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This Twisted EC Comics Horror Story Doesn't Quite Fit Right

Welcome to 31 Days of Horror Comics, where I will spotlight some of the best horror comics around, as chosen by a bunch of my favorite horror comic writers and artists around!

Today's creator is Marv Wolfman, who has written a great many horror titles over the years, but he is probably best known for his work on The Tomb of Dracula...

and his own creation, Night Force...

For his choice, Marv put it into my hands a bit, as he suggested one of the many great EC Comics horror stories that had a twist at the end of the story. Since there are SO many, I decided to go with a slightly less well-known one (selfishly to also keep some of the other EC Comics stories available for future creators to pick later in the month) from late 1952's Haunt of Fear #17, it is called "Horror We? How's Bayou?" and it was written by Al Feldstein and drawn by one of the best ghoul artists in EC Comics history, Graham Ingels. EC Comics had many, many amazing artists working for them during their heyday, but I think when it comes to drawing ghouls, Ingels (who would sign his work "Ghastly") was, well, the most ghoulish of them all!

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The story (introduced by the Old Witch, the "host" of Haunt of Fear) opens with a doctor getting lost in the bayou and forced to stop at a house in the middle of nowhere for help...

It turns out that he was lured there intentionally, as the owner of the house, Sidney, has a brother named Everett with a thirst for murder and Sidney feels that he needs to keep "feeding" his brother new victims or else his brother might turn on HIM!

Once Everett is finished dismembering his victim, the body parts are thrown in the quicksand behind the house by Sidney...

We get a flashback to the first victim...

Disturbing stuff. Well, something twisted happens in that bayou and the murdered innocents rise from the quicksand for vengeance...

Only they did not come out in the same shape that they went in, as they are now all mixed up, with different heads on each body!

I'm omitting their ultimate vengeance, but it involves doing to Sidney what happened to them....with a twist.

A disturbing, ghoulish twist.

Thanks, Marv!

Okay, folks, more tomorrow!

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