“Those eyes shone through the shadows; unwinking, unchanging, omniscient in this little world of the dead.”
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We are a channel honoring the yellowed, and blackened bones of many prominent authors. We will be digging up several obscure, strange, and forgotten authors who influenced many of the great horror, science fiction, and fantasy writer’s today.
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We received quite the stir in our tomb recently. We were honored with a verification by The Horror Writer’s Association for “Wolves, Wings, & Other Things”. We’re keeping our claws crossed and breaking a wishbone or three for luck in the hope of further advancement. Hopefully, we get to howl at the moon if we win.
In the meantime, we’ll keep slithering on to new novels and quite a few new stories for the channel and collections.
Tonight, the moon is full, and the bats have taken flight, as we resurrect the mummy of the great Robert Albert Bloch. He was a master of horror and suspense. Too many great horror writers owe this immortal their careers.
More importantly for this writer, he’s a from-the-grave mentor.
Bloch was a fiction writer with a diverse array of stories in crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction. He is best known as the writer of “Psycho” that led to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, many great tales on Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery”, Weird Tales, Strange Stories, and others. Our personal favorite is the Hammer horror film classic, “The House That Dripped Blood”.
Horror and comedy were his trademark. Robert Bloch’s fondness for humor in horror was evident in puns. It could be seen in the titles of his story collections such as “Tales in a Jugular Vein”, “Such Stuff as Screams Are Made Of” and “Out of the Mouths of Graves”.
And of course, there’s the classic Bloch favorite line that tickles our funny bone, “I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.”
A protégé’ to H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch was in a select group known as the Lovecraft Circle with such greats as Frank Belknap Long, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and many more. Learning with these masters, Bloch created hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels.
Robert Bloch won numerous awards in writing. He won The Hugo Award (“That Hell-Bound Train”), The Bram Stoker Award, and The World Fantasy Award. Bloch served a term as president of The Mystery Writers of America (1970). He was a member of The Mystery Writers of America, Science Fiction Writers of America, The Writers Guild of America, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Most notably, there is one society he probably still is an undead member of –The Count Dracula Society.
“Fane of the Black Pharoah” is a short story written by Robert Bloch. It was first published in Weird Tales, December 1937. Weird Tales foreshadowed the story with the quote “Those eyes shone through the shadows; unwinking, unchanging, omniscient in this little world of the dead.” Certainly the quote forebodes the future of our Captain Cataret and his destiny with a remarkable hidden wall.
Captain Cataret’s guide on this journey to the ancient relic may not be all that he seems.
Who is the Black Pharoah? Can our Captain Cataret solve the mystery of the wall and his guide before it’s too late?