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The Metal Monster

by Abraham Merritt

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H. P. Lovecraft, letter to James F. Morton, 6 March 1934 [Selected Letters IV, p. 390]
Actually, [The Metal Monster] contains the most remarkable presentation of the utterly alien and non-human that I have ever seen.

Lost Civilizations Uncovered, June 2002 (Reviewed by Jason Colavito)
The Hippocampus version reprints the original 1920 serial edition, the one Lovecraft read. Read it...

Sci-Fi Dimensions, August 2002 (Reviewed by John C. Snider)
The Hippocampus edition presents it in as complete a form as possible... a highly imaginative, pioneering science romance...

MeViews by Lisa DuMond
It’s vintage stuff, for die-hard enthusiasts... you’ll applaud Hippocampus... Add it to your shelf of Golden Age classics.

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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 Norhala’s guests, Goodwin and his team witness the mind-boggling marvels that are the Metal Monster’s way of life, and the unspeakable horrors it commits when Norhala takes it to war against her persecutors.

A. Merritt’s 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 he first time the tale as it was originally published, restoring close to 10,000 words of text Merritt cut from the original. This definitive edition features cover artwork and a frontispiece by famed fantasy artist Virgil Finlay.

Excerpted from The Metal Monster by A. Merritt, Stefan Dziemianowicz. Copyright © 2002. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
In this great crucible of life we call the world - in the vaster one we call the universe - the mysteries lie close packed, uncountable as grains of sand on ocean's shores. They thread, gigantic, the star-flung spaces; they creep, atomic, beneath the microscope's peering eye. They walk beside us, unseen and unheard, calling out to us, asking why we are deaf to their crying, blind to their wonder.



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