This week’s delve into the Badger archive to find a book for the day has turned up something quite unique, a title which has nothing whatsoever to do with the good Reverend Fanthorpe. Instead we get an early novel by respected author Murray Leinster no less! I wonder how many other titles were published by Badger featuring work by such authors as Leinster? It’s about time someone got around to writing a book about this seminal pulp powerhouse and it’s output including a thorough and extensive bibliography. But enough of these musings, it’s about time we cut quickly to the tagline;
Was he the only man on earth who could call his mind his own?
And as befitting the work of such an esteemed writer, the cover is by Emsh rather than some underpaid hack staff artist – and what a beauty it is too! A silvery woman stands with her arms up to the heavens as she emits some kind of crackling energy which envelops a series of fascinated onlookers. They all appear unharmed by this strange feat except for one of the men who screams in agony – presumably because his brain is being stolen. It’s classic Emsh alright and I love it.
Time to dig in now and discover the secrets that these musty pages contain, join me here again next week for more Badger goodness – who knows what I’ll turn up next!
The Brain Stealers by Murray Leinster
(Serial Number SF33)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Emsh