WORLD OF GOL by Neil Charles [pseudonym]. London: Printed in England & Published by Curtis Warren Ltd., . Octavo, cover by Gordon C. Davies, pictorial wrappers. First edition. One of the Curtis titles marketed under the "Fantasy" label, in this case sounding notes of cosmic and surreal horror. An ocean voyage off the Pacific coast of South America designed to rescue a woman brings the hero to a bleak island -- after his crew either dies of fear or deserts -- and on the island he descends into an underworld called Gol, where the woman is trapped by the Master. Also playing key roles in the story are the Seal of Freedom and the Spirit of the Deeps. Chapter 11 starts: "The idea that we three had been changed from our own selves into a foul growth on the tissue of something we didn't understand anyway was a pretty frightful state of affairs to contemplate." "With its subterranean setting, this is inner-space opera set in the key of B-for-bizarre minor. The cover art brings to mind that psychedelic aesthetic of the late 1960s that was influenced by bright Indian colors. This offering of the British 'mushroom' publishers makes one wonder whether the artist and author might have been sampling some special mushrooms on their own." - Robert Eldridge. Reginald 02893. Harbottle and Holland A83. Mild rubbing to cover edges, a bright, very good or somewhat better copy. (#151326).
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