Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Thing from the Sea

Bye bye November, we hardly knew ya. This actually turned out to be a cool month… lots of new friends and some really fun comments. Let’s keep it going next month too, and never forget that you guys ‘n ghouls are a huge part of this blog, (as much as the pre-code posts themselves), so tell yer friends, tell yer enemies, tell the thing from the sea… and I’ll see you all in December.

From the October 1952 issue of Adventures into Darkness #6







For another Thing from the Sea (from the archives from last May) click HERE!

AND COMING IN DECEMBER: Monsters! Ghost Stories for Christmas! Epic Sci-Fi Horrors! Another "Stupidest Killers" Weekend! And more! And how about a THOIA Contest where you pre-code experts write a story of your own and the winner gets to see it fully illustrated? Does that sound like fun?

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13 comments:

when is evil cool? said...

i'm no pre code expert but i wouldn't hire that guy to steer my boat either. he came off kinda like a dick even before he punched the captain overboard.

and if i were into getting a tattoo i'd get that first pannel on the top of the first page of the groping ghost story. chubby ghosts rule.

Smilodonna said...

I always love a horror story on the seas - I suppose it comes from visiting San Diego's Star Of India many Octobers in the past (They do a great "haunt" story on the ship late October nights).
I'm rather glad the late Captain was a salty-smelling ghost and not a walking sea-corpse - otherwise his presence would have elicited different reactions in the scene of John's botched engagement announcement.
It's...it's some kind of a fish, you fool!

Smilodonna said...

Ah, and the unfortunate Charles Charlesworth in that Horror's Scrapbook apparently had Progeria (I think). Does anyone else know of another disease that could do that?

Tim Tylor said...

The moral is: when pursued by ghosts of the drowned, get a job inland!

Also, more depressing proof that the undead just don't care about collateral damage. An ex-captain wrecking ships, sheesh!

Horror pariah said...

Excellent artwork and one of the best splash pages i've ever seen make up for a fairly standard story. Nevertheless, that last panel, hell, ALL the panels with the ghost is chilling. The contest sounds fun too. Even if i don't compete it'll be fun to see everyone else's efforts.

Maurizio Ercole said...

This one remind me "The Monster from the Ocean Floor"... the the corman's eyeball monster it's not so creepy like in this story. Grat post Karswell!

Anonymous said...

THAT IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE COOLEST SPLASH PANELS YOU'VE POSTED AND I LIKED THE STORY ALOT, I HAVE A REAL SOFT SPOT FOR HORROR ON THE HIGH SEAS TALES.

NEXT MONTH SOUNDS EXCITING, GHOST STORIES FOR XMAS IS A PERFECT IDEA AND I TOTALLY CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT CONTEST!!

sfdoomed said...

Diablo! The arm coming over the side of the ship was good, but apparently that was as far as "the thing" got on board. It would be enough to scare me, anyway!

Great ideas for December. Thank you for the excellent blog, Karswell. Here's an end of the month toast to you (with coffee, I'm afraid, as it's only 8:00 in the morning!).

blackwalnut2001 said...

Great month o' posts, especially the entire issue of Black Magic Vol 4 #6. Every story a jewel.

Looking forward to December, and more ghosts from various wells, cells and dells.

And I'll leave you to with this headline: "STRANGE SEA SMELL CAUSES ENGAGEMENT BREAK-OFF."

Karswell said...

Thanks again to everyone for the great comments (and toasts!) this month. Next month is gonna be even better with extra helpings of frightening daily fixes--- so don't miss a single post.

Seriously.

todd said...

I always love a horror story on the seas

Interesting you should say so: the vividest dream I ever had was of ghosts on a boat. I was six, and I would not have thought to relate it to this if not for your comment.

Mr. Cavin said...

Middle of page two:

Some Boat Fool: Sounds... sounds like someone laughing!
Mr. Hanson: It's just the wind in the rigging!

Well, ghost or not, I think I'd feel like I was in real trouble about the time I realized my acting captain was delusional enough to think that boat had "rigging".

todd said...

"The Thing from the Sea!" was the title to at least two other pre-code stories that appeared in Tales from the Crypt #1 with art by Al Feldstein and in Eerie #2 and #16 and Nightmare #1 with art by Wally Wood. The latter is similar in outline but much more disturbing in execution.