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Appearing in "It"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Supernatural Thrillers #1
(originally printed as It - The Thing That Couldn't Die!)

Featured Characters:

  • It (Roger Kirk) (First and only known appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Alton Drew (Death)
  • Cory Drew
  • Babe Drew

Other Characters:

  • Kimbo (Death)
  • Clissa Drew

Races and Species:

Synopsis for "It"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Supernatural Thrillers #1
(originally printed as It - The Thing That Couldn't Die!)

The old bones of a man who committed suicide in the woods in 1929 animates a pile of vegetable matter which develops a curiosity about the things around it. First it beats to death a dog which attacks its and dismembers it. When the dog's owner fires his gun at the monster, it dismembers him too. The victim's brother and niece are out in the woods as well. The girl encounters the creature, but manages to get away from it. She throws an object which causes the creature to lose its balance and fall into the river. It finds the new sensation curious so it stays in the river until the water washes the muck from the skeleton, destroying its ability to move or think. The man finds his little girl, but she has suffered severe mental distress from her encounter with the thing.

Appearing in "The Horror from the Mound!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Chamber of Chills #2
(originally printed as The Monster from the Mound!)

Featured Characters:

  • Steve Brill (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Juan Lopez (First and only known appearance; dies)

Antagonists:

  • Don Santiago de Valdez (First appearance) (Main story and flashback) (Apparent death)

Other Characters:

  • Coronado (Mentioned)
  • Juan Lopez's grandfather (Mentioned)
  • Hernando de Estrada (First appearance) (Only in flashback)

Races and Species:

Locations:

Synopsis for "The Horror from the Mound!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Chamber of Chills #2
(originally printed as The Monster from the Mound!)

A rancher unearths a vampire from an Indian burial mound while looking for hidden gold.

Appearing in "The Terrible Old Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tower of Shadows #3
(originally printed as The Moving Finger Writhes...!)

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Miss Pritchert (Mentioned)
  • Andrew (First appearance)
  • Mama's Boy (First appearance)
  • Charlie Jenkins

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Locations:

Items:

  • Never Victorious, Never Defeated (First appearance)
  • Life and Times of Harry Swann (book, retitled to Life and Times of Charlie Jenkins) (First appearance)

Vehicles:

  • Charlie's limousine
  • Ethel's sedan

Synopsis for "The Terrible Old Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tower of Shadows #3
(originally printed as The Moving Finger Writhes...!)

Harridan Ethel Swann berates her husband Harry for working at a dead end job and suggests that he should get an "edjication". Frustrated, Harry leaves his apartment and goes for a walk. He stops at a rare book store and finds himself drawn to a particular tome with the title The Life and Times of Harry Swann. Perusing the text, he is shocked to discover that the book is a literal transcription of his entire life's history. He purchases it and rushes home to read it. He soon discovers that some chapters pertain to events that have yet to take place. Following the words from the book, Harry turns his fortune around by placing surefire bets at the racetrack on horses that he knows will win. Harry and Ethel soon find themselves extremely wealthy, but Harry still cannot tolerate his wife's antics. As per the written page from his biography, Harry sabotages the brakes in his wife's car and Ethel dies. At the funeral, Harry is sure to shed as many convincing crocodile tears as possible. After the service, Harry is driving across a bridge when he stops due to some construction. He skims through the book, but comes to realize that the pages are now blank. Harry is confused. He gets out of the vehicle and approaches one of the workers. Suddenly, an iron beam collapses from the rigging and crushes him to death. One of the work men, Charlie Jenkins, picks up the book, but when he looks at the cover, he realizes that it now reads The Life and Times of Charlie Jenkins. Curious about his strange new discovery, Charlie wanders off and begins reading the book.

Appearing in "The Drifting Snow"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Vampire Tales #4
(originally printed as Lighthouse of the Possessed)

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Jason Knight (Death)
  • Brock Kilbride
  • Arlene Randolph
  • Mister Harris

Races and Species:

Locations:

Synopsis for "The Drifting Snow"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Vampire Tales #4
(originally printed as Lighthouse of the Possessed)
  • Synopsis not yet written

Appearing in "The Shambler from the Stars!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery (Vol. 2) #3The Shambler from the Stars!

Featured Characters:

  • Robert (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)

Supporting Characters:

  • Bronson (First appearance)
  • Reclusive Scholar (Unnamed) (Only in flashback) (First and only known appearance; dies)

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

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Synopsis for "The Shambler from the Stars!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery (Vol. 2) #3The Shambler from the Stars!

A man finds a copy of an occult book which allows him and a fellow occultist to summon the Shambler from the Stars. It kills the one who read the summoning, but the man burns the book and the house down. The police arrest him and charge him with murder but he tells his lawyer that he knows that the Shambler will come for him in jail. This is the first in an unofficial trilogy - the second installment being "The Haunter of the Dark" (written by H.P. Lovecraft, adapted in the next issue) and rounded out by "The Shadow in the Steeple" (adapted in issue #5), also by Robert Bloch.

Appearing in "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery (Vol. 2) #2Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper!

Featured Characters:

  • Scotland Yard
    • Sir Guy Hollis (First and only known appearance; dies)

Supporting Characters:

  • NYPD
    • Lt. Colma
  • Dick Poole (First appearance)

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

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Locations:

Items:

  • Sir Guy Hollis's gun

Events

Synopsis for "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery (Vol. 2) #2Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper!

A Scotland Yard man attempts to get his psychologist friend to buy into his theory that Jack the Ripper's killings are sacrifices to dark gods in order to attain the boon of eternal youth, and at the end of the story the psychologist friend reveals himself to be Jack the Ripper.

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