EC Comics Presents… The Vault of Horror!

 

When the history of horror comics was written, one name stood and still stands above the rest: EC Comics. With equal parts suspense, gore, camp, and morality tale, the triumvirate of EC’s horror output laid the groundwork for what was to come from many of the genre’s greatest writers and directors.

Now, AudioComics (a division of Pocket Universe Productions) presents EC COMICS PRESENTS… THE VAULT OF HORROR, its stories adapted and presented in an audio-rich fully immersive setting complete with a full cast, scoring, and soundscapes. This ghastly grimoire adapts issues #12 to #17 of the classic horror series, with werewolves, vampires, cutthroats, and numerous ne’er-do-wells!

Starring Kevin Grevioux (creator of the Underworld film franchise) as the Vault Keeper, and special guests Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre and Denise Poirier (MTV’s Æon Flux), the first season of VAULT is going to chill your spine and clam your palms! So put your headphones on and enter THE VAULT OF HORROR! It’s a real scream!

EPISODE ONE: 

PORTRAIT IN WAX! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
In 1933, a talentless hack commits multiple crimes against his artistic roommate. Years later, the sculptor of some very unusual wax statues exacts a unique kind of justice…

THE WEREWOLF LEGEND Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Gardner Fox and Harry Harrison
1935, the English Countryside. Multiple deaths, the bodies torn to shreds. Is the Mallory curse real? And if so… is Walter Mallory it’s latest victim?

EPISODE TWO:   

HORROR IN THE NIGHT Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Harvey Kurtzman
The nightmare comes every time Taylor falls asleep. A couple comes to check in to the cabin she owns.  He looks harmless enough, but the wife… dressed in black like she’s going to a funeral… she’s so paranoid…

TERROR TRAIN Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein
Ralph Broca’s out of the hospital and is traveling on one of the last old time steam trains with his wife. She thinks Ralph’s fine. The voice in his head says otherwise.

EPISODE THREE:

THE DEAD WILL RETURN! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Al Feldstein
Burton and Fiona have done away with Fi’s husband, dumping his body in the sea. But the sea keeps giving back…

THE CURSE OF HARKLEY HEATH Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Harry Harrison and Wally Wood
Charles, Sybil, and Edna are the heirs to the Harkley fortune and the Harkley Manor, which is said to have a curse upon it. Care to see it in action?

EPISODE FOUR:

DOCTOR OF HORROR Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Graham Ingels
1914, the Hampshire Medical School. Dr. Artemus Lawford needs to find cadavers to bring in students to his anatomy class. Then he finds a way. And all of the troubles begin.

ISLAND OF DEATH Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Harvey Kurtzman
Colonel General Alexei Kabinski has hunted cougar, sharks, black bears, every animal imaginable. Now he hunts something far more challenging: human beings.

EPISODE FIVE:

VOODOO VEANGEANCE! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
Broadcaster Charles Standish’s much younger wife is cheating on him. Time for a little payback, courtesy of a voodoo doll.

WEREWOLF Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Jules Feiffer and Harry Harrison
At a clandestine meeting of government operatives, a decades-old secret is unearthed regarding a group of hikers in Eastern Europe, a “werewolf hunter”, and a werewolf…

EPISODE SIX:

THE STRANGE COUPLE! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein
Martin’s not going to make that business meeting. The storm outside is raging. Thank goodness for that vampire and his ghoul wife who are just dying to let him spend the night in their house.

RATS HAVE SHARP TEETH! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Graham Ingels
Cape Colony’s dead, these folks he’ll uproot,
And pillage and ransack their long-lost loot!
Merciless to all, Abner’ll not be deterred…
But trust me, it’s the vermin who’ll have the last word!

EPISODE SEVEN:

HORROR HOUSE! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
Cinnamon Frears writes horror comics. She’s in danger of losing her job no thanks to her creepy roommates. That is until she finds a great rental outside of Manhattan… and it’s supposedly haunted…

TERROR IN THE SWAMP! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein
Three Nazi scientists sought to extend life. Instead they created something monstrous… and hungry. This is their story, one that’s not quite finished.

EPISODE EIGHT:

REPORT FROM THE GRAVE Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Jack Kamen
11-year-old Willa Lake has to pass a test to join the Vault Keeper’s Club: go to the open grave of Terrible Terry Baum, open his coffin lid and stare into his cold dead face! From there a mystery unfolds…

BURIED ALIVE! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Graham Ingels
Carnies Sam and Zetala are out to pull a con on a wealthy heiress. Do the words “six feet under” mean anything to you?

EPISODE NINE:

WEREWOLF CONCERTO Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
1952, Austria. Hubert Altmann runs the fabulous Viola Gardens Hotel in beautiful Leintz! A famous French pianist is staying there! Fabulous, indeed! Too bad about the murders! Wait, what?

FITTING PUNISHMENT Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Graham Ingels
Stanley has come to live with his miserly Uncle Ezra, the town undertaker, a stay he’ll come to regret.

EPISODE TEN:

THE GRAVE WAGER Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Jack Kamen
Two metalheads dare their friend to spend the night in a locked room with a dead body. They hire a homeless man to pose as the corpse. Oh, whatever could go wrong?

ESCAPE! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Al Feldstein
Tony Flint has escaped from every lock-up he’s been incarcerated in. Now he’s in the most escape-proof correctional facility in existence. But he’s found a way out… via a coffin.

EPISODE ELEVEN:

TERROR ON THE MOORS! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Johnny Craig
A heavy fog forces Jane Reddin to spend the night at the Clymore Estate. There have been no visitors for 40 years. Might have something to do with the scratching sound inside the house… the howls… and the stench!

