“The Halfling,” Leigh Brackett, 1943 – A circus manager falls for an alien predator due to his unwillingness to “read” the clues of her body.
Comments: In Brackett’s hard-boiled style. The alien is a femme fatale, and the story is from the male’s point of view.
Author: Wikipedia: “Leigh Douglass Brackett (December 7, 1915 – March 18, 1978) was an American author, particularly of science fiction. She was also a screenwriter, known for her work on famous films such as The Big Sleep (1945), Rio Bravo (1959), The Long Goodbye (1973) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980).” Brackett was married to fellow science fiction writer, Edmond Hamilton.