Written by: Erin D. Dailey
The periods 1953 and 1954 must have been strong ones for graphic horror comics because the six tales gathered in this collection are all hefty. The stories are scary and the artwork is definitely well executed. The strongest of this group is All The King’s Men, the fifth selection. Though creative license is taken with the history of Henry Christophe, the author weaves a creditable horror tale of voodoo set in Haiti.
Death’s Beggar, the opening comic, is a successful blending of the more terrifying fairy tale elements. It has a solid conclusion. The Uninvited is a fast paced science- fiction page-turner about what could happen. Trophies of Doom, the story of Paulo Danjou, a headsman, not the worst of villains, comes to a fitting end. The Sleeping Dead is creative and horrific at the same time. It’s a story of greed with an ending that is somewhat predictable. All the King’s Men is discussed above. The last of these well-told tales is Fate of Alberto. Greed, a witch, and black magic bring Alberto a fate equal to his crime.