Friday, 26 June 2015

Francis Stevens - The Heads of Cerberus

Written by the woman whose pseudonym was Francis Stevens, it has been hailed as the first alternate history novel. Fantasy master H. P. Lovecraft hailed Francis Stevens as among "the top grade of writers." "The Heads of Cerberus" tells of "an alternate-world Philadelphia, reached by a handful of this-world people. This Philadelphia is one in which the political corruptors have become ruthless autocrats, ruling through phony "civic service" competitions which result in cynically brutal enslavement of the people. The name of William Penn has become, under the organizational label of "Penn Service," the very fountainhead of viciously depraved, dictatorial government. Definitely a classic and fun to read."

Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781329025431

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  1. Actually Lovecraft said no such thing. A letter praising Stevens was published in a magazine under a name that was believed to be a pseudonym for Lovecraft, but it later turned out to be a real person.

    1. Interesting. We used the information we could find at Wikipedia.