Friday, March 30, 2018

Lost Corners of the Internet:
Magic Carpet Burn (a blog)

While I was researching the recent post about Frankenstein socks, I came across an "old" horror-themed blog that seems to be worth noting for the historical record. It was called Magic Carpet Burn, it was authored by "Prof. Grewbeard," and it ran for 413 posts between September 2008 and November 2011.

Horror, ephemera, and nostalgia were the main themes of the blog. The first post featured a vintage Halloween costume catalog (pictured at right), and Grewbeard wrote: "To get this bit of folly off to a rousing start, here's the front cover of the 1966 Collegeville Costume catalog. I am planning on posting the entire catalog, but might stretch it out a bit. Since this is the coolest thing I own, it may also be the only thing I ever post."

Of course, 412 more posts followed, so Grewbeard had a lot to share and a loyal following, based upon the number of comments on the posts I read.

Some of those spooktacular posts included 8mm Japanese Monster Movie Boxes, the Weeny Witch Halloween Party Book, a record titled Scary Tales featuring John Zacherley, and loads of scans from monster magazines and comic books. If the history of horror entertainment in the 1950s through 1970s is your cup of tea, you'll lose hours on this blog. Which is what still makes it so valuable, 6½ years after it closed up shop.

Another interesting resource is Prof. Grewbeard's profile page, which includes links to the zillions of blogs (most of them horror-themed) that he/she followed back in the heyday of the early 2010s. I'm sure there are many additional great candidates there for Lost Corners of the Internet. Here are just a few of the blog titles: A Patchwork Of Flesh, Black Goat of Doom, Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks, Cosmic Hearse, Diversions of the Groovy Kind, Funky Frolic, Jukeboxmafia, Killer Kittens From Beyond The Grave, My Pretty Baby Cried She Was a Bird, SpaceAgeSquirrel, and Ye Gods! He Collects Dick Tracy!

Some of those blogs are still around and kicking serious butt. Some of them never got off the ground. Yes, I'm looking at you, Black Goat of Doom.

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