Screen Chills and Macabre Stories

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Digest-size magazine. Pep Publishers and Printers of Croydon, South London. Editor: uncredited, believed to have been Leslie Syddall. One undated issue; possibly November 1957.

This extremely rare publication is of historical importance as – although the exact date of publication remains unknown – it may have preceded Famous Monsters of Filmland as the first Movie Monster magazine. Contents included Horror fiction along with reviews of such current films as I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957). The most notable fiction item was "Them Ones" by Robert Bloch, a retitling of his Cthulhu Mythos tale "Notebook found in a Deserted House" (May 1951 Weird Tales). Bloch appears to have been unaware of his story's appearance here as it is missing from all bibliographies of his work. The magazine is now almost impossible to find; it was apparently sold in the UK only. [GSt/DRL]

see also: Media Magazines.

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