Friday, May 22, 2015

Frankenstein and the Plant

Awesome Arizona artistic, Layla, is not only a fantastic drummer, cosplay costume creator, and tee shirt designer, she's also a top notch prop master. Check out this amazing Little Shop of Horrors inspired, and fully functioning venus flytrap (meaning the head moves up, down, and side to side, and the mouth opens and closes) that she recently constructed from scratch.

She's currently building one for me too, and man, I totally cannot wait to feed my enemies to it! Anyone interested in one for themselves, or if you have an idea for something else you'd possibly like to see turned into a reality, just drop Layla a message HERE for price quotes :) Seriously, she can make ANYTHING!

And keeping with the carnivorous plant theme, here's a re-colored / reprinted Dick Briefer tale that originally appeared in the October-November 1954 issue of Frankenstein #33.











9 comments:

Mestiere said...

If that ending seems a little too similar to Roger Corman's 1960 version of The Little Shop of Horrors it's because it was based on a 1932 story by forgotten English writer John Collier (1901-1980) titled Green Thoughts. In it the first victim is also a cat and there are flowers with the head of the victims.

That baby did better than another baby in a recent episode of Penny Dreadful. It used to be that babies and puppies were relatively safe in horror. Now, not so much.

Interesting that Frankenstein's monster ended up with another mad scientist.

Grant said...

It's funny how often these mad scientists are nasty to servants who are twice their size and immensely strong. But at least this one sticks to VERBAL nastiness, so he doesn't press his luck COMPLETELY when it comes to the Creature, the way Bela Lugosi does with Tor Johnson in BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, with that notorious flogging.

If you're any kind of a cat person, it's nice to see that what happens to the cat wasn't actually planned by the scientist, and he even looks shocked by it (instead of just plain gleeful that the plant has reached a new step in its eating).

(That one moment is a little like scenes from the Euro-horror film MANEATER OF HYDRA, where at least some of the things the scientist's plant does seem to be unplanned by him.)

Karswell said...

Man-Eater of Hydra is a cool and sadly overlooked film, haven't seen it in years myself! Collier's "Fancies and Goodnights" is one collection of stories that I read at least once a year... includes Green Thoughts which is fantastic :)

Brian Barnes said...

A fun little tale, though mute Frankenstein's monster stories always struck me the same as Marvel Man-Thing stories, it's hard to keep things interesting with a "hero" that has no internal or external dialog.

Briefer had an amazing talent, how he moved this book between outright horror and comedy. He could pretty much handle either one with ease, much like Davis could.

JMR777 said...

I liked the Audrey Junior Layla made. Its well made.

Karswell said...

Thanks for the comments, new post coming right up... and thanks again to Layla too for allowing me to post images of her amazing man-eating creation! :)

Mr. Cavin said...

Man, I love Briefer. And I love Frank's little green socks. We have a great copy of Fancies and Goodnights, from the eighties with Seymour Chwast covers, though it has been much too long since I read it last. I'd hate to think that Collier really is a forgotten author, though.

Mestiere said...

"I'd hate to think that Collier really is a forgotten author, though."

He kind of is.

Dr. Theda said...

Man-Eater of Hydra (also released as Island of Terror".... not to be confused with the British film ... "Island of Horror" with Peter Chshing and bone-eating "creepy critters"....)
.. we did enjoy this story ....and a really great "prop" there , good Mr. Karswell...