“The Pavilion” By Joseph Payne Brennan (Narrated By Jeffrey LeBlanc)

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Children of Horror,

A starving vampire is discovered 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 again 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.

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.

This is the horror master that terrified Stephen King. Stephen has called Brennan “a master of the unashamed horror tale”.

“The Pavilion” was a short story written by Joseph Payne Brennan and published in Macabre House’s “The Dark Returners” on January 1, 1959. Our horrific story focuses on Niles Glendon and his visit to an old friend, Kurt Resinger, at an abandoned pavilion. This seaside creeper I’m sure inspired “Carnival of Souls” and Stephen King’s Creepshow tale “Something to Tide You Over”.

Why is Niles Glendon visiting his old friend Kurt Resinger at the pavilion? Can they resolve their differences…before the tide comes in?–JL

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