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The Black Wheel ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ The Black Wheel Author A. Merritt – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk On an innocent Caribbean cruise, a clipper ship is struck by a hurricane After three days of drifting with a dead radio transmitter, the survivors spot an island and anchor in a lush lagoon They soon On an innocent Caribbean cruise, a clipper ship is struck by a hurricane After three days of drifting with a dead radio transmitter, the survivors spot an island and anchor in a lush lagoon They soon discover a pirate ship half The Black ePUB Ò buried in the sand and begin an ill advised attempt to unlock its secrets That s when the nightmare begins The first seven chapters were penned by Merritt, the most popular genre writer of his era, and the remaining twenty chapters completed by Bok following Merritt s death.

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  • Paperback
  • 296 pages
  • The Black Wheel
  • A. Merritt
  • English
  • 14 August 2019
  • 038055822X

About the Author: A. Merritt

Abraham Grace Merritt, wrote under the name of A Merritt, born in New Jersey moved as a child to Philadelphia, Pa in , began studying law and than switched to journalism Later a very popular writer starting in of the The Black ePUB Ò teens, twenties and thirties, horror and fantasy genres King of the purple prose, most famous The Moon Pool, a south seas lost island civilization, hidden underground and The Ship of Ishtar, an Arabian Nights type fable, and six other novels and short stories collections he had written at first, just for fun Nobody could do that variety better, sold millions of books in his career The bright man, became editor of the most successful magazine during the Depression, The American Weekly , with a fabulous , in salary A great traveler, in search of unusual items he collected His private library of , volumes had many of the occult macabre kind Yet this talented author is now largely been forgotten.



10 thoughts on “The Black Wheel

  1. Sandy Sandy says:

    When Abraham Merritt died of a heart attack on August 21, 1943, at the age of 59, the world lost one of the greatest writers of adventure fantasy of all time He left behind a number of novels in various stages of completion, including the first quarter of The Black Wheel Hannes Bok, an artist and illustrator who did almost 150 covers for assorted pulp magazines, starting with the December 1939 issue of Weird Tales, took on the formidable task of completing Merritt s story Bok was the firs When Abraham Merritt died of a heart attack on August 21, 1943, at the age of 59, the world lost one of the greatest writers of adventure fantasy of all time He left behind a number of novels in various stages of completion, including the first quarter of The Black Wheel Hannes Bok, an artist and illustrator who did almost 150 covers for assorted pulp magazines, starting with the December 1939 issue of Weird Tales, took on the formidable task of completing Merritt s story Bok was the first artist, by the way, to win a Hugo award, and went on to pen several other novels of his own I must say that he does a rather good job at pastiching Merritt s style were it not for the copyright lines at the front of the book, one would never know that Merritt s writing concludes at the end of Chapter 7, and that Bok then added Chapters 8 27 He admirably copies the densely written, hyperadjectival purple prose of Merritt s early period Unfortunately, what he fails to do is get Merritt s feel for pace and suspense Much of this novel is overwritten, wordy and slow moving The story is a fascinating one, but somehow Bok, despite all his 2 words and flair for language, doesn t give the tale a sense of immediacy and creeping dread Still, the reader s interest IS engaged, for the most part, and the book s final 50 pages or so are quite thrilling.The story concerns a young doctor, Ross Feni, who tells us of his adventures after he signs on for a trip on the Susan Ann This sailing ship is owned by a millionaire lawyer who has gathered an oddball assortment of friends and crew for a Caribbean pleasure trip A hurricane maroons the lot on a deserted isle, where the wreck of a 200 year old ship is discovered The ship contains the mummified remains of a white man and half a dozen Africans, and before long, their spirits are seemingly inhabiting the various members of the Susan Ann I say seemingly only because, despite the reader s certainty that the strange occurrences have a supernatural origin, Feni insists on rationalizing everything away materialistically These unwanted explanations eventually become tiresome for this reader, anyway like Dr Lowell in Merritt s Burn, Witch, Burn and Alan Caranac in Creep, Shadow, Creep, Feni refuses to accept anything that hints of the otherworldly, even when the evidence is overwhelming The entire middle section of the book is taken up with the various characters telling of their dreams and visions, and Feni explaining them away There are some other problems that the reader will face, also The eye color of one of the characters keeps changing from violet to blue and then back to violet A Scottish woman on board speaks the pure Scot to the extent that a reader will need a good, UNabridged dictionary to follow her Worse still is the inclusion of a Stepin Fetchit like character, with all the embarrassing black stereotypes that one can imagine I might also add that the McTeague character in the book, an Irishman with the gift of second sight, is a wee bit too much like the fey Irishman Larry O Keefe in Merritt s first novel, The Moon Pool, but that may be carping Fortunately for The Black Wheel, things really DO pick up during those final 50 pages, which include another monster storm, a lost race of albino cannibals, and the deaths of most of the book s characters that last is NOT a spoiler it s mentioned on page 1 But I still feel that this book, the longest of any Merritt novel, could have been edited down by at least 50 pages There is one seemingly endless section, for example, in which Bok needlessly gives us what seems to be every bit of historical and cultural lore regarding the mystical uses of wheels and circles, from the Egyptians to the Druids to the Buddhists, all of which, despite its interest, will probably make most readers want to scream get on with it Still, The Black Wheel IS an interesting read, and certainly a must for all Merritt completists

