The Golgotha Dancers

The Golgotha Dancers

Manly Wade Wellman

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction / History

"Hold on, there!" came a sharp challenge from the stairs behind and below me. "What are you doing? And what's that picture doing?" It was one of the Museum's guards. "I was going to ask somebody that same question," I told him as austerely as I could manage. "What about this picture? I thought there was a Böcklin hanging here." The guard relaxed. "Oh, I beg your pardon, sir. I thought you were somebody else--the man who brought that thing." He nodded at the picture. "Personally, I think it's plain beastly." "And the Museum has accepted it at last?" I asked. He shook his head. "Oh, no, sir." I, too, came close. There was no plate beneath the painting. But in the lower left-hand corner of the canvas were sprawling capitals, pale paint on the dark, spelling out the word GOLGOTHA. Beneath these, in small, barely readable script: I sold my soul that I might paint a living picture.
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The Beyonders

The Beyonders

Manly Wade Wellman

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction / History

The Beyonders were shapes in the forests who bribed and promised, and only a few men knew that when the Beyonders came in their full strength they would not be stopped. But before they could conquer Earth, they had to rule one hamlet, and the folk there had been hunters and riflemen for as many generations as they had lived in the mountains.
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