McILVAINE'S STAR

By August Derleth. Originally Published in If Worlds of Science Fiction July 1952. Old Thaddeus McIlvaine discovered a dark star and took it for his own. Thus he inherited a dark destinyor did he? "Call them what you like," said Tex Harrigan. "Lost people or strayed, crackpots or warped geniuses—I know enough of them to fill an entire department of queer people. I've been a reporter long enough to have run into quite a few of them." "For example?" I said, recognizing Harrigan's mellowness. "Take Thaddeus McIlvaine," said Harrigan. "I never heard of him." "I suppose not," said Harrigan. Continue reading