The Heads of Cerberus
In this 1919 pulp classic, a 17-year-old girl, her brother, and his friend are thrown into a nightmarish future where America’s ruling class forces the poor to compete in deadly games.
Published: Sept 2020
From the back cover:
Long before The Hunger Games… Before even Philip K. Dick or H.P. Lovecraft… This 1919 pulp classic explored a nightmarish alternative reality where America’s ruling class forces the poor to compete in deadly games.
Win, and you’ll earn a lifetime of fame and luxury. But the games are rigged, and a public execution awaits all who dare to try.
When a seventeen-year-old girl from our own world follows her adventurous brother and his friend, a disgraced lawyer-turned-thief, across a shadowy hell dimension and into this horrific new reality, their only hope for survival is to win the unwinnable contest.
“A fast-paced, imaginative yarn” (Kirkus Reviews) by the woman who “arguably invented dark fantasy” (Publishers Weekly), The Heads of Cerberus helped define and popularize dystopian fiction as a genre and is the first science-fiction novel to explore parallel worlds.
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About the Author:
Gertrude Barrows Bennett is “the most gifted woman writer of science fiction and science-fantasy between Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and C.L. Moore,” according to Sam Moskowitz, and “arguably invented dark fantasy,” according to Publishers Weekly.
A Philadelphia stenographer widowed at the age of 26, Bennett began writing novels and short stories under the name Francis Stevens in 1917 to support her young daughter and disabled mother. Her true identity did not become public until four years after her death in 1948.