You remember Zombos, don’t you?
A grade B actor in numerous grade C horror movies (just pretend, okay?), most of which are forgotten by his few remaining and decaying fans. He is such an aging dilettante; always looking backward, while reluctantly edging forward into the new age of horror. He pines for the old, less gory days, but secretly enjoys those zombies and slashers. And I, his patient and understanding servant, am charged with finding more and more room in his immense closet to accommodate his passions of the moment.
I am Iloz Zoc (JM Cozzoli), full-time--and long suffering--valet to Zombos. Within these pages you will meet others who live in and visit his mansion on the Gold Coast of Long Island as he and I delve into some of the worst and best horror movies.
So many horrors, so little time to be terrified; frightful, isn’t it?
I do it for the fun of it, of course.
From the old to the new in horror movies, here and there you will meet up with these curious characters (and others, too):
Zimba—Zombos' alluring wife.
Zombos Jr—Zombos' annoying son.
Glenor Glenda—Our rather sensitive housekeeper. She never can make up her mind.
Lawn Gisland—Ex-rodeo and silver screen cowpoke, all six feet and three inches of him. Having starred in numerous television Westerns during the 1950s and 60s, he and Zombos go way back together. He hung up his spurs and retired to Florida to wrestle gators for the tourists. Getting bored with that, he had an itch and scratched it by touring as a trick-riding and fancy shooting cowboy for the Smith and Walloo Brothers 3-in-1 Circus. For a man his age, he doesn't show it. Zombos often jokes that Lawn must keep a decrepit looking portrait in his attic like Dorian Gray. All joking aside, I think he's right.
Jimmy Sosumi—Zombos' crackerjack estate lawyer. His motto is 'where there’s a will, there’s a way…to make money.'
Paul Hollstenwall—Our annoying neighbor, purveyor of bad movies, which he insists on showing us at every opportunity. The Hollstenwalls live at 0004 Gravestart Lane, a short energetic walk from the mansion.
Pretorius—Our quite ancient groundskeeper who keeps a very neat lawn.
Chef Machiavelli—A culinary god; we’d starve without him.
Iloz Zoc—That would be me (my alter ego, remember?). I don’t pop up too often.
Other points of interest:
- Mexican Horror Movie Lobby Cards
- Horror and Science Fiction Movie Pressbooks
- Halloween Decorations and Fascinations
- Reviews of comics, books, magazines, and whatever else strikes the horror in me
About JM Cozzoli
As a horror fan and film buff, I grew up in Brooklyn with three theaters close by. Many weekends and many nights were spent watching horror and sci fi movies (my mom would take me to the horror movies, and my dad took me to the sci fi ones). My first true scare was watching Night of the Living Dead (I was way too young for that!). My fondest memories are watching all those wonderfully good (and some frightfully awful) movies on my local NYC channels , hosted by either Zacherley or the Creep, and eating way too much sugar-loaded cereal on Saturday mornings.
So you can say I'm a horror fan with a blog.