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Robert Bloch and EC Comics
Quite a few of the stories in the legendary EC horror comics (Tales from
the Crypt; The Vault of Horror; The Haunt of Fear) were unauthorized "swipes"
of short stories by authors like Poe, Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Ray
Bradbury, and -- Robert Bloch. As far as I know, Ray Bradbury was the only one
who found out and asked for payment and a byline; I've never seen
anything in Bloch's interviews about EC "adaptations." The ones I've found
(in order of faithfullness):
October 1999 marked the end of the reprinting of every EC "New Trend"
comic as a 32-page comic book (though the covers have been recolored
differently), and virtually all back issues are still available from the
publisher; call 1-800-EC-CRYPT or visit their website. Note that Vault of Horror has been renumbered, so you'd actually need #7 and #8, not #18 and #19.
- "Daddy Lost His Head!" (Vault of Horror #19) - A fairly faithful adaptation of
"Sweets to the Sweet," except the child is completely innocent; the "voodoo
doll" is made by a neighbor, "Mrs. Thaumaturge."
- "The Hunchback!" (Haunt of Fear #4) - "The Mannikin," purged of any references
to the Lovecraft Mythos.
- "The Mask of Horror!" (Vault of Horror #18) - A loose adaptation of "The
Cloak," substituting a face-changing mask for the "authentic" vampire cloak.
- "Horror We? How's Bayou?" (Haunt of Fear #17) - This story was obviously
inspired by "Enoch," but takes an entirely different turn after the latest
body is dumped in the quicksand.
- "Cold Cuts!" (Shock Suspenstories #5) - Again, this story starts out like
"Frozen Fear," but takes a different (non-supernatural in this case) turn
after all the packages are in the deep freeze.