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Aubrey, Frank: King of the Dead: A Weird Romance. v1. 07 Feb 2022

One of a loosely-linked trio of books about a “lost civilization” in South America, featuring the mysterious giant Monella. These are: the prequel, A Queen of Atlantis (1898); The Devil-tree of El Dorado (1896); and King of the Dead (1903).

Don Lorenzo approaches Arnold Neville to lead an expedition into the South American interior. When Neville refuses, Lorenzo kidnaps Neville’s fiancée and her mother, challenging him to follow. Arnold and his friend, Gordon Leslie, take up the chase. They encounter a scientist and his daughter: Manzoni, as he is called, is the exiled king of the city where Lorenzo (called Lyostrah) now rules. All the while, weird events are occurring: Ogres from a huge fortress in the center of the land are killing and eating people in the night; Alloyah, the arch-priestess, is using her power to raise the dead. Will Manzoni prevail and be restored as the rightful heir to the throne?
(— publisher)

“A highly pleasing amalgam of lost world/lost race tropes, jungle adventure, fantasy, super-science, and horror, this page-turner practically busts a gut to guarantee a rousing good time...and succeeds marvelously, at that.”
(— Goodreads)

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Francis Henry “Frank” Atkins (6 Jul 1847 – 21 Oct 1927) was a British writer of “pulp fiction”, in particular, science fiction aimed at younger readers. He wrote under the pseudonyms Frank Aubrey, Fenton Ash, and Fred Ashley. In his chosen market, he was extremely successful and influential. Although contributing little to the sophistication of SF, he played an important role in its history.

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King of the Dead, by Frank Atkins/Aubrey (1847–1927), was first published in 1903. This ebook is in the public domain where copyright is “Life+90” or less, and in the USA.
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