A Study of the Hollow Earth

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A Bibliography of Hollow Earth Writings

Adams, Jack [Alcanoan Grigsby]. Nequa, or, The Problem of the Ages (Topeka, KS: Equity Publishing Company, 1900).

Aikin, Charles. Forty Years With the Damned, or, Life Inside the Earth (Chicago: Regan Printing House, 1895).

Anon. A Voyage to the World in the Centre of the Earth: Giving an account of the Manners, Customs, Laws, Government and Religion of the inhabitants, Their Persons and Habits described (London: S. Crowder and H. Woodgate, 1755). Reprinted in part as Bruce’s Voyage to Naples (London: S. Fisher, 1802).

Anon. [M. Louise Moore and M. Beauchamp]. Al-Modad; or, Life Scene Beyond the Polar Circumflex. A Religio-Scientific Solution of the Problems of Present and Future Life (Shell Bank, LA: 1892).

Anon. Relation d’un voyage du Pôle Arctique au Pôle Antarctique par le centre du monde, avec la description de ce périlleux passage, et des choses merveilleuses et étonnantes qu’on a découvertes sous le Pôle Antarctique (Amsterdam: N. Etienne Lucas, 1721).

Atkins, Rev. E.C. ‘My Bride from Another World: A Weird Romance Recounting Many Strange Adventures in an Unknown World’, Physical Culture (Sept? 1904).

Beale, Charles Willing. The Secret of the Earth (New York: F. Tennyson Neely, 1899).

Beckley, Timothy Green. Subterranean World Inside the Earth (New Brunswick, NJ: Inner Light Publications, 1992).

— ed., The Smoky God and Other Inner Earth Mysteries (New Brunswick, NJ: Inner Light Publications, 1993).

Bell, George W. Mr. Oseba’s Last Discovery (Wellington, NZ: The New Zealand Times Co., 1904).

Bernard, Dr. Raymond. The Hollow Earth: The Greatest Geographical Discovery in History [1964] (Kempton, IL: Adventures Unlimited, 2009).

Berressem, Hanjo, Michael Bucher, and Uwe Schwagmeier, eds. Between Science and Fiction: The Hollow Earth as Concept and Conceit (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2012).

Blum, Hester. ‘John Cleves Symmes and the Planetary Reach of Polar Exploration’ in American Literature (Vol. 84, No. 2, June 2012), pp. 243-271.

Bradshaw, William R. The Goddess of Atvatabar: Being the History of the Discovery of the Interior World and the Conquest of Atvatabar [1892](Memphis, TN: General Books, 2010 reprint).

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward. The Coming Race [1871], ed. David Seed (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2005).

Burroughs, Edgar Rice. At the Earth’s Core [1922] (Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 2000).

—, Pellucidar [1923] (Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 2002).

Casanova, Giacomo. Icosaméron, or, The Story of Edward and Elizabeth, who spent eighty-one years in the land of the Megamicres, original inhabitants of Protocosmos in the interior of our globe, trans. Rachel Zurer [1788] (New York: Jenna Press, 1986).

Clark, P. ‘The Symmes Theory of the Earth’, Atlantic Monthly (Vol. 31, April 1873), pp. 471-480.

Culmer, Frederick. The Inner World: A New Theory (Salt Lake City: 1886)

de Camp, L. Sprague and Willy Ley, Lands Beyond (New York, Barnes & Noble Books, 1952).

De Mille, James. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, ed. Daniel Burgoyne [1888] (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Editions, 2011).

De Morgan, John. Under the World, or Pluck and Luck (New York: Street & Smith, 1906).

De Mouhy, Charles de Fieux. Lamékis, ou Les voyages extraodinaires d’un Egyptien dans la terre intérieure; avec la découverte de l’Isle des Sylphides (Paris: Dupuis, 1735).

De Tarde, Gabriel. Underground Man (London: Duckworth, 1905).

Devere, Howard. ‘A Trip to the Center of the Earth’, The New York Boys Weekly (Vol. 2, 8 June 1878 – 5 August 1878).

Emerson, Willis George. The Smoky God, or, A Voyage to the Inner World (Champaign, IL: Book Jungle, 1908).

Fairman, Henry Clay. The Third World: A Tale of Love and Strange Adventure (Atlanta, GA: The Third World Publishing Co., 1895).

Farren, Mick. Underland (new York: Tor Books, 2002).

Fawcett, E.D. Swallowed by an Earthquake (London: Edward Arnold, 1894).

Fezandie, Clement. Through the Earth (New York: The Century Co., 1898).

Fitting, Peter. Subterranean Worlds: A Critical Anthology (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004).

Gardner, Marshall B. A Journey to the Earth’s Interior: Have the Poles Really Been Discovered? Evidence for Hollow Earth [1913] (London: Forgotten Books, 2007).

Harben, Will N. The Land of the Changing Sun (New York: Merriam, 1894).

Holberg, Ludvig. The Journey of Niels Klim to the World Underground [1742] (Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 2004).

Hyne, C.J. Beneath Your Very Boots; Being a Few Striking Episodes from the Life of Anthony Merlwood Haltoun, Esq. (London: Digby and Long, 1889).

Kafton-Minkel, Walter. Subterranean Worlds: 100,000 Years of Dragons, Dwarfs, The Dead, Lost Races and UFOs from Inside the Earth (Port Townsend, WA: Loompanics Unlimited, 1989).

