The tomb of Count Gore De Vol

J.L. Comeau, The TombKeeper "Welcome to Count Gore De Vol's Tomb of Dark Delights.   I'm J. L. Comeau, horror writer and resident Tomb Keeper.  I have been charged with the daunting task of sorting and cataloging the Count's vast library of horror, science fiction and fantasy.  Take a torch from the wall and follow me down the stone stairway into the darkness deep beneath the Dungeon.  It's cold and damp down here--perfect for the kind of reading we're going to do.  Never mind the shambling figures in the shadows, they're probably just some friends of ours looking for a good book. If you click on the cover, you'll be taken to a wonderful place where you can buy the book.
Now, let's reach into the musty stacks and see what we can find..."

 

(Clicking on the covers gives you more information and prices from Amazon.com and other outlets.) 

 

All Hallow’s Eve looms, TombRats, and, of course, I’m presenting two selections from Count Gore’s Teetering Towers of Terror Tomes that are perfect for our favorite holiday! Boo to you!

HALLOWEEN CLASSICS: GRAPHIC CLASSICS VOLUME TWENTY-THREE edited by Tom Pomplun

Here is a goody bag brimming over with scary Halloween stories, each beautifully illustrated in full color collected within the glossy pages of Graphic Classics’ latest volume! And what a grand treat it is! Our first encounter upon opening the book is a delightfully eerie original painting of witches and monsters by artist Al Feldstein. Next, we begin the spooktacular tour with a suitably creepy poem penned by H.P. Lovecraft, “Hallowe’en in a Suburb”, illustrated by Jeffrey Johannes. From there, we are ushered through the pages by a host of EC Comics style hosts. First, Nerwin the Docent introduces a jocular background of the holiday written by horror author Mort Castle (illustrated by Kevin Atkinson), then on to the stories: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”(adapted by Ben Avery, illustrated by Shepherd Hendrix), Mark Twain’s “A Curious Dream” (adapted by Antonella Caputo, illustrated by Nick Miller), Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Lot No. 249” (adapted by Tom Pomplun, illustrated by Simon Gane), Lovecraft’s “Cool Air” (adapted by Rod Lott, illustrated by Craig Wilson), and, for the grand finale, a spectacular adaptation of the famous horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”(adapted by Tom Pomplun, illustrated by (Matt Howarth). It’s impossible to say which story I enjoyed most, because I enjoyed them all. These tales range from funny to disturbing to utterly horrific! If you’re looking for Halloween scares in a classic, um, vein…click on the cover graphic. Suitable for ages twelve through adult. For more about the wonderful Graphic Classics line, point your cursor to www.graphicclassics.com. I cannot recommend these magnificently realized, edited and illustrated books highly enough! Go get some!

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WITCHCRAFT: THE COMPLETE A-Z FOR THE ENTIRE MAGICAL WORLD by Judika Illes

Get your inner witch on with this comprehensive volume encompassing all that is witchy! This is a giant tome indeed (nearly 900 pages!), and once you start reading, it’s a good chance you’re going to be up all night. It’s such fun! Check this out: Judika Illes, practicing witch, has listed pretty much every kind of reference to witchcraft in an easy a-to-z format broken down into relevant chapters. First, you’ll learn about animals associated with witchcraft, then move on the Books of Magic and Witchcraft, Botanicals, Calendar of Revelry and Scared Days, Creative Arts (fiction, films, etc.), A Magical Vocabulary (witchy lingo), The Divine Witch—Goddesses and Gods, Ergot, The Corn Mother and The Rye Wolf, Fairies, Fairy Tale Witches and Mother Goose, Food and Drink, The Hag (all about ME!), The Horned One and The Devil, Magical Arts, Magical Professions (get a job!), Places—The Witches Travel Guide, Tools of Witchcraft, Witchcraft Hall of Fame, Persecution of Witches, Women’s Mysteries (yep, we’re mysterious), and Wormwood and Garlic—Dangers and Protection. All of this arcane information is followed by a full bibliography and index so you can go even further with your hexcraft scholarship. Wow! How complete is that? This is a grand compendium that includes everything relating to the ways of the witch.

 


Who’s ready for some full-on horror? Whoa Nelly, have I ever got some scare-fare for you this week! Come get some!

A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS by Paul Tremblay

Strange things happen, and a need for money makes people do strange things. John Barrett, who heads an all-American normal family, has been out of work for a year when his fourteen-year-old daughter, Marjorie, is struck down with what seems to be acute schizophrenia. John and his wife do all the requisite parental things: they take Marjorie from doctor to doctor in search of help, but it becomes clear that Marjorie’s problems are resistant to medical therapy. The girl seems seized by otherworldly possession, and, with great hesitancy, the Barrett’s seek out a Catholic priest, Father Wanderly, for assistance with their daughter’s freefall into a horrific madness. Father Wanderly agrees to perform an exorcism, and he also suggests the Barretts allow an enthusiastic production company to film the terrors occurring in the house, culminating with a video documentation of the exorcism ritual. Desperate for money, John Barrett invites the film crew into his shattered home. Unknown to the Barretts, the family becomes the unwilling stars of a popular reality show, The Possession. None of the participants can anticipate the eruption of terror and death that will ensue and become the stuff of legend. After fifteen years pass, a major author of paranormal nonfiction interviews Marjorie’s younger sister about the terrible events which took place in the Barrett house, and unearths facts about what actually happened that clash with what occurred on film. A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS is thoroughly engaging and creepy, full of odd switchbacks and stunning reveals that keep the reader glued to the paged. Scary stuff!

HARRISON SQUARED by Daryl Gregory

Here’s a novel marketed for young adults that adults will enjoy as well. Grounded solidly in Lovecraftian cosmic territory, we find young Harrison Harrison (lovingly called H2 by his mother), a lonely young man who is haunted by a fear of water. When Harrison was a toddler, he recalls the terror of a horrific sea creature capsizing the boat upon which he and his parents were enjoying the day. The creature bit off and devoured one of Harrison’s legs, then dragged his father down into the dark sea depths, never to be seen again. As Harrison came of age, it came to light that he was sensitive to the paranormal world, and, in a strange turn of fate, he and his mother have moved into a place filled with supernatural terrors: Dunnsmouth, a small town on the Atlantic ocean where the Deep Ones creep beneath the waves that lap against the dark, rocky crags upon which the town is situated. Even the high school is creepy, populated by weird teachers. While Harrison endures his first day of school, his mother mysteriously disappears at sea, and Harrison vows to find out what really happened to her. In his search for answers, Harrison comes in conflict with the town’s establishment and inhabitants. But he will find allies to aid him in his search to find his mother, and he will also find the terrors that lurk beneath dark sea. HARRISON SQUARED is finely written, fast-paced cosmic horror for all ages. Enjoy!

 


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About the Tomb Keeper (Or, who is this person of mystery)

J. L. (Judy) Comeau is an award winning short story writer whose work has appeared internationally in major horror and dark fantasy anthologies such as the Borderlands series, Best New Horror, The Years' Best Horror, the Hot Blood series, and the Dark Voices series in the UK.  She is an active member of the Horror Writer's Association, and she lives in the Washington, DC area where she also teaches short story writing. Click on FIREBIRD to read one of her most anthologized stories.

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