John “The Cool Ghoul” Zacherle 1918-2016
John Zacherle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and came to the attention of horror fans as first “Roland” and then simply “Zacherle” or “Zacherley” as a TV horror show host and radio personality. Dressed in ghoulish make-up and in black, he made comic commentary on the films being viewed and performed comedic bits between breaks on shows such as Shock Theater. He also recorded a few horror themed albums and songs such as Dinner with Drac and Spook Along With Zacherley and his own version of Bobby Pickett’s The Monster Mash. In later years Zacherle became a beloved fixture at New Jersey’s epic Chiller Theater Convention to which he appear regularly, until only recently. He was a charming man, loved by all who met him and a horror icon who will never be forgotten. He was 98 at the time of his passing.