Kemlo, with two other boys from Satellite K, are allowed to accompany
a small research team setting off to reconnoitre
Deimos, a moonlet of Mars.|
The research ship has a smooth journey until it encounters a fierce astral
storm, but eventually lands safely on Deimos - where some peculiar magnetic
forces put all the instruments out of action.
From then on the suspense is terrific. Kemlo and his friends find their way
barred by a moving wall of lighted shapes and, scattered, are apparently
attacked by transparent figures etched in vivid light. Up to the very end
the doubt remains: will the power of the Martian Ghosts triumph or be broken ?
Hardback, with dustwrapper; 135x195mm; blue figured boards; 202 numbered pages; frontispiece listed but not present in my copy; six other full-page line illustrations; dustwrapper not present on my copy.
The statement on the rear of the title page contradicts the date given in the first editions:
Hardback, with dustwrapper. (from advertised copy)
Nelson Junior 1959:
Paperback edition; cover price 2/6 net.
120x180mm; 202 pages; pagination identical to the first edition, except frontispiece missing and not listed and pages smaller; all black and white illustrations included; cover illustration not credited.
(My copy has evidence of a label being affixed over the cover price - which may indicate a publisher's later price increase. John )
De Sleutel, Antwerp 1957:|
as Kemlo: De Geesten van Mars
Cedro, Barcelona, Spain 1958:
as Los Fantasmas Marcianos
155 pages; with illustrations by A Bruce Cornwell; translation by C Hugeot.