With the relaxation of rules concerning horror in Comic Code-approved titles, Marvel gave the readers what they seemed to want by launching a number of horror and monster titles in the period of 1972-1973. Several of these were simply anthology titles, similar to what DC Comics were doing with their own books like House of Mystery, featuring a handful of unrelated stories, usually with twist endings.
Dead of Night's first issue is a complete story-for-story reprint of Atlas's Adventures into Weird Worlds #6 from May 1952. While the majority of these tales were certainly new to Marvel's young readership, it didn't seem an auspicious way to start a new comic book series. In fact, the next nine issues were reprints from Marvel/Atlas titles of the 1950's like Astonishing and Marvel Tales. It was only with the final issue - probably thinking they had nothing to lose - that a new, nearly book-length story appeared, "Enter: The Scarecrow" which introduced the menacing tool of vengeance the Scarecrow.