From Chap-Books of the Eighteenth Century, 1882
I’m not sure how sympathetic they’ll leave me…But I came across this pretty cool collection of horror stories—all focused on, you guessed it—the Devil himself—that debonair Father of Lies, Master of Wickedness and Diabolical Disguise…Brewer of Age-Old Maleficence.
Join me? 🔥😈🔥
1 • Introduction • essay by Tim Pratt
3 • The Price • (1997) • short story by Neil Gaiman
8 • Beluthahatchie • (1997) • short story by Andy Duncan
19 • Ash City Stomp • (2003) • short story by Richard Butner
28 • Ten for the Devil • [Newford] • (1998) • novelette by Charles de Lint
51 • A Reversal of Fortune • (2007) • short story by Holly Black
62 • Young Goodman Brown • (1835) • short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
72 • The Man in the Black Suit • (1994) • short story by Stephen King
“I feel the presence of a nun in this church…”
—Lorraine Warren, psychic investigator/demonologist, speaking to a group of psychic researchers and photographers (including husband Ed Warren) at Borley Rectory in England, during a trip there in the 1970s; it is noted that Lorraine uttered the remark immediately upon entering the building at 12:00 A.M.
In The Nun, the latest movie in the ever-expanding Conjuring universe, a cowl-clad demon with piercing yellow eyes and dagger-like teeth haunts the cloisters of a Romanian abbey and terrorizes local clergy. The film is a prequel to The Conjuring, which detailed the real case files of noted demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Those case files have also inspired film classics such as The Conjuring 2, Anabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and the 1979 horror classic The Amityville Horror.
So how much of the story about The Nun is based on actual events?
The Warren’s son-in-law, Tony Spera, said that The Nun’s ecclesiastical phantom bears resemblance to a “real” spectral nun the Warrens encountered during a 1970s trip to the much-haunted Borley Rectory in southern England.
Below: Rare color photographs of Borley Rectory taken in 1929 (left) and 1943 after the fire (right) by England’s own famous (and infamous) ghost hunter Harry Price (Source: www.harrypricewebsite.co.uk/Borley)
Remember The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor? It had a very short run, sadly. But I was an eager 12 year old and this was my cup of brew. In fact, the 1970s publication, which ran for about 20 issues, was my very first comic book collection! And…it was my initiation into the world of the Occult. I’m bringing it to you, now, Dear Reader, every month–an issue at a time…Guess you could say I’m “resurrecting a personal monster”…
Long May He Live!!!