This was a comment left for a post I wrote called ” Did You Check Under The Bed ” ….  I thought I’d go ahead and run Scott’s comment as a post- it’s a wonderful read about a great show.

 When you’re done visit his site and enjoy…I know I did!

anita marie 

I found your blog while doing my monthly search for all things Nightmare Theatre online, and as usual I enjoyed the reminisces of people who remember the show with as much fondness as I do. I was born in 1968, and watched it religiously from when I was three to when it went off the air in the late 1970s. (As cheesy as many of the films seem now, I’ll take them over 98% of the dreck on the market today.)

 Poe was a favorite of mine as well. (The House on Haunted Hill was the bomb, and his performances in Roger Corman’s Poe adaptations were absolutely unbeatable.) I was also a big fan of the Hammer fare, with Curse of the Werewolf and Brides of Dracula (both regulars on Nightmare Theatre’s sometimes repetitive schedule). One of my favorite memories, though, was the showing of The Mole People followed by Invasion of the Saucer Men, a double-bill which I repeat for nobody’s pleasure but my own about once a year. God bless VHS and DVD technology.

The program was such an influence on me that I am now a professional writer focusing on–you guessed it–all things horror, from award-winning fiction to film history and criticism. Since there has been very little written up about KIRO-TV’s late night show and it’s star, Joe “The Count” Towey, I decided a few years ago to start a fan site devoted to both, which–in light of web host problems over much of 2007–I had to rebuild this last month. (Just in time for Halloween! Forget Christmas; we Nightmare Theatre addicts know what the best holiday of the year is.) Anywho, if you are interested in revisiting a bit more of your childhood, check out my site (Nightmare Theatre NW) at

I have a page devoted to nothing but reminisces like yours, and you’ll probably get a kick out of reading the television schedules for the Friday nights you found yourself–like me–glued to the tube.

It’s nice to see that others are trying to keep this small piece of Northwest history alive. Keep up the great work!

Scott Aaron Stine

P.S. The Scary Mary clip is absolutely hilarious! It’s amazing what a little bit of creative editing can achieve. (Now if modern filmmakers were at least half as clever, some of the more recent horror fare might by as “scary” as they claim.)






Makes about 60 cookies

1 cup (250 mL) butter, softened
1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon (5 mL) almond extract
1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla
2 3/4 cups (675 mL) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking powder
1 teaspoon (5 mL) salt
3/4 cup (175 mL) whole blanched almonds
1 tube (19 g) red piping gel

In a bowl, beat together butter, icing sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla; beat in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Working with one-quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remaining dough refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoonfuls into finger shapes. Press almond firmly onto one end for nail. Press in centre to create knuckle shape.

Using paring knife, make slashes in several places to form knuckle lines. Bake on lightly greased baking sheet in 325 degrees F (160 C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until pale golden.

Let cool for 3 minutes.

 Lift up almond; squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back in place so gel oozes out from underneath. Remove from baking sheets; let cool on racks.

Approximate nutritional content per serving: Calories 71. Protein 1 g. Fat 4 g. Carbohydrates 7 g. Dietary fibre 0 g.

from Spooky Times

by imogen 

Something occurred to me from looking at Anita Marie’s graphics.  It appears the old mansions seem to make the best spaces for ghosts.  We have some in the area, and though they are inhabited, some of them still look spooky, especially the grand Victoriana styles and early Edwardian. 

Do old castles all look haunted, or seem suitably haunted?  Modern places, even when they are empty, don’t have that special charm.  What is it about these homes?  Or not homes?  Does a house have to be old to be haunted?

Often it is said that theatres are haunted, and there is always a story to go with it.  And not just one, check out the link — Imogen Crest