[Micah's Mausoleum] Horror Newspaper Ads From Yesteryear!!

A column where horror and nostalgia meet. Topics range from VHS, Vinyl, repertory screenings and a hodge-podge of anything else horror related that that harkens back to the days of yesteryear.

Remember when newspapers were a thing? They may not be relevant anymore, but back in the day newspaper ads were one of the only ways, outside of video store shelves, for young me to see things that would permanently scar my young impressionable brain. Often just seeing an image alone of a particularly nasty evil, like say Freddy Krueger, would haunt my nightmares for months. But those newspaper ads also served as a guide for what to watch when the opportunity finally presented itself.

Thanks to Cinema Du Meep, who is constantly posting newspaper ads and similar clippings, Jared Denison, and Jon Donahue for digging up the adverts. Hope you enjoy.

Head inside to check out a selection of ’70s and ’80s horror newspaper ads. READ MORE

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[Book Review] Romance Author Strikes Horror Gold With 'The Darkling'

Author Carolyn Haines is into a little bit of everything. Primarily known for a series of humorous crime novels set in the Mississippi Delta (The Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries), Haines is a prolific author who has published in multiple genres under multiple pseudonyms. Not only has she penned a dozen or so Harlequin romance novels (seriously), she even dispenses online relationship advice in the Southern Belle drawl of a ghost named Ms. Jetty. This Haines lady is the ultimate multitasker.

Pegasus Books is releasing her upcoming novel The Darkling under yet another pseudonym, “R.B. Chesterton“, a sweet mobster alias if I ever heard one. Although a few of Haines‘ previous novels have dabbled in the supernatural, The Darkling is a shockingly good horror novel for an author who merely dabbles.

In this unsettling piece of American gothic, the arrival of a 16-year-old foster child results in the unraveling of a close-knit family, arousing the suspicions of their young nanny. With its 1974 setting and slow burn narrative, The Darkling is a throwback to a time when the novels of Ira Levin and Thomas Tryon ruled bookshelves, when the most popular horror novels were both literary and scary.

The hardbound release hits bookstores on April 1. Read on for the full review. READ MORE

[BD Review] 'Coma' (1978)

Writer Michael Crichton was one of the go-to guys in Hollywood for nearly two decades, scribing gems like Jurassic Park, Twister, and the renowned television series ER, and became a household name up to and after his death. While he openly preferred writing as opposed to directing, he did sit in the directors chair for a handful of thrillers – two of them considered outstanding. Westworld, which hammered him onto the map, and Coma – which for all intensive purposes set the tone and created a skeleton for the Hollywood thriller for the next 10 years. READ MORE