"The Cloak" (Narrated By Jeffrey LeBlanc)
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A man becomes the god Pan after a sacrifice. A hotel clerk has trouble controlling his murderous “Mother”. And a lunar flower causes people to howl at the moon…as werewolves, as we fly up the Bloch to another tale from Robert Bloch. This one you can really sink your fangs in.
Our “From-the-Grave Mentor”, Robert Bloch, was a fiction writer with a diverse array of stories in crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction. He is best known as the writer of “Psycho” that led to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, many great tales on Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery”, Weird Tales, Strange Stories, and others. Our personal favorite is Bloch’s script for the Hammer horror film classic, “The House That Dripped Blood”.
Horror and comedy were his trademark. Robert Bloch’s fondness for humor in horror was evident in puns. It could be seen in the titles of his story collections such as “Tales in a Jugular Vein”, “Such Stuff as Screams Are Made Of” and “Out of the Mouths of Graves”.
And of course, there’s the classic Bloch favorite line that tickles our funny bone, “I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.”
A protégé’ to H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch was in a select group known as the Lovecraft Circle with such greats as Frank Belknap Long, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and many more. Learning with these masters, Bloch created hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels.
Robert Bloch won numerous awards in writing. He won The Hugo Award ("That Hell-Bound Train"), The Bram Stoker Award, and The World Fantasy Award. Bloch served a term as president of The Mystery Writers of America (1970). He was a member of The Mystery Writers of America, Science Fiction Writers of America, The Writers Guild of America, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Most notably, there is one society he probably still is an undead member of --The Count Dracula Society.
“The Cloak” is a short story written by Robert Bloch and published in May 1939 for Unknown. This story is one that influenced Bloch’s own script for Hammer’s “The House That Dripped Blood”. We must say that Bloch’s short story is far creepier…especially by candle light.
This neck-biter focuses on Henderson and his strange purchase of a cloak for a Halloween party. The cloak has a rare authenticity that may change the man.
Can Henderson find out the secret to the cloak? Or will he be doomed to an eternity being a pain…in the neck?--JL