New Title Spotlight: Supernatural Stories featuring The Phantom Crusader

A little over two years ago, we dipped our pen in purple ink and proclaimed thusly:

Have you ever thrilled to the SF adventures of Lionel Roberts?  Raced breakneck through the breathless prose of Leo Brett?  Indulged in the macabre tales of Bron Fane 0r the galaxy-spanning stories of Pel Torro? Does the name John E. Muller mean anything to you?  What about Karl Zeigfreid? Trebor Thorpe?

Believe it or not, the prodigious output of all of the above – and more! – is down to one man: R L Fanthorpe. To quote The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction:

From 1954 to 1965 Fanthorpe was an sf writer of remarkable productivity, towards the end of that period producing novels on a weekly schedule for Badger Books, an imprint of John Spencer and Co . . . It has been claimed of Fanthorpe that for the years in which he wrote, chiefly 1958 to 1965, he was the world’s most prolific writer in the genre.

Why do we share this knowledge with you? Because the SF Gateway is delighted to announce that R L Fanthorpe – including all his bewildering array of pen names – is joining the SF Gateway!

Ending with the portentous (or not, depending on your portent threshold):

And heed well the words of Neil Gaiman: “Do not read too much Lionel Fanthorpe at one go, your brains will turn to guacamole and drip out of your ears”


Now . . .  judge for yourself!  One of our current New Titles Spotlights is issue 75 of Supernatural Stories featuring ‘The Phantom Crusader’!

THRILL! to title story ‘The Phantom Crusader’: A skeleton figure gleamed beneath the ancient armour.

VISIT! ‘The Room that Never Was’: The door had been there the night before … and now there was nothing.

BRAVE! ‘The Tunnel’: Faint and far beneath them, they could hear the unmistakable sounds…

WITNESS! ‘Stranger in the Skill’: There was someone at the door, someone strangely, frighteningly familiar.

ENCOUNTER! ‘The Stockman’: Psychic justice … strange but sure …

BEHOLD! ‘Footprints in the Sand’: There was nothing but wilderness for a thousand square miles. What had made the prints?

And, hey, try to keep a sense of perspective, OK?

You can find more of R L Fanthorpe’s work via his Author page on the SF Gateway website and read about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.