A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 8

Rev Fanthorpe Portrait

This Sunday’s selection was a fairly easy pick as I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time now. First the formalities; Thornton bell is once again a writing tag-team pseudonym, this time for the duo of R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield. It’s not a regular Badger book either but a Supernatural Special (Strange, Weird, Eerie…) which are always a bit more lurid than the usual straight sci-fi fare.

The cover tagline reads;

“Man could control the atom, but not this Horror from a by-gone age”

A sinister, vaguely oriental looking chap tugging on a terrific long, pointed beard stares down at a terror filled lady whose blouse has mysteriously loosened to reveal her brassiere. Hmmm… This is some kind of terrifying Horror indeed, a gaze that can loosen a lady’s outer garments at forty paces – womankind beware!

Time to see what’s really afoot now and discover what hideous evil these pages from a by-gone age actually contain;

Chaos by Thornton Bell
(Supernatural Special Serial Number #SN92)
This version was published in 1964 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

 Badger - Bell, Chaos


8 thoughts on “A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 8

  1. johncnash 07/12/2014 / 11:27 am

    I find myself looking forward to these weekly doses of Badger! I think what is ‘strange, weird, eerie’ is that those hands do not seem to belong to the bearded chap at all! They’re at the wrong angle, the owner of them should have a face somewhere in the vicinity of the Badger logo. I’m wondering if the expression of indignant surprise is because someone else his tugging his beard!!

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    • unsubscriber 07/12/2014 / 11:38 am

      You could well be right, I think I’d be indignant if someone was pulling at my beard in such a manner!

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  2. Bernie 07/12/2014 / 12:12 pm

    Such fun reading your respondents deconstruction of the artwork 🙂 My weekly dose of nostalgia is always a welcome sight in my inbox, thanks again.

    Bernie xx

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    • unsubscriber 07/12/2014 / 12:15 pm

      You’re more than welcome Bernie, I’ pleased that you’re still enjoying the covers as much as I – and evidently others are. Best wishes xx


  3. franzwesten 08/12/2014 / 10:21 am

    Was it an aesthetic choice do you think, to make her look as though she was wearing an ill fitting wig?

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    • unsubscriber 08/12/2014 / 1:40 pm

      It’s not the best fitting hairpiece I’ve ever seen either, maybe that’s something to do with a part of his power.


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