30 pages, n.d. (1984). Original Typed Manuscript Signed by the author Robert Bloch directly below his typed name on the first page of his story ‘Pumpkin’ which appeared in Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone Magazine in their November - December, 1984 issue. 30 double-spaced numbered pages with extensive corrections, edits, and revisions in Robert Bloch’s hand throughout, offering a unique insight into his creative process. Enclosed in a handsome custom dark orange cloth folding box with gilt-stamped leather on the front reading, “Pumpkin, Robert Bloch, Original Manuscript Signed, 1984” with a small jack-o-lantern beneath the date. Minor paper clip indentation mark to the upper left top edge of the first page, else in fine fresh condition. In this tale of Halloween horror, David, a down on his luck man, moves from the city back to his rural childhood home with his wife and young son, and things go from bad to worse as David turns to alcohol in a futile attempt to deal with his faltering self-esteem. His young son’s desires for a Halloween jack-o-lantern prompt him to revisit the spooky house across the street which is the scene of his traumatic childhood memories in order to retrieve a huge and perfect pumpkin he sees in the unkempt yard. Let’s just say that things did not go well for David as the story ends with a replacement of his own head with the pumpkin, and with his severed head cradled in the arms of a grinning skeleton resting in an open coffin across the street. (Inventory #: 20939E)
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