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Fanthorpe was also A.J. Merak, John Muller, Bron Fane, Karl Ziegfried, Leo Brett, Robert Lionel, Mel Jay, Pel Torro, and many others.

---- Rachel Thern <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
> I've only heard of Fanthorpe in that he was famous for producing bad 
> writing, but so terribly bad that it's noteworthy unto itself.  I've 
> only seen a few samples.  Anyone experienced a whole novel?  My library 
> doesn't have any.
> 
> Rachel
> 
> 
> John T wrote:
> > Hi Peggy in Tampa,
> >
> > Here's what I could find on your question...  at least it fits the
> > parameters, except it's a novelette, not novel.. but it was published prior
> > to 1970 :)
> >
> >
> > Title: The Flight of the Valkyries
> > Author: R. L. Fanthorpe
> > Year: 1958
> > Storylength: novelette
> > Publications:
> >   a.. Supernatural Stories, No. 14, (Feb 1958, John S. Manning, Badger,
> > #SN14, 2/-, 160pp, pb, magazine) Cover: Ray Theobald
> >
> > John T - in Bradenton, just south of Tampa :)
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Peggy Callahan" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:30 AM
> > Subject: [SF-LIT] book title?
> >
> >
> >   
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> I got a question from a library patron:
> >>
> >> "When I was in High School (1971-1975) I read an SF/Fantasy novel that had
> >>     
> > "of the Valkyre" or "of the Valkyries" in the title. I'd love to read it
> > again but can't remember complete title or author's name.
> >   
> >> It was about people on an airplane that had been lost or re-routed to
> >>     
> > another planet. These ppl slowly realized they were there for observation.
> > They finally escaped by making a boat/canoe which some of them used to go
> > downstream and under a fence.
> >   
> >> Once there, they found that their captors looked like giant spiders (or
> >>     
> > had machines like spiders?), and one of the ppl got somehow stuck behind
> > one, which pulled him to his death.
> >   
> >> The book made a big impression on me and I've always wanted to reread it,
> >>     
> > but haven't had luck in finding it, b/c I can't remember the correct title.
> > Can you help?"
> >   
> >> Any ideas?  Let me know and thank you!
> >>
> >> Peggy in Tampa--
> >> curiouser and curiouser!
> >>          -- Lewis Carroll
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>     
> > Scanned MGW1
> >