The Fox Woman & Other Stories-A.Merritt

Seven stories and two fragments of novels from 1917,18,19,26,34,46,48,49. The two fragments are notes found after Merritt’s death and run a couple pages. They were planned novels that he never finished.

Favorites: “The Fox Woman” (1946 novelette) – A real good fantasy story of a woman in rural China set upon by bandits. She’s saved by a fox that turns into a woman. She’s taken to see a priest much admired by her late husband. She’s pregnant and dies in childbirth. Her no good brother-in-law is angry that the child will now inherit the estate. He has plans to change that.

“The People Of the Pit” (1917) – One of those that belonged in Weird Tales or any similar publication. A dying explorer recounts his adventures in a lost city populated by bizarre slug like creatures. This is good old fashioned bizarre fun.

“The Last Poet And The Robots” (1934) – This may be Merritt’s only SF story. It’s the 30th century and a group of scientists live underground. They have little interest in what goes on on the surface. They finally decide to help out when the robots revolt.

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About vintage45

I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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