Tuesday, October 25, 2016

31 Days of Gothic Romance | The Sinister House of Secret Love

About a month after the debut of Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, DC launched a companion series called The Sinister House of Secret Love. Like Dark Mansion, Sinister House featured young women in romance stories with a malevolent, sometimes supernatural twist. They even both featured artists Tony DeZuniga and Don Heck, but Sinister House also got comics legend Alex Toth for an issue.

It's that issue, #3, that my buddy Siskoid and his pals covered on an episode of The Lonely Hearts Romance Comics Podcast. It's an excellent episode of an excellent podcast and you should listen to it. You can also see some of the pages that they discuss on the LHRCP site.

Sadly, also like Dark Mansion, Sinister House was renamed and refocused after only four issues. It became Secrets of Sinister House, yet another horror-suspense anthology, though with a gothic-inspired cover for the first issue after the change. And true to its gothic romance roots, Secrets got a young woman as its horror host: Eve, who was cousin to Cain and Abel from House of Mystery and House of Secrets.

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