Death Lives in the Vault of Horror!

Cover of a vintage copy of Tales of the Crypt novel based upon the classic 1972 motion picture that starred Peter Cushing and Joan Collins.

Vintage horror terror tales from the crypt paperback


Few things in life are more  frightening than a mime, aka a silent clown. So one can only imagine the horror made possible by a supernatural thriller about a mime?

Oh yeah, the true harbinger of evil is The Mime. Forget about running scared from the Devil in a red jumpsuit,  horns and wielding a pitchfork, or hiding from a kid who can “see dead people”, or trying to escape from the bowels of  the Biodome with Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin.

From the back cover:

“A girl crazed by torment!

The man who was her lover and the man who was her doctor watched the girl they thought they knew so well, and listened to unimaginably shocking words pouring from her mouth…

How could a girl this lovely be so familiar with such ugliness? How could a creature so light and airy be captive to such dark forces?

You are invited on a journey into evil beyond even the occult – where heartbeats echo in the silence and blood spells out the message of…The Mime.”

The Mime is a supernatural horror novel by Tony Profumo. Scary book about a Mime.


I just love the idea of this freakin’ book.

Look out! Is that Marcel Marceau behind you, pressed up against an invisible box?

Scared you, didn’t I?


“Beyond Coma, the Medical Novel That Takes the Final Step Into Terror”.

I bought the book just for the cover illustration. I’m crazy like that. You could say that I lose my head over wacky paperback covers.

Heads by David Osborn is an insane horror medical thriller.

“Forget the I -got-your-nose game. I just got-your-severed-head!”

Heaven Help Us All When The Devil’s Rain!

Yep, that was the film’s tagline. Apparently in Hell making sense is not a requirement.

I love this movie. I cannot stress this point enough. I love The Devil’s Rain.

The Devil’s Rain is one of the grooviest, out-there, horror films ever excreted from the bowels of that wonderfully insane, coke-fuelled decade called the 1970s.

The Devils Rain Paperback based upon the far-out horror film with William Shatner and Ernest Borgnine.

Click for larger image if you dare! That’s Ida Lupino on the cover, trapped within The Devils Rain.

Brief summary (I don’t want to give it all away. You must see this movie!)

The Devil’s Rain stars the great Ernest Borgnine as Corbis, aka “The Goat Demon”, aka a demonic goat-headed figure in a bright red skin-tight bodysuit.

The movie takes place in a deserted Western town called Stanville.

Yes, Stanville. Get it, Stanville…

The movie takes place during the 1970s, but there is a flashback to puritanical times setting up the conflict with Corbis and his followers over a book called The Witches’ Hammer.

Corbis has apparently spent hundreds of years searching for The Witches’ Hammer. Turns out the decent all-American Preston family has been guarding the book. The Prestons are a savvy lot, they hid the book in a hollowed-out chunk of floor beneath an end table!

William “Bill” Shatner plays Mark Preston, a ranch hand who avenges his family against Corbis and the merry gang of Devil worshippers that reside in Stanville.

Yes, Stanville.

A super hairy, ultra-Seventies Tom Skerritt plays Tom Preston, Mark’s scientist brother. TV’s Eddie Albert, star of Green Acres, is a scientist studying ESP and telepathy and whatever the hell else scientists studied back in the 1970s.

John Travolta has a pre-Kotter, pre-Saturday Night Fever appearance as Danny. Who’s Danny? Never mind. You blink and you’ll miss him. So, keep your eye out for the young Devil worshipper with the butt chin.

The legendary Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, was a consultant on the film and has a brief cameo as the masked man who plays the large church organ.

The movie’s great visual effect occurs when various townspeople melt away into what appears to be gooey pools of multi-coloured candle wax. Awesome!

This is the rare novelization of a cheesy film where the book adds of a lot  important  information and backstory that was left out of the film.

But the book lacks great visuals such as:

  • People dissolving into candle wax
  • Ernest Borgnine with the head of a demonic goat whilst attired in a skin-tight red suit.
  • And the coup de grace, Bill Shatner’s post-Star Trek TOS and pre-T.J. Hooker toupee, er, I mean acting.

This groovy horror film and its super groovy novelization are both highly recommended! A+++

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