Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Horror Comes To Room 1313" & "Killer Lady"

These two creepers will drain dry the fetid, insect-whining swamp that is Horror Tales Vol. 2 No. 3, May 1970. Both of today’s stories come from the Iger Shop, 1950s vintage.

Our first story, "Horror Comes To Room 1313," tells the tale of a hotel room with a very bad view. The room service is probably terrible as well, but no one ever complains.

Table of Contents tells us: “A nameless evil horror lurked in room 1313 and sent innocent people screaming to a messy death on the pavement below. Splat! Quick Mop! – Sponge! – Ambulance!”

The male protagonist in “Killer Lady” is a modern day Samson with a head of locks the ladies can’t resist, even a princess! All is vanity, the good book tells us (repeatedly); and our male Goldilocks is the proof in the pudding. One thing must be said for him, though: He has a certain cool. I hope if by some crazy chance a gorgeous princess one day offers to make me her king, I have the presence of mind to reply “Sounds swell, baby!” Ah, but as our cool cat will discover – cool will only take you so far.

Actually, up until she sliced off her lover's head, Princess Oona was about the coolest girlfriend that ever lived. You see her take care of that bat? Ooh, baby!

You want color you bloody things? Fine. Check out Karswell's The Horrors Of It All for a juicy glimpse of the original!

Coming up next, we delve into Tales From the Tomb Vol. 1 No. 7, September 1969 with "Three Times Dead" and "Deadly Pickup." I'll be looking for you in all the usual dark, desolate places.

12 comments:

KW said...

These are some great classic images. a bat flying with a head in its claws is perfect.

Mike H said...

A very rare Ajax/ Farrell decap!! Yeah!!

Mykal said...

KW: You just can't beat a bat for classic. I especially love how the guy's still running.

Mike: A decap, and done up right!

Thanks, guys!

Guybell said...

That was well worth the wait, Mykal. You picked two awesome pieces.
I swear though, that first one reads like Stephen King's "1408" almost too much to be a coincidence.

Mykal said...

Guybell: I had the same thought. I sure is easy to imagine that King was a fan of pre-code horror as a kid, or an Eerie Pub. fan, and the idea got lodged there.

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

The bellhop ♥ed that awful laughter (page 4, final panel)?

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

BTW, about 19 months ago, Karswell reproduced “Killer Lady” as it had appeared in Voodoo #6 (Feb '53).

Mykal said...

Daniel: Looks like a Freudian slip is showing! That bellhop gave me the creeps anyway.

"BTW, about 19 months ago, Karswell reproduced “Killer Lady” as it had appeared in Voodoo #6 (Feb '53)." - I noted that in post.

prof. grewbeard said...

i always loved "Room 1313", it is genuinely scary!

prof. grewbeard said...

oh, and Jerry would just like to say, "OOOH, KILLER LAAAAADEEEEE!"

Mykal said...

Prof.: I think it is the way the demon giggles as he chases.

"hey, laaadyy!" The once and future stooge.

Karswell said...

Either way you slice it, "Killer Lady" works awesome in color or black and white!