The fantasies in this collection were written in the late 1950s & early '60s, for a number of "men's magazines" in the mode of Hugh Hefner's then-flourishing Playboy. In them Bixby depicts men and women's lives with irony, wit and humor. There are plenty of laughs in this collection, but each carries a wicked O'Henry type sting in its scathing observations of the typical sexual relationships of the time.
Most of his fantasy tales for this market were written because Jerome Bixby was in need of a quick cash payment to help support his growing family when he was temporarily between movie and television assignments. Each is a humorous and razor-edged satire on mid-century American sexual mores and morals. And though much has changed in the half-century since, Bixby's fantasies for these magazines still retain an embarrassing relevance to elements in heterosexual relationships today.
Fans of Jerome Bixby's film classics, like Fantastic Voyage and The Man from Earth, and his stories for the original Star Trek television series, "Mirror, Mirror", "Day of the Dove", "By Any Other Name," and "Who Mourns for Adonais?", will find much of the same penchant for biting commentary on human foibles and failures in these Devilish Tales.