[Book Review] Ghosts and Girls of Fiction House

ghosts and girls of fiction houseTitle: Ghosts and Girls of Fiction House
Various authors, collected & edited by Michael Price
Highly Recommended
Genre/Category: Comic books, Horror, History
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Publisher: IDW Publishing


Blurb: The publisher Fiction House was infamous for what anti-comics crusader Dr. Fredric Wertham called “headlight comics,” i.e. comics featuring the ample female bosom. The Pre-Code publisher used their buxom heroines to star in jungle comics, science fiction tales, and scary GHOST STORIES! The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics series curates the sexiest and scariest of these poltergeist-infused Good Girl Art comics in a pulse-pounding tome, Ghosts and Girls! Your hair will stand on end and at the same time your toes will curl! Featuring faithfully reprinted original art from these 1940s and 1950s by brilliant masters Matt Baker, Maurice Whitman, and more, don’t miss this must-have, large format collection edited by comics historian and filmmaker Michael Price, with its lovingly restored comics.

** This early and honest review was made possible by Diamond Book Distributors, IDW Publishing, and NetGalley. The (somewhat lengthy) opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. **

I’m a sucker for a good ghost story and Ghosts and Girls of Fiction House provides more than enough to satisfy me.

Collected by Michael Price, the Golden-Age tales of horror and humanity in Ghosts and Girls of Fiction House are right up my alley. The stories in this book all come from publisher Fiction House, a publisher known for their images of beautiful women in peril and blood-curdling horror.  With about two-hundred pages of comic book history (including anecdotes about horror comics’ hall of famer EC Gaines), covers for comics like Ghost and Jumbo Comics, and full-color reprints of true Golden Age greats, this book is a must have for fans of horror who are fascinated by comic book culture and history.Read More »


#NCBD 9/2/2015 – The Backlist

No, there’s not some new comic out that you’re all missing.

This NCBD I only got one book and it was last month’s Jem. I’m not writing about the series just yet because I’m waiting to get the last issue. When I get it, I’m going to do a big post on the comic and how it snuck up on me as a really fantastic read that’s really diverse, girl-focused, and has canon F/F relationships! I watched Jem as a kidlet and even met the actress that played her, but the comic really wasn’t on my radar until a few weeks ago. So I’m really excited that it works for me so darn well!

But for now, I’ve got nothing more than an outline so I’ll hold off on further gushing!