Inner Sanctum: Tales of Horror, Mystery and Suspense

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Brenna Shanks
Adapted from a radio show that ran from 1941 to 1952, Inner Sanctum offers seven tales of horror. This graphic novel definitely delivers an old-school feel that fans of vintage horror comics or radio shows might enjoy. The settings vary from WWII England to noir-era New York. Colon, probably best known for the illustrated 911 report and a recent graphic biography of Anne Frank, began his career working on Caspar the Friendly Ghost and Richie Rich. That experience shows in this collection. The black-and-white illustrations are crisp and well executed, but the stories are so brief that they feel abrupt. The workmanlike art does little to ramp up the (melo)dramatic tension. Twists keep the tales from being entirely predictable or stereotypical but may sometimes leave the reader perplexed. The standard horror tropes are used—vampires, devils, and so forth. but there is little true mystery or suspense. The brevity and awkward narrative twists may be holdovers from the source material. It is difficult to determine how much of the plots and dialogs came from the radio show. Some of the story titles match episode titles, but no notes are given about the source. Public libraries with broad and deep graphic novel collections may want this to round out their horror section with something much, much gentler than 30 Days of Night or the Walking Dead. It would also work for younger patrons who want something just a little bit creepy. Reviewer: Brenna Shanks
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561636143
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Series: The Inner Sanctum Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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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