Halloween is my favorite time of year, and my obsession with the queer and supernatural wonders of the natural world - namely horrifying parasites and bizarro infections - regularly overflows into the Body Horrors blog.
So in celebration of All Hallows' Eve, a night of masquerade and devilry, I present a small selection - no small task, trust me! - of the more sinister and spine-tingling articles from the Body Horrors archives. All tricks, no treats! Enjoy.
A leprosy patient from 1899. Image: Frank R. Keefer. Source: National Library of Medicine
The Bestial Virus: The Infectious Origins of Werewolves, Zombies & Vampires
The Special Brand of Horror that is the New World Screwworm
Everything you didn't want to know about cockroaches