After his horrific adventures described in The Moon Pool, Dr. Walter T. Goodwin goes on expedition to study the flora of the Himalayas. Tranquility eludes him though because there he finds The Metal Monster.
In 1935, Fantasy Magazine was approaching its 3rd Anniversary and editor Julius Schwartz wanted to do something special. He conceived of the idea of a “composite story” (round-robin story) called “The Challenge from Beyond” to commemorate the event.
The Ship of Ishtar – John Kenton experiences eternity in one night when he becomes a pawn in the cosmic struggle between the Babylonian gods Nergal, the Destroyer, the Lord of Death, and Ishtar, the Mother, Goddess of Life.
The Moon Pool – In the middle of the South Pacific, among the islands of Polynesia, there is a lost world under the earth’s surface, home to the evil Shining One and its acolytes. A party of archeologists stumble upon this lost land and must fight to save their own world on the earth’s surface.