Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Horror Bags 'Fangs Toothbrush' offer

I spotted this on ebay a few weeks ago and really wanted to bid for it but as usual I got outbid,but at least I can share the photos of the Fangs wrapper for another Smiths horror Bags promotional item.I had never knew about the Fang toothbrush,you begin to think you now know about all the promotions from Horror Bags then something like this comes up, cool fangtastic item once again. I really wish I could find out for sure what all the promotions were.Anyone know for sure?

Friday, September 14, 2012


For those of you who fondly remember 'Monster Munch' check out this cool blog which shows some of the monsteriffic promotional items you could send for as well as lots of other Monster Munch ghoulness.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

'HORROR BAGS' Dracula Puppet

As you may or not noticed it has been quite awile since I last posted here, sorry if you keep coming back and not seeing anything new;been quite busy lately and very tired.Anyway I'm going to try and post more regular from now on if I can.


Well at long last I have at last seen a photo of the illusive Dracula hand puppet from Smiths Horror Bags [See pic] this one was on Ebay not so long ago.Never thought I would ever see an actual one,only ever seen the advertisement from a comic,looks quite nice and better quality than I thought;wasn't even sure what the puppet was made of. I did put a bid on for this but as usual I got outbid which is always the case when I can't be near the computer near the end of the auction,oh well it was just nice to see a photo.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Borley rectory article

Here is a request from Stegron who wanted to see this article that they remembered from childhood. The article is taken from the 'Ghost Special' annual #2.

Monday, July 02, 2012

'The Hamlyn book of Ghosts/Horror/Mysteries/Monsters

I have always loved these series of books from Hamlyn with their fantastic painted covers by Oliver Frey.The Horror and Ghost ones I especially like and I have had mine for many years now,later I came across the Monsters and Mysteries ones which I never knew about at all untill I saw them. The books are all hardback and large format and the first 2 came with dustcovers. These are just perfect books for the young horror/monster fan and nice companion peices to Denis Gifford's 'Pictorial history of Horror movies' and Alan Frank's 'Horror Movies' & 'Monsters and Vampires'. The Hamlyn books are nicely illustrated with paintings,drawings and photos on a variety of genre subjects in fact,fiction and film.

'The Hamlyn book of Ghosts in fact and fiction' (1978) by Daniel Farson.
Illustrated by Peter Archer,Mike Bell,Mike Codd,Mike Cole,Peter Kesterven,and Ivan Lapper.Special photographs by Terry Williams. The actual book is plain black with a Oliver Frey painted dustcover.


Ghosts of history
Animal Ghosts
Secret Rooms
Haunted Houses
Apparitions & Foresight
Ghosts at Sea
Ghosts can be fun
Are there such things?
The Ghost Hunters
There are such things!


The Hamlyn book of Horror' (1979) by Daniel Farson.
First published by Hamlyn as a Beavor paperback in (1977).


Of Ghosts and Ghouls
Horror stories
Horror on stage and screen
Almost Human
A geographical guide to horror
Real Horrors


The Hamlyn book of Mysteries' (1983) by Bernard Brett.
Illustrated by Harry Bishop,Mike Codd,Brian Denington,Peter Dennis,Bill Donshoe,Oliver Frey,Ivan lapper,John Raynes,Dave Williams and Paul Wright.


The Eilean Mor light
Unidentified flying objects
What happened to Buster Crabbe?
The Miracle Healer
The Gloucester Sea Serpent
Kidd's Treasure
The Abominable Snowman
The Derelict
Mysterious footprints
The search for gold
Anna or Anastasia?
Flight 19
Have we lived before?
The Loch Ness Monster
The Eighth Continent

The Hamlyn book of Monsters' (1984) by Daniel Farson.
Illustrated by Victor Ambrus,Oliver Frey,Douglas Hall,John James,Ivan Lapper,David Lewis artists [Robert Adams & Mike Codd],Tony Masero.


