Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Green Horror" & "Walk the Edge of Darkness"

This will finish up all the bloody horror and gore that’s fit to post from Horror Tales Vol. 2 No. 6, November 1970.

Our first story, “Green Horror,” is a straight reprint from Fantastic Fears No. 8, July-August 1954. I have read scientists believe that plants have something, a change in electronic pulses or some such, that might be interpreted as “feelings.” Well, if anger is a possibility, the one plant life I’d want to keep happy is a desert cactus. This blood-splattered tale describes why it’s best to stay on ol’ thorny’s good side (but not too much on the good side)!

About Larry Woromay’s ”Walk the Edge of Darkness”, Table of Contents supplies these words: ”Locked in her brain as she raced to her doom was the thing from another world. Help!” I will simply ad that Mr. Woromay, with his long, loose line - rendered some of the slimmest, sexiest women in the Eerie Pub. universe!

Well, it’s time to draw the curtain and dim the lights – let the soft velvet of night come pricked with stars to be as a blanket for the huge, round curve of the earth. Close and lock the door. Huddle around the candle. I’ll be back as soon as I’m able!


Guybell said...

There is an in-depth article on these magazines in "Scary Monsters" Magazine issue 74. Great reading!

Spectergirl said...

I can relate to poor George in "Green Horror". I feel that same hatred every time I look at that damn morning glory the keeps showing up and trying to strangle my Japanese blood grass. F**king weed!

And I am pretty darn impress with the police work in that last panel.

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: thanks for the info!

Spectergirl: Regarding that last panel: That first cop has the case all figured out, and summerizes things quite nicely, I thought! Both cops exhibit an amazing profession calm, considering the circumstances.

Matthew Coniam said...

Amazing as always - the cactus one makes me wonder (and go easy on me: remember I know next to nothing about this stuff) exactly how did these stories come about? Did someone get an idea, and then commission a writer and an illustrator, or did the writer present the idea and the illustrator was then allocated, or what?
Because that cactus story is so very weird; the idea that it moves about and even has a face... I just can't imagine coming up with such a concept in a million years.

And soooooo nastily done! That axe in the head! And the first frame, where its got its arms around the girl and there's blood running down her bare legs - all kinds of stuff under the surface of that one! I think I'm getting used to them, but there's almost always something that brings me up sharp, that goes so much further, or in so different a direction, than I was expecting.
The best we had in my youth and corner of the world was a short-lived thing called Scream comic. Ever hear of it? Would have been mid-eighties or so. I remember enjoying it, but it was nothing like these.

Mykal Banta said...

Matthew: Great to hear from you, pal! I am glad I have made a convert, which was the towering strength of these Eerie Publication magazines. Eerie Pub. published many, many reprints in black and white of earlier pre-code (are you familiar with the comics code in America? If not: click here) comics, which is the case with "Green Horror." I learned of these earlier comics through Eerie Publications, which is why I am honoring the House of Myron Fass (publisher) with this blog. Along with the stright reprints, a lot of the stories contained therin are not reprints but Eerie Pub "originals" nearly always a retelling of an earlier story from aforementioned mags but with much, much bloodier art. Sadly, very little is known of the original writers of these original, pre-code stories - regarding either their source or process. Sometimes, the artwork can be identified, but not often; the writer hardly ever. What little I have read suggests an editor comes up with a story concept, which he gives to a writer, who then works with an artist (this is based on the great EC comics and all the writing that has been done about those great comics. You will find EC mentioned often in the comics codes reference I sited earlier).

If you have a taste for the cactus story - and who doesn't? - may I heartily recommend my friend Karswell's blog The Horrors of it All. My man Karswell is the alpha and Omega of pre-code horror. If you liked the living cactus story, you really owe it to yourself to check out Karswell's blog!

Oh, I havn't heard of that horror comic you mention. I will have to do some research. Hey, I am just really getting into the great war comics tradition in England through my war comics blog!

Karswell said...

Between this blog and The Charlton Story blog I don't know which one is my favorite! Too much too read these days and not enough hours in the day--- argh!

Well I've posted a few plant horror tales at THOIA, but no cactus killers... at least I don't think I have. Thanks Mykal!

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: No cactus killers perse but plenty of pre-code thrillers!

Anonymous said...

Nice scan. I found a copy of that issue of Horror Tales in a closet at a babysitter's when I was a little kid. Still have it.

Mykal said...

Anonymous: Cool babysitter.