This photo of Persephone L. sitting on a grave stone was found after her death. Through most of her life she indulged a fascination with horror stories and all things Halloween.

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Jay Allen Sanford and the Reader

Before Gaslamp, San Diego drive-in theaters, Pacific Comics, girlfriend as felon, Mission Hills Halloween house, bootleg confessions, Jolar Cinema

How Sanford came to the Reader: I was still in the comic book publishing biz (Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics, Carnal Comics) when I spotted the notice in a 1994 Reader offering $500 for local music ...

Behind the fire at Mission Hills' ultimate Halloween house

Letters from Persephone

Over the course of 25 years of handwritten correspondence with my pen pal Persephone, none had ever been returned. Imagine my confusion when my last letter reappeared a couple of weeks later, unopened and defaced ...

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