BABY… IT’S COLD INSIDE! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Graham Ingels
Barton Benjamin Gordon is super to one of the coldest buildings in the city. And it’s going to stay that way if the landlord has anything to say about it…

EPISODE TWELVE:

THE BEAST OF THE FULL MOON! Adapted by Lance Roger Axt from the story by Jack Davis
1921, Hollywood! Fiction meets reality as the crew members of a silent horror film are being killed one by one. See if you can guess which of the players in our little melodrama is really “the Beast of the Full Moon”!

VOODOO HORROR! Adapted by Butch D’Ambrosio from the story by Jack Kamen
Dorian Gray has nothing on George Barker and his voodoo bust, one that takes his deceits and gives them a face. One that absolutely disgusts his new wife Jean…

Cast

Featuring Kevin Grevioux as your horrifying host, The Vault Keeper!

Portrait in Wax! features the voices of Lance Roger Axt, Mariah Bergeron, Peter Berkrot, Rob Cameron, Steven Jay Cohen, and Hannah Daly.

The Werewolf Legend features the voices of Joseph Bearor, William Dufris, Emily Grotz, Philip Hobby, Paul Hodgson, and Charlie Marenghi.

Horror in the Night features the voices of Lance Roger Axt, Hannah Daly, Michael Rafkin, Lisa Stathoplos, and Jennywren Walker.

Terror Train features the voices of William Dufris, Paul Haley, James Herrera, Denise Poirier, Ashanti Williams, and Janay Woodruff.

The Dead Will Return! features the voices of Brent Askari, Barry Dodd, William Dufris, Christine Marshall, Casey Turner, and Jonathan Woodward.

The Curse of Harkley Heath features the voices of Joseph Bearor, Moira Driscoll, Emily Grotz, Paul Hodgson, Charlie Marenghi, Lisa Muller-Jones, and Marjolaine Whittlesey.

Doctor of Horror features the voices of Lance Roger Axt, Peter Berkrot, Steven Jay Cohen, Matt Delamater, William Dufris, and Dalton Kimball.

Island of Death features the voices of William Dufris, Charlie Marenghi, Michael Rafkin, and Lisa Stathoplos.

Voodoo Vengeance! features the voices of Veeva Banga, Burke Brimmer, Thomas Ian Campbell, William Dufris, Sarah Kennedy, and Mark Winkworth.

Werewolf features the voices of Brent Askari, Barry Dodd, William Dufris, Isabella Etro, Charlie Marenghi, Christine Marshall, Nic Robes, Casey Turner, and Jonathan Woodward.

The Strange Couple! features the voices of Brittany Burke, William Dufris, Sarah Kennedy, Kerryann Loomis, Erik Moody, and Harold Withee.

Rats Have Sharp Teeth! stars Phil Proctor.

Horror House! features the voices of Phil del Vecchio, Barry Dodd, Isabella Etro, Christine Marshall, Nic Robes, Casey Turner, and Jonathan Woodward.

Terror in the Swamp! features the voices of Rob Cameron, William Dufris, Emily Grotz, Philip Hobby, Paul Hodgson, Marjolaine Whittlesey, and Collin Young.

Report from the Grave features the voices of Hudson Christie, Jack Kelley, Maiya Koloski, Aidan Lee, Owen Lee, Andrew Lyndlaker, Mike MacKenzie, Owen McAnuff, Ryan Strack, and Robbie Trowbridge.

Buried Alive! features the voices of Brittany Burke, William Dufris, Paul Haley, James Herrera, Maiya Koloski, Denise Poirier, Ashanti Williams, and Janay Woodruff.

Werewolf Concerto features the voices of Rob Cameron, William Dufris, Philip Hobby, Paul Hodgson, Dalton Kimball, Lisa Muller-Jones, and Marjolaine Whittlesey.

Fitting Punishment features the voices of Lance Roger Axt, William Dufris, Ed Romanoff, Jennywren Walker, and Collin Young.

The Grave Wager features the voices of Gabriel Beury-Moore, Karen Bombaro, Thomas Ian Campbell, William Dufris, Jackson Harris, Dalton Kimball, and Alexander Merrill.

Escape! features the voices of Lance Roger Axt, Peter Berkrot, Steven Jay Cohen, Matt Delamater, William Dufris, Dalton Kimball, Karen Lundh, and Michael Rafkin.

Terror on the Moors! features the voices of William Dufris, Charlie Marenghi, and Lisa Stathoplos.

Baby… it’s Cold Inside! features the voices of Lance Roger Axt, Mariah Bergeron, Peter Berkrot, Steven Jay Cohen, William Dufris, Karen Lundh, and Michael Rafkin.

The Beast of the Full Moon! features the voices of Brent Askari, Barry Dodd, William Dufris, Christine Marshall, Nic Robes, Casey Turner, and Jonathan Woodward.

Voodoo Horror! Features the voices of Karen Bombaro, William Dufris, Paul Haley, James Herrera, Denise Poirier, Ashanti Williams, and Janay Woodruff.

Director
WILLIAM DUFRIS

Sound Design
DAVID CHEN & CARLOS RODRIGUEZ SOUND
O'SHEA CREATIVE MEDIA

Additional Post Production
MIND'S EYE PRODUCTIONS

Composers/Arrangements
FRANK SCHULMEYER

Cover Art
GEORGES JEANTY

Recorded at
MIND'S EYE PRODUCTIONS , PORTLAND, ME and INVISIBLE STUDIOS, LOS ANGELES, CA

Special thanks to...
CLARE KRAMER, DAVID USLAN, MICHAEL USLAN, LYS GALATI, and ROBERT SOUTHGATE

(c) 1950, 1951 by William M. Gaines Agent, Inc. All rights reserved.

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