Books: Unholy Terror

THE UNSPEAKABLE SKIPTON (249 pp.)—Pamela Hansford Johnson—Harcourt, Brace ($3.95).

"I am fifty years old today, on this feast of St. Mark, the beloved evangelist with whose lion heart my own . . . beats like a drum; and if you think that I am going to starve for your benefit, so that you may pirate my work after my death, you are a sillier man even than your pug-dog's eyes and slopping lips would indicate ... I await your cheque."

This is not the tone in which an author normally begs his publisher for a handout. But Daniel Skipton is no normal author....

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