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Preview — The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens
The Heads of Cerberus
"A MUCH SOUGHT RARITY" - ANALOG
Published only once in book form a half-century ago in a collector's edition of 1500 copies, this great science-fantasy sells for more than $100 today. Written by the woman whose pseudonym was Francis Stevens, it has been hailed as the first alternate history novel. Fantasy master H. P. Lovecraft hailed Francis Stevens as among "the top gr...more
Francis Stevens was the pen name of Gertrude Barrows Bennett, the first major American woman author of fantasy. (Her true name was not released until the late '40s.) Appealing to a largely male audience in magazines such as Argosy, she delivers the expected brawny masculine characters and plotting, plus the usual gorgeou ...more
Set in Philadelphia of the early 20th Century, Robert Drayton is a young lawyer in ethical trouble. Terry Trenmore is a big, strapping Irishman, full of muscles, but perhaps a bit lacking in brains. Viola is Terry's teenage sister. Through a busted burglary and a bit of intrigue, they are sitting at a table with a mysterious glass bottle in front of them. The sterling s ...more
I was charmed by this line:
"There is no known remedy for the loss of a sweetheart who has melted into the circumambient atmosphere."
Francis Stevens, The Heads of Cerberus