No. 152 – Accountant Yorga, Vampire

Prog 932’s (1995) Brigand Doom cover by Paul Johnson featuring vampire accountant Yorga v Count Yorga (aka. “the Deathmaster”) portrayed by Robert Quarry (1925–2009) in Count Yorga, Vampire [also known as The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire] (AIP, 1970) and The Return of Count Yorga (AIP, 1971)

Vlad III of Wallachia image courtesy British Museum

The moustache worn by Brigand Doom’s Yorga isn’t too far off the mark in appearance, as the antagonist of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (Constable & Robinson Ltd., 1897) is described by Jonathan Harker in his journal as a “tall old man, clean shaven, save for a long white moustache and clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere.” [p.21]

Vlad III of Wallachia [region in modern Romania], known as Vlad the Impaler [Romanian: Vlad Țepeș] or Vlad Dracula (1428-31–1476/77), considered by many historians to be the model for Stoker’s Count Dracula*, also sported a moustache.

The tag line “Interview with the Accountant” is an homage to Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (Warner Bros., 1994), based on the novel Interview with the Vampire (Knopf, 1976) by Anne Rice [born Howard Allen Frances O’Brien, 1941].

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*There is in fact no historical evidence to support this


No. 65 – Creepshow

Creepshow image ©Warner Bros. 1982

 Paul Johnson’s Witchworld cover for prog 1060 (1997) v Creepshow (1982) theatrical poster (artist unknown)

An homage to the American EC and DC horror comic books of the 1950s, written and directed by horror maestri Stephen King and George A. Romero (1940–1017) respectively, with the comic book embellishments provided by special effects guru Tom Savini.

[While we acknowledge that this is very possibly the weakest submission to date, we simply can’t help but be reminded of Creepshow every time we see this prog cover, although we’re probably thinking of some 70’s Hammer film. Let us know if you spot a better match.]