The Longbox of Darkness: A Horror Comics Podcast
By HJ Louw
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Ayeeee! It's The Longbox of Darkness! A weekly show discussing horror comics, films, and other related media. Every fortnight horror host HJ Louw rifles through his comic collection to bring you the most terrifying tales ever to see print.
||ExplicitEpisode 15 - Creepy Presents DITKO||Join Herman as he delves into a Dark Horse Celebration of the horror stories and art of the legendary Steve Ditko (1929-2018), whom we sadly lost this year. Added to that, Horror Intern ERIN LIN makes a return to the show, we have a horror profiles segm||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 - The Amazing Screw-On Head||The Longbox of Darkness is back! After 2 months of sweet, sweet indolence Herman has finally gotten off his backside and produced a new show. And from here on in, there's no looking back. THIS WEEK, we discuss the blackest of black comedies from the pen||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 - Neonomicon||Episode 13 is finally here, featuring special guest Erin Miskell from thebackseatdriverreviews.com, a lady of ascerbic wit and impeccable taste. During the main segment we discuss Alan Moore's controversial NEONOMICON, so be warned; this is not for the||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPrelude to Episode 13 - The Courtyard||This is a prelude to Episode 13, where Herman talks about Alan Moore's The Courtyard from Avatar Press. Warning! This episode is not for the feint of heart and will feature SPOILERS for those who have not read the comic. Listen freely, and of your own w||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 - Gabriel, Devil-Hunter||This week Herman is joined by special guest MARK CAIN from The United Nations of Horror and The Good The Bad And The Odd Podcast to discuss MARVEL's Black & White Horror Magazines, specifically the character Gabriel Devil-Hunter, excorcist extraordinair||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 - Hideshi Hino's Opus of Hell||This week Herman ventures into the realm of HORROR MANGA as the discussion centers around two seminal works by Hideshi Hino - PANORAMA OF HELL and LULLABIES FROM HELL. Unfortunately Erin The Intern has been detained this week, but we make do with our HI||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPrelude to Episode 11 - "Hell Baby"||Welcome to a special Prelude Episode of The Longbox of Darkness, in which Herman discusses some seminal HORROR MANGA; in this case Hideshi Hino's disturbing HELL BABY. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach me on twitter @darklongbox. Images||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 - Weird War Tales #93||In this episode Herman explores the Horrors of War! The episode kicks off with an in-depth looks at DC's Weird War Tales #93, before sequeing into the critically-lauded Erin Segment, where we tackle some listener feedback. The History of Horror Comics||3/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 - American Vampire Vol.1||Herman returns with a new episode of The Longbox of Darkness! This time around Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's American Vampire gets the spotlight treatment. Erin returns...with a vengeance! And the History of Horror Segment makes an appearance, a||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe First Interlude - "Midnight Mess."||Welcome to The Longbox of Darkness - The First Interlude, a short discussion of EC Comics' "Midnight Mess" from Tales From The Crypt #35, a prelude to our next full-length episode "American Vampire." Check out the blog at www.longboxofdarkness.com , se||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 - Ghost Rider #70||The show's been on a hiatus of 2 weeks due to a horrific bout of LARYNGITIS that tormented horror host Herman, but now he's back with an all new episode, chronicling a tale of deformity and hellfire. Erin's taking a breather this week, but the Horror Tr||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7 - Monster and the Scream! & Misty Special||Herman discusses British Horror comics! That's right, it's time for the Brits to terrify our socks off with two of their seminal horror publications from the 80s, now making a return courtesy of Rebellion Publishing. Our ever-popular Erin segment return||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: The House of Mystery #318||Herman looks at one of his favorite comics from his youth, The House of Mystery #318. Featuring I...VAMPIRE, THE DAY AFTER DOOMSDAY and STALK AND SLASH. The Erin segment and the Horror History segment are both healthy, robust (and in the case of ERIN, b||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 - Alien Salvation||This week Herman looks at Alien: Salvation from Dark Horse Comics. This is followed by our Erin Segment, History of Horror Comics, and finally Horror Profiles. All in all, a doozy of an episode, wouldn't cha say? Send feedback to email@example.com,||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 - Shadows on the Grave #1||This week Herman looks at Richard Corben's Shadows on the Grave #1 from Dark Horse Comics. PLUS the ever-popular Erin, tyro of horror comics, returns! This, and much more. Follow the LOD Podcast on twitter @darklongbox or check out the blog at www.longb||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 - Baltimore Volume 1: The Plague Ships||Herman picks apart Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden's Baltimore: The Plague Ships from Dark Horse Comics. Erin is off traveling, so listeners will have to be content with the History of Horror Segment, along with Horror Comic Bios. Feedback can be||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 - Les Yeux Du Chat||This week Herman looks at Alexandro Jodorowsky and Moebius' genre-defining horror comic The Eyes of the Cat. Our ever-popular Erin-segment makes a return, as well as 2 new segments: History of Horror Comics and Horror Comic Bios. Feedback can be sent to||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1 - CreepShow||This week Herman discusses Stephen King and Bernie Wrightson's CREEPSHOW comic. A brief and disheartening interview with a reluctant participant follows. Then onto a short rundown of PLASTIC from Image Comics, before heavily plugging the podcast's new b||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLongbox of Darkness Ep. 0||New Podcast! Focusing mainly on horror comics, LOD aims to scare you silly with reviews and discussions of epic horror in four-color print. Hosted by Herman L.||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Simply a great show.
There are three things I like quite a bit: comics, horror, and podcasts. So imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered someone combined all three!
The Longbox of Darkness is a podcast covering horror comics hosted by Herman L. Every episode does a deep dive into a particular horror comic or collection of comics describing the story, the art, and the time the comic was published. The topics include classics from the Golden and Silver Ages, as well as the 70s resurgence in horror comics (where let’s face it things got weird), all the way up to the modern horror being published today. All of it told with wonderful enthusiasm by the host.
And it’s that last bit that really makes the show shine for me. As far as the topic is concerned I’m onboard. I’m a sucker for comics in general and horror comics in particular so the fact that I would listen to the first few episodes was a given. But the real question was: is the show compelling enough to come back again and again? The answer is a resounding yes. And that comes down to the host.
Herman’s easy, laid back delivery and obvious love of the genre makes the show compelling and endlessly entertaining. Anyone can do a show on a particular topic, but to make that topic come alive and infuse it with the same love you have for that topic is not an easy task. Herman does that with aplomb and you get a real sense of the excitement and joy these macabre tales bring him. And it makes it really fun to listen to.
Add to the fact that the topics are well researched, described perfectly, and given spot-on commentary along with a smattering of personal anecdotes to spice things up makes The Longbox of Darkness not only well worth your time but an essential podcast to add to your subscriptions.
Just listened to my first episode of this podcast and really enjoyed it. The host presents a comic of the horror genre and gives a nice review and synopsis. Then we get a wonderful segment of feedback read by intern Erin (she needs a spin-off! She's great!) The history of horror in comics is covered and finally recommendations. Great show!!
The Longbox of awesome
Herman does a great job spotlighting horror comics from all different publishers. I especially enjoyed his episodes about Marvel comics and also Creepshow!