Check Out My New Edgar Rice Burroughs Article

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Hello there, 2019! I had hoped to get something posted a bit earlier, possibly filled with definitive statements about the year to come (i.e. making stuff up), but it’s already been an extraordinarily busy year for me so far. Perilous Worlds is starting to ramp up, and soon you can expect around an article a week from me on the site.

My newest article for Perilous Worlds is up now, the first one they’ve posted since the site opened in October: it’s a short examination of the history of the pulps using Edgar Rice Burroughs as a focus. ERB was one of the reasons the pulp medium grew the way it did. I’m pleased with how the article came out, since it is no simple task to compress the history of the pulps into under a thousand words. Perilous Worlds is teaching me important lessons on concision! Two more articles are finished and waiting in the wings, and I’m finishing up a new one this weekend, a little visit to The Worm Ouroboros. I also recently delivered an article on The Hour of the Dragon to Black Gate as part of a round-robin project on all of the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard. That won’t end up posted for a few months, however.

 

Forgotten Fantasy: The Face in the Abyss by A. Merritt

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Face in the Abyss wrap-around cover by Rodney Matthews

Edgar Rice Burroughs opened up the world of the pulps in the ‘teens, and the field of fantasy and science fiction (the latter of which didn’t even have that name yet) attracted new voices. One of the most successful to follow Burroughs was A. (Abraham) Merritt, a magazine editor and part-time speculative fiction author. Merritt specialized in the Los Civilization tale. He lavished an imaginative perspective onto this sub-genre unlike anything seen previously. In novels like The Moon Pool (1919), The Metal Monster (1920), and Dwellers in the Mirage (1932) he created science-fantasy vistas as astonishing as they were verbose. And of “coruscating” and “scintillating,” two words Merritt passionately loved.

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