An Indescribable Horror Is Almost Upon You earthlings. Your Reason And Caution Will Die With Your Bodies. Karkong Exists!
Less than a minute later atomic torpedoman Jeb Curtis saw Karkong. The hideous planet-eater towered over thirty feet in height, clawing at the lightning bolts around him. The monster’s form was that of a human giant burned black by its own heat. The tendons of its powerful muscles ran like tree roots across its body, so that it looked like a huge, human-shaped pile of smoldering pitch. It writhed in a frenzy of uncontrolled fury. Karkong was starving. And this time it wanted to devour Earth itself!!
First thus. Originally published as Mach 1: A Story of Planet Ionus.
Title: Terror On Planet Ionus
Author: Allen Adler
Imprint & Number: Paperback Library 52-941
Cover price: 50¢
Publication date: 1966
Cover artist: uncredited
Adler was one of the writers of the story on which the screenplay of Forbidden Planet was based but received no credit because of the Hollywood blacklist. Since he was partly responsible for such a classic, I can forgive the use of such a hokey name as “Karkong.” Karkong? Really?? C’mon, man.
- Behind the Scenes of Forbidden Planet (miskatonicbooks.wordpress.com)