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So for the month of October, I'll be posting some EC stories. It'll be a bit of an experiment for me, as I'll be posting them "abridged" for the 1/3 rule. So let me know if you still enjoy them or not.

First up is "A Little Stranger!" from The Haunt of Fear #14.

The story (which is narrated by the "Old Witch") opens with two villagers discovering a dead body. One man notices there are puncture marks on the man's neck and deduces it is the work of a vampire. The other notices that the corpse is partially devoured, and therefore believes that a a werewolf is responsible.

We then have a little flashback...

The two hide out in a cave, where they rest for the next full moon until they can go out again and feast. Their relationship doesn't last long, unfortunately--after a certain amount of time, an angry mob discovers their hiding place. Zorgo is shot with a silver bullet, and Elicia is staked. They are then buried in "The Devil's Graveyard", a place where murderers and creatures of evil are interred.

As night falls, corpses begin to rise from their graves. They are all excited to hear that a werewolf and a vampire are betrothed, and hurry to attend the wedding.

Date: 2010-10-05 11:35 pm (UTC)
bradhanon: (Serious editor)
From: [personal profile] bradhanon
Still one of my favorites. I've always maintained that EC had some incredible artists, but Ingels was in a class by himself.

Date: 2010-10-05 11:41 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Zorgo IS such a proud daddy.

Werevamps are one of the species R Chetwynd-Hayes devised in his short stories and novels, second generation hybrid monsters based on the three main groups; Vampires, Werewolves and Ghouls. So you could have Werevamps, Weregoos, and Vampgoos.

Date: 2010-10-06 12:00 am (UTC)
silverzeo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverzeo
Huh... I prefer the manga version og a werwolf/vampire shipping...

Date: 2010-10-06 12:37 am (UTC)
proteus_lives: (Default)
From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
Awww, so cute.

Date: 2010-10-06 02:03 am (UTC)
dr_archeville: Doctor Arkeville (Default)
From: [personal profile] dr_archeville
I wonder if Vault Keeper got an origin, too.

Crypt Keeper did, in the tv series at least (his poppa was Enoch, the Two-Faced Man, and his mommy was a mummy).

Date: 2010-10-06 02:16 am (UTC)
crinos: (Default)
From: [personal profile] crinos
Yeah, that one was straight from a comic.

Date: 2010-10-06 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The story's called "Lower Berth!" and it might be worth posting here (or has it been posted here before?).

Date: 2010-10-06 02:43 am (UTC)
meatwhichdreams: (Default)
From: [personal profile] meatwhichdreams
Oh man, this is AWESOME

Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 03:37 am (UTC)
roguefankc: Leomon (Default)
From: [personal profile] roguefankc
But...does wolfsbane even work that way?

Or am I wrong in remembering the belief that wolfsbane was something that drove werewolves away like garlic does to a vampire?

Re: Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Nope, you're right. It's no coincidence that it's called WolfsBANE, i.e, 'the bane of wolves'.

Re: Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 07:06 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Most "commonly known" monster lore these days comes from the Universal and Hammer movies, who made most of it up themselves. Wolfsbane in "The Wolfman" is one of the things which triggers the transformation.

"Even a man who is pure of heart,
And says his prayers at night.
May become a werewolf
When the wolfsbane blooms,
And the moon is full and bright"

Re: Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
In actual folklore it's supposed to be poison though.

Then again, in actual folklore you give birth to a werewolf if you jumped over the shackles of a wagon while pregnant so...

Re: Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 07:50 pm (UTC)
his_spiffynesss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
And honestly not the dumbest wolfman curse I heard. I have this Italian horror film where the guy gets turned into a werewolf after being attacked by a Yeti in Nepal....

Re: Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
I should probably note that jumping over the shackles of a wagon was supposed to ensure an easier delivery, too.

Re: Nice story

Date: 2011-02-07 08:34 am (UTC)
karthzon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] karthzon
So... "I won't be in horrific, debilitating pain when the baby comes, but he will be really hairy"? I'm suprised there weren't more women jumping over shackles of wagons.

