Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion (Issue #10)

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Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion, Issue #10
DC Comics | March-April 1973

DC horror anthology with a sultry, mysterious host (although not set in a mansion, dark or otherwise), warning readers of terrible fates for those visitors unable to distinguish between love and hate.

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The Monster
Illicit lovers Myra and Carl pay the ultimate price by failing to abide by the basic criminal rule, “Never return to the scene of the crime.” A year after killing Myra’s husband and sinking his body in the swamp surrounding the couple’s summer cabin, they return with Myra’s young daughter, only to become victims of a murky bog man who stalks their every move.

A jittery Myra also seemingly fails to learn the second basic rule, “Don’t endlessly babble about your crimes just because a swamp monster is after you.”

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They Walk by Night
Two hobos break into a department store to escape the winter cold, but discover they are not alone among the merchandise displays. Aside from the question, “Why vampires?”, a familiar entry in the “Mannequins Coming to Life” category, featuring a slight wrinkle regarding the motivation of the narrator.

At least [SPOILER] Spud the dog makes it out alive [END SPOILER].

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Clearance Sale
Didn’t mannequins come to life in the previous story? A throwaway and completely redundant “Mannequins Coming to Life” story—with mannequins coming to life.

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