Jack Oleck - The House Of Mystery #2 (Warner, 1973)
CAN YOU ENDURE THIS HOST OF HORRORS? Only THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY could serve as home for these eight tormented souls!
Eight people trapped in the dark corridors of the supernatural... Eight people enmeshed in evil... Eight questions from ... A DARKNESS FULL OF DEMONS.
Langley — was it possible that his sister was really a werewolf? Martin — his wife was dead, so how could she continue to torment him? Tobin — why did others have to die, so that he might live? Akins — did the vampire exist, or was he right to scoff at the idea? Grant — how could a dead man destroy his perfect swindle? Irena — what was the agonizing, soul-shattering price she was to pay — for murder? Walker — what happens to a hoodlum who doesn't deserve to live — and refuses to die? Donovan — was the demon that he called up his servant — or his doom?
... eight tales of ghosts and ghouls, of witches and vampires and things that go bump ... Read them at night — and wake up screaming!
TERROR IS ALWAYS WAITING JUST INSIDE THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY #2
When Dead Men Walk: Castle Hargri, Transylvania. Tony and Lisa Atkins honeymoon in the ancient castle despite the warnings of the burgomaster and the police chief that a centuries old vampire remains active in the vicinity. Tony is sceptical but his wife allows herself to be persuaded by obsessive vampire-hunter Dr. Xaviar that the undead are real and she must seek out the tomb of this particular specimen and destroy it.
Wolf Spawn: The old legend has it that every few generations the Langley blood will produce a werewolf. When the mutilated remains of two farmers are discovered on the moors it seems the curse has struck again. Prime suspect is Carol Dunstan (nee Langley), who wandered off into the dark alone that night and returned home with her dressing gown blood-splattered and ruined. Her husband contacts her brother who, incredulous at first, slowly comes to accept that Carol is the killer and after a third throat-ripping he loads up with silver bullets and hunts her down.
The Sweet Smell Of Success: After thirty years of married Hell, Anthony Martin, put-upon husband of Edith, can take no more. He lures her to the steps leading down into the cellar, one shove, and ....
Now he stands beside the coffin. Free at last! But - hold on; I recognise those footsteps ...
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.