Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Avon Paperbacks of A. Merritt: Going from This Land Here to That

One of the most prolific and well-known of the original pulp masters, A. Merritt had his fiction published for decades by Avon. These are the 1970s reprints, featuring some pretty stellar paperback cover art! As his Wikipedia entry states, "Merritt's stories typically revolve around conventional pulp magazine themes: lost civilizations, hideous monsters, etc." Oh, etc.: love it! Also: "His heroes are gallant Irishmen or Scandinavians, his villains treacherous Germans or Russians, and his heroines often virginal, mysterious and scantily clad." Oh, scantily clad: love it! Honestly I don't think I've read anything by him, but these would look pretty great on my shelves...

4 comments:

Tim Whitcher said...

As a big fan of Lovecraft, I must thank you for posting on A. Merritt, whose prose seems to be in the same vein.

I found it rather amusing that I could envision his book titles as the titles of heavy metal songs, as well!

LK Ultra said...

I recommend his novel 'Burn, Witch, Burn'. 30s style mobsters vs. a Witch. Need I say more?

Adam said...

This is the copy of The Moon Pool I have. Have had it for over ten years but never gotten around to reading it.

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