Friday, February 22, 2008

Pool of Eternity

The jungle isn't really my favorite horror setting, but add in some head shrinkers and blowgun dart torture and I’m there! This one has some neat twists and a truly horrific ending… plus, the always excellent art from Lou Cameron is just what the (witch)doctor ordered.

From the December 1951 issue of Mysterious Adventures #5







12 comments:

todd said...

I shall sleep well after that! Ha ha.

The Vicar of VHS said...

Ooh, nice one. Kind of reminds me of one of those stories from the Amicus Vault of Horror movie (or was it Tales from the Crypt?)--the monkey's paw gone wrong. Or did I dream it?

Anonymous said...

EWWWWW! WHAT COULD BE WORSE THAN LIVING FOREVER AS A SHRUNKEN HEAD ON A STAKE?

Anonymous said...

Cameron delivers another classic! Thanks!

Karswell said...

Vicar, there is a 3-wish monkey's paw type story with a magic statue in the Amicus Tales from the Crypt movie called Wish You Where Here... the dead husband is brought back to life forever because of poor word choice from his wife, and since his body has already been embalmed (and then later chopped up with a sword) he's thus doomed to live an eternal existance hacked to pieces with the acidic fluid eating him from the inside out. Such a pleasant way to go!

The Vicar of VHS said...

That's the one, Karswell. I remember that one giving me the serious heebie-jeebies as a kid.

Of course The Monkey's Paw also gave me nightmares. It's really true that suggestion is often more powerful than a reveal.

Horror pariah said...

Tragic.usually in a horror story i can't wait for the big death/punchline/twist,but here i actually wanted them to escape their fates.sad.hmmm,wonder how Max the drunken severed head feels about this....

Karswell said...

>wonder how Max the drunken severed head feels about this

Haven't seen him over here in awhile. But you know how those Rondo Award Nominees can get...

I was actually wondering which shrunken head style people prefer more: lip strings trimmed close to the flesh, or left long and dangling?

Horror pariah said...

Hey waitaminnit!today was Dwight Frye's birthday!for a guy who spent his whole career slaving for Dracula,Dr.Frankenstein & Pretorius he deserves some recognition!.

Lenox said...

Holy hell! That was creepy.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this tale was the inspiration for David Byrne's musical group...........

Max the drunken severed head said...

I loved the romantic ending!