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One and Done – Bloodscent: A Tale of Modern Terror

Dean Allen Schreck – Writer
Gene Colan – Artist
Steve Oliff – Colours
Bob Pinaha – Letters

Bloodscent is a book that features pure, unadulterated horror. There is no forgiveness here, no heroes and no one to save the day. It begins with ugliness and ends with more of the same starring a selfish, grotesquerie of a man who likes to kill and who in turn, is killed himself. Just desserts as they say. Written by Dean Allen Schreck, the man not only provides the main tale that is illustrated by the legendary Gene Colan but also gives readers a backup prose story entitled Acts of Darkness about a woman who has always fantasized about killing her family despite loving them and a poem on the back cover of the book entitled The Keeper – one final dose of horror to send readers off on. If there is one thing that this book does well, it is providing readers bang for their buck and making it worth every penny. While all of it is good, it is the main tale that fascinates the most, perhaps due to the fact that Colan’s pencils are exquisite and look even better with Steve Oliff’s vivid colouring. From the opening page which is a bold and bloody red to the next where it shows a killer named George standing over the body of his victim, a casualty of George’s rage, the book sets an unrelenting portrait of the horror of man. Though it might begin as such, it soon transforms into something else as the hunter becomes the hunted, by what though, he does not know. Readers then follow the man as he runs through the woods, woods that were originally used to cover his crime and which he now uses to hide within, yet all to no avail. It is not long before readers can guess as to just who or what is running the killer down and it does feel somewhat like justice, though before that ending hits, one does wonder as to what purpose this hunt will serve. By the end of the story that Schreck and Colan have woven, readers cannot help but feel relieved by what takes place, especially given the last thought that echoes through the killer’s mind that readers are made privy to. Everything about this book is fantastic and even more so than the story itself are the pencils provided by Colan which are incredibly lush with detail and atmosphere, perfect for a horror story of this calibre. Altogether a truly amazing and forgotten book from Comico’s past, worthy of being hunted down for a permanent place in one’s collection.

One and Done focuses upon single issue stories, whether they be one-shots, graphic novels, annuals or the like.  One book that contains a beginning, middle and end with no continuation elsewhere.

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  1. I love comics where they shoot Gene Colan’s work directly from his pencils.
    Another to look for (for Colan pencil art) is Ragamuffins from Eclipse…it was originally published in Eclipse Monthly, but was reprinted (mostly) in a 3-issue Ragamuffins series with colors applied to his pencils and it looks pretty nice. You can see some of that here:
    https://totaleclipse.blog/2018/03/18/1985-ragamuffins/
    There is also a nice “shot from his pencils” story by Harlan Ellison in the 2nd TPB of is “Dream Corridor” that has a lot of one & done stories by Ellison illustrated by some of the best artists around, Colan, Stev Rude, Eric Shanower, Neal Adams, Gene Ha, and the last art ever by comics legend Curt Swan:
    https://www.harlanellisonbooks.com/product/harlan-ellisons-dream-corridor-volume-2/

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