I was all fingers and thumbs this morning as I tried to decide which of my Badger books I should take for today’s sermon or just go for the one with skimpy bikini-clad woman fighting off some unspeakable horror. This was a piece of genius of Badger’s part, take a word count constrained piece of sci-fi fluff and dress it up in a lurid cover – these things flew off the shelves. It wasn’t just Badger either, I have the same kind of covers gracing books from the likes of Ace, Corgi, Arrow and not mention my other favourite in this field – Digit.
In the end, I opted for a Fanthorpe penned title – A Supernatural Special rather than a regular Badger title which I thought captured the Halloween spirit perfectly. It has a fantastically lurid cover featuring a green skinned colossus with light shooting from his eyes whilst a pretty brunette cowers open-mouthed in the corner. You just know that a book with a cover like this will be a thumping great read don’t you? Is anyone else enjoying these Sunday missives from the Badger archives as I am?
The Unconfined by R. L. Fanthorpe
This version was published in 1966 by Badger Books
The cover artist is H. Fox