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A man discovers a starved vampire in a castle crypt. A hypnotized man ascends to the heavens…literally. And, a formless creature from the ocean abyss terrorizes a town, as we resurrect the slimy corpse of Joseph Payne Brennan.
Joseph Payne Brennan was a writer and poet of fantasy and horror fiction. Brennan published between four and five hundred short stories, two novellas, and thousands of poems. His stories appeared in over 200 anthologies and have been translated into German, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish.
Notably, Joseph Payne Brennan worked as an acquisition’s assistant at the Sterling Memorial Library of Yale University for over 40 years in New Haven, Connecticut. He was an early bibliographer of the work of H.P. Lovecraft.
As a horror writer, Brennan wrote horror stories for Weird Tales in 1952. He began publishing his own magazine Macabre, which ran from 1957 to 1976. Several of his short story collections focus on a John Silence and Carnacki–styled occult detective named Lucius Leffing.
Stephen King has called Brennan “a master of the unashamed horror tale”. While Don D’Ammassa stated “His stories were noteworthy for their effective development of suspense and terror without the excesses of violence which characterize modern horror fiction”.
“Slime” was a novelette written by Joseph Payne Brennan for the March 1953 issue of Weird Tales. Our terrifying story focuses on a town battling a menace from the deepest abysses of the sea. This one is the origin story for a recognizable, classic cinema monster. We were horrified by this creature as a child, and later as a teen when the movie was re-made.
What is killing the townsfolk of Clinton Center? Can anything stop…the Blob?–JL