Cover illo by Allen Koszowski


Hope everyone enjoys Rob Shelsky's story as much as I did! Allen sent me the illos and gave me a free hand with 'em. I was very impressed, thanked him, and then came up with an experiment -- I sent Rob the illos and asked if he thot he could write a story around it all. Luckily, he jumped at the chance!

One thing I should mention: Over the years, BEM has become a term so well used that it's a cliche -- but most people think of 'Bug-Eyed' as eyes with lotsa facets, like the eye of an insect. Rob used it the way others have done, that is -- bulging eyes. When someone's eye look like they're about to pop out, some say he's 'bug-eyed with astonishment' or somesuch. So, to me, Rob has come up with a NEW way of using 'bug-eyed monster'.

But mebbe that's just me.

Dropping out Contests. If you object, write and let us know.

Look thish over, then write us!

Prescription have their precautionary warnings. In all fairness, here is one for our magazine:


CAUTION! Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while reading.

Could stretch the imagination.

If it's read continuously for four hours or more, CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY! Tell him to read it too.

May cause blurred vision.

May become habit forming!

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