Pellucidar Pastiches

illustration by Tony Phillips from Jahlanna of Pellucidar

This listing first appeared here on 12/25/98. It was published in the National Capital Panthans Journal #81, June 2003 and was reprinted for the National Capital Panthans Journal Highlights Volume 4 for the 2006 ECOF in Rockville, Maryland. It was published in the book, The Gilak's Guide to Pellucidar, in 2007. All rights reserved.

Last updated 7-1-10

 Illustration above by pastiche writer, Tony Phillips. All rights reserved.


Mahars of Pellucidar - by John Eric Holmes (1976). This is a 218-page Ace paperback (0-441-51590-1) authorized by EMahars of Pellucidardgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. with a cover by Boris Vallejo. The story’s hero beams down to Pellucidar using a matter transmitter, has typical Burroughs-like adventures, and falls in love with a cave-girl. In Pellucidar, he is known as Red Axe because of the weapon he was carrying upon arrival. New characters and tribes are introduced in the story. Inconsistencies with the original books may annoy fans such as the misspellings of kreeg-ah and kagoda. Also the Mahars are referred to as he, although Burroughs says they are an all-female race. There is a gryf in the story, which is beast from Pal-ul-don, not Pellucidar. Nevertheless, the story is a fun read. Christopher West, the protagonist, is named after the author’s son, Christopher West Holmes. In fact, Christopher once gave his father a Father’s Day card which looked like a new Pellucidar book titled Shrubs of Pellucidar. It was a short, illustrated parody of his father’s book. There is a picture of John Eric Holmes holding up this book at the 1995 ECOF near Portland, Oregon in an article by Laurence Dunn in ERB News Dateline #55/56.

(The) Red Axe of Pellucidar - by John Eric Holmes (1980). This story was unpublished until the 1993 ECOF in Willows, California when ERB fan and artist, James Bergen, sold 8 ½” x 11” hardbound editions by his publishing arm, The Golden Lion. The word “the” was added to the title of this 161-page, very limited edition of just fifteen numbered copies that were signed by the author and Bergen. The book’s cover is red with gold lettering on the front and spine. It contains five color illustrations by Bergen that are attached to the pages. The book also exists as a 241-page typed manuscript with paper covers that has been copied and sold by fans. The front cover has an illustration of the book's hero. This is a sequel to Mahars of Pellucidar and continues the adventures of Red Axe and his companions. Read an article John Martin wrote about Mahars of Pellucidar and Red Axe of Pellucidar.

The Red Axe of Pellucidar - limited edition  The interior of the limited edition of The Red Axe of Pellucidar signed by Bergen and Holmes. This one, #6, is now part of my collection.

Farewell Pellucidar (original title: The Mad Emperor of Pellucidar) - by Allan Howard Gross (1991). This seventy-five-page story was published by A. Philistine & Co and distributed at the 1992 Dum-Dum. There were five hardback editions and twenty-seven soft covers, both with dust jackets. The book was reprinted several times. Gross published a second edition with a new cover by Mark Wheatley for the 1998 Dum-Dum. True to the ERB formula, the story has a mad emperor, difficult-to-obtain love interest, strange tribes, capture/escape/recapture, and nonstop action that carries the reader to a satisfying conclusion. The book introduces a new main character, although many familiar ones such as David Innes, Abner Perry, Dian, Ghak, and Ja, appear at the end.  It even has the return of an old villain (guess who?). The book has highly imaginative situations: Abner Perry living high in the Mountains of the Clouds in a castle named Oz, and a band of Horibs on a quest to tunnel to the surface. Allan Gross has written Tarzan comics for Semic International and two series for Dark Horse Comics: Tarzan and the Legion of Hate and Tarzan: The Savage Heart (see a review in A History of Pellucidar Comics). Jim Thompson wrote a review of Farewell Pellucidar in ERB-APA #38, Summer 1993.  

Maureen Birnbaum at the Earth's Core - by George Alec Effinger.  This fifteen-page short story is about Maureen, a totally cool, sword-wielding prep-school senior who spends most of the story scantily clad or naked amongst savages who make her their goddess. She's rescued by this great guy from the surface who only attended public school. Publishing history:  

1986 Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction  1988 Signet  1988 NOLACon Press  1993 Guild America Books  1993 Swan Press  1993 Guild America interior illustration

1986 - The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Maureen cover illustration by G. P. Lendino.  

1988 - Barbarians II (0-451-15198-4), Signet. The story is included in this softcover anthology edited by Robert Adams.

1988 - Shaggy B.E.M. Stories, NOLACon Press. The story is included in this softcover anthology edited by Mike Resnick.

1993 - Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson (1-56865-101-5), Guild America Books, hardcover. This book collects eight of her adventures on different worlds and times. It has jacket art and interior illustrations by Ken Kelly and an introduction by Mike Resnick. The Pellucidar story is Maureen's second adventure; her first is on Barsoom.

1993 - Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson: The Complete Stories (1-883722-01-2), Swan Press, trade paperback, cover illustration by Peggy Ransom.

1993 - Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson: The Complete Stories, Doubleday Direct, hardcover, dustjacket.

The Vikings in Pellucidar - by Conrad H. Rupert. This three-page story appeared in Science Fiction Digest in November 1932. It was reprinted in Odwar #1 in 1964, in the National Capital Panthans Journal #16 in 1998, and in Bill Hillman's ERBzine #043 in 1999. A group of Norsemen, their wives, and several Pellucidar characters we know, are tossed about in a series of storms, get lost, but then enjoy a happy reunion.

Tarzan: Pellucidar Once More - by Steve Nottingham. This twenty-page tale is the featured story in a forty-two-page magazine also containing a Jane pastiche called To Pal-ul-don, an article on Tarzan of the comics, and a Tarzan poemTarzan: Pellucidar Once More. The magazine’s cover art is by Steven Carlton (1995). The magazine is available from Nottingham at 37 Maxwell Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9-IRG, England. The Pellucidar story is a sequel to the unfinished Burroughs tale completed by Joe Lansdale: Tarzan the Lost Adventure. After battling the mantis-like creature called Ebopa, Tarzan finds that a landslide blocks his return to the surface. He manages to make his way through the caverns and subterranean passageways to Pellucidar. In a Burroughs-like coincidence, he is captured and thrown into the same prison that holds David Innes, Emperor of Pellucidar. There, on the island stronghold of a band of renegades, they are forced to fight for their lives in the arena against hyaenodons and more. The forces of the Empire come to their rescue with new weapons and crush the renegades. Tarzan decides to send for Jane and remain in Pellucidar.

Back to the Earth's CoreBack to the Earth's Core - by William Gilmour (1971). This nineteen-page story appeared in Burroughs Bulletin #21 and was illustrated by Jeff Jones. The yarn takes Burroughs fans Vern Coriell, Stan Vinson, Bob Hyde, and the author, to the inner world by a helicopter through the polar opening. The heroes investigate one of Pellucidar's great mysteries as they explore the Dead World, the moon at the Earth's core.


Tarzan the Epic Adventures - by R. A. Salvatore (1996). This 279-page trade paperback by Del Rey (0-345-40810-1) is based on the teleplay by Burt Armus and inspired by the books: The Return of Tarzan and Tarzan at the Earth's Core. Tarzan and D'Arnot are up against the villains: Rokoff, Paulvitch, and Achmet Zek, who have stolen a mysterious jewel that opens a portal to Pellucidar. In exchange for his life, Rokoff promises to lead the Mahar queen back through the portal to our world where she'll have millions of humans for food. ERB's characters have been altered somewhat in this book. The Mahars can morph into human shapes and Jana of Zorham (sic) is a blonde. This story takes place before Tarzan is mated with Jane, so the ape-man is allowed to have some exciting moments with Jana and the daughter of the Count de Coude.

Pellucidar Revisited - by Tony Phillips. This novella is twenty-four pages of small font that was serialized in Frank H. Westwood’s The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs beginning with issue #43 in Autumn 1997/Spring 1998 and finishing in issue #51 in Winter 2002/2003. It was reprinted in the National Capital Panthans Journal beginning with issue #98 in December 2004 and ending in issue #105 in July of 2005. This is the story of two men from the outer crust and their romantic adventures in Pellucidar. New races and beasts, like the azcodon (wolf of the sea), are introduced. We find out what might have happened to the Mahars that David Innes expelled from the empire and are treated to a surprise ending; perhaps the Mahar race doesn't need the Great Secret after all!

Jahlanna of PellucidarJahlanna of Pellucidar - by Sean Edward (Tony) Phillips. This 175,000-word novel was serialized in Bill Hillman’s ERBzine  beginning with issue #1720 in October 2006 and ending in issue #1729 in December 2006. This is a sequel to Pellucidar Revisited and continues the adventures of the two surface-men, Clive Neville and Alistair Simmons, as well as youngsters Jarn and Jarla, and of course, Jahlanna, the nubile, and usually nude Princess of Nu-al. In this story, Jahlanna barely escapes a fate worse than death several times, and visits the Dead World. This story is recommended for mature readers. In 2009, Tony provided illustrations for the story, and they were published in ERBzine #1720a and 1720b, May 2009.

The Revival of Andra - by Tony Phillips. This eleven-page story was included in the National Capital Panthans Journal #166, August 2010 at the Chicago Dum-Dum. It continues the adventures of Clive Neville, Jahlanna, princess of Nu-al, and their friends in Pellucidar. In the story they discover a forgotton race descended from the people of Atlantis. Can Clive save his princess from Dratha, the kraken-like god of New Atlantis? Will Andra, the king’s daughter, be revived using Mahar technology? Read it to find out.

Moon Maid at the Earth's Core - by Andy Nunez (2001). This ninety-eight page story was published at Bruce Bozarth’s Tangor’s Pastiche and Fan Fiction. It tells the adventures of Navy pilot Bryron Wells who mistakenly flies through the polar opening into Pellucidar. He falls in love with a beautiful woman of a new race and is caught up in a war to protect the Empire of Pellucidar. The story takes us to Pellucidar's moon, and we learn its secrets. Many of the significant characters from Burroughs' series make at least cameo appearances in the book.

The Digging Leviathan - by James P. Blaylock (1984). A giant elasmosaurus sighting, shared aquatic hallucinations, neighbors on flying bicycles, mermen carcasses washing ashore, ghostly-white flying submarines, creatures out of antiquity bubbling up out of the depths of Lake Windermere, the mysterious death of a sea-captain who has written about a navigable subterranean sea stretching from the Pacific to beyond the San Gabriel Mountains; something dreadfully strange is afoot. An odd boy named Giles Peach, like his father, born with a set of gills and webbed fingers, is able to manipulate reality. A gifted inventor, the boy conceives the idea for the digging leviathan while reading At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Two opposing scientific teams seek to harness Peach’s power to reach the center of the hollow Earth, one by using the prospector, and the other a diving bell. The book ends with one team successfully on their way. Publishing history:

1984 Ace  1988 Grafton  1988 Morrigan  1991 Morrigan boxed set  2002 Babbage Press

1984 Ace paperback with cover by Jim Gurney, 0-441-14800-X

1988 Grafton (UK) paperback with cover by David O’Conner, 0-586-20175-0

1988 Morrigan (UK) hardcover, dust jacket and interior illustrations by Ferret, 1010 copies as shown below:

o       700 copies, trade edition, 1-870338-20-0

o       300 numbered copies, special edition, slipcases, signed by Blaylock, Tim Powers, K. W. Jeter, and artist Ferret. This edition adds two articles, "The Pigs Have All Gone to France" by Powers, pages 279-281, and "The Invisible Book" by Jeter, pages 285-290, 1-870338-25-1

o       10 lettered and specially bound for private distribution

1991 Morrigan (UK) hardcover, same as 1988 trade edition above, included in a boxed set along with The Magic Spectacles and Homunculus, also by Blaylock, and a pamphlet titled, A Word About the Author by William Ashbless (pseudonym of Blaylock and Ferret), the pamphlet is signed by Blaylock, Ferret, and the fictitious Ashbless, 50 numbered sets

       2002 Babbage Press 9” x 6” softcover with cover illustration by Lydia C. Marano, 1-930235-16-X


Cave Man Ramblings - by Ghak the Hairy One, as told to Steven Vance Wadding. This one-page offering by the King of Sari was published in the National Capital Panthans Journal #70, August 2002 and reprinted in the National Capital Panthans Journal Highlights Volume 3 for the 2003 ECOF in Baltimore. It describes life in Pellucidar after the coming of David Innes and Abner Perry and why Ghak sometimes forgets his weapons. I kill!

So Long, Sister - by Ghak the Hairy One, as told to Steven Vance Wadding. This one-page story was published in the National Capital Panthans Journal #81, June 2003 and reprinted in the National Capital Panthans Journal Highlights Volume 4 for the 2006 ECOF in Rockville, Maryland. It is the "ending" to one of the great, untold stories of Pellucidar, the tale of the abduction of Ghak's sister (Dian's mother) by the King of Amoz. Remember, I said this was the ending of that story.   The Girl From Pellucidar is part of this anthology, Amazons

The Girl From Pellucidar – Jason Rubis (2005). This eighteen-page short story was published in 2006 in an anthology edited by Sage Vivant and M. Christian called Amazons. There’s something different about Roger’s new girlfriend, and he’s being very secretive about where she comes from. This story is recommended for mature readers.

Rescue in Pellucidar - by Rick Johnson. This 33,300-word story was serialized in three parts in ERBzine #1965, 1965a, and 1965b on July 20, July 27, and August 3, 2007. A near superwoman with super breasts, Fiona, and her friend, mistakenly fly through the polar opening to Pellucidar while searching for her lost children. Fiona is a master of several martial arts, as well as fencing and archery, and the savage beasts and men of the inner world test these skills. Much of the story finds her naked or topless, and she stops at nothing to find her children. This story is recommended for mature readers.    

Pellucidar, I Hate Pellucidar – by Rick Johnson, illustrations by Tony Phillips. This 20-page short story was published in two parts in the National Capital Panthans Journal #164 and 167 in June and September 2010. It tells of super-soldier, Estrith Mormor’s mission to Pellucidar to retrieve alien technology that was taken by another team. Estrith, as an elderly Dane from the Bronze Age, was rescued by aliens, given a new youthful body, and employed in their service. Using telepathy she can influence beasts and bestial men. Transported to Pellucidar, she uses this talent to put together a team composed of an anklyosaur, a codon (dire wolf), and a Sagoth. The opposing team doesn’t have a chance, particularly when she takes off her shirt. This story is recommended for mature readers.

A Son of Pellucidar - by Joseph Marcello. This six-page story was published in ERB-APA #34, Summer 1992. The future of Pellucidar, Clayton Innes, named after you know who and the son of David Innes and Dian the Beautiful, is presented to the gathered tribes of the empire.

Lost Empire of Pellucidar – by Fred Blosser. This 56-page story was published in ERBzine #2161 on August 2, 2008. Dax, the grandson of Ja the Mezop, discovers two new races of Pellucidar. The sea-faring Su-lu are similar to the Korsars. The other new society are Roman descendants of an expedition led by Britannicus Caligulae Servus, who in Burroughs’ book I Am A Barbarian spent his youth as the slave to the mad emperor Caligula. These ancient Romans entered Pellucidar while searching for the legendary land of Thule. Now Dax must restore Britannia, a direct descendant of Britannicus, as governor, and win her hand as well.

Castaway of Pellucidar – by Fred Blosser. This 32-page yarn, the sequel to Blosser’s Lost Empire of Pellucidar, was published in ERBzine #2059, June 2009 and tells the story of Rama, a Mezop introduced in the first story. He meets a beautiful young girl from Sari, they are cast up on the shores of an island, and encounter a sentient pool of tar-like acid. In spite of their misfortunes, all ends well, and once the ERB-like romantic misunderstanding is resolved, the two become lovers. 

The Sun Inside - by David J. Schwartz (2008). This 44-page softcover chapbook is available for $8.00 from Rabid Transit Press. The story is told in the first person by Thomas Tucker, a war veteran who’s lost his leg in Iraq. He contacts a girl through an online dating service at He agrees to meet her in person at her home. She’s evasive about where home is. Tucker travels to Barrow, Alaska to catch his flight on board a zeppelin, with Interior Air. He’s required to leave all time-keeping devices behind. The zeppelin sails through the northern polar opening into Pellucidar. Tucker meets the girl he has been emailing, naturally a Princess of Sari. It seems that the city is at war with pretty much anyone who’s not part of the empire. Our protagonist discovers a Mahar, kept alive in a ruined city by a loyal Sagoth. The beast has been blinded by the Sarians to prevent it from hypnotizing anyone. Tucker is sympathetic to this race that the gilaks have persecuted, and the book ends with him traveling with the Mahar and Sagoth across Pellucidar, perhaps to locate other Mahars. It’s a quick, fun read about the place where we all want to go.

The Ripper – by David Critchfield (2007). This one-page short story is about a Gorbus and what comes after life in the melancholy Forest of Death. How many “rippers” can you count in the story, maybe three? It was published in ERBAPA #101, Spring 2009.

Invaders of the Inner World - Lee Strong (2009). This 44-page story was serialized in the National Capital Panthans Journal in issues #150 through 158 (but not in 154) from April to December of 2009. In 1924, the Soviet Red Army enters Pellucidar through the “Zarovitch Opening” in pursuit of the surviving monarchist White Russian Army and the American adventurer, Edgar Rice Burroughs of Richmond, Virginia. The story’s alternating chapters tell of a young Soviet rifleman named Kirov, a member of the invading force who is captured by a tribe called the Black Birdriders. A stone age Tom Edison, he introduces several innovations to the tribe, including the wheelbarrow and spear thrower. The queen desires Kirov for her mate. He turns down her proposal and precipitates a civil war. Riding dyals, Kirov and the rest of the slaves escape. At the end of the story, the Soviet army is decimated by ERB assisted by a native Pellucidarian and some Imperial Russian soldiers. Kirov decides to remain in Pellucidar with the girl he fell in love with.

Kirov Skalkiller - Lee Strong (2010). This 46-page story was serialized in the National Capital Panthans Journal beginning with issue #159 in January, 2010, skipping #160, and finishing with #169 in November, 2010. The story is the sequel to 2009’s Invaders of the Inner World and continues the adventures of Kirov among Pellucidar’s strange tribes. Writer Lee Strong gives us a brief history of Pellucidar in chapter 3. He mentions that part of the Earth’s core was explored by Russian, Vera Zarovitch, in 1865-80. Zarovitch is the protagonist in Mary E. Bradley Lane’s 1880 book about an all-female utopia, Mizora. In the present day new forces are bringing civilization to Pellucidar, the new frontier; the land rush is on, and the surface world’s major powers all want a piece of it. ERB and Teddy Roosevelt ponder all this and more. The young Russian, Kirov, continues to amaze the tribes he tries to protect using his inventions, and he turns the tables on the acting chief of the Dyal Riders with the use of his “magic,” but will Kirov be clever enough to stop the Pulka Horde?


For more fan fiction from Lee Strong, click here.


Untitled - by J. T. Donney, published in All-Story Weekly September 22, 1917 in the letters column and reprinted in ERB-dom #17, May 1966. 

The Call of Pellucidar - by John Martin, published in ERB-APA #34, Summer of 1992.

Ode to Some of the Women of Pellucidar - by John Martin, published in ERB-APA #34, Summer of 1992.   

Something Poetic This Way Comes: Pellucid Terra Firma - by Philip J. Hawkins, published in The Fantaphile Journal #2, 1965.


Pellucidar fans, longing for more tales from the Earth's core, can perhaps be satiated with Lin Carter's Zanthodon series: Journey to the Underground World Zanthodon, Hurok of the Stone Age, Darya of the Bronze Age, and Eric of Zanthodon.

Journey to the Underground World  Zanthodon  Hurok of the Stone Age  Darya of the Bronze Age  Eric of Zanthodon

Carter wrote many books in the grand tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including the Green Star and Callisto series. The five Zanthodon books are his salute to Pellucidar. John Martin wrote an article about Zanthodon in ERB-APA #34, Summer 1992. David Critchfield wrote one for the National Capital Panthans Journal #72, October 2002. Den Valdron wrote two Zanthodon articles that appeared in ERBzine #1738 and #1739 in September and October of 2006. Steve Servello’s “Zanthodon” Overview was published in ERBzine #1717 in April of 2007.

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q       Bibliography of Burroughs Pastiches by David Bruce Bozarth

q       A Partial List of Burroughs Pastiches by J. G. Huckenpöhler in ERB-APA #69, Spring 2001

q       The Edgar Rice Burroughs Collector's Pocket Checklist by J. G. Huckenpöhler

q       The Exhaustive Scholar's and Collector's Descriptive Bibliography of American Periodical, Hardcover, Paperback, and Reprint Editions by Robert B. Zeuschner (1996)

q       A Reference Guide to the ECOF Gatherings by Mike Conran in ERB-APA #56, Winter 1998

q       Additional Notes On Pellucidar by Caz from ERB-dom #17, May 1966

q       John Eric Holmes: Mahars of Pellucidar and Red Axe of Pellucidar by John Martin from

q       John Martin provided information about Shrubs of Pellucidar and ERB-APA #34, a "must-have" issue for Pellucidar fans.

q        Bill Ross allowed me to examine and photograph his copy (number 6) of Red Axe of Pellucidar. Thanks! Later, when Bill began to sell off his collection, I bought it.

q      Pulps, Pulp Fanzines and Related with Edgar Rice Burroughs Articles by Richard Dumont from ERB-APA #96, Winter 2008.

q        ECOF ’95 Portland Oregon by Laurence Dunn in ERB News Dateline #55/56

q        Edgardemain: An ECOF Close to Home by John Martin in ERB-APA #47, Fall 1995

q        Additional Burroughs Fan Publications from the “F” File by Bill Ross from ERB-APA #104, Winter 2010


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