Dangerous psychic things live on…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s reasonably safe, but effective, Victorian expletive is Helen Maria!… this oath is almost acceptable in mixed company, whatever that is…

DSCN2109Good God! What’s going on here?…
No, It’s alright, it’s just another British pulp ‘supernatural’ book from my modest collection – one of the output of Badger Books from the early 1960s. I have been discussing these literary gems and showing their fine cover paintings for a while now on these pages, and there are only three or four left on my bookshelf unridiculed, so I’m afraid we are getting down to the dregs. As you see this one is a collection of short stories rather than a full novel. Of the seven tales in it I see that at least five of them are written, under various pseudonyms, by the Lord of the Badger Realm, Robert Lionel Fanthorpe S.M.B.I.S. I also note that they are strange, weird, and eerie
I wonder what the blurb on the back cover can tell us?
The Ghoul and the Goddess, by leading supernatural author R. Lionel Fanthorpe, is the terrifying saga of an encounter between two strange beings, one from the Realm of Light – and the other from the Domain of Darkness. Their terrible conflict involves a group of hapless human spectators in a series of nightmare experiences…
Bron Fane’s welcome contribution, The Walking Shadow, is the story of a thing from a realm where space and time are meaningless, a thing which invaded the world of man with horrifying consequences…
In Dungeon Castle by Trebor Thorpe, the reader is invited to explore the crumbling remains of a Gothic ruin. Deep below the surface strange, dangerous, psychic things, live on…’
Two realms and a spooky castle  – that sounds great!… Shall we now examine the art on the front cover dear reader? The painting, though unsigned this time, is almost certainly by the usual Badger artist Henry Fox, and a fine example of his work it is too.
As The Walking Shadow is featured at the top I think we might assume that the picture below is related to that story. I’ll see if I can quickly thumb through these rotting yellow pages and find out who these two interesting people are. Oh dear, I don’t think that these two can be Dick Crosby and the grim-faced policeman mentioned in the opening paragraph… but let’s press on anyway. The swirling ‘girl’ in the one-piece wonderfully mad pink garment is probably muttering, ‘Damn! Just as my headache has come on, the lined-faced, dome-headed, green man with the red glowing eyes has materialised again! He always pops up at inappropriate times!… He’ll probably sit there all day in front of the TV not speaking, I’m getting really fed up with it!…’
Alright, now let me see if I can find some examples of RLF’s interesting writing style for you:
‘Dick Crosby sagged in his executive chair and his broad, muscular hands, veined a little, and purpling with the onset of age, spread out on the plastic surface of his desk in an attitude of dejection and defeat. He looked at the grim-faced policeman who stood diffidently, helmet in hand…’
‘Something black and blurred moved above him. He flattened himself against the wall of the steep pit. The falling thing writhed like a snake as it fell. There was a hissing anguine sound. He heard the note of sliding friction as the descending menace rubbed against the sides of the shaft. Bill crouched and braced himself…’
‘Alan Kershaw wanted to rescue the girl in the moist window image more than he had ever wanted anything in his life before. The intensity of desire welled up inside him until it became a tangible tactile thing. It seemed to seep from his body like ectoplasm…’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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