A Plague of Demons – Keith Laumer
The past few weeks have been an extremely busy time for me, mainly due to starting a new job after twenty six years of continuous employment. This move has had it’s good points but at my age I wasn’t particularly relishing the upheaval, loss of a familiar routine and becoming the ‘new boy’ once again. Thankfully, everything has worked out just fine (up to now), even if it’s meant cutting down my free time dramatically. None of this has stopped me from reading books and playing records however so it’s time I wrote a few words.
I had never heard of Keith Laumer before coming across this title but one look at the cover told me I needed to add it to my library. As if that wasn’t enough, the following line on the back cover sealed the deal;
“Then the demons, who looked like four pretty girls, killed him.”
This version was published in 1971 by Paperback Library and features a stunning cover by Davis Meltzer who was also responsible for the striking art which graces an Ace repress of Philip K. Dick’s Clans of the Alphane Moon the following year. A giant robot and a human skull? How could I possibly resist?