"The Love That Hath No Name"
The Phantom Double Shot: KGB Noir #3 (Moonstone)
Written by Earl Mac Rauch
Illustrated by Dennis Chacon
Cover by Dennis Calero
An intern leaves the Institute to
escape from the telepathic emanations from a baby alien held
A young woman named Brandy at the Banzai Institute West awakens from a dream about an unknown planet. She
contacts Buckaroo and tells him she has to leave; she can no
longer take the telepathic contact with the alien baby being
held and studied there.
As she packs, the alien communicates
telepathically with her, begging her to help it/them and not to
leave. But she does. Mrs. Johnson drops her off at the nearest
bus station. There, she is approached by a group of Russian
tourists asking directions, who turn out to be KGB agents who
The alien being held at the Institute
senses her trouble and, in its fury, grows to larger and larger
proportions, breaking free of its acidic containment vessel and
the Institute, heading out into the desert. It follows Brandy's
thought path to where the agents' vehicle has broken down with a
flat tire on the highway. The creature strikes and destroys the
vehicle while the agents are held at gunpoint by the quickly
arriving Buckaroo and the Cavaliers.
The creature hugs Brandy and tells the
humans to kill it now, for it can not live much longer outside of
its acidic tank and Perfect Tommy ends its life.
The title of the story is possibly a play on the phrase "the
love that dare not speak its name", originally derived from the
1894 poem, "Two Loves" by Lord Alfred Douglas and interpreted as
a euphemism for homosexuality. Here, the love is between an
alien and a human.