Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Jenks, Almet

(1892-1966) US writer whose short work often appeared in The Saturday Evening Post. A hint of Slick Fantasy thus unsurprisingly adheres to The Huntsman at the Gate (1952), a Posthumous Fantasy in which a professional huntsman is killed (as he only subsequently discovers) jumping a mysterious gate; but the central scene bites rather deeper than is normal for slick fantasy. Set in a country house, the tale takes the form of a Beast-Fable, for the huntsman's enigmatic hosts are in fact, though in the guise of humans (> Shapeshifters), foxes he has been responsible for killing. In the end, they forgive him. [JC]

Almet Jenks


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