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The aim of Laurie Paton and his colleagues was a goal which no other scientists had ever attained - the creation of a living entity by means of synthetic biological structure. But, working on their isolated island base, they unleashed a force for which they had never bargained, and against which they found themselves powerless. They created, not the entity they aimed at, but a window in Time, and, unexpectedly, a channel through which the Forces of Darkness assailed them.
Denis Talbot Hughes (1917 - 2008) was born in London and was the son of Victorian artist Talbot Hughes. He trained as an Air Observation Pilot in WW2 but a serious crash prematurely ended his flying career. His first book, Fury Drives By Night was published in 1948; over 80 more titles followed, published under numerous contractual pseudonyms. In addition to science fiction, he also published westerns and adventure novels. This prolific period ended when his main publisher collapsed in 1954.
From 1954, until his retirement in the 1980s, he wrote short stories for DC Thomson, specialising in WW2 adventures for boys' papers including Victor, Hotspur, Warlord and Wizard.