Friday, March 4, 2011

"Crawling Death" & "A Skeleton in the Closet"

This will scrape the last few bloddy scraps of Witches' Tales Vol. 2 No. 1, February 1970 off the slab. This first story, "Crawling Death" is a reprint from Haunted Thrills No. 6, 1953. Table of Contents has this to say: "Up from the fetid holds, they swarmed, scenting blood, avid for the kill - amd men died screaming in agony!"




"A Skeleton in the Closet" first appeared in Strange Fantasy No. 7, 1953. Table of Contents says: "From beyond the grave comes this ghoulish tale of a ghost by the name of Prof. Spartacus Dubrow. Definitely not for the squeamish."

Just for kicks, here's an ad from the inside front cover. I'd check every box on this son of a bitch - including the "pot luck" special.

Next: "Witchcraft" & "Corpses Coast-To-Coast" from Weird Vol. 4 No. 3, June 1970. Until then, here's hoping you can lose yourself in at least a few precious hours of drunken, lustful abandon where responsibilities are forgotten and tomorrow is the land of fools.

10 comments:

SpaceLord said...

I realled loved "Skeleton In The Closet". Page 5 is riveting, where the butterflies come alive and our skeleton steps out of the closet. A specifically ruthless mad scientist story. I'd LOVE to see the 1953 original story! Did they use the funky ghost-writer host as well?

Mykal said...

SpaceLord: That's a great question. I have looked at my usual haunts (The Horrors Of It All, Pappy's Golden Age Blogzine) for the original, and can't find it. Perhaps someone can help us with that one. Thanks for commenting and "following."

Matthew Coniam said...

Hey Mykal - Just to let you know: entirely due to your (and the BP's) influence, I've finally taken the plunge and ordered my copy of the Howlett book.
I have a feeling Myron Fass is my kind of guy...

prof. grewbeard said...

i'd like to see the Brothers Quay film a version of Skeleton In The Closet...

ZantiMissKnit said...

The Ghost-Writer fella is indeed the host in the original! No really obvious "updates" for the Eerie version.

Hey Matthew! Thank you! I hope that you love it!

Mike H said...

Haha! I just realized that I was logged in as my wife when I sent that last message!!

Mykal said...

Mike: I was wondering! I wasn't sure how to respond to Ms. ZantiMissKnit's comment, so said nothing. Thanks for clearing that up!

Tell your wife she has one of the coolest blogger names ever.

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

I've been meaning to note, with appropriate link, that “Crawling Death” very much reminded me of the classic episode “Three Skeleton Key” from Escape.

Furman said...

Now that is amazing art! What texture and dynamism. First time seeing these stories. Thanks for posting.

Mykal said...

Furman: My pleasure