That meant more research for me. Sadly there isn't much footage left of the legends, but enough stories and clips out the to understand the importance of these showbiz innovators.
Cable TV happened and kinda led to these shows fading away...except there were a few glimmers of hope keeping the horror host memory alive, in the aforementioned Elvira, who remained in the public eye even after her show faded away. Another great host who kept the spirit as live was Svengoolie, who is celebrating 40 years of portraying the character this year, with crossover in DC Comics.
That brings me to my announcement.
There's been a resurgence in horror hosts over the last few years with enough success online to the point that some are being picked up on local tv networks, and a couple are syndicated nationally including Ivonna Cadaver's Macabre Theater and the prior noted Svengoolie's show.
Throughout October, I plan to introduce a handful of Horror Hosts to you with a series of posts at thestevestrout.com, profiling some of them.
I'm personally excited about this series, and really hope you guys do too, and appreciate my love for the quirky side of showbiz.
I'm going to tie in a fun giveaway with a spooky prize pack for a follower and (hopefully new) horror host fan. There will be more details on the giveaway as the series runs and a get the goods together so stay tuned!
It's almost October, and time to start running the Horror Host series from thestevestrout.com!
Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and He can be reached for comments at firstname.lastname@example.org on twitter at @thestevestrout