What went wrong with the world?
Dragons and other Mythical Beasts
Monsters down below
Strange stories of Monstrous Creatures
Hairy Monsters and Hairy Men
People on show
Gentle Gorillas
Kong and Monsters of the Movies
Monsters for our time
Monsters and the future

Monday, June 18, 2012

'Horror Party'

I came across this peice from a 1979 copy of the girl's annual 'Blue Jeans' which is part of a feature on what to do for a themed party.I included this really because it was just nice to see 'Fangs' & 'Bones mentioned from the Smiths Horror bags range. It would be interesting to know if anyone tried this horror party out at the time.

Thursday, June 07, 2012


Its quite amazing how many different sort of novelty erasers you could buy back in the 70's and 80's, remember the fruity smelling ones? Even though these erasers never really worked very well at rubbing out pencil,they were just cool to have. The ones you see pictured here I had almost forgotten about untill I saw these on ebay. Always wondered what the head is supposed to be, I think there were a few different sorts of heads available,one being a Dracula head which is one that I have had for quite some time. I like the hand and foot here too. The artwork on the pack reminds me a little of the Helix Horror stationary range.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Here is something for those with a sweet fang,sorry I mean sweet tooth.Dracula rock from Whitby,Yorkshire the place where part of Bram Stoker's dracula was set.

Thanks Marcus

Thursday, April 26, 2012

'DINOSAURS' Colouring Book

'SPACE CREATURES' Colouring Book

Sometime ago I did a couple of posts on 2 Action colouring books Horror and Monsters, I bought these myself back in the 1980's and have always enjoyed the pictures in them to colour in,some of the pictures were a little unusual in that they featured drawings that were based on some old horror or monster film image and changed them a little giving the monster or human character a complete different look. Anyway not so long ago I was told that there were 2 more similar themed colouring books in the same Action colouring books series,these are now featured thanks to a kind contributer who scanned the covers and a few of the pages.It is so nice to see these,always wondered what they would be like and I think they are just as good as the Horror and Monster ones.

Thanks Guy

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Awhile ago I did a post regarding a toy a freind of mine remembered from the early 70's,in some ways even after talking to me about it that he wasn't 100% sure if what he told me was right.[He was a little drunk at the time].Anyway after many searches on the net and coming across nothing,a kind contributer to the Cobwebbed room sent me some photos of the toy and box, my freind spoke of- 'Action Spooky'.At long last the search and curiosity is over.I thought and I'm sure my mate will be that we would never see a photo of an actual one.I don't know if you can read what it says on the box but it says  "Empire Made" and sole distributors; Candex Ltd, 6 Kensington Court, London W8.Love the graphics on the box and the cool skull of course.

Thank you so much Mark.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

1970's jokes and tricks

I received this photo the other week of my mates wonderful collection of ghoulish jokes and tricks from the 1970's with their original header cards.These are great fun ,remember a lot of these myself,always loved a visit to the local joke shop to see what would be a funny joke to buy or something to freak out who ever.

Thanks Steve.

'Message from Dracula' and 'Message from ghost'

Here is a couple of spooky trick cards from the 1970's, the idea was that you wind up the bat attached to an elastic band,carefully reclosing the card and when you hand it to someone they look in the card and get surprised by the wild frantic spinning bat or Ghost? in the ghost one.Nice graphics on these too.

Thanks to Steve C. and Andy N.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

'Late Night Horror' Titles (1968)

Creepy titles from a now lost TV horror show from 1968.


Even though the Halloween game poster came free with Eagle #238 (11th October 1986), it will be of interest to those familiar with IPC's 'Scream' comic from 1984. After Scream's last issue #15, the comic then merged with 'Eagle' for a number of issues.'Scream' readers will probally recognise artwork from the Halloween poster here which came from issues of Scream. Those that I can make out include images from The Thirteenth Floor [Grim Reaper],Library of death ['At death's door','Spiders can't scream' and 'Ghost Dance'],Monster [house from isssue 6 and Zombies from issue 7], The Nightcomers [Issue 9], Cover of issue 9 [Skeleton Bride], The Dracula File and last but not least Ghastly McNasty. The cover of Eagle #238 uses images from the back cover of Scream #9. The next 4 issues of Eagle would contain free cards [2 of which are featured below] that can be used with the Halloween game poster and for another 2 games.