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Misty Annual Issue 1984

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Date:January 1st, 1984

Ghost Hunters
Janet's uncle John is a psychic ghost hunter and takes her with him to investigate a moving chair, the test is inconclusive but they speculate the old woman might have got what she wanted as her son insists she move in with him, or that she might be doing it telekinetically. Janet returns for her chair and hears the chair move...

Miss T:Part 1500

Miss T:Part 1501

Miss T:Part 1502

Miss T:Part 1503

Phantom Riders Of The Mist
Orphan Melanie sent to stay with her uncle but his inn is derelict and deserted, she gets lost in mist and discovers it busy and that her uncle and his friends are wreckers who shipwreck merchant ships. She tries to escape but ends up in the cove and witnesses that they are vampires. She hides the shore light and they mistakenly go out to sea and are destroyed when the sun rises, and she never returns to the inn.

Spider Woman
Jan's father marries again and stepmother Sylvia sends her off to a school run by her friend Arachna, where she makes friends but finds it mysterious. Discovers host of eggs and that Sylvia is a spider woman who wants to feed her and other school children to them. Burns down the school with lantern and is reunited with her father.

The Black Cat
Lucy is bullied at school and plays truant, finds a lovely garden and speaks to a boy there who says he can help her father find a job, she convinces her Dad to come with her to the house that night and the old man there admits he needs a family to help with the place since his wife died and his son ran away to sea. Lucy's dad gets the job and she sees a photo of the son and realises this must have been the ghost of the boy she spoke to.

The Collector (a)
2nd person narration – haunted postbox traps people inside, then is torn down for town redevelopment and new post office, releasing them all.

The Cult Of The Cat
Begins Ancient Egypt, Charmian charged with task of finding Nicola, the Chosen One. Cat transfiguration using the space of the page (p5). Diving similar within panel (de luca effect) p6.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 2
Nicola develops cat habits – wants milk, scares school hamsters, afraid of water in diving competition.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 3
Nicola can’t dive as scared of water, gets in a fight about it (‘I’ll teach you to call me a scaredy cat!’ ‘You spiteful little cat, look what you’ve done’) and realises reflection is more catlike, green eyes, long nails, asks friends and tries to remove ring but no success, sees Charmian in street and follows her down alley but only finds white cat.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 4
Nicola’s friends ask why she ran away, cut to Ancient Egypt and high priestess getting impatient, Charmian transforms back into human (three panel sequence, using hood); class trip to British Museum and Nicola sees her ring on finger of statue and is told it is given to priestesses of this cult to help them transform; Charmian appears and reassures Nicola by taking ring off and on but Nicola is scared of her.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 5
Nicola runs away and finds friends but none of them spot Charmian (turned back into cat), teacher asks her to explain what she has learnt and as Charmian casts a spell she enters a trance and spouts forth about Egypt, cat goddess and acolytes used to control serpents seeing herself there in minds eye being initiated and screams at serpents.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 6
Nicola is taken home after passing out, in Egypt the cult of Bast think their spell may have failed, her friends come to visit her and she shows them glowing cats eyes (cat-shaped panel) and they throw a party for her, Laura turns up uninvited and brings a cat mask to tease her which reminds Nicola of Egypt again.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 7
Nicola is in trance at party and sees herself in Egypt, talks to Charmian who tells her not to resist (‘No, no, go away. Keep out of my head. I hate your gods and your cats.’), friends wake her and tell her to rest but she decides to go home, Shep the dog is growling at her, and on way home she realises he is chasing her, springs like a cat onto wire fence but wonders if she will be able to hang on.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 8
Nicola pulls herself up fence and realises she can balance like a cat on top of it, Charmian appears and encourages her to jump (she lands perfectly) and shows her more visions of Egypt, the ceremony continues but Bast’s eyes flash with anger that is echoed by police cars that arrive and take Nicola away (Charmian changes back into cat).

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 9
Police let Nicola go and Charmian reappears and puts her back into trance with ring; she agrees to be the chosen one; next day goes to zoo with friends and when she sees snakes returns to words from her dream ‘Seek out the serpents… / …and slay them!’

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 10
Nicola jumps into snake pen and is bitten lots of times, taken to hospital intercut with her dream where she has killed serpent, they find no poison in her blood as is a ‘sacred cat of bubastis’ and she tells doctors and friends that she is turning into a cat – blood tests show her blood to be same as a cat’s, and one crashes through screen.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 11
Nicola escapes from hospital and takes bus to moors, wants to get away from everyone including Charmian who she thinks is turning her into cat. She sees her reflection in water and it is of a cat, and hears dogs sent to find her, when she tries to scream it sounds like a cat.

The Cult Of The Cat:Part 12
Nicola wakes to find her face is fine and starts to climb cliff, then sees Charmian at the bottom with her ring, and loses all her grip, slides back down, and follows Charmian into dream where she is ordained priestess. Police find her asleep in cave and take her home, where she tells her mum cats mean nothing to her now, while knowing she is ‘A very special person, the chosen of Bast’.

The Frankenstein Papers
Professor convinces gypsy Zerlina to show him to old haunted mill that has evil reputation which he believes was location of Frankenstein. He is injured and sends her for help, and lights fire that melts ice, freeing the creature, who tries to carry him to safety but they both burn to death.

The Haunted Bakery
Polly has medium abilities and has a vision of a poor baby starved to dear by parson who was supposed to care for her after her parents died, uncovering the village secret.

The Wicked Gnome
Stephanie's uncle believes an evil garden gnome is stalking him, she becomes worried about him and stays over and fends off the gnome, throwing it out the window and smashing it.