Extra-Special First Issue!
A comic collector discovers that the ads in a forty-year-old horror comic still magically work, enabling him to buy now-valuable collectibles at their original price and in brand-new condition. But when one of his payments fails to go through, he is beset by a pair of supernatural bill collectors who look like they came straight from the pages of an old horror comic. 5,000 words. More
An aficionado of old horror comics, Toby Johnson is overjoyed when he stumbles across an issue of an obscure early-70s horror series at a comic convention. Initially he assumes the comic’s cover blurb--“Extra-Special First Issue!”--is only the usual comic-book hyperbole. But he soon discovers otherwise when on a drunken lark he mails off the forty-year-old comic’s subscription coupon...and begins receiving issues of the long-defunct series in the mail, looking as if they just rolled off the printing press! Unfortunately his payment for the subscription doesn’t go through, and before long he is beset by a pair of supernatural bill-collectors who look like they came straight out of an old horror comic...
A 5,000-word story.