Sunday, April 6, 2008
I used to collect any horror or fantasy anthology that carried stories from Unknown or Weird Tales. This August 1940 issue of Unknown I picked up for a sawbuck features not only great illustrations by Edd Cartier but the original publication of Theodore Sturgeon's "It." Sturgeon wrote a great favourite of mine called "Yesterday was Wednesday" which was about a man who wakes up while gnomes are changing the world's scenery for the next day. "It" was the original inspiration for The Heap, Swamp Thing and Man Thing. Another hero of mine is rockabilly heavyweight Sleepy LaBeef who played a swamp monster in the movie The Exotic Ones in the sixties.