Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Hand of Glory

Had some requests for anything by mad Matt Fox, so today is the day that I oblige, which also just happens to coincide with my own unwitting need to wait a decade between glory hand story posts! So after you read todays terrifically cockamamie tale from the December 1952 issue of Chilling Tales #13, click HERE for another glorious hand that just so happens to be hanging around in the THOIA Archive...













10 comments:

Mestiere said...

Let me try to break down the madness of this story:

• If you make a candle with the fat of a human heart (wow, that's a lot of fat!) and hold it with the hand of an executed criminal it causes whoever is asleep to stay asleep and whoever is awake to fall into a trance. Makes sense to me.

• The candle can only be put out with blood. In the first part of the story "many evil deeds" are committed with the hand yet the robbers never saw the executed man's ghost. Does that mean they never put out the flame? But when the wounded robber buries the hand the flame is not lit.

"They may have got me... But they'll... never get... the "Hand of Glory". Why did the robber care more about the "Hand of Glory" than about his own life? And if he didn't want anyone to find it why did he leave a note explaining what it was?

• That safe looks like it was blown up from the inside. "I'll open the safe, put a bomb inside, blow it up and then we'll get the loot!"

• In the next to last panel we clearly see that the two English criminals are choked by two right hands! It looks like the ghost had more hands than he needed.

I cant wait to read the Eerie adaptation, Holes of Glory.

Mr. Karswell said...

And now you know why I only post Glory Hand stories once every 10 years-- arghhh, the madness!!

Brian Barnes said...

Fun art, like a better Fletcher Hanks. The wacky perspective gives everything a nightmare-like reality.

I wonder how our original bad guy screwed up using the hand?

I love the look of the ghost, and the lines in the second to last panel. If I ever get a giant safe for my diamond collection, I'm certainly hanging my pathetically small fish trophy over it!

Mr. Karswell said...

still waiting for the phallic candle jokes to roll in... don't disappoint me, people!!

nutsilica.blogspot.com said...

Matt Fox is one of my favourites.

JBM said...

OK. Those criminals never held a bank job, but they did hold a hand job. Fun as always Mr. K.
Thank you

Mr. Cavin said...

I'm not sure how that gibbet is supposed to operate. I'm no mechanic, but I don't really think it would work the way it has been designed. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know. I'll think about it some more.

pecor said...

One of my favourite bits of gory folklore to relate to my terrified childhood friends! Speaking of glory holes (weren't we?) ummm, have you run across any spooky tales involving an oubliette?

glowworm2 said...

Got to love how when the guard orders the criminals to "Raise their hands," the one holding the Hand of Glory raises it up.
If this tale went the classic folklore route, the criminals would have gotten away scott-free because the Hand of Glory could only be put out by milk rather than blood. It's highly unlikely there'd be a glass of milk just sitting around the jewel collector's house to counter the spell.

I also recall a tale in an issue of "Creepy" involving two crooks using a "Hand of Glory" and near the end of the tale, one of the crooks is unable to put the inhabitants of the house to sleep with it because they don't sleep at night. Also, they're vampires.

Mr. Karswell said...

Where’ve you been Mr C? Clearly the rope doesn’t even need to be tied to the haunted gibbet for it to work— sheesh!!! ;)

There might be an oubliette or two in the archive, I’ll leave it to you to venture down into that deep, dank, dark dungeon of no return, Pecor.. haha