Upon the Dull Earth

Second Variety and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
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First published in Beyond Fiction #9 1954

‘Upon the Dull Earth’ is a great horror / fantasy story about a young girl named Sylvia who has a unique ability to attract angels. She is thrilled by this, until the angels, drawn by blood from a cut on her finger, kill her and take her away. Her boyfriend Rick tries to bring her back from the spirit realm, but things don’t go as planned as everyone on Earth is slowly replaced by Sylvia, a scenario that reminded me of one that plays out in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.

Cast of characters

Sylvia – our protagonist who has the ability to communicate with angels
Rick – Sylvia’s boyfriend
Walter Everett – Sylvia’s father
Betty Lou and Jean – Sylvia’s sisters