Wednesday, October 24, 2012

“You Can’t Cheat Death’s Demon!”

Here's a Halloween treat...

Robert Silverberg is a favorite writer of mine. He made a name for himself writing science fiction in the 1950s, and has been one of the most respected authors in the genre ever since. He was very prolific, and sometimes wrote under pseudonyms, especially when he had more than one story in an issue of a magazine. David Challon was one of his pen-names.

“David Challon” also wrote soft porn novels,* but here he has penned a nifty little tale of selling one’s soul to a demon in exchange for 21 years of “all worldly pleasures.” In some stories the person committed to such a bargain wins and keeps his soul, but here the main character doesn’t fare so well.

It’s from Monsters and Things #2 (last issue), published in 1959.

Copyright © 1959 Magnum Publications.

*A field where Silverberg made a living for several years in the sixties, mostly under the name Don Elliott.

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