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Beloved Horror Host Zacherley Dead at 98

Dread Central broke the news today that John Zacherle (better know by his stage name Zacherley) died yesterday, a day before the semi-annual Chiller Theater Convention that was named for his popular New York area horror television show from the 1960’s.

John Zacherle started out in early televison and radio broadcasting, but his real claim to fame came as the host of Shock Theater for WCAU-TV out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which debuted on October 7, 1957.  Zacherle started out as an undertaker/vampire character named “Roland” before switching to his trademark Zacherley.   read more