The Moon Pool by Abraham Merritt
Abraham Merritt’s The Moon Pool was originally published as two stories in All-Story Weekly (“The Moon Pool” and “Conquest of the Moon Pool”) and combined into a novel in 1919. Its copyright has expired, so you can find it at Project Gutenberg or as a free Kindle e-book at Amazon.
The Moon Pool is supposedly a layperson’s account (transcribed by Abraham Merritt) of Dr. Walter T. Goodwin’s exploration of the ancient ruins of Nan Madol in the South Pacific. Dr. Goodwin, a famous botanist, had run into his friend David Throckmartin, a colleague who claimed that his ... Read More
Abraham Merritt was a journalist and the most popular genre writer of his time. Because they are in the public domain, you can find some of Abraham Merritt’s ebooks free at Project Gutenberg or at Amazon on the Kindle.
Dr Goodwin — (1919-1920) Publisher: On the island of Ponape, the light of a full moon washes over the ruins of an ancient civilization. Unleashed from the depths is the Dweller, a monstrous terror that stalks the South Pacific, claiming all in its path. An expedition led by Walter Goodwin races to save those who have fallen victim.
The Moon Pool by Abraham Merritt
The Metal Monster by Abraham Merritt
Abraham Merritt's second novel, The Metal Monster, first saw the light of day in 1920, in Argosy magazine. It was not until 1946 that this masterful fantasy creation was printed in book form. In a way, this work is a continuation of Merritt's first novel, The Moon Pool (1919), as it is a narrative of America's foremost botanist, Dr. Walter T. Goodwin, narrator of that earlier adventure as well. As Goodwin tells us, he initially set out on this second great adventure to forget the terrible incidents of the first; if anything, however, the events depicted in The Metal Monster are at least as mind-blowing as those in the earlier tale. While Goodwin had encountered underground civilizations, frogmen, battling priestesses and a living-light entity in the earlier tale, this time around he discovers, in the Trans-Himalayan wastes... Read More
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
I haven’t actually read every page of The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, yet I’m giving it my highest recommendation. Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Master and Mistress of Weird, The Weird is 1126 pages long and should really be considered a textbook of weird fiction. It contains 110 carefully chosen stories spanning more than 100 years of weird fiction. Here’s what you can expect to find in this massive volume:
A “Forweird” by Michael Moorcock gives us a brief history of the weird tale, discusses how it has defied publishers’ attempts to categorize it into neatly-bordered genres, and gives examples of writers who are revered by modern readers but whose weird fiction caused them to be... Read More
The Ship of Ishtar — (1924) Publisher: The goddess of love and beauty was adrift on an enchanted ocean in a magic world. The myriad forces of satanic evil plagued the vessel of the red-haired, passionate goddess. Only one man, John Kenton, the American adventurer, could save Ishtar’s priestess from the black magic which divides her world from ours.
Seven Footprints to Satan — (1928) Publisher: The most beautiful and powerful people in the world had bargained with the Devil. They play Russian Roulette with seven footprints to world domination — and lost. They had become subject to the Collector of Infernal Revenue — Satan. The Master Player of games would glut his lust with souls and gain world power through diabolical manipulations. But into his collection comes James Kirkham, an American explorer determined to prove that the steps are stacked.
The Face in the Abyss — (1931) Publisher: The tale is brilliant! It is full of weird imagination, marvelous writing, horror, beauty, and it may well be called the most “visual” book ever written for the world of fantasy. It is a grand book with a grand cast of characters. Visualize, if you are able, a monstrous head that cries tears of gold, locked deep in a cavern out of time forgotten. Consider also the incredible, Snake Mother, who is both human and reptilian, and her battle with the thing called the Lord of Evil.
Dwellers in the Mirage — (1932) Publisher: Two men in one body! That’s how Lief Langdon had always felt. One part of him was a modern day adventurer, the other was a strange half-memory of another life where he was a High Priest sacrificing living people to Khalk’ru, a demon god from another time and space. Then Langdon stumbled through the mirage into a hidden Arctic valley, where he fell under the spell of Evalie, as beautiful outwardly as she was inwardly, and her friends the Little People, elfin warriors constantly warring with Lur, the Witch-Woman, and her demon riders, who raided the Little People’s land for sacrifices to their dark god, the Kraken. Horrified at the thought of their becoming sacrifices, Langdon took up the Little People’s cause and wooed Evalie. But when he learned the Kraken was also known as Khalk’ru, memories of his past life — as Lur’s lover and High Priest of her sect came rushing back. Soon Langdon was fighting against his other self, a far stronger self that submerges him entirely and eagerly joins Lur, to rain kisses on her lips and weld the bloody knife of sacrifice on his own best friends! An thrilling, uncanny work of magic, myth and mystery that inspired H. P. Lovecraft’s work and has sold over one million copies in hard and soft cover.
The People of the Pit — (1948) Publisher: ”yearly—exceptional sums for the period. His financial success allowed him to pursue world travel—he invested in real estate in Jamaica and Ecuador—and exotic hobbies, like cultivating orchids and plants linked to witchcraft, magic (monkshood, wolfbane, blue datura, peyote, and cannabis).
The Fox Woman and Other Stories — (1949) Publisher: Fox Woman contains: The People of the Pit; Through the Dragon Glass; The Drone; The Last Poet and the Robots; Three Lines of Old French; The White Road; When Old Gods Wake; The Women of the Wood; and The Moon Pool.
The Women of the Wood and Other Stories — (2011) Publisher: A Quartet of Fantasy Classics! The Women of the Wood & Other Stories contains the complete text of four of A. (for Abraham) Merritt’s greatest tales. Included are a short novel so long it has only been reprinted uncut twice since it first appeared in 1918, two novelettes, a long short story and an insightful introductory essay on the fascinating life and works of A. Merritt. Find out why the Saturday Review of Literature lauded him as, “The greatest of American horror writers;” Isaac Asimov as, “The most famous of all fantasy writers;” and The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy as, “The supreme fantasy genius … his works are classics.”