Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Carnival of Death / Whip of Death!

Due to the west coast seaport shut-down, Haunted Horror #15 will not be in stores today according to Previewsworld, --dead in the water, so to speak (along with everything else from IDW this week!) We will keep you informed on any new developments. In the meantime, we'll keep the death rolling along with a couple of screamers from the June 1952 issue of Black Cat Mystery #36.










10 comments:

Mestiere said...

That first story was more like a nightmare. Rather than a fat lady, midgets and a pair of Siamese twins, the freak show seemed to have some real therianthropes—anthropomorphic animals of the type seen in visions induced by hallucinogens like psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca. Plus they had a "god" that was actually visible and interacted with them. Too bad that Angor the God of the Malformed never saved anyone, he only punished the guilty after the murders had already been committed. In fact, the god's power seemed limited to operating the Ferris wheel.

Interesting that the freak show had a giant strongwoman, just like American Horror Story : Freak Show. Although the one in the show was actually a 6-foot-8 transsexual.

In the last story there is a real effort to cram some horrific imagery in just four pages. The cabin boy is starved to death, the crew is attacked by rats and eaten by sharks and the captain is torn apart with a whip.

I liked both stories.

Morbid said...

"In fact, the god's power seemed limited to operating the Ferris wheel." Which makes Angor, the God of the Malformed, vastly more powerful by default than any other god! If some Bible thumper, priest, imam, whatever, would show me that his deity can operate a Ferris wheel, I'd be on my knees a believer!

That second story sure could have withstood two or three more pages. A pretty good illustrator with lots of super horror comic material and it never got to fully spread its wings! Splash panel was terrific. Thanks for posting!

Grant said...

It's also interested that there's nothing remotely sad about the strongwoman's appearance - she's a very attractive "Amazon," period. I'll definitely take her over the character Mestiere mentions. In fact, even if she were a whole lot bigger, her "freakishness" would be news to a lot of female bodybuilding fans.

It's funny how Zarus takes it for granted that Angor will disappear in the daylight. The story suggests that he's never heard of Angor till he sees him, but that line suggests that he knows the "theology" connected with him. Unless, as Mestiere mentions, he thinks the whole story is literally a nightmare.

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

It's comforting to know that there is a God of the malformed, and that He can work a ferris wheel. Anyway his name read backwards is "Rogna" (Italian for "mange"), which is quite fitting.
Who are those not-so-harmless freaks? Where do they come from? Attilan maybe?

Dr. Theda said...

Both enjoyable stories, Mr. Karswell....
So do the "Freaks own the Circus now...???
and the poor cabin boy got his Revenge...

Brian Barnes said...

I want to see the freak show that features a tall, busty blonde in a miniskirt! Notice how much she resembles Wonder Woman, which had already been around for about 10 years. There's also a good bit of superhero imagery in there. Fun story, needs an editor, though.

The second one is great. The splash with the rats on the heads seems like it's a lame initiation right for some bizarre cult.

There's a lot of mis-communication between the art & writer in it but it somewhat helps give it that fever dream state. That said, the last two panels really, really should not have existed. The guy seeing the skeleton lashed to the wheel from thousands of feet out and identifying it, and then "two skeletons" when the artist obviously drew a body!

These are very much your modern "popcorn movie" horror stories; not a lot of depth but just as much mayhem and strange visuals as you can pack into a few pages. Fun stuff!

aldi said...

Excellent stories! The latter has a marvelous AIEEEE-EEEE-EEEE! in the first panel. It's my favorite exclamation in horror comics, it serves almost as a HOME SWEET HOME sign, you know you're in the right place!

It doesn't seem to have occurred to the freaks in the circus story that thanks to their god they're all out of work now. Angor needs to work a little on timing his interventions more helpfully!

Grant said...

Wonder Woman is the character I couldn't help thinking of too. Again, she's like a literal Amazon. As Brian Barnes says, how can you consider a show with her any kind of a "freak show"?

And as Aldi says, there's nothing like "AIEEEE!" to make you feel sentimental during one of these stories.

Mr. Cavin said...

I guess I'll just chime in at the end here by lending my voice to those who are already citing the great art (and awesome splash!) of the second story as well as the oneiric oddity of that first one. I wish the art were a little more surreal in Carnival of Death, just to balance out the unnervingly psychotropic story. By turns I wish the writing in the pirate story weren't so by-the-numbers ("whaaat? He's become a revenge ghost, gasp choke!") because the art deserves much more.

Karswell said...

Great comments, thanks everyone! Another post up ASAP! That's "as scary as possible!"