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Spooky Vinyl: Halloween Horrors
The nostalgic cover art for the 1977 Halloween Horrors album caught my attention online several years ago. When I stumbled across the album by accident at a resale shop one day, it was impossible to pass up.
The art was painted by Gary Meyer, with green, dripping titles by Joe Spencer. The front cover depicts a decrepit old mansion and cemetery during a storm, while witches huddle around a bubbling cauldron on the back.
The front cover sets the scene for The Story of Halloween on Side A, which includes the familiar voices of Michael Bell, who voiced Duke in the original 1980s G.I. Joe series, and Peter Cullen, the unmistakable voice of Optimus Prime from Transformers. The story is about a man who experiences unspeakable horrors at a mansion he inherits called Elm Hall on All Hallow’s Eve.
Side B of the Halloween Horrors album is The Sounds of Halloween, devoted to creepy sounds, including cackling witches, breaking glass, creaking iron gate, breathing monsters, flyer saucers and more.