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Protecting Project Pulp No. 17: Manly Wade Wellman

November 6, 2012 by Frederic Himebaugh

Main Fiction: “The Golgotha Dancers” by Manly Wade Wellman, first published in Weird Tales, October 1937.

Narrator: Kevin Hayden.

Hung over my own fireplace, it looked as large and living as a scene glimpsed through a window or, perhaps, on a stage in a theater. The capering pink bodies caught new lights from my lamp, lights that glossed and intensified their shape and color but did not reveal any new details. I pored once more over the cryptic legend: I sold my soul that I might paint a living picture.

Comments

  1. I hope they took the time to traw out the ashes of the picture, after whatever happened fallowing that trite ending. The concept of the story is fantastic but was spoiled by a very simple plot. I was eager to see the dancers taking the narrator into the picture and trying to crucify him or something like that. Also, the reaction of the girl before such a supernatural and gloomy reality, was artificial to say the least… more akin to the temper of a witch than that of a nurse. Apart from it, the description skill of Manly Wellman is awsome. Indeed, the part I like more was when he painted the scene in my imagination with his prose. And if by nothing else, it deserved to be on the Unique Magazine’s pages.

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