It was the 1960s ... the early 60s to be a little more
precise. Famous Monsters of Filmland was a big seller with the kids, both
little ones and teenagers. Television was still relatively new ... and
programmers had discovered that kids loved MONSTERS! They had grown up with
local kid show hosts - like Buckskin Bill, Pop Winkle, Lester and sop many
more. Now they were ready for something a little different ... a HORROR
show host! Enter Count Macabre, packing a skull named Erik, a castle full of
cardboard creepiness, and a recently purchased package of old monster and sci-fi
movies. The time was right, the personality was right, and we were
READY! Every weekday afternoon, from 3:30 PM till 5:30 PM (when
Huntley/Brinkley would invade and we would vacate the television to the world of
parents) it was COUNT MACABRE - WBRZ-TV, Channel 2 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!
A lot of us
kids (mostly guys but there were some girl viewers) were introduced to classic
horror, mystery and science fiction movies through the Count Macabre's daily
visits. Some of us even decided upon our career paths through the films
presented, the theatrical presence of the Count (local magician Jay Marlborough)
and the wonder that was local television in the 60s. Here I placed some
images of memorabilia from the Count's television years, including ads from
personal appearances, TV giveaways, and, soon, posters from his bizarre run for
Governor in the 1964 Louisiana gubernatorial election! If you have any
stories, photos, "stuff" that you would like to share, please contact
me at this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now let's relive a little past, shall we?
THE OTHER SHOW
The other show on Baton Rouge television around the same time was titled "Amazing Tales" and aired on Saturdays on WAFB channel 9. It started a couple of years before
Count Macabre and had no host. I remember being introduced to lots of AIP Bert I. Gordon cheese films
like "The Cyclops," Roger Corman's "War of the Satellites,"
and the ever-awful "Frankenstein's Daughter" through that venue.
WHERE IS HE NOW?
Ken King sent this information:
"Jay Marlborough died about 5 years ago in Phoenix AZ. He was married for the
last years of his life to my mother and his family, two sons, still live in the
WHERE DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON
LOCAL HORROR SHOW HOSTS?
of TV Horror Hosts.