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Beyond the Golden Stair

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Beyond the Golden Stair is a fantasy novel by Hannes Bok. It was first published as the short story "The Blue Flamingo" in the January 1948 issue of the magazine Startling Stories; later the story was extensively revised and expanded by the author into novel form. The novel version was first published in book form (posthumously) in paperback by Ballantine Books as the twen ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 209 pages
Published November 1970 by Ballantine Books (first published December 1948)
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Joseph
Sep 11, 2016 Joseph rated it liked it
As an author, Hannes Bok was a fine illustrator. Which isn't meant entirely as a negative -- some of his descriptive passages were well-wrought and vivid.

So we begin with Hibbert, in jail for reasons not entirely his own fault, who gets freed in a jailbreak by his thuggish cellmate Scarlatti and hooks up with Scarlatti's accomplice, Burks (the brains, relatively speaking) and squeeze, Carlotta. And they end up in Florida swampland where they find a ruined staircase to nowhere, except then a blue
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Paul
Oct 11, 2007 Paul rated it it was amazing
Hibbert is a rather trusting soul, one of those who lets himself be conned right into prison. He is paired with a bruising hulk named Scarlatti, who keeps talking jailbreak. With the help of a man named Burks, the jailbreak is successful. Hibbert is brought along against his will, so he won’t blab to the authorities. Heading for the Florida Everglades, they hook up with Carlotta, Scarlatti’s girlfriend.

In the middle of nowhere, the four come across a golden stairway into the sky. They ascend, an
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Dan
Oct 21, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
This is my second Hannes Bok (Not his real name) book. Another find at the time, Lin Carter of Ballantine got hold of a long-rumoured manuscript back in the early 70's. Bok was best known for his lush Sci-fi and fantasy artwork, but like most folks of genius was multi-faceted.

Beware, for this fantasy is very different from the regular sort: No dragons, knights, castles and so on. But it is a true fantasy, in a modern setting. The characters are multi-dimensional and interesting, even when you wa
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Edward Butler
Oct 25, 2007 Edward Butler rated it really liked it
A book that deserves to find its way back into print; part Lord Dunsany, part Edgar Rice Burroughs. From when fantasy thought outside the box.


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Hannes Bok, pseudonym for Wayne Woodard, was an American artist and illustrator, as well as an amateur astrologer and writer of fantasy fiction and poetry. He painted nearly 150 covers for various science fiction, fantasy, and detective fiction magazines, as well as contributing hundreds of black and white interior illustrations. Bok's work graced the pages of calendars and early fanzines, as well ...more
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