The Gods Hate Kansas by Joseph Millard

The Gods Hate Kansas by Joseph Millard

The Gods Hate Kansas is the only novel by pulp science fiction writer Joseph Millard. Millard published short stories in magazines like Amazing Stories, Fantastic Adventures, and Thrilling Wonder Stories, but he abandoned writing in 1943,

This novel was originally published in 1941 in Startling Stories and was later reprinted in Fantastic Story Magazine in 1952. The cover we’re showing is for the paperback version that was published in 1964 by Monarch Books.

The Gods Hate Kansas by Joseph Millard

In 1967, The Gods Hate Kansas was adapted into a film called They Came from Beyond Space. The film was released as a double feature with another sci-fi film, The Terrornauts. According to the director, Freddie Francis, all of the production money went into Terronauts, leaving no budget for They Came from Beyond Space. Both films were box-office failures.

The cover art is by Jack Thurston. Thurston worked as a sculptor during World War II, creating scale models of enemy terrain. After the war, Thurston primarily worked as an illustrator. He created covers for a number of books, such as Darkness and the Deep by Vardis Fisher and Mission: Third Force by Michael Kurland. He was also a frequent cover artist for Starlog, a Star Trek magazine.