  2. Jerry Jerry says:

    Beauty is the messenger of the gods It snares the senses in awe and wonder while importing its wisdom to the captive heart.I tend to avoid this genre of book books finished by someone other than the author after the author dies In this case, the book was finished by Hannes Bok, who had done illustrations for some of the era s greatest books, magazines, and fanzines, from Weird Tales to Futuria to Arkham House dust jackets He claimed to have had his love for fantasy science fiction kindled by Beauty is the messenger of the gods It snares the senses in awe and wonder while importing its wisdom to the captive heart.I tend to avoid this genre of book books finished by someone other than the author after the author dies In this case, the book was finished by Hannes Bok, who had done illustrations for some of the era s greatest books, magazines, and fanzines, from Weird Tales to Futuria to Arkham House dust jackets He claimed to have had his love for fantasy science fiction kindled by Merritt s The Moon Pool.The Black Wheel distills much of what made Merritt a great writer, especially his treatment of the interactions between individuals in strange and incomprehensible environments What makes this book extra special in that regard is that the incomprehensible environment is entirely unbelievable, in its literal sense as something which can be not believed Horror is filled with stories wherein the protagonists disbelieve the supernatural long past being provided with incontrovertible proof that the supernatural exists These are moderns, or at least moderns for the thirties or very early forties when Merritt s work on this book likely completed There are psychological explanations for everything, right through to the end of the book.The editing in the final third of the book is atrocious, with duplicated phrases, sentences which while understandable have ends that do not match the start, and phrases that are completely incomprehensible.An example of duplicated text and in Gaelic the equivalent in Gaelic the equivalent to right and wrong And a sentence half edited I could see what the promise of treasure had gone to Her Ladyship s mercenary head.The phrase tying the linx bird may be some long lost idiom, orlikely the misspelling of some long lost idiom.The worst errors are from several pages of apparently irrelevant exposition on the symbology of the wheel that could probably have been condensed to a few paragraphs

  3. Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon says:

    A somewhat promising start, though heavy on the had I but known and thuddingly foreboding, slumps rapidly the only rapid event in the story into pages of irrelevant info dumps and pointless bickering between unpleasant characters.Our narrator not the hero, not even a protagonist, just a narrator is a smug and high handed doctor in need of a rest cure, who signs on as ship s doctor for a voyage so doomed it makes Gilligan s Island look unpredictable.Actually, Gilligan s Island with Foreboding A somewhat promising start, though heavy on the had I but known and thuddingly foreboding, slumps rapidly the only rapid event in the story into pages of irrelevant info dumps and pointless bickering between unpleasant characters.Our narrator not the hero, not even a protagonist, just a narrator is a smug and high handed doctor in need of a rest cure, who signs on as ship s doctor for a voyage so doomed it makes Gilligan s Island look unpredictable.Actually, Gilligan s Island with Foreboding Organ Music would be pretty close to The Black Wheel You have a Balding Captain possessed by his cursed ancestor , a Smug Doctor our narrator , an Ingenue the Captain s daughter , a Flighty Society Lady possessed by a murdered African priestess , a Comic Irishman possessed by a long dead Serious Irishman , and so on.Somewhere in here, particularly in the backstory of the ghosts and their unfinished mission, could be a good story, and the black wheel, a ship s wheel carved with the hands of those who held it, is a compelling image Unfortunately, both Merritt and his post mortem collaborator preferred to waste pages on the spite and arguments of the Three Hour Tour characters including FOUR PAGES of monologue on the symbolism of wheels and circles instead.I could call racism on that, given that the boring characters are white Europeans, and the ghosts are black Africans, butlikely it was just bad writing.I d suggest reading William Hope Hodgson s books instead

  4. Fantasy Literature Fantasy Literature says:

    3 stars from Sandy 3 stars from Sandy

  5. Timothy Boyd Timothy Boyd says:

    Very good pulp horror story by this forgotten writer Recommended

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