Doom of the House of Duryea

Oh, Maine. Why you so crazy?

As if "Vacationland" doesn't have enough problems (like the whole population of Connecticut, and how they won't stay in Connecticut), apparently it struggles with vampirism. And has done so since the mid-thirties, at least.

Published in the October 1936 issue of Weird Tales, Doom is author Earl Peirce, Jr.'s most famous work. (Yes, I did spell that correctly--I rechecked it three times and it bothers me, too). Despite it being a cracking good story, poor Earl didn't even get his name on the cover, probably due to the fact that nobody knew who he was and the issue included stories from Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore, Robert Bloch, and Robert E. Howard (who was offering part 3/3 of RED FREAKIN' NAILS for heaven's sake!).

Perhaps a bit lost among all these great authors, Earl nevertheless delivers a truly great vampire tale. So let's try desperately to forget Lestat and Edward Cullen, and gather close to old Earl as he gives us the lowdown on the...


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