Note from Doc Talos author and contest judge R. Paul Sardanas: There was always something special about Doc’s small humanitarian gestures. The globe-spanning adventures were breathtaking, but he would also never fail to take the time for simple acts of caring. The recipient in Don Murphy’s tale of a very different Maximus the World’s Fair Goblin is an unexpected one, but all the more touching for that.
Comment from author Don Murphy: With realism part of the literary tone in Doc Talos stories, I wondered what it would look like if I grounded the characters from the original World’s Fair Goblin in more of a hardscrabble Depression viewpoint. Max Booker is based on a gentleman I actually knew, who suffered, not from gigantism, but muscular dystrophy. He liked to pretend he was a tough guy, but his true toughness was in a stoic cheerfulness and quiet personal courage.
Additional Note: If you are interested in submitting fiction to the Summer 2021 contest (first prize is a Bantam Doc Savage paperback Czar of Fear first edition, signed by James Bama) you can read the contest guidelines HERE.