Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bloke's Terrible Tomb of TERROR: Spooky Number Seven!

My love affair with Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror continues to grow. It has nothing to do with sharing a namesake (sharing the word Terror in horror is like sharing the name John). I love the cover art. Each issue brings me back to the magazines of old when the cover sold your mag right off the shelf; it's the only way to differentiate yourself from the other guy. The creepy ghoul that lurks with an axe all-a-blood chasing future-victim children adorning the front of issue seven  is tremendous. The yellows create a sick sunset and the end of your very life. The ghoul has eyes that were made for scaring, for creeping, for killing. Enough about the cover, there's plenty of material with which to judge this new edition from the Bloke within.

As always I'll go through this anthology based comic story by story. I'll offer the brief description afforded to us by the Bloke himself and then give a short impression or note or anecdote or whatever strikes me. The bloke works in mysterious ways. It's important to note that the Bloke has a couple of friends along for the ride this time. I'll let you meet them when you open the issue. This issue also features pin-ups, design features, and a couple fan photo galleries.


A group of children disturbs their neighbor while playing outside his house. When they explain that they are bored, he invites them in for a story.

My favorite artwork in the issue. I don't always like to say that, but the way Nik Poliwko draws a house reminds of the artwork in one my favorite kid's horror anthology books, Haunted Planet. The entire story has hints of it but none more than the opening page. Some of the rest of the characterization will remind you have Boris Karloff and Peter Cushing, homages that surely are intentional and respectful.


A crafty con man seems to have devised the perfect plan to make some money, but in the end, crying wolf is the least of his worries

A clever story that plays on some of the best of the Tales from the Crypt era, swindler looking for the big score meets Mama Morality. I'm a fan of cautionary tales given horror's relationship to common fables. It's also important to note that the first two stories have traditional horror monsters at their roots, but with variations that may take them outside of your comfort zone but only just outside. It's as if Bloke is easing you into his strange world.


A flash in the sky brings forth a visitor to Earth which at first looks to be harmless, but as always, looks can be deceiving.

The twist really got me. This story is beautifully illustrated and comes off like the Lonesome Death of Jordy Verril meets Invaders from Mars meets War of the Worlds. An excellent alien story full of tentacles and larger than life world destroyers. Verril luck is always B-A-D, I guess the rest of the world's isn't far off. Just when you think it's over, it's not.


Survivors of the nuclear destruction of their home planet, journey through outer space and against time to find somwhere new to live.

Survival reminded me of the Zone (uh hmmm... the Twilight Zone of course). I won't tell you which one as I don't want to ruin the twist. I could almost picture the Bloke holding a cigarette and perhaps going for a wardrobe change to some 1950's fare. The ink on this baby is swirly and drippy and creepy. Full bodied frames filled with the death of space.


TOMB Readers have voiced their interest in "The Fearleader", and so Tombster Mike Hoffman has delivered this tragic tale chronicling her rise and fall.

I am a Cyclops is an absolutely original concept that is more ghost story with a real basis in reality. I must say that I'm not sure I would have ended the issue with this solely because it is a bit of a downer. It's well written and emotive. I was borderline tear-jerked and by an illustrated story no less. This tale will prove to you that illustrated works, comic books, are truly works of literature and not just the funny papers your grandparents took them for.

Make sure to shop the Bloke over HERE. Pick up this issue and back issues as wella s other Terrible Tomb of Terror products. These books have love inside, heart. Still beating and pumping ink colored blood all through the pages. These are tales that may feel familiar at times, but offer a distinct twist and allow for them to become new again. Follow the Bloke on Facebook HERE.


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