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The cover to Kamen's Kalamity, featuring two illustrations. The top illustration features a smiling woman leaning over a man in an alley who appears to be dead or unconscious. She holds his abdomen with one hand, and dangles some kind of necklace, pocketwatch, or amulet above him. In the second illustration, an executioner aims his axe for a person on the stocks while a crowd watches. In the foreground, a woman presses a finger to her chin in thought.
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Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein, Otto Binder

Kamen's Kalamity And Other Stories

On sale date: April 16, 2024

Twenty-seven horror stories by master comics artist Jack Kamen from the pages of Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, and Haunt of Fear — including all 13 of his classic “Grim Fairy Tales.” Bonus: seven crime and horror stories by other EC artists.

Jack Kamen’s stories for The Vault of Horror, Tales From the Crypt, and The Haunt of Fear favored unnerving creepiness over gruesome shock. With his penchant for deft delineations of scheming women, jealous husbands, murderous love triangles, and not-so-innocent children, Kamen’s pen laid down a precise, sure line that brought each story’s shock ending into sharp relief.

This volume features 27 Kamen favorites, drawn at the peak of powers, including: “Kamen’s Kalamity,” our title story, featuring the “true” origin story of the artist himself! When the pressures of drawing his stories, dealing with his editors, and pleasing his wife and kids become too much, comic book artist Jack Kamen loses it, and that night, when the moon is full … “How Green Was My Alley,” the cautionary tale of a traveling salesman who spends every other week at home with his wife. And every other other week at his other home with his other wife! In a grisly finale, echoing the EC shocker “Foul Play,” Kamen leaves nothing to the imagination! “Beauty Rest” How far would you go to win a beauty pageant for the title of “Miss Corpse”? — Well, this contestant is willing to go even further than that! She had the looks, the ambition, and the smoldering sex appeal to play the world’s oldest game and snag the man of her dreams — the rich man of her dreams — but it was never more than “Only Sin Deep.” Then, Kamen switches from horror to horror-humor for all 13 of his classic “Grim Fairy Tales,” revealing the gruesome underpinnings of the classics. You’ll never look at Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, or Little Red Riding Hood and their friends quite the same way again!

Plus: seven bonus crime and horror stories by EC short-termers John Alton, Frank Bolle, Leonard Starr, Bill Fraccio, Rudy Palais, and Ed Smalle. Introduction by Thommy Burns.

Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library, Kamen’s Kalamity And Other Stories also features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic masterpieces.


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