Saturday, June 19, 2010

"House of the Vampire" & "Devil's Sketch Book"


Here’s two more rotting, decaying stories from Witches’ Tales Vol. 4 No. 1, February 1972. This first little doozie, “House of the Vampire,” has work by the artist known as Stepancich, which I like a lot; particularly the sweet splash page vampire nude. “Watch out! Something ahead!” says the driver. You bet there is, soldier boy!


“Devil’s Sketch Book” is a straight reprint, with a classic Eerie Pub shading or two, from Fantastic Fears No. 4, November 1953. Artist unknown. Writer (pffft) so very unknown. Both very, very cool.

That's all the spookiness one post can handle. Until next time remember; don't be afraid of things that go bump in the night! It's the things that chortle and whisper in your ear in the night - making those soft, guttural suggestions - that you need to worry about.

7 comments:

Guybell said...

vampire story. "Watch out! There's a castle growing out of that girl's arm!". The artist wasn't too concerned about tangents or planes but he did a cool job nonetheless.

Mykal Banta said...

I cool job indeed, despite the castle growth on arm.

Karswell said...

The creepy dude on the cover of this issue is also on the cover of the Feb 1974 issue of WEIRD (and with a different victim too!)

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: He gets around, that grinning, malignant dude. If I remember rightly, my friend, I believe you have made use of his berserker image for our own dark devices!

Matthew Coniam said...

The grinning malignant dude also has excellent taste in ladies.

Mykal Banta said...

Matthew: You'll find that all of Eerie Pub.'s various beasties, monster, and slobbering ghouls have exceptionally high standards regarding the ladies. Their magnificent covers are a cataloge of hot. -- Mykal

Darci said...

The GCD mistakenly lists Terrors of Dracula Vol3 #1 (May 1981) for the first appearance of "House of the Vampire". It adds:
Reprinted from Web of Mystery (Ace, 1951 Series) #15 (November 1952). Original title "Death Never Takes a Furlough." Same basic script as original with new art.
Thanks,
Darci