This chronological collection of comic book horror stories captures a time in the early 1970s when a new generation of artists like Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Alfredo Alcala, Alex Nino, Jack Sparling, Mike Ploog (many of whose artwork is seen within this book), and others were lifting the medium's graphic palette beyond that of cartoon books into more cinematically inspired, wonderfully wrought images, capturing a more realistic and deliciously dangerous tone. It was like comics books weren't just for children anymore. It was neat. As an eleven-year-old kid, I could go down to my neighborhood liquor store and immerse myself in strange stories of the weird and wonderful, nervously stumble down dilapidated halls of exquisite gothic terror, or shiver in revulsion at the secret heart of evil in all men and the ghastly price they all must pay- stuff your parents and teachers wouldn't and couldn't tell you about. It provided a counterpoint for the natural curiosity the dark side of my imagination had living in the bland domesticity it felt entrapped within. Now, parents and teachers and "bland domesticity" are wonderful and beautiful things, most surely to be appreciated, but every boy needs a secret source to go to, a hidden place where demons, monsters, and ghosts gather to shriek, growl, and whispher about the fantastic and the exotic, the horrific and the grotesque, and the outre and the arcane, and many of the stories in this collection are the next best thing to it...and you don't have to sign a pact with the devil or be left with unsightly fang marks on your neck to visit...though we can't guarantee your hair won't turn white!