Stories from Marvel Science Stories May 1951
The following passage from William Tenn’s “Hallock’s Madness” sparked my interest in his story right from the start:
“Wells W. Hallock in a straitjacket! Huge, fearless Hallock who had shot his way out of the under- ground temple in northern India where the original, primitive Thugee was practiced, who penetrated to the vampire cult of Lengluana and took flashbulb photographs!”
Hallock’s madness is all in his head, and unable to get out, his only course of action is to enlist Ransom Morrow to go in after him. Not a simple task from a straitjacket. But the man is persuasive and has forbidden fruit in his favor. The same sweet gift of the palm that started his troubles.
With imaginative characters, setting, and plot Tenn delivers a memorable story, told in beautiful prose, with his distinctive dry wit. The story was reprinted in Here Comes Civilization: The Complete SF of William Tenn, Volume 2 (NESFA Press 2001).