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Titan’s Daughter

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The tetraploids, giant men and women created by genetic experiment, only wanted to live their lives in peace, but they had to live in a world of the jealous ‘normals’ who gathered in screaming mobs with murder in their hearts.

Sena, the heroine of this remarkable science-fiction novel, is a tetraploid giantess whose youth would last more than a century, who looked with wonder at the toy bridges and houses of normal men and women who regarded her with fear and revulsion. Beautiful, defenceless Sena was the first of a new race, but would she be allowed to live…?

Previously published in the USA by the Berkley Publishing Corporation in 1961. First Foure Square Edition 1963.

Not sure how a nine-foot giantess can be that defenceless in a world of ‘normals’ but from the cover, I’m guessing she must have been vastly outnumbered or something…

The Deep Range

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Another undersea adventure with some more great cover art by Paul Lehr.

The Deep Range by Arthur C. Clarke. Signet second printing July 1974.


He was a misfit – a space-ship engineer who had developed such fear of outer space that he could no longer function.

Permanently separated from his wife and children on Mars, he faced a terrible future back on Earth – unless through psychiatry he could create a new life as a warden of the oceans’ depths.

Taut with excitement and suspense, this is a thrilling novel of tomorrow and a fascinating picture of the weird and sometimes terrifying life beneath the seas in a future when submarine patrols harvest the water’s wealth to feed the world.

Undersea Sixties Sci-fi

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Today‘s the first day this year I’ve actually braved a swim in the sea – and it was cold! I’m still in a watery mood though, so here are a couple of books based on underwater adventures. Both cover illustrations beautifully done by Paul Lehr. Some great scans of more of his work can be seen over at Monster Brains.

Conquerors from the Darkness by Robert Silverberg

First Dell printing September 1968

A thousand Years in the future, the earth has been conquered by an alien race and covered by a single sea. Dovirr Stargan, who is disgusted with the servility of his life on the floating city of Vythain, longs to become one of the Sea-Lords, who roam the sea as powerful protectors of the cities. Dovirr gets his wish, but the return of the alien race brings unexpected and critically dangerous crises to his new life as he learns the real, sometimes terrible, significance of power.

The Dolphins of Altair by Margaret St. Clair

First Dell Printing May 1967.

Before the dawn of man…

…there was a covenant between the land and sea people – a covenant long forgotten by those who stayed on shore, but indelibly etched in the minds of the others – the dolphins of Altair.

Now the covenant had been broken. Dolphins were being wantonly sacrificed in the name of scientific research, their waters increasingly polluted, their numbers dangerously diminished. They had to find allies and strike back. Allies willing to sever their own earthly bonds for the sake of their sea brothers – willing if necessary, to execute the destruction of the whole human race…



House of Secrets…

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Welcome to House of Secrets, an online depository for some of the bad, the beautiful and the downright  bizarre books I’ve been lucky enough to stumble upon over the years (& years!)I’ve spent rummaging around in the darker corners of arcane bookshops and specialist book fairs.

Based in Brighton, East Sussex,  I buy, sell and collect vintage pulp fiction from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s – in particular horror and gothic romance. I also create unique gifts with a gothic twist and will be posting some photographs soon. Check out the Events page for details of Markets etc where I will be trading.

Any questions, feedback or if you just want to say hi, please email me via the contacts page.