Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Unrevealed; possibly human mutate, some sort of spectral entity, or a combination of both
Occupation: Horror host, comic editor
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Scream offices, 29 floors beneath King's Reach Tower, London
First Appearance: Scream #1 (IPC, 24th March 1984)
Powers/Abilities: Spectral appearance and clawlike hands, but whether either actually provides any powers remains unrevealed. He has an extensive knowledge of horrorific events, and like most horror hosts he delights in sharing this knowledge in the form of chilling tales of terror.
History: Ghastly McNasty was the once-human editor of Scream, IPC's mid-1980s horror-themed comic. His face was perpetually hidden by a hood that revealed only glowing eyes, but he encouraged readers to send in pictures of what they thought he really looked like, giving clues each issue, clues that suggested he had become monstrous via careless experimentation on himself (he notes in the first issue that he once used a special lotion to try and improve his looks, but it went wrong, perhaps because he added a little too much tree root to the mixture). A winner was shown in Scream's final summer "Spinechillers" special, though whether this was his true visage, or whether Ghastly was humouring his readers since this had been their last chance to uncover his face, remains something only Ghastly knows. As well as editing the comic, he also hosted the short "A Ghastly Tale" strip, usually consisting of a one-page horror-themed tale with a twist ending.
He was based in the cold and gloomy depths below King's Reach Towers; IPC's offices were on the 29th floor up, but Ghastly's offices, where Scream was produced, were twenty-nine floors down.
Comments: Scream's real editor was Ian Rimmer.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
the Shiver editor, another editor of a horror title, albeit a more humourous one.
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