A while back I did a Jack Williamson series and I found a few more related reviews in the archive, so I’m taking a brief detour from the H. P. Lovecraft series.
And I am working on some new material.
Raw Feed (2002): Darker Than You Think, Jack Williamson, 1940, 1948.
I originally read this novel because Fortean Miriam de Ford listed it as one of the sf works influenced by Charles Fort. I see no evidence of that.
Fort is not mentioned or even obliquely alluded to.
I think, amongst other things, Williamson was clearly influenced by the work of Rhine on psychic powers, and the notion that these strange powers (which are mentioned in, partially, Fort’s Wild Talents) may be studied scientifically almost certainly comes from there.
If there is any Charles Fort influence, it may be by way of Eric Frank Russell’s Sinister Barrier.
Both novels were published in John Campbell’s Unknown magazine, Russell’s in 1939, Williamson in 1940.
Both novels feature a broad battle between humans and non-humans, Russell’s Vitons and Williamson’s witch-people, with the evidence of those battles showing up in human psychology and odd events. Continue reading