A traditional visual Cliché of sf: grotesque Alien beings, usually menacing, as regularly pictured on the covers of SF Magazines of the 1930s and 1940s: Howard V Brown's early covers for Thrilling Wonder Stories are regarded as archetypal. Often known by their acronym, BEMS. Relevant theme anthologies include Bug-Eyed Monsters (anth 1972) edited by Anthony Cheetham, Asimov's Choice: Black Holes & Bug-Eyed Monsters (anth 1977) edited by George H Scithers and Bug-Eyed Monsters (anth 1980) edited by Barry N Malzberg and Bill Pronzini. [PN/DRL]
see also: Monsters.
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