Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Bird Sanctuary

In case some of you are starting to think that THOIA is for the birds, well-- you're right! We ended 2010 with our bloody beaks 'n talons dripping, now we do the same to ring in the new year! The July '54 issue of The Tormented #1 features 4 gorgeously illustrated horror stories, two from Mike Sekowsky and two (including this post) from Mike Roy. There are a couple more from this ish in the THOIA Archive, check out the super creepy "Caterpillar House" and the bone chilling "Dinner for One" when you're finished...






8 comments:

Arjun said...

Whistling Woods International is committed to introducing all International students to India, to its historical civilization and contemporary life. Our faculty is specially devoted to teaching music, dance, visual arts, literatures and cultures, as part of the richness India offers, with the aim of reaching better understanding of one of the most complex and significant countries of the world.

As International Students, you will have the unique opportunity to embrace a new country and experience classical and contemporary aspects of Indian culture, while living in Mumbai, and at the same time earn credits towards your degree back home.

Karswell said...

Dear Whistling Woods International,
What kind of fucking moron are you to spamvertise for this on my blog site without asking first? Fuck off.

Gumba said...

As a creator of open source software, and the runner of boards for it, I really feel your pain with the spammers Kars. We just aren't allowed to have anything nice!

To the story: I was always one of those guys who was attracted to the vampira type woman, so I immediately found the bird woman beautiful, then I saw her in wing form and thought, well, I could put up with it :)

I actually felt sorry for the "gun moll". She took the correct action and just got dragged down with the paranoid thief.

Anonymous said...

More like this plz. this story was so good for me. my favourites where the first and the very last panels. what artistry!the birds where quite accurate and convincing. not quite the walking blues.

prof. grewbeard said...

AIEEE! is of course a classic response but i think in this circumstance i would have tried WHEET-WHEET! or even HAWK-A-AA!...

Mike H said...

Man, THE TORMENTED was such a great, if very short-lived title. I wish there were many many more! Those 2 issues are pure gold!
Oh, and suck my dick Arjun!

Karswell said...

Haha, seriously! How trustworthy is a school that sneakily advertises on someone's blog without permission? Oh, that is DEFINITELY a school I want to go to, absolutely. Do it again Arjun and next time we sick the carrion eaters on your lame ass douchbag self!

WHEET-WHEET! HAWK-A-AA!

Mr. Cavin said...

There is something amiably incoherent about this story. A couple gets lost in the woods and the birds there are really annoying so a pretty bird woman invites them into her sanctuary and gives them gifts but then sits in a tree so they shoot her for no reason and the littler birds all get really mad offscreen and so the guy shoots his friend and then the birds go away but then they come back and so he turns into a skeleton. It's kind of like a story a five year old might write.

And the one-pager, part of a series that finally (at long last) collects the True Enigmas of the Tormented, would work a lot better without the last panel. I would prefer a story where the gypsy woman forgets the details of her curse and just takes credit for whatever the hell happens.