Here Abide Monsters by Andre Norton

Here Abide Monsters by Andre Norton

This amazing, colorful cover art is for Here Abide Monsters by Andre Norton.

If you don’t look too closely, you might suspect this of being a traditional fantasy novel, filled with dragons and medieval castles. But if you look more closely, you’ll notice a Jeep and a motorcycle speeding toward the castle, which seems to have a bubble around it. See, this book belongs to the “portal fiction” genre, in which characters from one world or universe get pulled into another through a portal. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is a classic example of portal fiction.

The art for this cover is by Jack Gaughan (1930-1985). Gaughan was a Hugo Award-winning artist who did several covers for DAW books (such as this one), as well as Ace Books (such as the cover for Dawnman Planet by Mack Reynolds).

Not only can his name be found among the list of Hugo winners, but it can also be found on its own award — the Jack Gaughan Award is handed out yearly by the New England Science Fiction Association (or NESFA) to noteworthy up-and-comers. Clearly, Gaughan’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed in the world of science fiction and fantasy.

Here Abide Monsters by Andre Norton

So how about the author? Well, Andre Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005) was no small fry in this pond either. In fact, Norton (who’s real name was Alice Mary Norton) wrote an impressive amount of books. She wrote dozens of books — many of them speculative fiction, though she also wrote contemporary fiction, crime fiction, romantic fiction, and historical fiction.

Norton also wrote under the pen names Andrew North and Allen Weston.
In 1984, she became the first woman to be honored with the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, and in 1997, she was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.