|Vintage Pulp||Nov 30 2012|
Pay no attention to the fiend behind the curtain.
Above is an absolutely vibrant cover for Charles Higham’s vampire anthology The Curse of Dracula and Other Terrifying Tales, published by the Aussie imprint Horwitz in 1962. Inside you get six stories by Theophile Gautier, H.T.W. Bousfield, Ambrose Bierce, E. Nesbit, Honoré de Balzac, and that one guy, er, what’s his name? Ah! Bram Stoker. The cover artist was Frank Benier, who was Australian by birth but Basque by ancestry and saw his first piece published when he was but fourteen. Apparently, he was primarily a cartoonist, but this is a top tier pulp painting he’s put together here. Hopefully we’ll run across more of his work down the line.
AustraliaHorwitz PublicationsThe Curse of Dracula and Other Terrifying TalesFrank BenierTheophile GautierH.T.W. BousfieldAmbrose BierceE. NesbitHonoré de BalzacBram Stokercover artliterature