Winner, 2020 Earphones Award (Audiofile Magazine)
When the history of horror comics was written, one name stood and still stands above the rest: EC Comics. With equal parts suspense, gore, camp, and morality tale, the triumvirate of EC’s horror output laid the groundwork for what was to come from many of the genre’s greatest writers and directors.
Now, AudioComics (a division of Pocket Universe Productions) presents EC COMICS PRESENTS… THE VAULT OF HORROR, its stories adapted and presented in an audio-rich fully immersive setting complete with a full cast, scoring, and soundscapes. This ghastly grimoire adapts issues #12 to #17 of the classic horror series, with werewolves, vampires, cutthroats, and numerous ne’er-do-wells!
Starring Kevin Grevioux (creator of the Underworld film franchise) as the Vault Keeper, and special guests Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre and Denise Poirier (MTV’s Æon Flux), the first season of VAULT is going to chill your spine and clam your palms! So put your headphones on and enter THE VAULT OF HORROR! It’s a real scream!
PORTRAIT IN WAX! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
In 1933, a talentless hack commits multiple crimes against his artistic roommate. Years later, the sculptor of some very unusual wax statues exacts a unique kind of justice…
THE WEREWOLF LEGEND Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Gardner Fox, Harry Harrison, and Wally Wood
1935, the English Countryside. Multiple deaths, the bodies torn to shreds. Is the Mallory curse real? And if so… is Walter Mallory it’s latest victim?
HORROR IN THE NIGHT Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Harvey Kurtzman
The nightmare comes every time Taylor falls asleep. A couple comes to check in to the cabin she owns. He looks harmless enough, but the wife… dressed in black like she’s going to a funeral… she’s so paranoid…
TERROR TRAIN Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein
Ralph Broca’s out of the hospital and is traveling on one of the last old time steam trains with his wife. She thinks Ralph’s fine. The voice in his head says otherwise.
THE DEAD WILL RETURN! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Al Feldstein
Burton and Fiona have done away with Fi’s husband, dumping his body in the sea. But the sea keeps giving back…
THE CURSE OF HARKLEY HEATH Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Gardner Fox, Harry Harrison and Wally Wood
Charles, Sybil, and Edna are the heirs to the Harkley fortune and the Harkley Manor, which is said to have a curse upon it. Care to see it in action?
DOCTOR OF HORROR Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Graham Ingels
1914, the Hampshire Medical School. Dr. Artemus Lawford needs to find cadavers to bring in students to his anatomy class. Then he finds a way. And all of the troubles begin.
ISLAND OF DEATH Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Richard Connell and Harvey Kurtzman
Colonel General Alexei Kabinski has hunted cougar, sharks, black bears, every animal imaginable. Now he hunts something far more challenging: human beings.
VOODOO VEANGEANCE! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
Broadcaster Charles Standish’s much younger wife is cheating on him. Time for a little payback, courtesy of a voodoo doll.
WEREWOLF Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Jules Feiffer and Harry Harrison
At a clandestine meeting of government operatives, a decades-old secret is unearthed regarding a group of hikers in Eastern Europe, a “werewolf hunter”, and a werewolf…
RATS HAVE SHARP TEETH! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Gardner Fox, Graham Ingels, and Henry Kuttner
Cape Colony’s dead, these folks he’ll uproot,
And pillage and ransack their long-lost loot!
Merciless to all, Abner’ll not be deterred…
But trust me, it’s the vermin who’ll have the last word!
THE STRANGE COUPLE! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein
Martin’s not going to make that business meeting. The storm outside is raging. Thank goodness for that vampire and his ghoul wife who are just dying to let him spend the night in their house.
HORROR HOUSE! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
Cinnamon Frears writes horror comics. She’s in danger of losing her job no thanks to her creepy roommates. That is until she finds a great rental outside of Manhattan… and it’s supposedly haunted…
TERROR IN THE SWAMP! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein
Three Nazi scientists sought to extend life. Instead they created something monstrous… and hungry. This is their story, one that’s not quite finished.
REPORT FROM THE GRAVE Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Jack Kamen
11-year-old Willa Lake has to pass a test to join the Vault Keeper’s Club: go to the open grave of Terrible Terry Baum, open his coffin lid and stare into his cold dead face! From there a mystery unfolds…
BURIED ALIVE! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, and Graham Ingels
Carnies Sam and Zetala are out to pull a con on a wealthy heiress. Do the words “six feet under” mean anything to you?
WEREWOLF CONCERTO Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
1952, Austria. Hubert Altmann runs the fabulous Viola Gardens Hotel in beautiful Leintz! A famous French pianist is staying there! Fabulous, indeed! Too bad about the murders! Wait, what?
FITTING PUNISHMENT Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein and Graham Ingels
Stanley has come to live with his miserly Uncle Ezra, the town undertaker, a stay he’ll come to regret.
THE GRAVE WAGER Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Al Feldstein and Jack Kamen
Two metalheads dare their friend to spend the night in a locked room with a dead body. They hire a homeless man to pose as the corpse. Oh, whatever could go wrong?
ESCAPE! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein
Tony Flint has escaped from every lock-up he’s been incarcerated in. Now he’s in the most escape-proof correctional facility in existence. But he’s found a way out… via a coffin.
TERROR ON THE MOORS! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
A heavy fog forces Jane Reddin to spend the night at the Clymore Estate. There have been no visitors for 40 years. Might have something to do with the scratching sound inside the house… the howls… and the stench!
BABY… IT’S COLD INSIDE! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein, Bill Gaines, and Graham Ingels
Barton Benjamin Gordon is super to one of the coldest buildings in the city. And it’s going to stay that way if the landlord has anything to say about it…
THE BEAST OF THE FULL MOON! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Al Feldstein, Bill Gaines, and Jack Davis
1921, Hollywood! Fiction meets reality as the crew members of a silent horror film are being killed one by one. See if you can guess which of the players in our little melodrama is really “the Beast of the Full Moon”!
VOODOO HORROR! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein, Bill Gaines, and Jack Kamen
Dorian Gray has nothing on George Barker and his voodoo bust, one that takes his deceits and gives them a face. One that absolutely disgusts his new wife Jean…
“I’ll admit, I’m biased. I love audio drama, and as far I’m concerned some of the best productions I’ve heard have been on Audible: “Locke & Key” and “The X-Files” and the “Alien” productions. Just when you think it can’t get any better, I hear “EC Comics Presents… The Vault of Horror!” And all I can say is they did Bill Gaines proud.
This production embodies everything I love about the old EC horror titles. The bad guys get theirs in the worst possible way. The creepiness is countered by just the right amount of camp. This is THE audio drama of 2019 and I can’t wait for more tales from the terrifying tome that can only be found in… THE VAULT OF HORROR! HAHAHAHAHAH! (Okay, cue thunder and lightning.)”
“William Dufris is a genius. EC Comics is legendary. The combination is sublime. Don’t miss this amazing audiobook “
“This is some good old-fashioned b-movie creepshow fun. The stories are good, but what sells it are the performers. Everyone sounds like they’re having a blast. A good choice if you just want to keep Halloween going for just a little more.”
Pocket Universe Productions
Richard Connell, Johnny Craig, Jack Davis, Jules Feiffer, Al Feldstein, Gardner Fox, Harry Harrison, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen, Harvey Kurtzman, Henry Kuttner, and Wally Wood
The podcast of series one begins March 27 with Episodes One and Two, and Episodes every Friday through June 5!
Available through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or where you listen to podcasts. Tell your fiends…ah, friends!
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