Tuesday, April 23, 2013
SPOOK SHOW ADS
This ad appeared in EL DIARIO ( New York City 1963 )..... It was for a magician named Dr. Neff. He was performing a show at the PUERTO RICO THEATER in the Bronx.
I never got to experience a spook show, but they sound like A LOT of fun!
Apparently, most of these events were hosted by magicians and their sexy assistants.
This ad appeared in THE MIAMI NEWS ( Miami 1950 ). The show took place at the PARAMOUNT THEATRE.
Most of these events took place inside movie theaters across the United States.
I've also been told that freebees, and prizes, were handed out at some events, and that movies were also part of these shows.
This blurb for Dr. Neff appeared in EL DIARIO ( New York City 1963 )
This ad for Dr. Neff, appeared in EL DIARIO ( New York City 1963 ). The show took place at the JEFFERSON THEATER.
As far as I know, only two books have been published on this subject. As I write this, they're both apparently OUT-OF-PRINT ( see below ).
GHOSTMASTERS: A LOOK BACK AT AMERICA'S MIDNIGHT SPOOK SHOWS
This HARDcover book was written by Mark Walker, and published by COOL HAND COMMUNICATIONS ( ISBN: 978-1567901467 ).
PLEASANT NIGHTMARES: DR. NEFF AND HIS MADHOUSE OF MYSTERY
HARDcover book written by William V. Raucher, and published by S. S. ADAMS ( ISBN: unknown ).
A couple of SPOOK SHOW themed DVDs also exist.
SPOOK-A-RAMA: VINTAGE SPOOK SHOW FILM TRAILERS, released by ALWAYS ABOVE AVERAGE ENTERTAINMENT.
I have NOT seen it, and I do NOT know if it's an MOD, or "pressed" disc.
You can get it from AMAZON, and the SPOOK SHOW REVIVAL website.
SPOOK SHOW REVIVAL WEBSITE
MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY - SPOOK SHOW SPECTACULAR, released by SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO ( one of my favorite video companies ).
It's an MOD disc.
You can get it from CD UNIVERSE, AMAZON, directly from SOMETHING WEIRD, and many other websites.
SOMETHING WEIRD WEBSITE
FYI: A company called MONSTER WAX makes a set of SPOOK SHOW trading cards ( see link below ).
MONSTER WAX WEBSITE