Thank you .. and oh my, what a treat! I love these comics, with their dramatic artwork and wonderful titles like Dark Mansions of Forbidden Love and such. I think I have a couple stashed away somewhere, though they’re so scarce in the UK, you just don’t seem to see them anywhere. Thanks for posting it!
I took one look at that cover and couldn't resist ordering a copy.
Anyway, Russell Kirk's stories are usually worth a read even if they tend to be a little theological for my tastes.
I ashamed to say I’d never heard of Russell Kirk before I came across Lost Lake, but his foreword sounds promising – More of the outer darkness than of the twilight zone, these are tales unabashedly Gothick. In them the reader may find hints of M. R James, Henry James, and even Jesse James...
So Lost Lake has gone straight to the top of my reading pile. There’s a really sweet dedication on the inside cover – To Miss Gracia Virgo, Witch of Saginaw, from the Wizard of Mecosta. I’d love to know the story behind that.
Nice one - woman fleeing, sinister castle, enigmatic older bloke PLUS solitary lit window. It's got it all.
...and the dog. Don’t forget the dog!
... or the gorgeous diaphanous gown, highly impractacle for running away purposes: a shellsuit would ruin everything. it's a shame we rarely get to see the heroine's footwear: six inch stilettos for every occasion is my bet.
Russell Kirk: Have not got this or any of his other books, but am familiar with a number of the ghost stories in Lost Lake /The Surly Sullen Bell as several have been anthologised. Behind The Stump, Sorworth Place and later stories like There's A Long, Long Trail A-Winding are very well worth your time but, while that 'gothic' may be appropriate in one sense, he's not exactly of the Marilyn Ross 'Barnabus Quentin' school and you might consider cover artwork and blurb as outrageously misleading as that of Seeds Of Evil! It has been ages since I read Kirk, but some commentators have found his conservative politics and Christian beliefs over-intrusive. Can't say I noticed them at the time, but then it took me a while to figure that Dennis Wheatley was not entirely sympathetic toward the Trade Unions.
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.
it's a shame we rarely get to see the heroine's footwear: six inch stilettos for every occasion is my bet.
I’d like to think they’re wearing DM’s under those nighties, much more practical
The charity shops in Brighton are glutted with Westerns at the moment. Not usually my thing but I couldn’t resist this bizarre sci-fi / western hybrid from Paperback Library. The cover art is kind of cool too. Six-Gun Planet by John Jakes First printing April 1970.
Lynn Munroe has forwarded me a link to a new booklist he has compiled on cover art by the artist George Ziel. There is not much known about him, as very few of his covers were credited on the published books. Lynn has done some exhaustive research, including a link to some charcoal drawings created by the artist depicting his time in Dachau concentration camp.
Fans of Paperback Library gothics will instantly recognise George Ziel’s hauntingly beautiful style. (Which apparently was often credited to Victor Kalin, another artist working for Paperback Library at the time.)