Saturday, May 21, 2011

"The Game Called Dying" & "Crack Up"

It's time once again to tap the moldy till of Weird Vol. 4 No. 3, June 1970.

Today's offerings are both Eerie Pubs reprints of earlier Ajax stories. The first one, "The Game Called Dying," originally appeared in Voodoo No. 3, 1952. Weird served up this introduction in the table of contents: "There is an old saying, "He mates and checks, and slays, and one by one in the closet lays," A real 'Weirdo.'"

The full passage, from the The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, is:

"'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays."

Which fits this story perfectly!

For a perfect example of how Eerie Pubs like to gore things up, take a look at the original of "The Game Called Dying," posted at Karsell's The Horrors of It All!

Our second story, "Crack Up," originally saw the light of day in Fantastic No. 10, 1954.

Next time we put this issue in the vault by posting "Torture Garden" and "The Living Dead." I bet I had you at "Torture Garden," didn't I?