Last night the social media platforms exploded with the shocking news that John Zacherle, a.k.a. Zacherley, passed away at the age of 98. The Cool Ghoul was adored by many and up until recently could be seen out and about mixing with fans and talking about his days as a horror host. It was only about a month ago that news spread of Zacherley entering the hospital, but the man himself reached out to ease our concerns by stating “don’t worry I should have never eaten that kraken.” He will be missed by more than he could have realized. RIP John Zacherle and thank you for the legacy you have left us!
Zacherley was an American television host, radio personality, and voice actor known for his long career as a television horror host broadcasting horror movies in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for his character “Roland/Zacherley,” he also did voice work for movies and recorded the top ten novelty rock and roll song “Dinner with Drac” in 1958. He also edited two collections of horror stories, Zacherley’s Vulture Stewand Zacherley’s Midnight Snacks.
To say that he was an icon is a bit of an understatement. This man, this wonderful man, was a force of nature who lived it up with fans well into his 90s. There will never be another like him, and we were lucky to have him haunting us for as long as we did.
Here is our video tribute to the man that has meant so much to so many of us: