Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Born in New Jersey, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1894. Originally trained in law, he turned to journalism, first as a correspondent, and later as editor. He was assistant editor of The American Weekly from 1912 to 1937, then editor until his death by heart attack in 1943. His fiction was only a side line to his journalism career, which might explain his relatively low output.
In 1917, he published his first fantasy, Through the Dragon Glass, in Argosy All Stories Weekly. This was followed by many more tales, including: People of the Pit (1918), The Moon Pool (1919)), The Metal Monster (1920), The Face in the Abyss (1923), The Ship of Ishtar (1924), 7 Footprints to Satan (1927), Dwellers in the Mirage (1932), The Woman of the Wood (1926), Burn, Witch, Burn! (1932), Creep, Shadow, Creep! (1934), and The Drone Man (1934). The Fox Woman and Other Stories (1949) collected his short stories, some completed by his fan, the fantasy artist Hannes Bok. The book The Black Wheel was published in 1948, after Merritt's death; it was written using previously unpublished material by Bok as well.
- A. Merritt at the Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
- Review of The Metal Monster at SFSite, plus additional biographical details
- Review of The Moon Pool at SFSite, plus additional biographical details
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