Thursday, January 9, 2020

Pit of Evil #6: Censoring Gredown

Gredown's Pit of Evil #6 was published c.June/July 1977:

All of the stories in this issue originally appeared in Eerie magazines:

It Came From The Grave, originally published in Weird #v6#1, February 1972 
Chop Their Heads Off, originally published in Tales from the Tomb #v6#1, January 1974 
The Blind Monsters, originally published in Weird #v9#1, January 1975 
Devil's Plague, originally published in Horror Tales #v3#3, May 1971 
Shadow of Evil, originally published in Weird #v8#1, February 1974 
A Gift of Horror, originally published in Horror Tales #v7#1, February 1975 
Beyond Evil, originally published in Weird #v6#1, February 1972
Reincarnation, originally published in Weird #v5#2, April 1971 
The Slimy Corpse, originally published in Tales from the Tomb #v2#5, September 1970
Feast for Rats, originally published in Weird #v5#1, February 1971 

There is also a Contents page.

I can confirm that all but one of these stories were subsequently reprinted by Gredown - and I expect to confirm A Gift of Horror in due course.

As per The Devil's Triangle #4, Pit of Evil #6, and all subsequent issues in the series, were banned in Western Australia on 29 August 1977. It appears the offending piece was Shadow of Evil:

The blood in the third panel was wiped clean for its reprinting a few years later in Gredown's Reign of Terror:

The ban was lifted on 26 June 1980. It would appear Reign of Terror was published before this date. This version of the story was also published in Forever Dead, which appears to have been published much later c.March 1985, according to the date stamp on the rear cover of a copy I recently came across

Reincarnation may also have offended the censor:

I expect the blood in the last two panels was deemed morally unpalatable despite the Adult rating on the cover. This story was reprinted in Horror in the Dungeon, and I'm keen to see a copy to check if this page was cleaned up by the editors.

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