Against the savage color of a monstrous myth-world come true, A. Merritt, master of science-fiction adventure, spins a hair-raising tale of
LEIF LANGDON, suddenly ripped from the 20th century and plunged into another world, the miraculous world of the Mirage! To the Golden People he was a leader. Only he could save the lovely Evalie, whose ethereal beauty spun a web of enchantment around all she touched.
DWAYANU, am angry warrior, asleep for centuries, now awakened to deliver his people to the terrible octopus-god Khalk’ru. With the savagely beautiful witch-woman, Lur, he battled to recapture the glory that had been his – and nothing in this world could stop him.
A brave man – a bloody messiah! As different as god and man can be, yet they lived within the same person!
When Leif Langdon passed beyond the mists of the Mirage, where the real and the impossible were one, this new being arose from the depths of his soul, determined to dominate him, dedicated to smashing all that Langdon lived for!
Originally serialized in Argosy in 1932.
In my early days of collecting, I purchased anything and everything that would sell on eBay and would would pick books for my own collection based on the leftovers…those that didn’t sell after one posting. At that time, I didn’t know that many “modern” paperbacks sold as well as those from the “golden age” of paperbacks so I concentrated on buying the more traditionally desired books. In my ramblings I encountered quite a few of Merritt’s early Avon editions and promptly sold them without reading or finding out enough about the stories to realize I should be looking for more easily accessible recent editions. Eventually, I began learning about and buying hardcovers and happened across a few hardback anthologies containing Merritt’s work. I didn’t mind delving into the hardcovers as much as I did the paperbacks and soon found out what I’d been missing.
Title: Dwellers In The Mirage
Author: Abraham Merritt
Imprint & Number: Avon 14340
Cover price: 75¢
Publication date: 1973
Cover artist: Doug Rosa