Greetings, thrill-seekers and horror-lovers. Billy here – back with another review. I should warn you, reader, this is not for the faint of heart. If you are prone to panic from frightening images from beyond the crypt, ghoulish plot-twists, and mild political incorrectness, then please stop reading as of this sentence. Take 9 parts Creepshow and 1 part Twilight Zone, and what do you get: Haunted Horror, the Chilling Archived of Horror Comics. Of course, I should mention, Haunted Horror is a collaboration of short comics from the 50s, so obviously Haunted Horror predates Creepshow and the Twilight Zone, but you get the idea.
So how about the Stories:
The Man Who Outdistanced Death is an amusing tale about Georgie Kerrik, a runner who is second only to Whitecloud. Georgie cannot stand the thought of coming in 2nd every race. What are Whitecloud’s secret and why has he been on the racetrack’s record book for more than 50 years? More importantly, does the title give the whole story away?
The Stolen Brain is a remarkable story of greed and revenge. A mad scientist endeavors to steal the brain of a real scoundrel – a Wall Street investor. Why steal the brain? So that he can make prudent stock choices of course. This one will have you saying, “I didn’t see that coming.”
Fingers of Doom is a tale of infidelity and revenge. What happens when Gus plots to end his unhappy marriage to his plain wife Emma to be with his mistress? I can’t put my finger on it, but maybe Emma can?
In the Nightmare of Doom a mad scientist (there were a lot of those in the 50s) fosters a deadly bacterium to its full potential, and then unleashes it on the public. There is no real reason given why he does this, but I guess we wouldn’t call them “mad” scientists if they were rational.
Search into the Unknown is the most unsettling (and the least politically correct) of the comics. Alan Clarke travels to the Indian subcontinent in search of a friend of his, Ted, who has gone missing. As he questions the last people to see Ted, the Indian Fakirs, Alan discovers that there is more to the local’s tricks than meets the eye.
Black Death is a love story about two newly-weds stranded on a deserted island after their cruise ship sinks – but are they really alone? The ending may give you a chuckle, in a macabre sort of way.
The Finger of Guilt is the shortest and simplest of the tales. A murder, a dropped wallet and a strange apparition bring this comic to a speedy end. One question: I’m not sure if anyone felt guilty, maybe regretful (you’ll have to read it).
With great storylines, acceptable artwork and a high-vocabulary, I give Haunted Horror a 4.5 out of 5 stars.