Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Corpus Earthling, a 1960 SF horror novel by Louis Charbonneau

Corpus Earthling, a science fiction horror novel by Louis Charbonneau (1960)

Pictured: Paperback original (New York: Zenith Books, 1960) #ZB-40, 160 p., 35¢. Here's the promotional piece from the back cover of the book:

Paul Cameron heard voices. There were two of them. They were whispering to each other in the bones of his skull, wearily, interminably, making monstrous plans to conquer the Earth ...

Cameron was an educated man, an English professor at a leading university. Was he going insane? Or was he really tuned in somehow on the telepathic conversations of a recon patrol for a terrible Martian invasion? He tried warning the others, but nobody believed him.

And then one day the voices stopped for a moment. "Wait," one of them said then. "There's a listener. We've got to get the listener. When you find out who he is, kill him ...”

An appendix of recommended reading in Horror: Another 100 Best Books (2005) includes Corpus Earthling.

Charbonneau's novel was adapted into an episode for the classic 1960s television show The Outer Limits. The episode, "Corpus Earthling," aired on November 18, 1963.

According to various signed copies of Corpus Earthling for sale on AbeBooks, Louis Charbonneau attended the 2003, 2007 and 2008 Paperback Show in Los Angeles.

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