Man, I remember reading these. They were SO BAD! But I loved a lot of Lin Carter's stuff. He was one of those authors that inspired me to write.
I read the entire series. They weren't exactly classics, but at the time it was my only access to the kind of pulp fiction I craved, aside from the reprints of Doc, G-8, The Shadow, The Avenger, etc.
I read at least three books in this series. I thought they were kinda fun.
There were actually five of them. Three of them hit paperback. The others languished on library shelves. I own copies of all five. They inveted the word HOARDER for me.The Nemesis of EvilInvisible DeathThe Volocano OgreThe Earth-ShakerHorror Wears Blue
I agree with Mel. These were AWFUL books. That said Lin Carter was one of my guilty pleasures, especially the early Thongors. And he did writea number of very good books. And he almost single-handedly revived fantasy with his Ballantine line. When I was in sf fandom in the 50s Lin was a big name (BNF) and he was very kind to a dumb ass kid from Ioway (me) so I always read his books. Hell, he was a much better writer than a lot of the writers who knocked him. I still have maybe fifteen of his books. They're worth keeping.
Glad I'm not the only one with some Carter books on the shelves, guys. I particularly liked THE MAN WHO LOVED MARS.
I agree, Bill.THE MAN WHO LOVED MARS was probably his masterpiece. Really fine book.
I've always been thankful that he wrote "Imaginary Worlds", which helped me track down many of the fantasy novels that expanded my knowledge of the genre beyond just Tolkien.....
True, I do admire what Carter did as editor and what he did to boost such a genre. HORROR WEARS BLUE was probably very close to style (or the ending of) a Doc story; these are okay.
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