Secrets of Sinister House #5, July 1972

All things must pass, as George Harrison memorably sang. And so it was that less than a year after it began, the gothic romance genre wound down in comics. In an effort to boost sales, the title of the former Sinister House of Secret Love was changed to the snappier — and perhaps less girl friendly — Secrets of Sinister House, and the direction changed to more standard mystery/horror fare. However, there was inventory to use up, and so this issue still features a gothic romance tale. The always good value team of Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano illustrate a Michael Fleisher script: “Death at Castle Dunbar”.

As ever Nick Cardy provides a wonderfully atmospheric cover, this one clearly ringing the changes by being pen and ink based rather than the pencil grey tone techniques of previous issues.

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