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Immortal Jack the Ripper is loose in Chicago. Hotel clerk Norman Bates still has trouble with his murderous “Mother”. And, a man witnesses a vampiric feast in an abbey, as we crawl out of Hell and down the Bloch to another fiery tale from Robert Bloch. His latest flamethrower may shame…the Devil.
Robert Bloch was a writer of horror, fantasy, science fiction and mystery. He won numerous awards for stories in all genre. Horror master, Lovecraft Circle member, and former president of The Mystery Writers of America were just a few of Robert Bloch’s many achievements. He was the writer of Psycho that led to Alfred Hitchcok’s masterpiece, the Hugo Award winning That Hellbound Train a fan favorite on our channel, terrifying Egyptian stories, and the eternally popular Jack the Ripper tales.
We dedicate tonight’s tale to horror fan–Thomas Swafford! Thank you for bringing tonight’s classic Bloch tale to our attention. And, we must agree that the 1964 Alfred Hitchcock episode “The Sign of Satan” based on this story, is a devilish gem with a youthful Christopher Lee as Karl Jorla.
Robert Bloch’s “Return to the Sabbath” was published in Weird Tales for the July 1938 issue. As stated in Weird Tales:
A shuddery weird tale of Hollywood and the film industry—a story of the gruesome thing that emerged from the burial crypt.
This evening, you are in a Hell of a town—Hollywood, unravelling a mystery. Our narrator may have found a rising horror star to rival Bela Lugosi. Or, has he found a nut case who truly believes he is in the fight of his life with… a witch’s coven?
What fiery secrets do the eyes of Karl Jorla hide? Can our narrator stop the coven from killing Jorla in time for his closing act?-JL