Friday, September 4, 2009

The Stalking Doom (1954)



When Derek Layne's wealthy aunt Clara cuts him off for being a booze-swilling disappointment, the young actor decides to speed up the old woman's death clock and cash in on the inheritance she has promised him. What Derek fails to factor into his murderous plan is the spinster's cat, Saki, who is sworn to protect her mistress -- even from beyond the grave!

This purrrfect paralyzer, courtesy of the Karswell longboxes, comes from Amazing Ghost Stories #15, published in December, 1954. Be sure to savour the surprise ending! Rock!








Wherever Derek turns, the cat's blazing eyes haunt him...
He knows Saki is stalking him...

Awaiting the moment of revenge...



8 comments:

Lily Strange said...

Another one of those life lessons. Do not, I repeat, do not go into the iron maiden. There was another old comic where some showoff decided he was going to step into one of those and a vengeful cat tripped the rope and he got impaled. Wish I could remember the name of this one but it was probably 30 years ago that I read it.

Karswell said...

"Purrrfect Paralyzer?!!"

Crap... why didn't I ever think of that?

Trevor M said...

Ex-fiancee from way back had three cats just like this. Luckily, no iron maidens were in our house's basement. I'd be dead right now.

Good story! Thanks for posting it.

Kitty LeClaw said...

Yeah, I am definitely in agreement on this: iron maiden = bad. Unless, of course, we're talking about those metaltastic chaps from London...

The "Purrrfect Paralyzer" just came to me. I was inspired by a real meowzer of a story! Thanks for slipping it my way, Mr. Karswell!

Karswell said...

You could've posted that trailer from your facebook, The Uncanny, as it has an almost identical scene as this story with Donald Pleasance stepping into an iron maiden and a cat jumping on the door.

>Thanks for slipping it my way, Mr. Karswell!

Always a pleasure to slip it to you.

mew!

Kitty LeClaw said...

MEW!

Mykal said...

Ms. LeClaw: Loved this story from the first panel. "You were drunk!" declares Aunt Clara, cutting off young Derek's whining, assessing his worthless character succinctly in the next couple of panels ( . . . you parasite!). Man, she’s certainly not the stereotypical sympathetic auntie! We might have guessed that, though, by the massive moose head she has mounted on the wall just above the Nazi eagle clock on the fireplace mantle (what, exactly, is this woman’s past?) .

Personally, I sort of cheered when Derek gave her the classic pillow-induced long nap. But then he lost much reader sympathy when he panicked and gave Saki that “smack!” with the fireplace poker and set the house ablaze. That was just taking a good thing too far. – Mykal

Lily Strange said...

Oh yes, the metalistic chaps. I'd let them into my bed...I mean, basement, anytime.