Bela Lugosi’s Tales of the Grave #4
Written by Mark Finn, Lowell Isaac, Ed Polgardy, Michael Leal and Kerry Gammill
Art by John Lucas, Bill Sienkiewicz, Lowell Isaac, Rob Brown, Nik Poliwko and Kerry Gammill
Edited by Kerry Gammill
Covers by Alex Tuis and Carlos Valenzuela
Release Date: August 21, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
The fourth installment of Bela Lugosiâ€™s Tales of the Grave contains five horror stories that are straight out of the late night tv horror shows. Campy and fun, the horror is the standard mix of cautionary tales and revenge. It also contains a poster gallery from Bela Lugosi’s Invisible Ghost, a classic movie from 1941.
A couple of the stories, “The Evil Eye” and “The Monster” deal with children being bullied. Hopeless and alone both stories have someone befriend the lonely outcast. When that friendship is taken away, they snap. The stories are fun and the consequences gruesome. Both have art styles that fit the story, though “The Monster” is definitely the more twisted, in both art and story, of the two.
“Four-Way Split” is the weakest story but still fun. Following a group of explorers after lost gold, when ulterior motives are made clear, body parts start to fly.
But the best story is saved for last, “Vlad’s Banquet.” Rhyming with twisted humor, it tells the story of a banquet held by Vlad the Impaler. The art work doesn’t exactly match the campiness of the story, but is still incredibly good, with a few so beautifully detailed.
This is a fun book. It is worth picking up to have in your collection and the stories can be reread easily. It would be a nice little addition in a guest room for when you have company. It’s scary enough to titillate without making it hard for your guests to fall sleep.