Monday, October 17, 2016

31 Days of Halloween - Day Sixteen - Tarantula Ghoul - Graveyard Rock

31 Days of Halloween

Day Sixteen:
Tarantula Ghoul and her Gravediggers - Graveyard Rock

Here's a fun one! Tarantula Ghoul was a TV personality in Portland, the vampy master of ceremonies for KPTV's House of Horror from 1957-1959. Her fans affectionately referred to her as "Taranch." 
 Suzanne Waldron was her real name. 
Sadly there is not any footage of the show that survived, only some articles and a couple recordings of some horror-themed Halloween novelty songs. 
 According to her son, House of Horrors ended when she got pregnant. She was not married yet and in 1959, it was just not a good thing. She continued to work in commercial and theater though the 1970's. She died in 1982 of cancer, just shy of her 50th birthday. 
I wish we had vampy TV hosts now. I'd actually watch TV if Tarantula Ghoul and Vampira (or someone like them) were hosting horror themed TV shows. 

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