A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 4

Rev Fanshawe Portrait

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

Badger - Fanthorpe Unconfined


6 thoughts on “A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 4

  1. johncnash 09/11/2014 / 9:57 am

    “Is anyone else enjoying these Sunday missives from the Badger archives as I am”
    Yes! I am! Hallelujah, praise the Lurid!!

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    • unsubscriber 09/11/2014 / 10:40 am

      This is becoming pun-day! Glad you’re liking the covers Mr Nash, there’s plenty more where these came from! Best wishes to you and indeed – praise the Lurid!

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  2. Bernie 09/11/2014 / 10:51 am

    You KNOW I’m enjoying them!! Did you know that the “Supernatural Specials” were almost as regular as the SF series? They were harder to find than the SF ones, I had about 50 as opposed to over 100 of the SF. I still have all the thumbnails on a hard drive, same file as all the Ace doubles I also used to have, one day my friend, one day . . . . . . . 🙂

    Take care
    Bernie xx


    • unsubscriber 09/11/2014 / 10:57 am

      You had so many Bernie! Far more than I have but these are expensive ti sum these days and usually in tatty condition. I have some articles coming up on Ace Doubles and Digit Books but they might have be after all this xmas stuff that’s going on. I’m a bit behind in my photographing and cataloguing activities. Glad you enjoyed the book too, very best wishes xx


  3. Bernie 09/11/2014 / 11:23 am

    I spent over 40 years collecting mine, and apart from a few I bought new as they came out they were all secondhand, hardly ever more than 50p each, and mostly from general secondhand or charity shops. I rarely bought in actual secondhand BOOKshops as they were more expensive, and specialist ones even more so!! You know those shelves/boxes/bins outside “proper” secondhand bookshops, where dealers put all the “rubbish”, well that’s what I bought from those shops. These days you hardly ever see vintage SF anywhere, whatever the shop type, it’s sad and I’m really lucky that I was able to buy them back in the day, so to speak 🙂

    Bernie xx

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    • unsubscriber 09/11/2014 / 11:31 am

      Sounds like there are a few us around who still miss the old days of buying our books like this Bernie. I know that blogger/commentor Mr Nash is a long time collector of vintage books and rues those days too. You still were very lucky to get them for that price though, I bought one recently for £5.75 (which I thought was cheap as I’ve seen them well over the £10 mark) and there was an old bookshop sticker at the top of the cover with 8p written on it… eBay is great but it’ll never beat the old ways. Cheers Bernie, enjoy your Sunday xx


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