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The Face in the Abyss

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  149 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Ned Dameron [illustrator]. A. Merritt. SIGNED BY DAMERON/LIMITED. The Face In the Abyss. West Kingston: Donald M. Grant, [1991]. Limited to 375 numbered copies. Quarto. 286 pages. Publisher's binding, dust jacket, and slipcase.

The Face in the Abyss is a classic from a "golden age" of science fiction. A brilliant tale filled with weird imagination, marvelous writing, horro
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Published December 28th 1991 by West Kingston: Donald M. Grant (first published 1923)
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Henry Avila
Sep 08, 2015 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three greedy men, desperate 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, Ecuador, and a big share of the uncountable, presumed, profits. A mining engineer, 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 ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Completely over the top pulp adventure with dinosaurs and ray guns, force fields and genetic engineering, a Dark Lord and a Snake Goddess. This is great stuff, i'm not a big fan of pulps but this has a more descriptive style than most. Its sort of like half-way between Burroughs and H.P.Lovecraft.
In structure its a bit like the 'Chronicles of Riddick' in that it started out as a short story and years later the author expanded it into other crazyness. Unlike 'Pitch Black' however its the crazy o
Sep 03, 2013 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Aug 28, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first few chapters can be kind of a slog, but stick with it, it's worth it.
Jan 17, 2014 Shokarokagoogie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cross between Indiana Jones and The Lost World maybe? Track this down.
Solid and classic

A solid sci-fi/adventure tale from a time when lost worlds, good and evil faced off, and the hero tested on many fronts was the sought after story to experience. I enjoyed this for the rich prose and learned a lot from the choices of words employed throughout it.
Nov 16, 2011 Katey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Keith Davis
Nov 26, 2009 Keith Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
James Williams
early adventure books for me, I really enjoyed discovering A Merritt
Feb 23, 2008 George rated it really liked it
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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