The Face in the Abyss
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The Face in the Abyss

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  127 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The tale is brilliant! It is full of weird imagination, marvelous writing, horror, beauty, and it may well be called the most "visual" book ever written for the world of fantasy. It is a grand book with a grand cast of characters. Visualize, if you are able, a monstrous head that cries tears of gold, locked deep in a cavern out of time forgotten. Consider also the incredib...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Avon Books (first published 1923)
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Henry Avila
Three greedy men.Foreigners, in South America. Have a map.That promises them, fabulous riches( the usual lost Inca gold).But no money, to finance an expedition. Starrett,their leader.Asks Nicholas Graydon,who has the dough.For aid,in Quito.And a big share of the uncountable profits.A mining engineer.And a graduate, of some obscure school.Called Harvard(never heard of it either).So Graydon,ten years after leaving the university.Needs to make something of his life.Even taking a chance. With such u...more
Abraham Merritt's "The Face in the Abyss" first appeared as a short story in a 1923 issue of "Argosy" magazine. It would be another seven years before its sequel, "The Snake Mother," appeared in "Argosy," and yet another year before the book-length version combined these two tales, in 1931. It is easy to detect the book's provenance as two shorter stories, as the first third of the novel is pretty straightforward treasure-hunting fare, while the remainder of the book takes a sharp turn into lost...more
These days I don't let myself pick up random books by authors I have heard talked about. I make sure that I know which books to look for first. But this has been on my shelf for a while, back from the time when I wasn't quite so meticulous and did pick up random books. And getting to the end of this reminded me why I revised by book acquisition strategy!

A lost world adventure story that mingles elements of science fiction with fantasy as the protagonist Graydon discovers a hidden valley in the A...more
I think I'm spoiled by more contemporary Sci-fi, because I felt like this dragged on a bit. I think it would also be better to read when I was less sleep deprived, and could really focus on visualizing the things he was describing instead of having to re-read the same paragraphs over and over in order to make them sink in.
A cross between Indiana Jones and The Lost World maybe? Track this down.
Keith Davis
Merritt wrote fun "lost world" type adventures of sort that H. Rider Haggard once wrote. You can easily imagine Indiana Jones staring in almost any of Merritt's novels. Merritt's books are largely forgotten now; there is not much long term memory in the world of adventure fiction.
The first few chapters can be kind of a slog, but stick with it, it's worth it.
James Williams
early adventure books for me, I really enjoyed discovering A Merritt
A. Merritt wrote classic fantasy novels
read this a long time ago
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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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