I went looking for an image of this album cover (remember those?) because I wanted to see if I could find some of the scariest monster images I could remember.
This illustration (by the tragically named George Peed) was on a pretty frightening vinyl album on Pickwick records back in the ’70s. I’ll post a track from it below. It scared the crap out of me.
In particular was the top-hat-wearing vampire guy with the skull cufflinks. I found the look of absolute malice on his face to be about the scariest damn thing my little brain could handle. My mom (bless her) brought this home one Halloween for one of our Pizza Oven Pizza Trick or Treat parties. I remember listening over and over, despite how the sounds and images kept me up at night. I would always imagine Mr. Top Hat peering over the foot of my bunk bed, with those long claws reaching for my throat…
Here’s the track where I imagined him walking up my driveway, and the horrible sounds he would make. Turn all the lights off and listen to this on full volume and tell me it’s not absolutely terrifying. Especially when the narrator says “strange…unnatural sounds.” I know it’s cheesy, all right? But that “unnatural” wailing chilled me to the core.
I highly recommend the “Monster Shindig” site, too. Lots of great stuff in that old Famous Monsters of Filmland kind of kitschy mode.