Wednesday, 14 August 2013

For SCREAMing out loud

The purpose of this magazine is to reintroduce you to horror...long LOST horror...long BURIED horror...HORROR that OUR era has never really KNOWN...
— From Prologue to a Scream

Vol.1, No.1, August 1973

I have absolutely no clue about this horror magazine I discovered on Archive and promptly downloaded and read in one go. Known as Skywald Horror-Mood Magazine, the 68 pages are edited and written by Alan Hewetson and published by Israel Waldman and Herschel Waldman. Wiki says, "Skywald Publications was a 1970s publisher of black-and-white comics magazines, primarily the horror anthologies Nightmare, Psycho, and Scream. It also published a small line of comic books and other magazines."

The contents page

I liked everything about the first issue of Scream from the imaginative cover and contents page and the black-and-white illustrations that narrate short disjointed macabre tales to the humour behind the horror and the description of Alan Hewetson as "the insane founder of the lunatic Mood-Team and corrupt editor-writer for Scream magazine."

If you know more about this magazine, SCREAM in comments.

Meanwhile, you can download it right here. You'll find other issues too.

13 comments:

  1. More up your street than mine, I think Prashant! Enjoy!

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    1. Col, not really for I don't read horror fiction as often as I read other genres. This one was unusual, I'll admit.

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  2. Never heard of it, but thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

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    1. You're welcome, Charles. I think you'll like it and I'd certainly like to know your views on it.

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  3. Thanks for the link Prashant - I shall definitely investigate when I get home (if I dare ...).

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    1. Sergio, you're welcome. I'm familiarising myself with horror, sf, and fantasy fiction and I have a long way to go before I can talk blindly about these genres.

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  4. Skywald has a very low reputation among horror/comics folks who've read their productions, but I haven't yet...so, thanks for the links! There certainly has been no shortage of weaker horror comics, though some of those have had a certain insane vigor to them...glad they've been fun, so far, Prashant!

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  5. The Bare*Bones guys will probably have a lot to say about Skywald, if you asked them...

    http://barebonesez.blogspot.com/

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    1. Todd, thanks for your inputs and the link to Barebonesez. This is a genre where I wouldn't know the reputation of a book or comic book. I have come across some pretty weird stuff in horror fiction some of which I have passed off for lack of adequate knowledge. The internet tells you a lot without really explaining much.

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  6. A wonderful cover on this magazine, Prashant. I love skulls and skeletons, although this one is almost too realistic for me. Horror is not my thing at all, but if I found a paper copy of this book, I would buy it for sure.

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    1. It is, Tracy, and as you point out, realistic too. I doubt I'll find a physical copy of the horror comic-book in my neck of the woods. I read horror books occasionally though not "The Exorcist" kind of horror. The film was bad enough.

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