Beyond the Golden Stair

Beyond the Golden Stair

Infobox Book |
name = Beyond the Golden Stair
title_orig = The Blue Flamingo
translator =

image_caption = Cover of first edition
author = Hannes Bok
illustrator =
cover_artist = Gervasio Gallardo
country = United States
language = English
series = Ballantine Adult Fantasy series
genre = Fantasy novel
publisher = Ballantine Books
release_date = 1970
english_release_date =
media_type = Print (Paperback)
pages = xi, 209 p.
isbn = 0-345-02093-6
preceded_by =
followed_by =

"Beyond the Golden Stair" is a fantasy novel by Hannes Bok. It was first published in a shorter form in the January, 1948 issue of the magazine "Startling Stories"; later the story was extensively revised and expanded by the author, in which version it was first published in book form, postumously, in paperback by Ballantine Books as the twenty-third volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in November, 1970. The Ballantine edition includes an introduction by Lin Carter.

Plot summary

Hibbert, an imprisoned innocent, is caught up in the jailbreak of his cellmate Scarlatti, engineered with the assistance of another man, Burks. Forcing Hibbert to accompany them, Scarlatti and Burks make for the Florida Everglades, picking up Scarlatti's girlfriend Carlotta on the way.

In the Everglades the four encounter a miraculous golden stairway extending into the sky. Ascending, they find a pool defended by a blue flamingo, which is killed by Burks. Another stairway leads them to the land of Khoire, a strange and mysterious paradise. There a man named Patur exposes the true nature of each by means of a crystal mask. He warns them that they will be transformed in accordance with those natures within a day, and must leave Khoire.

Scarlatti and Carlotta's alteration is horrible, and they are consumed by a huge beast; Burks agrees to become a blue flamingo, taking the place of the guardian of the pool, in the hope of some day being readmitted to Khoire. Hibbert is little changed. Returning to the mundane world, he undertakes to find certain persons who can help him gain his own readmittance to Khoire, having fallen in love with one of its denizens, Mareth of the Watchers.

External links

* " [ Beyond the Golden Stair] " - a book review by Paul Lappen

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