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Ghoul #1 (1976)

Posted by demonik on May 12, 2009

Ghoul #1 (1976)

“it’s a ghastly giggle!


“OK, so who wants to be my Preymate of the month then?

R. Chetwynd-Hayes edited and reputedly ghost-wrote the majority (all) of Ghoul (1976) for the mighty NEL. Sadly, it didn’t survive to a second issue. Sadder still, I’ve never even seen a copy, let alone owned one, so any info would be much appreciated, etc..

All I know is that two of RCH’s contributions were revived by Stephen Jones for the posthumous (and, reputedly, diabolical) Frights And Fancies, Ghoul At Large and ‘Hans Clutcher’s I Meet the Great Indestructible!

The full list of contents, for which i indebted to Paul at the Cobwebbed Room Blogspot – the rest of this entry is all his work, not mine –  are as follows.

Ghoul 1 (Nel, 1976)

‘Beyond Terror’ – Staff members telling what phobias, fears, nightmares they have.

‘I meet the great Indestructible – Exclusive interview with Count Dracula’ by Hans Clutcher – Spoof interview with the Count.

‘Things aren’t what they used to be!’ by Denis Gifford – Horror films of the 1940’s

‘Horror-Scope’ – Monster horoscopes with the birthsigns Suckdritus the Vampire, Fangus the Werewolf, Gnawus the Slime-Beast, and Crushem the Golen.

Christopher Lee – brief description about the actor illustrated with film stills

‘Ghoul at Large’ by R.Chetwynd-Hayes – Short story by the horror writer

‘On the Prowl’ – Chilling news from the scream scene.

‘Kiss me quick’ – funny captions to monsters kissing in films stills.

‘Ghoul Gazette’ – Spoof two page newspaper.

‘Masters of Horror – 1. Edgar Alan Poe’ by Walter Gillings – Profile of the master horror writer.

‘Some new pleasures prove’ – by Charles Birkin – Short story

‘Celluloid Screams’ – Gallery of four horror film posters

‘Preymate of the month’ – in which the readers were invited to send in their ghoulish monster creations, the one featured in this issue was called Octopus Man.

Also featured in this 1st issue were adverts for ‘Science Fiction Monthly’ magazine and ‘The Monster Club’ by R.Chetwynd-Hayes and also a competion to win a Mettoy Vampire kite. The back cover is an advertisement for a number of New English Library Horror titles.

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