Hitchcock's 'Rope' as well, if I remember. A very odd and nasty case, Leopold and Loeb - somehow more shocking that even the Parisian doctor to me - is this because when you get mass murder it becomes hard to imagine all those lives as individuals? Whereas one person you can get a better grasp of?
Anyway, the idea that we flung this fith at our kids (oh hang on,that would have been me then!) is... wel, great really...
I thoroughly enjoyed the Pocket Chillers that I collected when I was a lad. All the ones I got had downbeat endings. I had no idea that real cases had been used to provide some stories. My favourite (not a real case unless NASA is not telling us something :-) ) involved an astronaut returning from a space journey slowly turning into a savage beast and infecting those around him, but I can't remember the title.
Hi Stoney and welcome to the Vault. I probably collected about 6 of these when they first appeared in the shops. I have no idea if I still have them; they may well be lurking in one of the umpteen boxes in our loft. I wanted to ask you if you knew the title of one of the pocket chillers I mentioned in a post from last year. It concerns an astronaut returning from a space mission, who gradually turns into a savage beast, and somehow this is infectious, and by the end of the story there are a number of these beasts running around. The story really impressed me at the time and it has been bugging me for years that I can't remember the title. I liked the pocket chillers very much, and would probably have bought more, but there were always other items vying for the attention of my pocket money.
Hi Ripper,thanks for the welcome.I don't know the title of the "Chiller" that you describe.I rediscovered 12 of them in a box that had been saved from my childhood and decided to attempt to collect all 137.That was 2 years ago and my current total = 28 so this "mission" will obviously carry on for many years yet and in truth I will probably never complete the set.I will carry on regardless though...
Thanks for your reply, Stoney. I wish I had bought more of these at the time, but when you are young, you just don't realise. Hopefully I shall come across the ones I did buy in a box somewhere. The only 2 titles I do remember are The Mummies and Hands of Evil.
Hello xchief and welcome to the forum. I think you may well be right about 'Space Virus' being that elusive title. It was a cracking story, very downbeat. It's funny how something like that sticks in your mind even after 40 years. All I can say is that it must have made quite an impression on me at the time.
I joined this space because I just had to share with someone who might care - I just bought a lot of 24 (yes TWENTY-FOUR) Pocket Chiller Library comics from eBay and I can't contain myself with excitement!!
I had a lot of these as a youngster but got rid of them all - this purchase goes towards the beginnings of rebuilding.
I can upload a picture of them all if anyone is interested
Good for you, Adrian. I'm sure we'd love to see a photo of your haul if poss.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Nice result, Adrian. I think I only had around half a dozen of these little books but would love to get a collection. I had a big box full of various comics--UK and US--from the 60s and 70s in our airing cupboard. I thought they had been moved into the attic but several expeditions up there have failed to locate them . Mind you, it is like Steptoe's yard up there, so I am hoping they are lurking in a dark corner somewhere awaiting re-discovery.
The annoying thing about trying to collect the full set of the Pocket Chiller Library titles is that you've got to put up with owning approximately 40 duplicate issues because thats how many of the stories were repeated. Makes it rather unsatisfying to buy the missing issue when you really already "have" them.