38 pages, 11" x 8.5", $5.00, Kobb Labs, PO Box 30231, Pensacola FL 32503, USA [Note: A belated review is this one - the most recent Kobb Log is #8.]
For this Special Halloween Issue, Dr Bill locked himself in the Lab and watched many many horror movies, and writes about them here. I love this intro to his review of The House by the Cemetery  - "A college professor brings his wife and little boy to a rural town outside Boston where they'll be staying at a house next to, that's right - a cemetery - for the next six months. He's there to look into whatever his colleague was researching before he went on a rampage, slaughtering his mistress and hanging himself. Sure, why not bring the whole family? It'll be fun. What could go wrong?"
... Jim Ivers covers the Carmilla film cycle [movies based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 gothic vampire novella Carmilla
- 25 years before Bram Stoker's Dracula
] - the story of a young woman's susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. ... Then Dr Bill explains over two pages (!) why there is no letter column here yet. ... Page 16 includes a shocking revelation about cinema popcorn: "A 50 pound bag of popcorn kernels costs the theater approximately $7.50. One pound of popcorn makes a whopping 64 cups of popped corn. This means either the theaters are making a killing on the popcorn or melted butter costs $62 a drop."
... Jim Ivers also shares his 'Tricks and Treats: Memories of Halloween' "By age ten, Halloween had shifted into a different phase. ... The night had taken on a darker, scarier edge. ... The kids had taken control of the streets for a night of mayhem..." ...
Wonderful images and illustrations are spread throughout, including a back cover illo by Tom Crites, who left this world for the next just as this issue was going to press. ... The terrific cover features a painting by the multi-talented Jim Ivers.