Cover art by Andrew J. Rhodes. No typographer is credited.
From the inner flaps:
The title story relates how one tearful stray from a herd of alien livestock caused great consternation on earth, and how the apologetic herders made amends. There is a novelette about the bizarre abduction of Harp Ryder’s young wife – told by the only man who will ever know the truth; the ten-legged blue bugs that can give you a dream – or a nightmare; the startling case of the man found huddling naked in the elephant’s cage at the zoo; and the shadow-monkeys from – where? – with their annoying habit of following along, even when you’re out parking with your girl.
Then there’s Darius, a most unusual cat; the pickup truck bound for Olympus; the chicken bone – well, not creature exactly; the remarkable journal of Dr. David Bannerman, recently deceased; and the ‘wrens’ Grampa hatched from his bear the summer he was 106.
Mysterical, mysterious, blood-curdling, or tipped with irony, all these tales are finely-drawn explorations of men facing ‘the other’ – entertaining testimony to the reach of our soaring imagination and boundless ability to cope with the unexpected and, sometimes, to the little quirks that make us human.