Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Never Curse a Corpse" & "The Blind Monsters"

Ah, there is nothing quite as pleasurable as breaking the seal on something new; be it a jar of peanuts, a coffin (both of which give a satisfying hiss of air rushing into a vacuum), or the Mylar sleeve of a fresh comic – in this case Weird Vol. 11 No. 1, March 1978.

“Never Curse a Corpse” has the anxiety-drenched artwork of Cirilo Munoz and has a title that not only trips off the tongue with a certain flippant joy, but also offers some solid advice. This story provokes a consideration. Traditionally one may do three things to (or upon) the grave of a deceased enemy: One may either a) dance on it, b) spit on it; or c) piss on it. My question to you, dear reader, is this: If you were on the receiving end – that is, if it were your grave being defiled – which manner of defilement would you prefer if given a choice? Granted, none of the three are easily tolerated, but I would prefer to be spat on rather than pissed or danced over, and I’ll tell you why. To dance on another’s grave demonstrates a certain dark glee and release; and pissing expresses too casual a distain. Spitting, however, suggests an enemy swathed in bitter angst – living, yes, but coiled tightly in a blustering, unquenchable anger and corrupting desperation (much better).

”None so blind as those that will not see.” - Matthew Henry - Commentaries, Jeremiah 20

“The Blind Monsters” has some terrifying beasts drawn by A. Reynoso. I can’t decide whether this should have been an episode of Star Trek or the The Twilight Zone. In the case of either program, it could have been the best episode ever!

OK, you’ve had enough. No. Really. You got someone to drive you home? Once you sleep it off, make sure you come back for “Coils of Terror” and “Satan’s Dead Demons.” Admit it. You would have come back for “Satan’s Dead Demons” alone.

10 comments:

Tim Butler said...

"The Blind Monsters" would have done best as an Outer Limits, a show that knew how to deliver the creature goods every week. There's something extra sinister about an eyeless thing using its other senses to hunt you. it's like you could never be quit enough.

prof. grewbeard said...

"following a dead man's footsteps can lead...to the grave!" nice story, nice sentiment, but one thing no one ever mentions, Mykal, is that are a master of purple prose yourself!...

great Reynoso art on the second story, but the third to last page is repeated and the second to last page is missing...oh, the suspense!

Mykal Banta said...

Tim: Those creatures, with two giant teeth like mole rats, but no eyes - and lobster claws actually gave me nightmares. You gotta love that.

Prof.: Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for the catch about the mixed up story. I have it fixed now. Whew!

Mykal Banta said...

Oh, Tim: Yes - better the Outer Limits!!

Guybell said...

Another great posting. That cover is fantastic (even though Myron really seemed to like having werewolves stake vampires, which I never really got, but what the hell).

Guybell said...

Mykal, just curious what your guidelines are when buying these magazines. I'm not much of a "bidder" (too lazy), but prefer to just buy them outright on ebay. The first couple of mags I bought in good/very good condition but am finding out that I'd rather just pay the higher price and get at least VF/NM and purchase less. Do you have any system for your buyingf? Your scans look like new sometimes.

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: I don't really have a system, either. With Eeire Publication stuff, you can drive yourself nuts with reprints, contents, etc. If the cover is cool, and it is priced reasonably, I buy it. That's about it for a system. And, like you, I rarely bit (except sometimes on lots of more than one). I just limit my search to Buy Now.

Karswell said...

I will definitely be back for Satan’s Dead Demons.

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: That title does have a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

“The Blind Monsters”, is a reworking of “The Eyeless Ones” from Tomb of Terror #7 (Jan '53), which Karswell has subsequently reproduced at tHoIA. (This fills another lacuna in Smith & Broxson.)