STORY: Scott Hampton’s Pigeons From Hell is adapted from the classic Robert E. Howard short story, and while there have been other adaptions based on it (like the one by Joe R. Lansdale) Hampton’s version follow the original story pretty close. Two New Englanders decides to spend the night in a deserted plantation manor. After getting to sleep, one of them, Griswell, awakens to see the other walk up the stairs and into the dark…like in a trance. As a loud thump is heard upstairs, Griswell can see his friend return back down the stairs…but no longer alive, but as an animated corpse gripping the bloody axe that had split his skull. Griswell flees the house in a blind panic and runs aimlessly into the woods where he meets a sheriff on horse, and they go back to the mansion to solve the mystery…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott Hampton is a comic book artist born in 1959, who is rather well known for his painted artwork.
REVIEW: The old tale by Robert E. Howard is one that, despite the age, never really seems to grow old. It’s a classic tale that holds a high level of suspense and sheer horror. It isn’t a complex one – but yet the more effective. Scott Hampton’s painted artwork suits the story so well, and builds up the tension even more.
As the story starts with Griswell awakening on the dreadful place, you get a short flashback story telling how he and his companion decided to sleep over at the mansion. There are some truly beautifully painted pictures of the mansion there. Very dark, but extremely atmospheric…and creepy. The pictures of the stairs are also well drawn, blending light and colors in a way where you can, just like the main character, barely see something on top…but just barely.
I will highly recommend this comic to all horror fans. And if you get your hands on it – don’t just watch it. Read it. The story is bound to get under your skin in a very effective way.
There are several ways to get your hand on this comic. It was originally released in 1988, but was also re-released in a compilation-series called “Spookhouse” (featured in volume 2).