Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Cat Jumped Over the Corpse

Ever hear of the hillbilly superstition that if a cat jumps over a corpse then the dead body will come back as a vampire? Yeah, me neither… but it sure makes for an interesting pre-code horror story! Lin Streeter’s artwork here is also exceptionally slick and eerie.

From the Sept 1954 issue of Out of the Night #16






16 comments:

Patrick said...

Wild Mountain Vampire Girls! What a great concept! Much more interesting than "Bloodsucking Bimbos from Burbank"!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT! THESE RECENT STORIES FROM ACG HAVE BECOME MY FAVORITES OF ALL YOUR POSTS. ITS WEIRD YOU NEVER HEAR MUCH ABOUT LIN STREETER, IN FACT I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HIM UNTIL I STARTED VISTING YOUR BLOG.

AWESOME!

zen wizard said...

I think those "superstitious mountain folk" are actually in the mountains of Transylvania, but, yeah...

zen wizard said...

Wait--what if you throw a Stradivarius over a dead guy? Will he come back to life?

Karswell said...

>actually in the mountains of Transylvania

Since when are The Smokies in Transylvania?

I was actually wondering what would happen if a person jumped over a dead cat. Obviously nothing happens when you DRIVE over one that's already flat on the road.

Horror pariah said...

Y'know as much as i complain about remakes,i would like to see a remake of this where PETA pops up at the last moment and lets the cat get away!i also like the altered mythology,being cat-hopped not only makes you a vampire,your clothes become less revealing!.

Anonymous said...

Artwork reminds me of Al Feldstein.

zen wizard said...

If a person jumps over a dead cat, the cat comes back as...I dunno, Brian Setzer??


How about if Eartha Kitt jumps over a dead guy? What happens, then? If nothing happens, could she try doing splits over his face?

(I apologize in advance for that one...)

Karswell said...

Okay, all kitting aside... what happens when a vampire jumps over a live cat?

Horror pariah said...

Time to get a new cat...

Dr.Phibes said...

What if an umpire tries to jump start a cat but the battery is dead?

Karswell said...

>What if an umpire tries to jump start a cat but the battery is dead?

That's when the empire strikes back in black.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS THE SILLIEST COMMENTS SECTION I'VE EVER READ! TOO FUNNY.

Maurizio Ercole said...

Hi karswell... the artist is Lin Streeter, righ? I love this one. Any Matt Fox stories in your future posts?

Karswell said...

Yes, this story is illustrated by Lin Streeter, I've posted a couple stories by him now so check the back archives too.

I hope to have some Matt Fox stories ready in January.

Maurizio Ercole said...

Thanks karswell!!!