his life to exposing the truth behind England's many 'false hauntings', and never has he left a case unsolved, nor a fraud unexposed.

So when Harry and Sarah are invited to Borley Rectory - a house so haunted objects frequently fly through the air unbidden, and locals avoid the grounds for fear of facing the spectral nun that walks there - they're sure that this case will be just like any other. But when night falls and still no artifice can be found, the ghost hunters are forced to confront an uncomfortable truth: the ghost of Borley Rectory may be real and, if so, they're about to make its most intimate acquaintance.

www.neilspring.com
In: Books

Jack Cole’s Deadly Horror

Jack Cole's Deadly Horror
Jack Cole's Deadly Horror Jack Cole's Deadly Horror

Jack Cole is widely acclaimed for his brilliant work on his creation, the superhero Plastic Man. But he didn't just stretch people's imaginations, he also frightened them out of their wits! Cole's comics in this genre were some of the most grisly, horrifying, gut-wrenching art and stories in the history of comics! In Jack Cole's Deadly Horror you'll read comic stories from the 1950s with titles like "Orgy of Death," "Hangman's Horror," "The Corpse That Wouldn't Die," "The Killer From Saturn," "Goddess of Murder," "Monster of the Mist," "Dance of Death," "The Man Who Died Twice," "The Strangling Hands," "Death Prowls The Streets," "Killer From Beyond," "A Pact With The Devil," and many more spine-tingling tales. I ntroduced by Eisner Award winner and comics historian Craig Yoe with rare art and background material, this large format, full-color book is part of the acclaimed Chilling Archives of Horror Comics, which includes Dick Briefer's Frankenstein, Bob Powell's Terror, and Zombies! WARNING: Anti-comics crusader Dr. Fredric Wertham singled out Jack Cole art as especially harmful to impressionable minds! Jack Cole's Deadly Horror is not recommended for the faint of heart!

$17 @ Amazon.com
In: Books, Comics, Unearthed

Bad Mags

Bad Mags

The Flip-Side of Popular Culture As Seen Through Magazines and Tabloids.

Bad Mags illuminates the darker recesses of "pop lit"--focusing upon the strangest, sleaziest and most unusual periodicals and tabloids published in the US from the fifties through the eighties.

Bad Mags lists well over 200 publications, each listed with issue numbers, volumes, dates, publishers addresses, cover price, and page count. Each listing also has information on the articles and features of interest mixed with anecdotal information, including entries by David Kerekes.

Bad Mags is a unique, helpful and informative guide to a hugely popular, now neglected, aspect of US literary history.

www.badmags.com
In: Books, Erotic, Magazines, Oddities

Mouse – A Taxidermy Workshop Manual

Mouse - A Taxidermy Workshop Manual

A complete guide to creating your own naturalist or anthropomorphic taxidermy mouse.

If you've ever fancied enlivening your mantelpiece with dancing, singing, pipe-smoking or motorbike-riding mice, then this book is for you. Taxidermy has been accepted, both as a craft and an art, for centuries, and is once again making a place for itself in the homes of thousands of enthusiasts. All it takes to learn to stuff your own animals is a little basic knowledge and a creative imagination.

Margot Magpie, who teaches the perennially sold-out taxidermy course at The Last Tuesday Society in London, takes you through the step-by-step process of mouse taxidermy: from ethically sourcing your rodents, to preservation, stuffing, and positioning. By the end, you'll have a happy little mouse, a quirky talking point for your living room and a new experience to tell your friends about.

Seventy easy to follow steps that teach you to skin, prep, preserve, mount and position a mouse in under four hours.

A fully illustrated guide. Each step is accompanied by a close up photograph of the author at work.

www.afieldguide.org/books.html
In: Books, How To, Oddities
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