A doll possessed by the devil, a freshly dug-up corpse, a musician driven to madness, a mentalist with a twisted gift, a woman who suspects her husband is a vampire, a family driven by greed — these are among the tales of terror in the hardcover comics anthology INNER SANCTUM, written and illustrated by Ernie Colón.
Pegged right on the cover as being inspired by the radio program of the same name — which birthed a series of films starring Lon Chaney Jr. in the mid-1940s — the book presents stories in the spirit of the show, rather than adaptations.
By design, they are old-school. On one hand, that means filled with pulp elements; on the other, that means thoroughly predictable ends. All in all, this INNER SANCTUM is fun, if not particularly innovative or deep. Colón’s art, however, is a pleasure throughout. —Rod Lott