Publisher: General Books
Publication Dates: October 1976 – March 1978
Number of Issues Published: 18 (#v1#1 – #v2#6 )
Color: Colour cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions: 8″ x 10.5″
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Numbering continues in Hammer’s Halls of Horror (General Books, 1978 series).
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
The House of Hammer was an influential British horror movie magazine that was initially published between 1976 and 1978.
The magazine was the brainchild of comics editor Dez Skinn, who had most recently been editing a revived version of Monster Mag for publishers Top Sellers (one of several imprints of Warner Bros publishing division Williams). Skinn initially conceived of the magazine under the title Chiller, but walking past the Hammer offices each day, he suddenly realised that a tie-in with the world’s most famous horror film production house could be beneficial. A meeting with Hammer was arranged and, thanks to the influence of Hammer’s then script editor Chris Wicking – a comics fan who knew Skinn’s work – a deal was quickly made.
The first issue of House of Hammer was published in 1976. The initial idea for the magazine was for it to be essentially a Hammer Films fan publication, but it quickly became obviously that there would not be enough new Hammer product for that to work (in fact, the second issue ran a piece on To the Devil a Daughter, which proved to be the only Hammer horror film made during the lifetime of the magazine) and so it took on a broader horror film remit.