Legendary August 1940 National Geographic
Magazine Lends Nugget of Truth to Arcane
Historical Fiction

The blending of fact and fiction in Bill
Ectric's novel,
Tamper
"Many subterranean passageways, including ancient
catacombs, now are a part of the island's fortifications and
defense system. Supplies are kept in many tunnels; others
are bomb shelters. Beneath Valletta some of the
underground areas served as homes for the poor. Prehistoric
men built temples and chambers in these vaults. In a pit
beside one sacrificial altar lie thousands of human skeletons.
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"Years ago one could walk
underground from one end of Malta
to the other. The Government closed
the entrances to these tunnels after
school children and their teachers
became lost in the labyrinth while on
a study tour and never returned."

- from the article
Wanderers Awheel
in Malta: British Stronghold Has
Been a Steppingstone of Conquest
Since Phoenicians Cruised the
Mediterranean and St. Paul Was
Shipwrecked There

by Richard Walter

National Geographic Magazine,
Volume 78, Number 2, pages 253-72,
August 1940