Thursday, October 10, 2013

Among the Anthropophagai! - Bill Crider

Bill Crider's "Among the Anthropophagai!: A Story of Gorillas and Gasbags" is pure pulp adventure of the finest sort. Take away the modern-day framing device that introduces the story and this yarn of exploration and danger in darkest Africa could have been published in ADVENTURE or ARGOSY during the Thirties.

The narrator, a retired anthropologist named Caleb Brown, spins a yarn of how he and his friend, explorer Richard Hawkins, penetrate the supposedly impenetrable Forest of Bwindi in search of the Anthropophagai, a possibly mythical race of cannibalistic creatures who resemble gorillas, except for the fact their heads grow beneath their shoulders. Do they and their expedition find what they're seeking, along with deadly danger? Well, what do you think?

Crider keeps the action hurtling along in true pulp fashion, leading up to a great action-packed climax. Sprinkled throughout the story are references to their other adventures, and I for one want to read them. This story is great fun, and if you want to have a fine pulpish time, you need to check it out. Highly recommended.


8 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, James!

Anonymous said...

I have it. Got to read it RSN.


Jeff M.

Charles Gramlich said...

gotta get this one.

Scott Parker said...

Got it. In the cue. Thanks for the shout-out.

Keith West said...

Got it and looking forward to it.

Jeremy LC Jones said...

Oh man oh man oh man... This sounds great!

Cap'n Bob said...

I've started it, but a 4-day-long headache has kept me from finishing. Dammit!

Scott Parker said...

I started last night. Muy Bueno.