The two weeks of behind-the-scenes features for Strangeways are going to be off to a bit of a rocky start. For that I must apologize. However, real life events are keeping me out of my head today, and I still have other deadlines to deal with.
Originally, I was going to run this link (with a more substantial piece of writing attached) at the end of things, but events have crumpled up that little plan. Instead, you get this comic (reprinted at Karswell’s The Horrors of It All.)
The secret origin of Strangeways?
Originally, this appeared in THE CHAMBER OF CHILLS, from Marvel in the early seventies. Only I read it in one of Marvel’s b/w horror magazines from the early eighties, and then forgot about it for a number of years, re-reading it again when I was first putting together pitches for my projects in the early nineties, just a couple of years ago. And really, I thought, western horror. Why not?
At any rate, read the whole story, just click on the image above. No, I’ve never read the original. Read blessed little Howard in prosel, and forgotten most of what I have read (though I retain Lovecraft with frightening accuracy). I’ll try to have something more presentable by Wednesday. I’d say “tomorrow”, but I can see how today is shaping up and it ain’t pretty.
Bonus! The protagonist’s last name is Brill. Take that, Ian!