Sunday, February 10, 2013

Castle of Fright

We're celebrating Lon Chaney Jr's 107th birthday today with a frightening tale set in a castle, strangely enough titled-- Castle of Fright! from the November 1953 issue of Voodoo #12. And after the fright-filled, castley story, continue the Chaney celebration with one of Lon's favorite recipes, from an old Mogan David wine recipe booklet (also from the Karswell Kollection!)







6 comments:

Mestiere said...

This was like a Scooby-Doo episode, but with murder. Only Scooby-Doo would have been less predictable.

John and Beth see that guy dressed as a highlander and immediately think he is a ghost. Even though he is not transparent, doesn't float and leaves by walking away! I would have thought he was a nut.

Rogers shows John and Beth to their room while uncle Ben is face down on a table, dead. I guess they were just tired.

John suspects that the Red Laird is Rogers, not because he is the only other man in the castle, but because the ghost got the seventeenth century Scottish accent wrong.

On page six upper right panel that is some precarious positioning of those suits of armor!

Brian Barnes said...

Ah, Lon Chaney Jr, my favorite of the Universal monster actors. Wolf Man, Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man, and A&C Meet Frankenstein are my favorite Universal monster pics. He brought so much gravitas to Larry Talbot, especially in FMWM. The scene where the townsfolk are singing about how great it is to be alive is one of my favorites.

If you comic splash panel is going to use the word "blood", "bloody", and "red mist ... covering the white snow" how about you show some blood?

I'm not sure I get the Scooby Doo plan, here. So, let's say it works and he scared off our hero. He's eventually going to have to explain to the police how the uncle died, and they aren't going to buy the ghost story! I think the will turning everything over to him will pretty much make him suspect #1, being he was the only other guy in the castle!

Let's just say he should have spent less time on the costume and more time on the plan!

Mr. Cavin said...

"Y-You never mentioned it to me, I notice!" Has to be one of the better examples of good dialog in the whole medium, though.

Turok1952 said...

Hahahaha! I love it!

Sure, the story looks like Swiss cheese with extra CO2 pumped in, but I love it anyway! The art is so reminiscent of others like it, but best of all, it is pure camp before camp was camp (or even defined)!

Yes indeed, Scooby Doo would have had a great time with this one. Copyright abuse notwithstanding, I would like to see the gang in this one in a remake631 flosaf.

Karswell said...

Any love for that decapitation splash?

Turok1952 said...

It was pretty good, but the artifacts of a vertebra, trachea, esophagus, and spurting carotids of the unfortunate Mr. MacLeod would have been nice, along with copious amounts of crimson clinging to the ersatz Laird's steel thruster.