A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 43

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

Sunday morning is upon us once more and this week’s random selection from the Badger shelf is a title penned by one of R. L. Fanthorpe’s frequent collaborators John S. Glasby under the pseudonym of A. J. Merak. Let’s bring up the tagline;

Seven people isolated on a world devastated by nuclear war

The cover is outstanding as usual depicting the seven people mentioned in the tagline floundering about in the charred rubble of a devastated city whilst a twisted, hideous alien figure in a silver jumpsuit looms ominously above them. I have such a soft spot for covers like this, Badger’s attempt to visualise a rather literal interpretation of the plot is audacious to say the least.

And now I must delve between the musty pages of this aged tome to find out just how these seven lone survivors fare in the aftermath of such total and utter destruction. Join me next week for another dip into the Badger archives, comments are as ever gratefully received.

The Dark Millennium by A. J. Merak
(Serial Number SF19)
This version was published in 1959 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Merak, The Dark Millenium

The Dark Millenium (Back)


6 thoughts on “A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 43

  1. Bernie 21/09/2015 / 10:40 am

    Ooh, I’ve never had this one, it’s completely new to me, thanks! As usual I love the artwork and the blurb, although it was never really GOOD SF it was of its time and it’s nice to look back to when things were simpler.

    Take care, Bernie xxx

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    • unsubscriber 30/09/2015 / 3:20 pm

      Glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much Bernie, I agree that they were never good but always guaranteed a fairly decent read


  2. lcmt 22/09/2015 / 6:31 pm

    The last line about the “forgotten miracle” hooked me. My other thought: “Why do such poorly-evolved aliens have such highly-evolved technology?”

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    • unsubscriber 30/09/2015 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks for the salient comment Lin, you’re absolutely correct of course! Glad you enjoyed the cover, all the best x

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  3. Guy 27/09/2015 / 9:45 pm


    I must admit the blurb on the back confused the potential plot for me even more than the cover. The aliens seem to have a lot of time on their hands and fairly unethical experimental protocols. But that is one scary alien and a nicely depicted milling mob amid spiffy yellow ruins, so what more could you need for a cover.


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    • unsubscriber 30/09/2015 / 3:32 pm

      I was a little confused by the rear cover blurb too but ended up really enjoying this one. I’ve always loved the cover too, a very nice pulpy action packed scene which always makes me want to pick up a book to read.


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