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We’re gonna need a bigger flyswatter…

…and a much larger can of Lysol.

This week on the Fiction League, you the listeners have voted to hear a story of weird science by Carl Siodmak, “The Eggs from Lake Tanganyika,” originally published in the July 1926 Amazing Stories.

Carl Siodmak was a prolific novelist and short story author, but he was best known for his screenwriting. He’d been involved in film since the early days, helping to produce a critically acclaimed film in his native Germany just after World War I; his brother went on to become an influential noir director.

Siodmak, who came from a culturally Jewish family, saw the writing on the wall and got out of Germany before the Nazi regime really began to show its true colors. He settled briefly in England before moving on to the United States, where he rapidly found success as a screenwriter.

You may not have read his work, but you’ve almost certainly seen some or been influenced by it – Siodmak wrote The Wolf Man and Donovan’s Brain, which have had a number of successful movie adaptations starring legends like Lon Cheney Jr.

His written work was just as cinematic, as we see in “The Eggs from Lake Tanganyika,” which even got the star treatment with a movie-poster-worthy illustration in Amazing Stories – sadly, the illustration is unsigned so we can’t credit the artist.

Using Siodmak’s signature blend of real and pseudo-science, the tale takes us from Africa to Berlin, where an entomologist gets a bit carried away with his studies…or by them… If you liked this episode, subscribe on iTunes or Castbox! And consider leaving a review – your reviews help us move up in the ranks, bringing pulp wonders to more listeners! What should the next episode feature? You, the listeners, decide! Visit www.thefictionleague.com to cast your vote, then join us in two weeks for the next thrilling, chilling episode of vintage pulp fiction, narrated for your listening pleasure! Until then, dear listeners – turn the page, turn the corner, and adventure on!

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