Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The City of the Dead! / Charm of Charlton

In honor of the brand spankin' new and incredibly mind blowing and informative Charm of Charlton website, here's an encore presentation of The City of the Dead! from the April 1953 issue of This Magazine is Haunted #10. After you read the story, drop by Space Lord's site and dig in-- but be warned, prepare to spend multiple hours of your day, aka life-- because this one will definitely suck you in and not let go! Click HERE for it!








10 comments:

Tim Whitcher said...

Take a drink every time the word "dead" appears...

Karswell said...

Something else new to the web is from madman Jason Willis, check out this perfectly awesome precode horror comic book commercial he created:

http://vimeo.com/74233866

Mestiere said...

The unnamed protagonist was taking a crazy chance with that drug. How did he know that his guide would be able to get him into the city? He couldn't have known that the gate would open by itself. I wonder why he didn't just try to jump over the wall. It didn't seem that high, maybe with a ladder.

How polite to write that message in English! I guess the locals didn't need a warning.

His camera must have used amazingly sensitive film to be able to capture a usable image by moonlight. Who could have been his intended target audience? It looks like he just wanted to film vultures eating corpses. Is there a market for that?

Still the story was appropriately creepy. When the dead talked to him —and he understood them— perhaps they were not using English, but the 'language of the dead', whatever that is. Would spending his afterlife in the City of the Dead be better than staying outside?

Brian Barnes said...

That "weird facts" thing might be weird, but it's certainly not "facts". No where near a million, and not always to any war god.

Honestly, is our poor slob's fate all that bad? He either hangs out with other skeletons for eternity, or he's get to walk around the earth scaring the living daylights out of people. Which would you pick?

Also, if he's got eternity, he can just start stacking up stones and building a staircase. He's got forever!

Mr. Cavin said...

I would really love to see the original art boards for this one sometime. All the evidence suggests that the art is stone excellent, but the crappy plastic plates the printer used (and cheap ink too, I suspect) really muddies it all up. I like the colors though. And speaking of colors, the cover to this ish is fantastic!

I think the story would be a lot creepier if they'd just shown this guy waking up slowly, scheming, for a page until, only halfway ambulatory, he realizes that the vultures have already eaten him to death. Oops. Guess there really are better places to slip yourself the mickey than a tower of silence.

Speaking of, one of the first places I navigated--back when Google Earth really started showing us the world in awesome resolution--was Mumbai. The satellite clarity isn't perfect (much like the panels here), but the ability to peek into the forbidden towers themselves is still pretty spine tingling. I guess that answers Mestiere's question, actually. I am very much the audience for these photos.

Mr. Cavin said...

PS, I see Space Lord is still keeping the bar ridiculously high, huh? Fantastic work, mensch!

SpaceLord said...

Loved your comments.
That is exactly why I'm into pre-code horror. The fun you have!
Thank you, Steve, for posting this story. Artist Bob McCarty transports really a grim mood here.
And I like to believe he influenced Reed Crandall's SHOCK classic "Carrion Death"...

Anonymous said...

Any chance you can post The Thing #7 ?

Karswell said...

That is one issue of THE THING that I unfortunately do not have... try the Digital Comics Museum.

We'll be taking a bite out of some black and white WARREN horror up next, a classic vampire tale from Archie Goodwin and Angelo Torres! Better bolt the windows and hang up some fresh garlic!

SpaceLord said...

I photographed THE THING #7.
Will upload this edit next week on DCM. Please be patient.
See a first story on my FAWCETT&CHARLTON HORROR website.
: - )