LOD Ep. 18 – The Masque of the Red Death

Hola, horror-obsessed ones.

Welcome back to another show and another blog addendum post featuring some images from the comic under discussion. As mentioned in the podcast and the title of the post, Misty and I looked at Richard Corben’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque Of The Red Death!

Here’s the episode link:

https://darklongbox.podbean.com

If you want to track down this eminently disturbing little yarn, you can find it in Dark Horse Comics’ Spirits of the Dead collection, which was initially put out as a Hardcover in 2014, but was reprinted in 2019 as a softcover. This collects all of Richard Corben’s POE tales in one nifty little package.

Here follows some of our favorite pages and panels. Enjoy!

Prince Arnold ‘Prospero’ Schwarzenegger.
An apocalyptic hellscape illustrated (gleefully?) by a master.
The most pivotal panel sequence in the entire story.
The ominous presence of the Ebony Clock.
Prince Prospero has a predilection for the beautiful and the grotesque.
Uh oh. There’s trouble in paradise.
The Prince is seeing RED.
Don’t poke the bear, or in this case the angry body-building royal Austrian interior decorator.
Some fantastic SFX in these panels.
THUNK. CLATTER.
The gnarliest panel of the bunch. DEATH, bleeding from every orifice, a red mist rising from his flagellated flesh.
The supernatural virulence of the Red Death transforms a castellated abbey into an abattoir.
Hasta La Vista, Death.
And so falls the house of Usher… er, Prospero.
A beautifully illustrated panel ends the tale aptly with the color in question; the color of DEATH.

Hope you enjoyed the episode, darklings. Look out for another one next week, as we get into PART II of our Nightmare Plague discussions.

As a bonus, here are some of the tomes we used for our Poe research.

The first is the Horror collection my dad gifted me in 1992 that introduced me to our friend Edgar, while the second is my most recent, and useful, acquisition. I can highly recommend both these volumes.

Take care of yourselves, friends in darkness 😉

Pleasant screams!

H & M

2 thoughts on “LOD Ep. 18 – The Masque of the Red Death

  1. James Hudson

    Hello Herman and Misty.
    I just recently listened to your podcast on The Masque of the Red Death. I believe that Poe would have been inspired by the cholera pandemic and yellow fever outbreaks of the time, as well as the historical Black Plague.

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    1. hermgerm

      Thanks, James! We’ll give you a shout-out on the show. You are the first listener to respond to our query. I suspected there might have been another pandemic other than the Black Plague to fuel the fears of the populace, and Poe’s imagination, at the time. Thanks for the confirmation. Keep it creepy, pal

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