Category Archives: Horror Hosts

Horror Host Retrospective: Zacherley

Roland/Zacherley Real name: John Zacherle Years active: 1957-1967, Pennsylvania, later New York What a long strange trip it has been through the electric corridors of television’s cathode tube-lined hallway. We…

Horror Host Retrospective: Stella

Stella, the Maneater from Manayunk, AKA the Daughter of Desire Real name: Karen Scioli Years active: 1984-1990, Pennsylvania As witnessed here, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. There have…

Horror Host Retrospective: Sinister Seymour

Sinister Seymour Real name: Larry Vincent Years active: 1969 to 1975, California Vampira had started a new trend in television, yet it would be quite a few years until someone…

Horror Host Retrospective: Vampira

Vampira Real name: Maila Nurmi Years active: 1954 to 1956, California Going back beyond the mists of time and space, we find arguably the first horror host of them all,…

Horror Host Retrospective: Sir Graves Ghastly

Sir Graves Ghastly Real name: Lawson J. Deming Years active: 1967 to 1982, Michigan Many horror hosts had their start doing local television programming. Sir Graves Ghastly was no expectation….

Horror Host Retrospective: The Ghoul

The Ghoul Real name: Ron Sweed Years active: 1971 to present, Ohio Moving back to Ohio for the final stretch, we must first look back to Ghoulardi. Among the ghastly…

Horror Host Retrospective: Marvin the Near-Sighted Madman

Marvin the Near-Sighted Madman Real name: Terry Bennett Years active: 1957 to 1959, Illinois The first host out of Chicago, entertainer Terry Bennett was no stranger to television. A writer,…

Horror Host Retrospective: Sammy Terry

Sammy Terry Real name: Robert Carter Years active: 1961-present, Indiana Moving into Indiana, we find one of the longest running hosts in the region, none other than Sammy Terry. Beginning…

Horror Host Retrospective: Ghouliardi

Ghoulardi Real name: Ernie Anderson Years active: 1963-1966, Ohio We’ve mentioned large Charles and weathermen aplenty, but now we must pierce the veil back to Ohio’s first real horror host,…

Horror Host Retrospective: Bob “Hoolihan” Wells

Bob “Hoolihan” Wells Real name: Robert Wells Years active: 1966-1979, Ohio With Big Chuck and Lil’ Jon, there must also be a discussion of the man before them. Bob Wells,…