This time we are reviewing three new gems for the genre collector. Only two are about Zacherley, but the Cool Ghoul likes them all.
AL CAPP - A LIFE TO THE CONTRARY by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen. Published by Bloomsbury 1st edition 2013, 310 pages, hardcover PRICE $30.00 available wherever good books are sold.
The life and times of the creator of Lil Abner, Abby and Slatts, Little Annie Fanny and other products is explored in wonderful detail in this volume loaded with pictures in black and white and color complete with bibliography and extensive index. The authors go into detail not only about Al Capp's life and his famous creations but life in the comic strip world covering four decades.
Comments by other artists like Milt Cainiff (creator of Steve Canyon and Terry and the Pirates) and Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) and color to this detailed biography. The authors left no stone unturned in detailing Capp's troubled life and struggle for success, his ride on the wave of fame, and his fall from grace in later years. Lil Abner stands out as a piece of American legend and the look into the life of his creator is no less amazing.
ZACHERLEY'S MIDNIGHT MONSTER TALES by John Skerchock. Published by Dark Dungeon Enterprises, 2nd edition 2012, 102 pages, soft cover PRICE $10.00 available on AMAZON and wherever good books are sold. KINDLE price $2.99.
With commentary and introduction by Zacherley and enhanced with a few classic photos, John Skerchock revisits Zacherley's past as an editor of horror stories. In the early 1960s Zacherley edited Midnight Snacks and Vulture Stew, two very sought after books by Zacherley fans today. This volume contains a number of classic stories by Poe, Howard, Lovecraft and others. Even Mark twain is included with a rare ghost story. A special surprise is a story starring Zacherley in the end. This book is listed as a second edition. A limited first edition was released to judge fan reaction. After receiving positive remarks the book went through some revision and is now released for mass market.
ZACHERLEY'S CREATURE FEATURES by John Skerchock. Published by Dark Dungeon Enterprises, 1st edition 2013, 152 pages, soft cover PRICE $13.00 available on Amazon and wherever good books are sold. KINDLE price $2.99.
The second in a series of horror stories featuring an introduction and commentary by Zacherley, this book provides a collection of some o the best classic horror stories by authors like Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Machen and a handful of others. Several classic photos enhance the book and a special surprise is another story featuring Zacherley as the star. Could this be leading up to a book of short stories featuring the Cool Ghoul? A must for any horror book collection.