In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing, The Bat Is My Brother by Robert Bloch. It first appeared in the November 1944 issue of Weird Tales. It’s been reprinted in a handful of vampire and weird fiction anthologies over the years, but I read it on unz.org. They have the original Weird Tales scan up for you to download and read. If you’re new to the pulps, but recognize the name, it’s most likely due to Robert Bloch being the writer of Psycho, the book that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name.
The story is most likely not in the public domain as Bloch passed away in 1994, but it’s there on unz.org if you’re interested. I’ll put a link to it and also a link to the isfdb bibliography in the show notes, in case you want to read the story online or purchase a used copy of one of the anthologies it appeared it. From what I saw I don’t believe this tale is currently in print, so the secondary anthology market is probably your best bet other than unz.org. The original issue of Weird Tales is probably a bit pricey, as most Weird Tales issues are.
As you can probably guess from the title, and the image I chose for the episode title card, this is a vampire story. It’s about a guy named Graham Keene who wakes up in a paupers grave and busts through the cheap casket to emerge up out of the soil. After emerging he meets a vampire who informs Graham that he’s a vampire now too.
The Bat Is My Brother at UNZ.org: http://www.unz.org/Pub/WeirdTales-1944nov-00058?View=PDFPages
The Bat Is My Brother at ISFDB.org: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?87932
Robert Bloch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bloch
H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Robert Bloch & Others: http://www.hippocampuspress.com/h.p-lovecraft/collected-letters/h.-p.-lovecraft-letters-to-robert-bloch-and-others
Recording of Robert Bloch at the First World Fantasy Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsfrlt4Qg0Q