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Inner Sanctum: Tales of Horror, Mystery and Suspense [Hardcover]

Ernie Colon

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Book Description

Dec 7 2011 The Inner Sanctum Mysteries

The Inner Sanctum is one of the most fondly remembered mystery and horror radio shows from the 1940s—it is brought to life here with striking illustrations that re-create four chilling tales. In "The Horla," a man is haunted by a mysterious, grotesque being that only he can see. At first, the being seeks to enslave the man, but in the end it turns out the being is actually out to destroy him. "Death of a Doll" tells the tale of a reporter who is investigating the identity and death of an unidentified female corpse. Throughout his investigation, he carries her doll with him and, instead of “mama,” the doll continually cries out “Kara Nana,” another name for the devil. "The Undead" follows a young woman as she discovers a 10-year-old obituary for her living husband. Terrified, she goes to his tomb to investigate. The last story in the collection, "Alive in the Grave," follows a man who may have unwittingly consigned another man to being buried alive.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing (Dec 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561636142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561636143
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,330,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Colón] can scare the pants off you. I highly recommend Inner Sanctum, which ought to come with a reinforced belt." —Minneapolis Star Tribune (January 19, 2012)

"The energy Colón infuses into them makes them constitute something more enjoyable than a pop-cultural trip down memory lane." —www.BooklistOnline.com

"Colón succeeds in respecting the original tales, his readers, and the joy of getting slightly creeped out." —www.SchoolLibraryJournal.com

"Veteran editor and artist Colòn conducts a virtual art clinic here, showing his deep mastery of composition, design, figure drawing, expression, use of blacks and more in this collection of hoary guilty pleasures and cheap thrills." —Miami Herald (April 15, 2012)

About the Author

Ernie Colón is a comic artist who has worked for such companies as Broadway Comics, DC, Eclipse, Harvey Publications, Marvel, and Star Comics. He is the cocreator of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001–), Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography, Che: A Graphic Biography, and Vlad the Impaler. He lives in Huntington, New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ernie Colon is great. Jan. 2 2013
By Joshua - Published on Amazon.com
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A master of the comic book form! Heard about him from the podcast "Art and Story" I especially recommend for aspiring comics artists who want to study unconventional page layouts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good little collection Dec 30 2011
By Richard J. Arndt - Published on Amazon.com
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Colon's an old master at horror, having worked on Warren's Creepy & Eerie back in the day. His work on these stories shows he is as good as ever. Some of the stories will remind you of EC Comics, others of Warren and still others' DC's 'mystery' titles. There's nothing bad here and all are entertaining. Recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Radio Mystery June 10 2013
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
I really love the OTR show "Inner Sanctum." I think the horror/mystery shows have held up the best since their original broadcasts--what scares people back then still scares us now. So, I thought the idea of Ernie Colon adapting some of these stories for comics was pretty cool.

I fondly remember Colon's work for DC Comics--including his "Arak, Son of Thunder" with Roy Thomas and his own creation "Amethyst, Princess of Gem World." But mainly I remember him from Warren's horror titles like "Creepy," "Eerie," and "Vampirella."

Colon adapted seven stories for "Inner Sanctum." Some I have heard before, and some were unfamiliar. They all have that "Inner Sanctum" feel, and Colon is clearly someone who remembers being scared by that old creaking door. His art work is still solid, although not stunning. He seems to have lost some of his flair over the years and gone into a more minimalistic style. His loose, empty lines almost look like fashion illustration instead of comic book art. He isn't big on backgrounds, and most of his work features characters carrying the scenes. He still has that horror touch though, and that comes through nicely.

What I thought was really missing from this comic was more about "Inner Sanctum" itself. It's wrong to assume that most people will be familiar with the show, it's history, and these episodes. I would have loved a nice, long introduction, and some "Adapted from ... " or "First broadcast ... " notes on the stories. Instead they are presented without preamble. And that's all right. They work well just as stories. But I think it was a bit of a missed opportunity.

The stories in this collection are:

"The Voice on the Wire"
"Lived Once-Buried Twice"
"The Undead"
"The Horla"
"Alive in the Grave"
"Death of a Doll"

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