Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Nightly Frights: The Trick
As with most every Halloween, I’m highlighting at least one selection from the most insidious of horrors: Evangelical propaganda!
As easy as it is to harp on these comics (and there are plenty of YouTube channels that make a living doing just that), I really do have a soft spot for them. I always loved reading these comics as a kid, and even to this day I appreciate the creepy art style. They're like those 1950s horror comics.
But while I don’t really have a problem with the tracts that evangelize the Gospel, the ones that carry a socio-political messages tend to be quite iffy, even when enjoying them ironically. These comics are infamous for riding many a fear train, the most infamous being the role-playing hysteria.
This comic plays off of another unfounded fear: poison Halloween candy. Contrary to popular fear-mongering, Halloween candy barely contains any razor blades or tainted syringes or anything else that isn’t caramel nougat. However, according to Jack Chick, not only is Halloween candy full of metal, it’s been cursed by witches in order to sacrifice your children to Satan.
I’m not making that up: