Though this is a magazine cover from January (1931), I think it's perfect for today - Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love how typically thirties-elegant this black cat looks even though it's supposed to be scary. Besides, look past the puffed-up fur and the arched back and you see it's only a skinny little kitty. Tonight we'll try to grab the black feral girl cat that adopted our porch and hide her inside in a dog crate till the holiday is over.
"Ghost Stories" was one of a number of pulp titles published by the magazine editor Harold Hersey, whose Wikipedia page begins by describing him as "a pulp editor and publisher, and published several volumes of poetry." Doesn't that sound dicey? But then you learn he worked with Margaret Sanger and corresponded with Ezra Pound, so he really did have fine talents. Publishing good pulp mags is a talent, too, I think.
Happy Halloween, my friends!