A Touch of Strange/Fungi from Yuggoth
Title: A Touch of Strange
Genre: Science Fiction
Author: Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985)
Illustrator: Hans Arnold (1925-2010)
Publisher: Daw Books, Inc., New York, New York
Year: 1978 (first Daw edition of book originally published 1958)
Format: Paperback, mass-market format.
Provenance: Previous owner’s name rubber-stamped on first page.
Contents: Mr. Costello, Hero; The Touch of Your Hand; Affair with a Green Monkey; A Crime for Llewellyn; It Opens the Sky; A Touch of Strange; The Other Celia; The Pod in the Barrier; The Girl Had Guts.
Opening Sentence: “‘Come in, Purser. And shut the door.’”
Random Passage: “The longer the day got the quieter they were together, and at dinner they said almost nothing, and after that they even stopped looking at each other. That night when it was darkest she went to his room and opened the door and closed it again behind her. She did not turn on the light. She said, ‘I don’t care...’ and again, ‘I don’t care,’ and wept in a whisper.” (from Affair with a Green Monkey)
Goodreads Review: “I read this collection over fifty years ago and The Other Celia has stayed in my mind all these years. What a concept; absolutely unforgettable.” — Dagny, July 27, 2013.
Notes: A collection of short stories, originally published in the early- to mid-1950s. Bonus: an H. P. Lovecraft mass-market paperback published by Ballantine in 1971 which sports a similarly eerie cover.