by Johnny Craig
Vault of Horror #15[#4] (1950)
As part of this seemingly never ending series of posts on EC stories, one of the things I get reminded of is that they aren't all gems. Case in point...
This early little bit by Craig has a writer who, for some reason, finds his house the party destination for all his friends, keeping him from making his deadlines. So he takes off for the country and buys an old house that is rumoured to be haunted. His writing goes great, until his friends track him down, hoping to lure him back to the city. Their logical plan is to convince him his house is haunted by rigging various gimmicks. After he's scared off, his friends encounter the real ghosts, and are either killed or driven crazy. Yeah, definitely not a gem, and Craig's earlier art never knocks me out either.