A Viking and an American
Indian walk into the Alaskan wilderness. If that sounds like a joke, you
haven’t read Dwellers in the Mirage, the thrilling sci-fi adventure story by A.
Merrit. Listen to my guests and I talk about this story that features a Cthulhu-esque
deity, a Conan-esque warrior king, and half-naked warrior women in a hidden
Merrit, A.: CREEP,
SHADOW, CREEP; MOON POOL; DWELLERS IN THE MIRAGE; et al
“The most immediate
influences upon AD&D were probably de Camp & Pratt, R. E. Howard, Fritz
Leiber, Jack Vance, H. P. Lovecraft, and A. Merrit” — Gary Gygax
born 1884, died 1943
Wikipedia names H. Rider
Haggard, Robert W. Chambers, Helena Blavatsky and Gertrude Barrows Bennett
(writing as Francis Stevens) as “heavy influences.”
He was a major influence
on Appendix N authors H. P. Lovecraft and Michael Moorcock. He was referenced
in the Lensman series by E. E. Smith.
Born in Beverly, New
Jersey. Primarily a journalist. Assistant editor of The American Weekly from
1912 to 1937 and then editor until his death in 1943.
Merrit’s first fantasy
story was “Through the Dragon Glass” (1917)
Dwellers in the Mirage was originally serialized in six parts in
the magazine Argosy beginning on January 23, 1932.
For the article
references in this show: http://skullsinthestars.com/2009/02/22/a-merritts-dwellers-in-the-mirage/
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