Foul Play And Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) Available September 17

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Author: Al Feldstein

The ultimate collection of Jack Davis EC stories!

When Jack Davis took up his pen for EC Comics, he imbued his stories with a playful sense of (gallows) humor that made his innocent victims more eye-poppingly terrified, his ax-murders more gleefully gruesome, and his revenge-seeking corpses more morbidly motivated than any other EC artist. These horror and suspense tales ― from the pages of Vault of Horror, Haunt of Fear, Crime SuspenStories, and Shock SuspenStories ― include frightful fare such as “Hyde and Go Shriek!”, “Tombs-Day!”, “Witch Witch’s Witch!”, “Head-Room!”, “Chop Talk!”, “Coffin Spell!”, and more, all leavened with the cackling, pun-laced wit of scripter Al Feldstein and illuminated as only the virtuoso brushwork of Jack Davis could present them.

But the standout story has to be “Foul Play,” the most infamous of all EC horror stories, in which a baseball team takes revenge on a murderous rival player by, um (spoiler alert), “repurposing” various parts of his anatomy for one final blood-spattered, organ-scattered inning. You’ll never see a baseball game the same way again. And as gruesome as that sounds (and is!), Davis deftly pulls it off with aplomb and a mordant sense of absurd humor that will have you cringing and laughing at the same time. Plus, not one, not two, but three Davis-driven adaptations of haunting short stories by Ray Bradbury: “The Coffin!”, “Let’s Play Poison!”, and “The Black Ferris!”.

We round out this volume with all three of Davis’s EC science-fiction adventures, and all five of his aerial war stories from the legendary EC title, Aces High. 40 stories in all, most scripted by EC legend Al Feldstein, plus in-depth commentary by EC experts Thommy Burns and Grant Geissman.

Black-and-white illustrations throughout

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The Haunt of Fear Vol. 4 (The EC Archives) Available August 20

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Author: Al Feldstein

Delight in fright!

Now in an affordable paperback, this fourth volume of the EC Comics horror classic The Haunt of Fear collects a gruesome medly of unforgettable frights!

Featuring art from the legendary talents of Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Graham Ingels, George Evans, Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, and Reed Crandall, this volume collects The Haunt of Fear #19–#24 and includes a foreword by Rob Zombie.

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Crime Suspenstories Vol. 2 (The EC Archives) Available June 25

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Author: Al Feldstein

Before the dark days of the Comics Code, no publication presented the no-holds-barred portrayal of the dark side of criminality quite like EC Comics’ Crime SuspenStories.

Featuring intense dramas of villainy, treachery, and betrayal by comics giants Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis, and Jack Kamen, Crime SuspenStories stands at the pinnacle of crime comics history.

This value-priced volume collects Crime SuspenStories issues #7–#12, including the original stories, ads, text pieces, and letters.

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The Vault of Horror Vol. 4 (EC Archives: The Vault of Horror 30-35) Available February 27

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Author: Bill Gaines & Al Feldstein

Rising from the tomb comes EC Archives: The Vault of Horror Volume 4, now in a value-priced paperback edition!

EC Comics set the bar in the 1950s for their disturbing tales of terror, and this edition presents twenty-four shockers by comics legends Al Feldstein, William Gaines, Johnny Craig, Jack Davis, Graham Ingels, and features gorgeous digitally remastered color. Includes the Al Feldstein/Joe Orlando adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story “The Lake” and a foreword by bestselling horror author Jonathan Maberry.

Collects The Vault of Horror issues #30–#35.

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The Haunt of Fear : The EC Archives Vol. 3 Available December 26

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Author: Al Feldstein

Delight in fright!

Now in value-priced softcover format, the third volume of the EC Archives collection of The Haunt of Fear conjures a trove of unforgettable nightmares, featuring fables of fear from comics giants Al Feldstein, William Gaines, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, George Evans, and others. Includes adaptations of the Ray Bradbury stories “The Coffin!” and “The Black Ferris!”

Collects The Haunt of Fear issues #13–#18.

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The Bitter End And Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) Available December 26

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Author: Al Feldstein

Twenty-two crime, horror, and science fiction stories by master comics artist Reed Crandall. Plus: eight crime and horror stories by fellow EC artist George Roussos.

Reed Crandall was an undisputed master of fine line detail and expertly nuanced pen-and-ink texture. He was a perfect fit for EC Comics, and he brilliantly illuminated sharp scripts featuring schemes, tricks, betrayal, and retribution in the company’s crime, horror, and science fiction titles.

This volume features 22 Crandall favorites from the pages of Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, Haunt of Fear, Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories, Weird Science-Fantasy, Extra, and Impact, including: “Dog Food,” one of EC’s best revenge stories, featuring a sadistic prison camp warden who abuses his dogs to keep them mean ― to terrorize his prisoners. And no, it’s not the twist ending you might expect ― which is why it was voted by fans as one of the top three EC horror stories. “The Shadow Knows” in which a man who murders his wife is pursued by her shadow everywhere he turns. “The Bitter End” in which a wealthy businessman tries to force his only son into becoming the hard-driving executive he needs to take over the family business. “Close Shave,” a science fiction parable about love overcoming racial prejudice and division. “Swamped,” voted by fans as one of the top three best illustrated EC horror stories of all time, is the grisly tale of a demented ghoul living in the Okefenokee Swamp. Plus: eight crime and horror stories by fellow EC artist George Roussos and an introduction by Jon Gothold.

Black-and-white illustrations throughout

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