Post by hondobrode on Oct 24, 2014 20:25:13 GMT -5
My Week 3 pick was going to also be 30 Days of Night, but I decided to present another excellent story.
"Jenifer" by Bruce Jones & Bernie Wrightson from Creepy # 63 (1974).
A man goes hunting and hears crying. He comes upon another man with an axe and a girl with her hands bound behind her and with her neck on a tree stump about to be beheaded. The hunter instinctively saves the girl and kills the would be killer and buries him.
The last word the soon-to-be dead man says is "Jenifer".
As our hero rescues Jenifer, he's astonished and gasps at her hideous face, the ugliest thing you could think of.
Despite her extreme hideousness, he feels for her and takes her home to his wife and children.
They're more than repulsed, and afraid, but the man insists. Jenifer ends up biting the wife and drowning the cat in the bath tub to drive the wife and kids away. The man refuses to abandon Jenifer as she has some kind of grip on him. He starts to drive her to a sanitarium, but tears swell up and she cries, and he turns back home with her. Disgusted and horrified, the wife takes the children and leaves.
That night, alone, Jenifer takes one of the wife's nightgowns and puts it on and proceeds into bed with the man, who's again, somehow powerless to resist her.
Desperate, the man finds a carnival and pays the manager to go to his work to take Jenifer.
The man comes home and doesn't see Jenifer immediately, but when he opens the frig, Kyle Rayner-style, he finds the Carny Manager, in pieces.
Finally, at his wits end, he takes her to the woods, along with his axe, in a vicious re-visiting of our opening scene, and he's shot dead by another hunter, hence, the cycle repeats itself.