Special All Saints' Day Post - ONE DAY EARLY

Yes, it's Halloween, and Gaelic harvest tradition thereby commands the appearance of an essay on pre-Code horror comics at the Los Angeles Review of Books (the Angels in question no doubt circling in anticipation of the holy day of obligation to follow). For optimal effect, imagine me reading this post aloud dressed as a vampire on a local television set with pauses every paragraph and a half for scenes from The Mummy's Hand. Pleasant screams!