Had Northwest Smith been able to foresee the future, he would not have shielded the frightened, scarlet-clad girl from the wild mob pursuing her through the narrow streets of Lakkdarol on Mars. "Shambleau! Shambleau!" the crowd cried with loathing and disgust, but Smith drove them off with his blaster and took the exhausted girl to his quarters. There was no hair upon her face - neither brows nor lashes. And what horror lay hidden beneath the crimson turban bound tightly around her head?
One of the strangest, and surely one of the most imaginative stories ever written, Shambleau was acclaimed by readers, authors and editors as the debut of a truly gifted talent in the field of science fiction. C.L. Moore was to live up to expectations when she followed Shambleau with other stirring and beautiful tales - the best of which are presented in this exciting volume. Included are:
Black God's Kiss - a unique saga which describes Jirel of Joiry's strange adventures in another dimension, a nightmarish land that lies far below the dungeons of her defeated castle. In search of a weapon to wipe the taunting from the face of her conqueror, Jirel travels to the shore of a black lake filled with sparkling fallen stars; she passes over an invisible bridge into a forbidding temple where her quest ends in a dramatic and chilling fashion.
The Bright Illusion - Dixon looked down at the alien city below him and reeled with horror. The entire metropolis was a collection of blinding colors and impossible angles. But even more repellent were the inhabitants - writhing, one-eyed snake beings that filled Dixon's mind with revulsion. From his vantage point in space, the view was terrifying enough; but soon he would have to set foot on that hellish planet. How could Dixon have realized he was headed for one of the greatest love affairs the universe has ever known...
The publication of THE BEST OF C.L. MOORE is an event that SF readers have been demanding for many years. It is a rich, colorful collection of ten fantastic tales - including such classics as No Woman Born, Black Thirst and Greater Than Gods - that will send the mind to new heights of imagination. This edition contains a special introduction by Lester del Rey and an afterword by C.L. Moore herself.