Vampire Tales #3 is dated February 1974 and features a sumptuous cover featuring Morbius by Luis Dominguez.
Next up is a four-page stunner called "The Collection" by writers Russ Jones and Bhob Stewart and artist Paul Reinman, who does a bang up job on this brief but potent yarn that has some film fans discover the dark secret of their favorite film diva. Read the complete story and the story behind the story here.
"Vampire Hunting for Fear and Profit" by Chris Claremont continues his mutli-part look at A Vampire - His Kith and Kin by Montague Summers. In this third installment the focus is on how to fend off the vampire threat.
This one first appeared in 1952's Adventures Into Terror #13.
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Satana - But Were Too Awestruck to Ask" is a frolic of an article by Carla Joseph talking about how the Satana series came to be and how impressed the bullpen had been by Esteban Maroto's artwork. It's notable that things as decribed here, so positive, soon take a turn for the worse as this proves to be Satana's swan song in Vampire Tales. Esteban Maroto for whatever reason fails to deliver the next story and changes have to be made which derail the series and it moves to Haunt of Horror.
"Bat's Belfry" is a rambling story which adapts August Derleth's first published story. By Don McGregor and Vincente Ibanez, this story tries mightily to offer up a fright but falls of its own somewhat ponderous weight. There are some neat graphics, but the ending can be seen a mile off. This story first appeared in a 1926 issue of Weird Tales.
"Vampires in Time and Space" by Tony Isabella and Pablo Marcos is about just what you'd think it was about, and nicely done too.
The Morbius, the Living Vampire story this issue continues from the last time and follows Morbius as he tries to save the beautiful, blonde, and rather naive Amanda Saint from a demon cult which had once upon a time recruited her mother and caused her father to disappear. There is betrayal aplenty in this story which makes poor Amanda have to rely on the bloodsucking Morbius for protection as he battles the blood-engorged spider demon the cult worships. Drugs and pushers also get the shaft in this one when karma proves to be quite the bitch. Check it out at this groovy link.
The issue wraps with a wonky autobiographical brief by Don McGregor.
That wraps up volume one, but there's still more to come.