- Series: Showcase Presents
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (February 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401226264
- ISBN-13: 978-1401226268
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Showcase Presents The Secrets of Sinister House Paperback – February 9, 2010
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Unfortunately some of the COVER art IS presented in grayscale, which IMHO does a deep disservice to Jeff Jones and others. Mostly, though, this is great stuff. Sergio Aragones throws in a page of comedy from issue to issue - his "Witch's Tails" are mildly funny and a decent counterfoil to the otherwise serious (by intention, anyway) stories in this collection.
Apparently DC wanted to make an appeal to a female readership with Daphne Dumaurier-type stories. I guess it didn't work, 'cause after issue 6 the ghostly romance stuff fades away and we're in HOUSE OF MYSTERY territory! The subtite "of Secret Love" gets dropped by #5.
The tales start as pretty predictable gothic romance, then in issue 7 turn into the harder-edged stuff that was being printed in mainstream comix at the beginning of the rebellion against the Comics Code Authority. Inspired by Jim Warren, whose contemporary comix anthologies EERIE and CREEPY were printed WITHOUT code approval (and were making money...), DC and Marvel began fumbling forays back into territory forbidden since the scapegoating of EC at the Kefauver hearings. This stuff is less violent than Warren, but for Silver-Age code horror, I'd recommend it. There are quite a few oddball gems in here.
Well, not to worry pulp horror fans -- it's all totally nuts out there psychedelic horror freakery of the highest order ! The first few stories are vaguely related to 'romantic themes' it's true, but after that, it sems that DC forgot about their 'commitment' to getting teenage girls interested, and went back to their same old deranged formula. ( There's no knowing of course, what these far out comics actually did to the newly initiated teenage female fans though.... One shudders to think...)
All the best Filipino talent is here ( Alcala, Nino, Ruben, Yandoc ) , along with some very heavy psychedelic pop art woodcut style contributions from the American artists. The scripts are totally deranged and psychotropic too. One wonders exactly what substances these humble scribes were ingesting whilst dreaming up these far out freak tales....
It just misses a five star review because some of the stories are over long in my opinion -- the opening "romantic" stories are worthwhile,sure -- but they drag on a bit, and seem a little half hearted and unconvincing at points.
Over all though, it's hard to fault these fantastic reissues -- As soon as I got my mitts on its glossy cover,perused the titles, and saw all my favourite Filipino artists listed, I knew it was going to be a great evening's read, and I wasn't disappointed.
So -- save the book for a rainy evening on your own : brew a pot of the best English tea, or better still, top up a glass of the finest, dim the bed side lamp, draw the bed covers tighter, get comfortable -- and enjoy the "Secrets of Sinister House" trip !
I really hope we get "Witching Hour" and "Ghosts" reissue volumes as soon as possible