Big Kid Reading Horror Pulp, 1941

Horror Stories April 1941-2

Horror Stories April 1941

The first photo was found at an estate sale and sold on eBay. It looks like a press photo of some sort, but I can’t identify the gent holding the magazine.

Horror Stories was a forerunner of the horror comics boom ignited by EC Comics. This particular issue was published in April 1941.

(Cover image via Fantasy Ink)

5 Responses to “Big Kid Reading Horror Pulp, 1941”

  1. 1 Ryan Anys October 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Have you ever seen Comic Book Confidential? Awesome late ’80s “history of comics” doc packed with great interviews (Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Harvey Pekar, Robert Crumb, Frank Miller, etc…).

    It also includes some ’50s era PSA-type footage (promoting the Comics Code) featuring a kid reading a horror comic and getting all hopped up and aggro, and eventually turning on this friends. Fantastic stuff!

    • 2 2W2N October 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      I haven’t, and it sounds great. Will track it down. Was this the PSA?

      The “boys gone wild” bit starts at around 10:00 and ends around 14:00.

  2. 3 William October 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Actually, Horror Stories was a fiction magazine, rather than a comic book. Think of Analog or Isaac Asimov’s that are on magazine stands today. Horror Stories featured short stories and a short novel in each issue, often by some of the top popular-fiction writers of the day. Though it had a few illustrations inside, the stories were not told graphically in any way.

    • 4 2W2N October 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      I know. It was a pulp in line with Weird Tales. But these pulps heavily influenced EC, nevertheless. I kept the photo in the “kids reading comics” category because it fits in spirit.

  3. 5 Steve March 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Loring Dowst… There is almost literally, no end to the names you just never heard of, who appear in these old pulps. And, look at that cover! I’d read that story. It’s nice that so much old, obscure, material is getting digitized and, occasionally, read as audiobooks. I will probably find myself looking around for Loring Dowst. Sounds like a pseudo, but, as a featured name-on-the-cover, even of what I take to be a lesser pulp, I’m thinking Loring was a notable fish, even if in a tiny pond.

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