Here is an early Halloween treat from the crumbly pages of the vintage pulp magazine Weird Tales (September 1936). Death Holds the Post is a scary tale of far flung French Foreign Legion outposts in the Sahara suddenly besieged by mysterious dark forces–reanimated corpses controlled by the outlaw German mystic Otto Prettweg. It’s up to Legionnaire Eddie Cranston to match wits with Prettweg and save his comrades from a fate certainly worse than death in the desert.
(An interesting side note to this story is the author’s decisions to name one of the Legion forts in this story “Surdez”. This is surely a head nod to the great pulp writer Georges Surdez who’s specialty was writing fictional tales of the French Foreign Legion.