THE ARCHIVES

Monday, September 27, 2010

Zacherley, The Cool Ghoul - America's #1 TV Horror Host

Here's a great bio for John Zacherley AKA "The Cool Ghoul", King Of Horror Hosts from a Chiller Theatre Special Edition magazine published waaay back in '98 when Zach was only 80! I have never had the privilege(or the moolah)to attend a ChillerCon but I bet it's amazing, just having a chance to meet Zacherley would be reason enough to go. Some might think it strange for a Southern boy like me, who was born too late and too far away to experience Zach in his media prime to have such a fascination with the guy. It started for me when I saw a pic in a book of early television history that my folks owned featuring Zach holding a bloodstained card that said "Be Neat"! This was before I ever saw an issue of Famous Monsters. A video he produced in the 80's, "Horrible Horror" was my first look at him in action and finally a video compilation of kinetoscopes from '58-'59 that appeared this decade only confirmed my suspicion that this guy was the Coolest and the Ghoulest! I finally found my own copy of his "Scary Tales" LP and will be sharing it with ya'll tomorrow along with my copy of his "Eighty-Two Tombstones/Lunch With Mother Goose" 45. 'Til then, get acquainted(or re-acquainted)with John Zacherley!...












Happy 92nd Birthday Zach, Whatever You Are!...

4 comments:

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Scarifyingly Beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Those records are cool! I'm bookmarking your site!

Christopher said...

excellent..I enjoyed the heck out of reading that..Love hearing about Zach and the early days of horror on the tele...I was there!

prof. grewbeard said...

wish i had been, my brother was old enough but he had no interest in such...

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