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Adventures in Horror

Entry updated 4 April 2017. Tagged: Publication.

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird fiction magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Stanley Publications Inc. Editor: Theodore S Hecht, anonymously. Seven issues, October 1970 to October 1971. Publication schedule, nominally bimonthly, was somewhat erratic.

A magazine of generally low-quality Horror fiction with a distinctly erotic flavour, with such lurid titles as "The Naked Slaves of the Master of Hell" (October 1970) and "Trapped in the Vampire's Web of Icy Death!" (December 1970). The magazine became Horror Stories from issue #3 (February 1971) onward. It is of some interest as a popular title among collectors of Media Magazines devoted to Monster Movies, partly because the infamous film director Edward D Wood Jr reportedly wrote much of the contents under various pseudonyms. This is plausible enough: Wood wrote a number of pornographic novels after his career in films ended. Companion titles included the black-and-white Comics-format magazine Chilling Tales of Horror (1969-?1972) – in this field, Stanley Publications was a persistent competitor of Myron Fass and Warren Publishing. Issues of Adventures in Horror/Horror Stories command relatively high prices from collectors owing to their scarcity. [GSt/DRL]

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