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Dwellers in the Mirage

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  184 ratings  ·  19 reviews

Two men in one body! That's how Lief Langdon had always felt. One part of him was a modern day adventurer, the other was a strange half-memory of another life where he was a High Priest sacrificing living people to Khalk'ru, a demon god from another time and space. Then Langdon stumbled through the mirage into a hidden A

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Published (first published 1932)
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Henry Avila
Leif Langdon,an American explorer and his blood brother Jim Eagles,(a Cherokee Indian) are in Alaska. Ostensibly hunting for gold.But really, for friendship.Both former college buddies, served together, in the first world war.And they want to renew that closeness.During the night in the middle of nowhere,while sleeping in their camp.Noises come from the dark beyond.The two quickly awake,with weird voices,in the air,women and men singing,chanting,continuous drum beats,an anvil being struck! These ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Another story I read back in the early 70s (okay since it was written back in the hay (hey)day of the pulps). In the last few years Merrit has taken a beating but this is an enjoyable read. It's it for fun and for what it is.

That was the original review ^. It was short and to the point, LOL.

The story is another where a modern man stumbles onto a strange hidden world or land (in this case a warm valley in Alaska) and becomes involved in a fantasy adventure. In this case he (Leif Lang
Dwellers in the Mirage is my second Merritt novel, and it won't be my last, because I'm getting hooked on this guy. Written in 1932, you will no doubt, as you read it, detect the times -- and the pulps that came with them. But Merritt writes considerably better than most pulp writers, then and now. What elevates Merritt is his descriptive writing. Purple, yeah, but with swashbuckling fantasy, that's what I want. Lost civilizations, beautiful (and barely clad) women, a tough hero, strange creatur ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
A fun pulp adventure novel with lost civilizations, ancient rituals, wicked priests and comely princesses, or in one case, a witch-woman. Fans of old-style pulp fantasy would appreciate it most.
After taking a brief respite--in the hardboiled yet outre crime thriller "Seven Footprints to Satan"--from the tales of adventurous fantasy at which he so excelled, Abraham Merritt returned in fine form with "Dwellers in the Mirage" (1932). In this terrific novel, Merritt revisits many of the themes and uses many of the ingredients that made his first novel, "The Moon Pool," such an impressive success. Like that early work, "Dwellers" features a lost civilization (of the type grandfathered by th ...more
Kate Gowers
Leif Langdon is ostensibly a mining engineer, but really a blonde, tall, polyglot entertainer of natives on an expedition in Mongolia. A tribe takes an odd interest in him, teaching him their language, which he learns in a mere three weeks and their rituals. Before long, he is in their camp summoning the Kraken - a Lovecraftian horror octopus god - and sacrificing a young pregnant woman in the process. He flees, but a few years later finds himself in Alaska with his Cherokee blood brother and th ...more
Read this book if … you revel in the pulpiest of pulpy fantasy stock. This book is loads of fun if you’re a reader who can turn off the baby skeptic inside all of us readers and let the white waters of Nanbu carry you out into Ayjirland. Read Dwellers in the Mirage for some mindless escapism–perfect for a summer read on a beach or while curled up under a blanket, in front of a fire, ignoring all your worldly responsibilities.

Don’t read this book if … you’re too pretentious to be seen carrying bo
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After taking a brief respite — in the hardboiled yet outre crime thriller Seven Footprints to Satan — from the tales of adventurous fantasy at which he so excelled, Abraham Merritt returned in fine form with Dwellers in the Mirage (1932). In this terrific novel, Merritt revisits many of the themes and uses many of the ingredients that made his first novel, The Moon Pool, such an impressive success. Like that early work, Dwellers features a lost civilization (of the type grandfathered by the grea ...more
Lee Belbin
Adventure romp in fantasy setting. Well written low thought fun read
Terry Kelly
Sep 25, 2008 Terry Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Terry by: I found it!
probably one of my favorite A.A Meritt books, if not one of my all time adventure sci fi books. This novel follows the adventures of Lief Ericsson, (a misfit in his family because of his Viking heritage size and strength.) as he travels to the magic lands hidden in the mirage and discovers his past life, and his destiny! wonderful characters, told in the believable style of one of the best of the Adventure Sci Fi writers.
Scott Harris
Norse legends, American Aboriginal lore and worlds lost in time are the fuel that drives this novel. It is an intringuing tale of adventure, woven together with supernatural events, science out of context and passion. Merritt is not atypical of science fiction writers in his emphasis of masculinity and femininity as he creates this valley of ancient worlds.
I'm still reading but I am a hard-core pulp fan and so far, this book fills all the requirements. Not PC? Uh, written in 1930's, please try and remember things were very different then. Also, a monster with tentacles? Yeah, one of Lovecraft's influences. The writing is awesome, lush and beautiful, even sometimes too much, but fun all the same.
Greg Curtis
Overblown, sword and sorcery fantasy, somewhat dated, and still a damned good read. Think Conan and pulp fiction books and then add an element of fun. It was written in the 1930's but it can still hold its head up high.
Good old-fashioned pulp from the 30s...American exploring northern Alaska discovers a "lost valley" hidden by a mirage, complete with warring tribes and a cult that worships a Cthullu-type critter...
A story of one mans voyage of discovery into his ancestral past and a place isolated from the present by a strange geographical phonomenon.
A good old classic, vivid, grim, atmospheric and imaginative. Recommended to everyone who loves portal fantasy.
Classic pulp fantasy/sci-fi. Ancient civilizations hidden in strange corners of the world.
James Williams
very interesting adventure with great imaginative storyline
Lynn Calvin
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Abraham Grace Merritt. Wrote under the name of A.Merritt, popular fantasy and horror writer of the teens, 20's and 30's. Family moved to Philadelphia, in 1894.He later studied law but switched to journalism. Becoming assistant editor and later editor of The American Weekly.The biggest magazine of the time.And had a fabulous salary of $100,000, during the Depression.Began writing short stories, in ...more
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