The metal monster, 2002, cover

Material Information

The metal monster, 2002, cover
Series Title:
The metal monster
Finlay, Virgil ( Artist )
Silbert, Barbara Briggs ( Designer )
Merritt, Abraham ( Author, Primary )
Place of Publication:
New York
Hippocampus Press
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Science fiction
Science fiction


General Note:
The Metal Monster by A. Merritt, cover art by Virgil Finlay and Barbara Briggs Silbert

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Source Institution:
Auraria Library
Holding Location:
Auraria Library
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Full Text
A. Merritt
With an introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz

In the wilds of the Trans-Himalayan region, a quartet of adventurers led
by Dr. Walter T. Goodwin stumbles upon a tribe of human primitives
forgotten since the age of Alexander the Great, and an awesome being
of living metal commanded by the exiled Norhala. As Norhalas
guests, Goodwin and his team witness the mind-boggling marvels
that are the Metal Monsters way of life and the unspeakable horrors
it commits when Norhala takes it to war against her persecutors.
A. Merritts second published novel, The Metal Monster, was first
serialized in a pulp fiction magazine in 1920. Its exotic setting
and extravagant scientific speculations make it a landmark of lost-race fantasy
fiction. Dissatisfied with its writing, Merritt kept his story from book
publication until 1946, revising and reshaping it for more than twenty years.
This edition reprints for the first time the tale as it was originally
published, restoring close to 10,000 words of text Merritt cut from the original.
A. Merritt (1884-1943) began working as a journalist in 1902, and by
1912 was employed at William Randolph Hearsts American Weekly, where
he would work for another thirty years and eventually serve as editor.
A natural-born storyteller, Merritt published his first short fiction,
Through the Dragon Glass, in 1917. With the book publication of his first novel,
The Moon Pool, in 1919, he was hailed a major new voice in fantasy fiction
and his work compared to that of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider
Haggard. His eight novels, which include The Ship of Ishtar, The Face in the
Abyss, The Dwellers in the Mirage, and Burn, Witch, Burn, are acknowledged
as influential landmarks of fantasy fiction in the twentieth century.
Stefan Dziemianowicz is a leading authority in fantasy, horror, and science
fiction. He is the editor of numerous anthologies and the author of a critical
guide to the magazine Unknown/Unknown Worlds.