Shock SuspenStories features a mixture of horror, crime, and war stories.
"We've tried to satisfy every one of you readers who have written us insisting that E.C. increase its output! Many of you wanted another science-fiction mag... you horror fans wanted another horror book... and you suspense readers wanted a companion mag to Crime SuspenStories! We decided, therefore, to make this new mag an "E.C. Sampler" ...and to include in it an S-F yard, a horror tale, a Crime SuspenStory, and... for you readers of Frontline Combat and Two-Fisted Tales... a war story! Although there was a wide variance in the types of mags requested, all of you fans seemed to agree on one thing: all of you wanted the stories to have the usual E.C. SHOCK endings! So what could be more natural than to call the magazine SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES?" -- Shock SuspenStories
The war stories don't make it past issue one, but some stories are social issue-based. In fact the comic often tries to teach moral lessons with it's twist endings.
The magazine start in 1952 an ran till 1955, putting out 18 issues in all.
Shock SuspenStories has seen reprints. A black and white collection was put out in the early 1980s. Reprints of all 18 issues were reprinted in the early 1990s. They can still be found running around. Recently, the series has been collected in great full color sets. You'll find links to those below.
If you enjoy shows like Tales From the Crypt, this is a comic for you.
Now for a sneak peek from the individual 90s reprints...
From issues #2 "The Patriots!" by Jack Davis
Shock SuspenStories #1 "The Rug" by Graham Ingels - [Link Down]
Shock SuspenStories #1 "Yellow" - Read it here
Shock SuspenStories #15 "Raw Deal" - See it here
Shock SuspenStories #15 "Well Trained" by George Evans. - Read it here
Shock SuspenStories #16 "The Hazing" by Joe Orlando - Read it here (Also see the famous "Are You a Red Dupe?" ad.)
The Regular artist/writers...
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Ebay is good to check too. Especially if you are only looking for one story, or just want to test them out.
Shock SuspenStories, unlike many EC tittles and comics on the blog, is not in public domain. If you like what you've seen here, be sure to pick it up.