Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Within the Torture Chamber!

Didn't receive enough torture this holiday season? Well, here's a little more for you-- it's another fine entry from the August 1971 issue of Skywald's Nightmare #5 --with tremendous art from Doug Wildey!

And Happiest of Horrordays and Season's Screamings to all, from Mr. Karswell & Son!



























7 comments:

Brian Barnes said...

Happy Holidays Kars and Kid!

A fun tale when great art, and a good script. You can see the ending coming a mile away, but our nobleman's descent into madness before finally encountering the ghost is well written as are the other creepy, leering torturers.

Page 3, panel 3, that's just an awesome piece of art, with the face of dying in horror vs somebody desperately confessing to the corpse. And that last panel, wow, I haven't read this story in years and I still remember it!

Mestiere said...

Merry Christmas, Karswell & Son, and everybody else!

The story seems to conflate the witch burning craze of the seventeenth century —which was far more intense in France, Germany and Northern Europe— with the Spanish Inquisition, which was more about hunting heretics and enemies of the state. The Inquisition was extremely skeptical of witchcraft, seeing it as superstition. Still, six "witches" were burned in Navarre in 1610.

The art, though, is wonderful.

Cheswick Stoddard said...

"Mangled body"? Uh, did Wildey read the script? Because she certainly doesn't look crushed or bloody to me. Then again, as the Dread Pirate Wesley once said, there's a shortage of perfect bosoms in this world - it'd be a shame to damage hers.

Merry Creepmas and Happy Howlidays, one and all!

Trevor Markwart said...

I think Wildey was too busy delivering a terrific illustration job to read the descriptions!

Love the pic. Reminds me of that old holiday classic song: "I saw mommy bury Santa Claus"

Karswell said...

Thanks for the hilarious comments and holiday wishes, hope everyone had an enjoyable __________!

Emby Quinn said...

Late to the party, and long absent, but I finally came to visit my favorite horror comic hangout again.

The story is beautifully illustrated, and it almost makes up for the fact that you don't lose your voice when your tongue's cut out, just the ability to talk coherently. So both the poor innocent girl and the lying, despicable young noble should have been able to scream quite satisfyingly. They just wouldn't have been able to beg intelligibly for mercy. Not that the young don could have done that in any case...

Karswell said...

Glad to have ya back, Em!