Morbid Mayflowers

Horror & Supernatural paperbacks ’60’s & ’70’s

Blavatsky – Brennan

Posted by demonik on July 29, 2007

Helena Blavatsky – The Cave Of Echoes: (Black Magic 3)

Madame Blavatsky – The Ensouled Violin: (Black Magic 1)

James Blish – There Shall Be No Darkness: (Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1950):

“Perhaps God had decided that proper humans had made a muddle of running the world: had decided to give the nosferatu, the undead, a chance at it. Perhaps the human race was on the threshold of that darkness into which he had looked throughout last night.”

Fifty plus pages of pulp manna! There Shall Be No Darkness provided the basis for the slightly deranged Amicus shocker The Beast Must Die, though sadly you don’t get the thirty second ’spot the werewolf’ break until Subotsky got on the case: Loch Rannoch, Scotland. The Newcliffe’s house party is enlivened considerably by the discovery that red eyed, hairy-palmed concert pianist Jan Jarmoskowski is a werewolf and must be destroyed. Round and round the estate they roam – Newcliffe, his wife Caroline, psychiatrist and werewolf expert Christian Lundgren, prying artist Paul Foote, Doris the fledgling witch, etc. – armed with their supply of DIY silver bullets. When one of the party is killed, Foote realises that there is a second werewolf among them. This may sound far-fetched but in this story lycanthrope is a highly contagious disease and all it takes is a mere scratch for the victim to become tainted. At the climax, Jarmoskowski gets to tell it from the man-wolf’s point of view, and you have to concede they have a rotten time of it. (Black Magic 4)

Robert Bloch – The Black Kiss: (Black Magic 3)

Robert Bloch – The Mannikin: Simon Maylore is born with the beginnings of a twin growing out of his back. As he attains manhood, so the hump becomes more pronounced – it has now grown a head, torso and arms: it can even speak (“More blood, Simon. I want more.”) The vampiric growth achieves domination over its host and Simon is manipulated into performing black magic rituals. The growth is intent on raising the Elder Gods versus mankind. (Black Magic 6)

Robert Bloch – Return To The Sabbath: The brief rise and gruesome fall of Austrian horror actor and black magician Karl Jorla. His first film, Return To The Sabbath, made as a favour to a director friend, was never meant to be released but somehow finds its way to LA where its shown in a burlesque fleapit. Jorla’s stunning turn as a reanimated corpse decides aspiring producer Les Kincaid to sign him up for a Hollywood remake and Jorla jumps at the chance to get out of Austria. His fellow diabolists are furious as Return’s big resurrection ceremony exposes secrets of their craft. The director is ritualistically murdered in a Paris hotel and now several shadowy figures show up on set. Jorla see’s the filming through way beyond the call of duty …. (New Chamber Of Horrors)

Robert Bloch – Spawn Of The Dark One: Packs of Hells Angels descend on remote Kettle Moraine County each weekend, building fires on the hill and drinking the bars dry, much to the costernation of aged anthropologist Kerry, who is studying their nihilistic, often brutal behavior for a paper he intends to write. He comes to the conclusion that these “psychopaths” are fiends, “the spawn of a union between a demon and a mortal woman … during the war … the women had nightmares – the kind of nightmares women have had through the ages. The nightmare of the incubus, the carnal demon who visits them in sleep. It happened before in the history of our culture, during the Crusades. And then followed the rise of the witch cults all over Europe.” His young friend Hibbard wonders what this batty old timer on about. I’m sure we can rely on Mr. Bloch to set him straight …. (AKA Sweet Sixteen) (Satanists)

Robert Bloch – The Skull Of the Marquis de Sade: Christopher Maitland, a collector of morbid artifacts, is offered the skull of the divine Marquis for a knock-down £500 by down at heel Wapping-based dealer Marco who confesses he wants shot of it as the relic is playing on his mind. Maitland decides to sleep on it and, after a restless night in which he dreams vividly of being tortured by the Inquisition, consults his friend and fellow collector, Sir Fitzhugh Kilroy who once owned the skull and advises Maitland against making the purchase. “I’m not trying to frighten you, my friend. But I know the history of that skull. During the last hundred years it has passed through the hands of many men. Some of them were collectors, and sane. Others were perverted members of secret cults – worshippers of pain, devotees of Black Magic. Men have died to gain that grisly relic, and other men have been – sacrificed to it.”
Despite telling Sir Fitzhugh that he’s decided to give the skull a miss, Maitland calls on Marco at his Soho flat (Soho is, apparently a district of Wapping in this story) and finds him dead on his bed with a torn throat. Obviously, Marco’s police dog must have contracted rabies or something because there’s no sign of any break-in. Maitland shoots the dog and heads off home with his prize ….
(Omnibus Of Evil)

Robert Bloch – Under The Horns: (Dark Mind Dark Heart)

Robert Bloch – Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper: (Jack The Knife)

Ronald Blythe – Everything a Man Needs: (Unlikely Ghosts)

Hector Bolitho – Taureke’s Eyes: (Black Magic 6)

Anthony Boucher – A Kind of Madness: We’ve already met with conflicting accounts as to why the Ripper murders ceased as abruptly as they began. Unlike Hume Nisbet and dear old Anon, Boucher doesn’t go in for the macho chest beating “it was me who killed him!” approach. According to him, the couple who put an end to his capers – true life murderers Gabrielle Bompart and Michel Eyraud – were entirely oblivious as to just who they were lynching and the danger Gabri was in during the hours leading up to their crime. (Jack The Knife)

Anthony Boucher – Nellthu: Alisa summons forth an amiable demon who allows her the traditional three bites at the cherry. She messes up the first two, but her third demand is pure genius. (Black Magic 5)

Anthony Boucher – Review Copy: San Francisco. Mark Mallow, brilliant if brutal critic, destroys the reputation of occultist authority Jerome Blackland with one of his trademark molten reviews. Blackland takes it to heart and consults a Diabolist to exact revenge. Consequently Mallow receives in the post a copy of For The Blood Is The Death by Hieronymus Melancathon (Chorazin Press, New York, 1955) for his personal attention. The evil spell works and the reviewer is bloodily disposed of, but … (Black Magic 3)

Anthony Boucher – They Bite: A family in a Californian desert town operate in a manner comparable to the Sawney Beane Clan. Twice the army have been sent in to wipe out the Carka clan, twice the troops have returned, biting. Enter the desperate Hugh Tallant who sees the seemingly deserted Carka place as the ideal setting for the murder of the man who is threatening to blackmail him. (Black Magic 1)

Marjorie Bowen – The Necromancers: (Black Magic 2)

Ray Bradbury – The Dwarf: (Bentlif Horror)

Ray Bradbury – The October Game: Mich, the disgruntled and deeply disturbed husband, determines that wife Louis is going to pay for ‘depriving’ him of a son. He isn’t going to shoot her, though – he wants her to really suffer, and he reckons the only way he can get back at her is through their one daughter, eight year old Marion. The Halloween party provides him with his opportunity. Deliciously horrible. (New Chamber Of Horrors 2)

Joseph Payne Brennan – Come Back, Uncle Ben! :(Dark Mind Dark Heart)

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