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Publisher: EC
Title: Haunt of Fear
Page Count: 36
Genre: Horror-suspense
Era: Golden
Cover Price: 0.10 USD
Cover Date: September 1953
Country: United States
Laura dreamed of being a famous painter, and years back her husband-to-be came by her studio to have his portrait painted. They fell in love, married, and moved to his planation home in Louisiana. In that home hung a portrait of her husband's French Baron relation, which haunted her, as did a room in the home that wouldn't open. Now, years later, she discovered a bottle of black ink in the bathroom for her husband's new beard, and when she was able to get the mystery door opened she found seven dead women lying there, and her husband, now with a blue beard and a razor in his hand.......; A doctor transplants a cat's nine lives gland into a derelict in order to make money in death-defying stunts. The derelict betrays the doctor in order to keep more of the money, but the doctor has the last laugh by realizing the derelict is miscounting the lives he has left to lose since the dead cat had already used one making eight, not nine left.; A man in nineteenth century Paris is faced with the choice of paying a licensed undertaker money he does not have to bury his wife or turning her corpse over to medical students for dissection practice because of a new ordinance passed by the Commissioner of Health. He drops a body off in the evening at the medical college, and the following day uses the money he's received to buy food and clothes for his starving children and to bury his wife. The medical students realize that the body they've received is that of the Commissioner of Health.; A woman with suicidal tendencies and the skeptical psychologist who loves her visit a swami who diagnoses her problem as stemming from her having witnessed the hanging of an obese man whose head popped right off the body releasing a 'decapitation Lamia' that has possessed her and, sadly, can only be removed by decapitation. She flees from the swami in terror, rushing down into the subway, where she finds herself thrown under the train wheels and the pursuing psychologist bursts into maniacal laughter as the Lamia possesses him.