Hey, everyone. This is Dash Jordan with some breaking news. There’s another horror legend who has left this plane of existence. It had been announced just today that legendary horror host and radio personality John Zacherle, a.k.a. Zacherley, a.k.a. Roland has passed away yesterday at the age of 98. No one has yet stated the exact cause of death. However, for all we know, Zacherle may have died due to natural causes.
Unless you’re a hardcore horror fan familiar with all things classic, you may not have heard of him. I’ll admit, I never heard of him either. So for those of you who are unaware, Zacherle was a prominent horror figure during the 50s and 60s with shows like ‘Zacherley at Large’ & ‘Shock Theater’. He also wrote many short stories, numerous other film and television roles, and even several horror-novelty songs.
This guy was truly the “cool ghoul”. Coming from the age of Vampira and predating some of our most memorable horror hosts like Elvira and Crypt-Keeper, the very fact that he’s been giving people the spooks for seven decades now is incredible. You may not know him now, but he deserves the time and respect from every horror fan, especially from the new blood. Trust me, some of his stuff is worth checking out. So, I’ll just say thank you, Mr. Zacherley. Rest In Peace and Happy Halloween.
Until next time, Gotta Dash!
Written by Shane Moose
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