Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"The Vanishing Dead" & "Chant of the Dead"

Today the theme is Death! Both of our stories from Horror Tales, Vol. 2 No. 4, July 1970 are concerned with the departed, so I thought I would give you a couple of famous thoughts on the subject from famous people - both expressing the profoundly democratic nature of the skull and scythe:

"Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings." Horace - Odes, I, iv, L.13

"O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! Whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised." Sir Walter Raleigh - History of the World, bk. V. pt. I, ch. 6, conclusion

Along these same lines, let's enjoy our first story, "The Vanishing Dead;" which is a straight up reprint of an earlier Atlas tale with only a modicum of Eerie Pub. enhancements (read: blood splatters).

Again, with "Chant of the Dead" we find an Eerie Pub. B&W reprint of a story which previously appeared Strange Fantasy#2, 1952 (and appeared before that originally in ELLERY QUEEN #1, 1949 - thanks for the info, Spacelord!).

Visit my bud, Karswell, at The Horrors Of It All to cast your peepers on the original in fully drenched color. Just click HERE!

Just for shits and giggles I thought I'd toss in this little, two-page feature, "Facts for Ghouls." Clearly, this is Eerie Pub. editors trying extremely hard to make a scary version of Robert Ripley's Believe it or Not!