Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Horror-Mood: Fear Book #1 (Eclipse Comics, 1986)

Fear Book #1 is a collection of stories that originally appeared in Scholastic's short lived Weird Worlds magazine that ran from 1978-1981. With artwork by the legendary Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing), this one-shot features eight creepy stories written by Bissette as well as Jane and Bob Stine. Included here are "The Return of the Swamp Beast!", "Horror -- With Reservations", "A Dead Ringer", "Business As Usual!", "A Day To Remember", "Egyptian Graffiti", "A Horrible Spot!", and "Bogged Down".

These are beautifully colored horror stories of vampires, werewolves, zombies, mummies and more. Bissette's artwork really shines in this genre, as the monsters truly come alive thanks to his unique style of drawing. Eclipse Comics was based in Guerneville, California which was a small river town that I lived in for about a year. The town was known to have some fierce floods due to the overflow of rainwater in the Russian River, and sadly the Eclipse stockroom became flooded in '86, causing most of their back issues to be destroyed.

Here are a few of the stories in their entirety, beginning with "Horror -- With Reservations". Enjoy!

 "Business As Usual!"

"Egyptian Graffiti"

"A Horrible Spot!"

The Weird Worlds magazine that originally published these awesome horror stories has become quite rare, so pick them up (as well as the Fear Book) if you can get your hands on them. Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!


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