Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Death Do Us Part

From the January 1954 issue of Haunted Thrills #13, it's your not so typically tragic tale of boy meets girl - girl falls in love with boy - boy feels trapped / creepy - no escape - annnnnd oh wait, did I mention the girl is a baboon?! Excerpt: "Tasha came back and put one paw on my arm! There was something in her eyes I did not like, somehow! It was almost as though I belonged to her now..." *shudders* --now I got the creeps!






13 comments:

Anonymous said...

people often tell me to "get a life". lol. i daily visit your blog and immensely enjoy ur posts. i read the stories with gusto and terror and who the hell needs a life anyways? lol. your friend,Freddie

Karswell said...

You asked for it, Freddie!

Todd said...

Very… memorable! How would the Comics Code have affected this a year later?

I love how Jack's beard didn't grow.

Mr. Cavin said...

Whoa. A gender-bent King Kong. Worse, really--I'd far rather run across a silverback gorilla than a baboon in the dark in the wild. I have this irrational feeling I might could reason with most apes. But monkeys, on the other hand, are just kinetic homicidal psychopaths. I cannot imagine the sheer terror of being this in this guy's position. It would be far more terrifying still if Tasha were four stories tall.

Karswell said...

I suppose Fay Wray is glad that Kong didn't have a foot fetish like Tasha... she may have never walked out of that jungle in one piece.

Odyzeus! said...

As is so often the case, another one of your posts reminds me of the work of John Collier:

http://books.google.com/books/about/His_monkey_wife_or_Married_to_a_chimp.html?id=DnxAQ4H511UC

Karswell said...

Love Collier but have only read the Fancies and Goodnights collection... this sounds good, thanks for the tip!

Gumba G Gadwa said...

That ... is just a depressing story! Did they have to end with the close-up of the baboon's face and the text indicating it felt betrayed? And the "one feeble paw reaching out to me?"

I can't believe they didn't end it by turning over the body and seeing the crushed flowers, candy, and valentines card the baboon was bringing!

Turok1952 said...

Sometimes life gives you some choices you don't want to make.

The alternatives can be much worse than the lousy choices.

That's what this is about. C'est la vie...y pour Tasha, la mord!

Karswell said...

>turning over the body and seeing the crushed flowers, candy, and valentines card the baboon was bringing!

Dear Valentine, wanna monkey around?

>C'est la vie...y pour Tasha, la mord!

I'm just glad Tasha wasn't illustrated with one of these: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/File:Funny-pictures-baboon-butt-heart.jpg

More Haunted Thrills coming up, thanks again for the comments!

SpaceLord said...

Very unusual and atypical story!
Proves again that anything could happen in pre-code horror.
And isn't that the basic plot of Stephen King's "Misery"?!

Karswell said...

>And isn't that the basic plot of Stephen King's "Misery"?!

Well if it is, this certainly wouldn't be the first pre code horror tale posted here that we've seen Mr. King borrow from!

Anonymous said...

Funny how lions go "Eyippeee" when you scare them.