In the uncharted realms of infra-dimensional space Bert meets a pathetic figure--The Wanderer.
lessly into the basket-weave cage. There was a tremendous thump and the warping of the very universe about them all. Bert Redmond, his body racked by insupportable tortures, was hurled into the black abyss of infinity....
* * * * *
This was not death nor was it a dream from which he would awaken. After that moment of mental agony and ghastly physical pain, after a dizzying rush through inky nothingness, Bert knew suddenly that he was very much alive. If he had lost consciousness at all, it had been for no great length of time. And yet there was this sense of strangeness in his surroundings, a feeling that he had been transported over some nameless gulf of space. He had dropped to his knees, but with the swift return of normal faculties he jumped to his feet.
A tall stranger confronted him, a half-nude giant with bronzed skin and of solemn visage. The stalwart build of him and the smooth contours of cheek and jaw proclaimed him a man not yet past middle age, but his uncropped hair was whit
This is a variation of the monsters-from-another-dimension story, with the spidermen of Bardek kidnapping a scientist and his sister (the betrothed of the story's hero.) What is slightly different is the Wanderer. He is doomed to travel interdimensional space to atone for the death of his family and loss of his world. He's a bit wooden, but he helps the hero.
Characters are a bit sketchy, and I would have liked more description, especially of the spidermen.
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