First, this glorious cover from Horror Tales Vol. 2 No. 6, November 1970. Where to start? The eye is drawn to the young lady staring sightless after having been lowered into a glass vat of acid by her hair – dipped into the bubbling solution like a cherry into chocolate. The artist’s eye has captured the moment before the bones, no longer connected by gristle, drop to the bottom with soft clinks. And what of the metal-plated robot with shiny teeth and tongue, yet bleeding fleshly blood from his gums and crack in his faceplate? What is the number of hellish tales suggested by this tableau?
First for your pleasure is Night of Terror with the thick, rich brushwork of Carl Burgos (oops - see comments). Table of Contents has this to say: ”An envelope of horror trapped an innocent couple in a reign of terror. C’mon, put that axe down!” well, isn’t that a nice piece of wishful thinking!
It’s time for Dick Ayers! With Deadman’s Ghost, Ayers severs his appropriate number of heads and limbs, but also treats us to some fine, young female figure work into the bargain. Table of Contents says: ”Journey into superstition where deadmen turn into ghosts! Ye-ech!”
Ok, enough is enough! Too much of this and you may get to like it. Next up from same issue: ”Walk the Edge of Darkness” and ”Green Horror”