The folks at the Classic Horror Film Board are reporting that John Zacherley died yesterday at the age of 98. For many monster kids (myself, included) Zacherley was the greatest horror host of them all ... a man whose legend continued to grow even after his ghoulish character left the airwaves. He recorded several records (all of which are Halloween essentials), edited collections of horror stories, made a few stage and screen appearances, and even graced the cover of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. I don't have the time today to craft the kind of obituary he deserves, so please take a moment to read this 2012 interview with the man with the New York Times.
And, if you're looking for a DARK SHADOWS connection, here's a photo of Zacherley on stage in the 1962 play "La Belle" with our own Thayer David.