Blood Splatters Quickly was a great surprise this year—the collected short works of Ed Wood, one of the most infamously horrendous B-movie directors of the twentieth century. We’ve all seen, or at least heard of, Plan 9 From Outer Space, but have you read “Scream Your Bloody Head Off,” “Come Inn,” “The Day the Mummy Returned,” or “The Whorehouse Horror: A Touch of Terror?” The director mainly wrote these stories for nudie mags to make ends meet, and while they lack sophistication or tact, Mr. Wood offers readers a glimpse at the inner id of American schlock.

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