Our Lady of the Emerald

A woman encased in a giant emerald, in an unattributed cover for the November 1941 cover of Astonishing Stories.

This woman encased in emerald from the November 1941 cover of Astonishing Stories conveys a real tube girl or ASFR feel, but unfortunately is unattributed and also, in its Internet Archive version, a little battered. There is a slightly more vivid and clean, but also smaller, version of the cover to be found at Galactic Central. It appears to illustrate the story “My Lady of the Emerald,” by Robert A.W. Lowndes (1916-1998), one of many writers who began his career with the encouragement of H.P. Lovecraft. The story has an interior illustration by Leo Morey, whose work we have seen before on this site.

Interior illustration by Leo Morey for Robert A.W. Lowndes story "My Lady of the Emerald."  Astonishing Stories, November 1941.

This issue of Astonishing STories is available to read or download from the Internet Archive.

Pulp Parade #38: What is Satan incubating? A bride?

This is Terror Tales for November-December 1938, cover art by Leo Morey. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. This version of the cover was blogged by me before at my squicky scrapbook blog Infernal Wonders. The deeper source was a gallery at a blog called “The Golden Age,” once hosted by blogspot by now, sadly, defunct.

Longtime readers of Erotic Mad Science might recognize that this particular pulp cover was the subject of a still racier recreation by Frans Mensink back in 2014.