Jack Kamen’s characters plot, scheme, and steal, but find their plans thwarted by magic, monsters, and madness. Famed for his deft delineations of beautiful, scheming women, handsome jealous husbands, and not-so-innocent children, Kamen returns with a collection of classic EC horror tales from The Vault of Horror, Tales From the Crypt, and The Haunt of Fear.
In the title tale, a cruel stepfather sends his stepdaughter to bed without her supper, but the old crone next door gives the hungry girl a candy figure made in the likeness of her father … In “What the Dog Dragged In” — one of the EC’s earliest adaptations of a Ray Bradbury story — a wheelchair-bound blind woman asks her faithful dog to go find her fiancé, unaware that he had been killed in an auto accident… In “Loved to Death,” a rejected suitor spends one dollar to buy a potion that makes a woman fall in love with him, but when it works too well he discovers the price of the antidote is more than he can afford … Plus over 20 more tales of madness and horror as only EC can do them! Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library, Daddy Lost His Head and Other Stories also features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic masterpieces.
"Kamen drags the reader in steadily from the beginning, the pace picks up through to the dreaded end of the line, that end more often than not accompanied by the Old Witch herself cackling. You know what you are getting in for, and yet, you keep on the ride." — Comics News Authority