Sunday, November 7, 2010

"The Strange Escape" & "The Vampire Witch"

Here come two more slices of nightmare life from Terror Tales Vol. 4 No. 6 to keep you ammused into the wee small hours after midnight.

First up is an educational fable about fate called "The Strange Escape;" which features some of the best Eerie Pub. art from Cirilo Munoz I have seen.

"Fate," wrote Euripides bluntly, "is stronger than anything I have known." Indeed, and if you ever find yourself escaping prison (and don't imagine it can't happen), you will be best served to remember the ancient playwright's words - particularly if your escape route bisects a graveyard full of robed men. Simply amazing inking here by Mr. Munoz. Download THIS POST!

Our second story, "The Vampire Witch," features a feckless hero - one of those men born to be abused by women. Hell's bells, even a witch can't resist laying into poor Hector with a good, swift kick in the nuts upon meeting him (I'm a witch, stupid!). Oscar Fraga supplies the art in this one. I love that last panel of this story. Want a good laugh? Play out in your mind the scene following as the guard attempts to administer the jury's sentence.

Today's theme dealt with the way the harsh, iron grip of fate rests so heavily upon the soft flesh of us mortals; gripping our wrists and ankles like shackles until death offers our only egress. Next post: "The Walking Dead" & "Demons and Vampires" from this same issue. Until then, spend pleasant hours plotting the horrible downfall of anyone you even suspect has ever wronged you.


Daniel [] said...

“The Vampire Witch” is a reworking of “The Witche's Curse” from Weird Mysteries #8 (Jan '54), the original art for which story may be found at Heritage Auctions.

KW said...

That girl yells:


How do you pronounce EEYOW-W? That extra W on the end is mysterious. Do you pause and then go Wuh?

Mykal said...

KW: Pronunciation on that is unclear. Eerie Pub. specialized in that strange punctuation. You will see it often in table of contents descriptions of stories; i.e. Yee-ech!

My best is that the part of the word after the hyphen gets a little extra emphasis. How one might pronounce a single W is left to the mysteries.

Hell, I was never really sure how one pronounced AAaargh!

Daniel [] said...

“AAAARGH!” is normally pronounced /a:a:ɹgʰ/ or /aaaaɹgʰ/, but I imagine that Hispanic letterers were thinking /ˈa:a:rgʰ/ (trilling that ‘r’).

Mykal said...

Daniel: Thanks for clearing that up.

Karswell said...

Haha, I think I liked the comments on the post this time better than the stories.


Good stuff as always Mykal!!