THE SMOKY GOD is an Edwardian era "hollow earth" fantasy novel, presented as a true story. The narrator, Olaf Jansen, voyages through a polar opening in 1829 and spends 2 years in a strange underground world, believed to be the original Garden of Eden. This inner Earth is lit by its own sun, and here underground civilization has diverged from the ways of the surface. Here are giants, monsters, omnipotent High Priests, and lost races that speak Sanskrit -- a world of wonders, which Olaf will be lucky to survive! Includes the original color illustrations from the serialization in The National Magazine (1907-8).
"Fictional reconciliation of hollow-earth theories with eclectic Fundamentalism." -- Science-Fiction: The Early Years
The early science-fiction tale The Smoky God is presented as a true account of a sailing expedition undertaken by a Norwegian father-son team who endeavor to discover what lies to the far north. They stumble upon a hidden civilization whose territory hides a portal to a long-lost subterranean paradise.
The city of "Eden" is located in what seems to be a beautiful valley, yet, in fact, it is on the loftiest mountain plateau of the Inner Continent, several thousand feet higher than any portion of the surrounding country. It is the most beautiful place I have ever beheld in all my travels. In this elevated garden all manner of fruits, vines, shrubs, trees, and flowers grow in riotous profusion.-from The Smoky GodOne of the oddest books ever written, this 1908 work purports to tell the tale of Norwegian sailor Olaf Jansen, who claims to have visited the hollow insides of the Earth through an opening in the North Pole. This land, in which Jansen is said to have lived for two years, is a paradise, inhabited by willowy humans and magnificent creatures-such as 100-foot-long elephants and 20-foot-wide tortoises-a utopia to which we surface-dwelling humans can only aspire.A classic of the literature of the weird, The Smoky God will intrigue everyone fascinated by paranormal theories of alternate realities, hidden truths, and the lost histories of humanity.WILLIS GEORGE EMERSON (1856-1918) also wrote The Builders (1909).
Written in the style of a factual account, this extraordinary novel details the experiences of a Norwegian sailor named Olaf Jensen who sails to the centre of the earth through an entrance located at the North Pole. On his deathbed, Olaf recounts the two years he had spent with Earth’s internal residents – 12 foot tall beings whose capital city is purportedly the original Garden of Eden and whose continued existence is facilitated by a ‘smokey’ sun at the centre of the planet. Although a remarkable and entertaining tale for any reader, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in the ‘Hollow-Earth’ theory and early speculative fiction around the topic. The subsurface world of Agharta is a recurring motif in paradisiacal mythos from around the world - the Valhalla of Norse mythology, Shangri-la, Tibet’s Shambhalla, the Belovodia of Siberian shamanism – and as such this novel constitutes both a thoroughly entertaining and informative read. Willis George Emerson was an American writer, newspaperman, lawyer, and politician. Published in 1908, The Smokey God was his sixth book amongst other such as: The Man who Discovered Himself (1919), The Treasure of Hidden Valley (1915), and Winning Winds (1885). The Smokey God has been republished here with an introductory biography of the author.