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10 thoughts on “The Shadow People

  1. says:

    I had associated this book as drawing from or referencing the Shaver Mystery mythos a statement that on reflection is exaggerated at best There are similarities evil subhumans living in the secret places under the earth the implications of their growing influence in the outer world the unveiling of the secret knowledge to the everyday characters and a sort of dreamlike paranoia and sense of persecution But this work seems drawn

  2. says:

    Margaret Sinclair turned to writing books in the 1960's I don't know why her short story output declines after 1960 but I think it may have had to do with monetary reasons Science Fiction and Fantasy became big sellers in the Age of Auarius Authors are often forced to write to pay the bills Although the genesis of this novel may have been in

  3. says:

    Weird fiction indeed Published in 1969 this novel from Margaret St Clair one of the few well known female SF writers from t

  4. says:

    Weird story about hippies elves an underworld and a distopian society I've not read any of Margaret St Clair's stories before so I didn't really know what to expect going in to this novel It was written in 1969 and parts of it were good while other parts seemed to slip and go nowhere It's of a 25 star read and of interest to fans of fantasy books from the 60s and 70s

  5. says:

    ''The stink of flesh was mingled with the atter corn There must be an abundance of both for the smell to come to me so strongly Plenty of meat

  6. says:

    Ad copy lie THE INVASION OF THE HALLUCINOGENIC PEOPLE FROM UNDEREARTH They had existed from time immemorial hidden in a space warp far beneath the surface of the earth Until now their only form of nourishment had been a strange hallucinogenic grain Now they hungered for human flesh The earth was to be their stockyards and mankind their meat O

  7. says:

    I managed to track down a used copy of this book mentioned in Gygax's infamous Appendix N of inspirational reading I an eminently readable prose style and a story that easily kept my attention and interest I find many of the elemen

  8. says:

    Decent read can't remember if this is Appendix N but it's related and pertinent Well crafted I suppose in a way that is unsettling Pretty shortThere is a jarring transposition from late 60's hippie culture to fantasy underworld to gonzo robot police state which some have suggested is a mental health trope but

  9. says:

    Very definitely a creature of 1969 Berkeley CA written by one of the elder stateswomen of SF writing at the time this is a tightly written urban horror fantasy novel Kind of a cross between the films “Labyrinth” “The

  10. says:

    What an odd read Enjoyed it though Very 60s