Re: Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I'd always interpreted that as Wolfsbane being one of the things that HERALDS the transformation, not causes it. In other words, the Wolfsbane is supposed to bloom around the time of the full moon, which is when the werewolf transforms. Which is, of course, nonsense - a plant that blooms regularly on the full moon? No such critter, as far as I know - but this is supposed to be 'folk wisdom'; it doesn't necessarily have to make sense.
Oh, and incidentally, it's just 'wolf' in the rhyme, not 'werewolf'. 'May become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms'. I'd also remembered the last line as being 'and the autumn moon is bright', but I could be wrong on that one.

Re: Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 08:44 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Thanks for the "wolf" correction. The poem was made up out of whole cloth by a chap named Curt Siodmak.

It was "autumn moon is bright" in the original "The Wolfman", but later films used "And the moon is full and bright" so they weren't limited by being set in autumn.

Re: Nice story

Date: 2010-10-06 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Yeah, I'd heard about that. Telling, isn't it, that our main cultural reference point for a bit of folklore that's been around for thousands of years is a memorable bit of made-up folk wisdom written by a Hollywood screenwriter.
I see. That would explain it. It's kind of a pity, though; I like 'the autumn moon is bright'. It kind of lends a Halloween-ish air to the proceedings - a werewolf just seems like the sort of creature that WOULD show up in autumn.

Date: 2010-10-06 04:45 am (UTC)
abbadie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] abbadie
Thanks! :-)

Date: 2010-10-06 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
That's... strangely adorable, actually. It's also more or less plausible - there are some versions of the werewolf legend that involve them rising from the grave, so having him maintain a relationship after death is not that much of a stretch. She should have died permanent-like when she was staked, though - unless 'love conquers death, literally' is the message here.
And someone had a seriously wrong idea about wolfsbane. It's supposed to ward werewolves OFF, not create them.

Date: 2010-10-06 07:21 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Tedd from El Goonish Shive. Drawn by Dan Shive, coloured by Kamino Neko. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
She should have died permanent-like when she was staked, though

Not really. Most stories, the stake was just to immobilize. Actually killing them for good involved beheading. Usually also involving consecrated hosts and reburial.

Date: 2010-10-06 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
True enough, I suppose. Still, if she was 'immobilized', she shouldn't have been out and about much.

Date: 2010-10-06 07:57 am (UTC)
lissa_quon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
I love how proud Zorgo looks in that last panel. He's like busting his buttons over there.

I'm also loving the fact that the vampire and werewolf apparently waited for warriage before creating any evil spawn. So hilarious, so cute.

Date: 2010-10-06 08:37 am (UTC)
stig: "It Was A Boojum..." (Default)
From: [personal profile] stig
Kind of makes me want to post that one 'Mad Magazine' comic that played on a similar theme.

Date: 2010-10-06 10:32 am (UTC)
thehefner: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thehefner
YAY MORE EC. Feels like old times!

Date: 2010-10-06 01:20 pm (UTC)
joasakura: (Default)
From: [personal profile] joasakura
Oh this is a CLASSIC. Love this so much :D

Date: 2010-10-06 02:11 pm (UTC)
tacobob: Mordecai Not Very Impressed (Default)
From: [personal profile] tacobob

"My Name Is Elicia!"
"My Name Is Zorgo!"

"My Name Is Dr Tacobob, I'm A Dentist! You both need me very much!"

Date: 2010-10-06 03:28 pm (UTC)
joasakura: (Default)
From: [personal profile] joasakura
see, this is the niche that Jaime Reyes could be filling in comics if he ever pursues his dreams of becoming a Dentist :D

Date: 2010-10-06 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Vampires and werewolves have differing standards of dental health. They don't care if they're snaggle-toothed and overly fang-bedecked - that's normal - they just start getting worried when said fangs can no longer pierce skin.

Date: 2010-10-08 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is a great post!

Seriously handsome Werewolf there- wonder if his rampages caused anymore werewolves to be created? Sorta half siblings to our little one in the last panels...

Date: 2010-10-09 11:37 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (YAY)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us

There's a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time spare,
Time to learn, time to care,
Some day!

We'll find a new way of living,
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere . . .

There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Some day,


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