Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs

This new edition of The Land that Time Forgot from Fall River Press includes The People that Time Forgot and Out of Time’s Abyss. At $9.95 this beautiful paperback edition should become an instant collector’s item for fans of ERB, and that includes yours truly. All three stories were written in 1917 and published in Blue Book Magazine the following year as three monthly installments. The Land that Time Forgot tells the story of German and Allied survivors of a U-boat attack who land on the unknown island of Caspak. Told in the first person by Bowen Tyler, the book resembles Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, albeit with far more imaginative flourishes. Burroughs possessed an incredible imagination. Caspak is a terrifying isolated world where dinosaurs and weird beasts roam freely along with strange races of people. The People that Time Forgot tells the story of Thomas Billings and picks up where the first story ended. The final installments, Out of Time’s Abyss, is the tale of Bradley, one of the original survivors. Each book takes the exploration of Caspak a little further and Burroughs is at the height of his creative powers with descriptions of weird creatures, lost races and ancient civilizations. So why not visit Caspak and meet some Galus and Alus and Band-Lu and Wieroos. This is a place of dinosaurs and High Adventure where heroes struggle valiantly against impossible odds. Naturally, there’s romance, too, as Burroughs would have it no other way. Each of these splendid tales is a romantic adventure. This is classic material and highly recommended for lovers of golden age pulp.