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Screen Chills and Macabre Stories

Entry updated 4 April 2017. Tagged: Publication.

Pulp-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 since – 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 was long unaware of his story's appearance here, omitted from all bibliographies of his work, and was not pleased when eventually informed about it. 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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