Kenton, Edna. The Book of Earths (New Work: W. Morrow, 1928).

Kollerstrom, Nick. ‘The Hollow World of Edmond Halley’, Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol. 23 (August 1992), pp. 185-192.

Lane, Mary E. Bradley. Mizora; A World of Women [1880] (Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 1999).

Lang, Hans-Joachim and Benjamin Lease. ‘The Authorship of Symzonia: The Case for Nathaniel Ames’, The New England Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 2 (June 1975), pp. 241-252.

Lloyd, John Uri. Etidorhpa: The Strange History of a Mysterious Being, 8th ed., (Cincinnati: The Robert Clark Company, 1897).

Lockwood, Ingersoll. Baron Trump’s Marvellous Underground Journey (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1892).

Long, Jeff. The Descent (New York: Jove Books, 1999).

Lupoff, Richard A. Circumpolar (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984).

Lyon, William F. and M.L. Sherman. The Hollow Globe; or, The World’s Agitator and Reconciler. A Treatise on the Physical Conformation of the Earth (Chicago: Religio-Philosophical Publishing House, 1871).

McBride, James. Symmes’s Theory of Concentric Spheres: Demonstrating that the Earth is Hollow, Habitable Within, and Widely Open About the Poles (Cincinnati: Morgan, Lodge and Fisher, 1826).

McKesson, Charles L. Under Pike’s Peak; or, Mahalma, Child of the Fire Father (New York: F. Tennyson Neely, 1898).

Miller, William Amos, The Sovereign Guide; a Tale of Eden (Los Angeles, CA: Geo. Rice & Sons, 1898).

Mitchell, Alexander. A Treatise on Natural Philosophy, in Vindication of Symmes’s Theory of the Earth Being a Hollow Sphere (Eaton, OH: Samuel Tizzard, 1826).

Morton, A.S. Beyond the Palæocrystic Sea, or, The Legend of Halfjord (Chicago: R.R. Donnelley, 1895).

Nelson, Victoria. ‘Symmes Hole, Or the South Polar Romance’, Raritan (Vol. 17, Issue 2), pp. 136-167.

Obruchev, Vladimir. Plutonia [1924](Amsterdam: Fredonia Books, 2001).

O’Neill, Joseph. Land Under England (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1935).

Patlock, Robert. The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man; relating particularly, his shipwreck near the South Pole (Dublin: George Fulkner, 1751).

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Frederick S. Frank and Diane Hoeveler, eds. [1838](Peterborough, ON: Broadview Editions, 2010).

—. ‘A Descent into the Maelstrom’, Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine (1841).

Pynchon, Thomas. Mason & Dixon (New York: Henry Holt, 1997).

—. Against the Day (New York: Henry Holt, 2006).

Reed, William. Phantom of the Poles (New York: Walter S. Rockey Co., 1906).

Regnus, C. The Land of Nison (London: C.W. Daniel, 1906).

Reynolds, Jeremiah N. Remarks on a Review of Symmes’ Theory, which Appeared in the American Quarterly Review, by a “Citizen of the United States.” (Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1827).

Rockwood, Roy. Five Thousand Miles Underground, or, The Mystery of the Centre of the Earth (New York: Cupples & Leon Company, 1908).

Rucker, Rudy. The Hollow Earth: The Narrative of Mason Algiers Reynolds of Virginia, 2nd ed. (Austin, TX: MonkeyBrain Books, 2006).

Scott, G. Firth. The Last Lemurian; A Westralian Romance (London: James Bowden, 1898).

Seaborn, Adam [pseudo.]. Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery [1820] (Charleston, NC: CreateSpace /Moonglow Books, 2009).

Shaver, Richard S. I Remember Lemuria and The Return of Sathanas (London: Forgotten Books, 2008).

Shaw, William Jenkins. Cresten, Queen of the Toltus ; or, Under the Auroras (New York: Excelsior Publishing House, 1888).

Smith, Warren. This Hollow Earth (London: Sphere Books, 1997).

Standish, David. Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastic Creatures, Advanced Civilizations, and Marvelous Machines Below the Earth’s Surface (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2006).

Stockton, Frank R. The Great Stone of Sardis (New York: Harper & Bros., 1898).

Symmes, Americus. The Symmes Theory of Concentric Spheres; demonstrating that the earth is hollow, habitable within, and widely open about the poles  (Louisville, KY: Bradley & Gilbert, 1878).

Symmes, Elmore. ‘John Cleves Symmes, The Theorist’, Southern Bivouac: A Monthly Literary and Historical Magazine (Vol. 2, Feb.-April  1887), 555-566, 621-631, 682-693.

Taylor, William Alexander. Intermere (Columbus, OH: The XX. Century Publishing Co, 1901-2).

Teed, Cyrus R. and Ulysses G. Morrow. The Cellular Cosmogony;, or, The Earth a Concave Sphere (Chicago: Guiding Star Pub. House, 1898).

‘The “Symmsonian” Letters, No. 1’, Cincinnati Literary Gazette, 28 Feb. 1824, p. 66.

‘The “Symmsonian” Letters, No. 2’, Cincinnati Literary Gazette, 6 March 1824, p. 76.

Thorpe, Fred. Through the Earth; or, Jack Nelson’s Invention (New York: Street and Smith, 1909). [First published as ‘In the World Below; or, Three Boys in the Center of the Earth’, Golden Hours (5 June – 7 August 1897).]*

Tower, Washington L. Interior World: A Romance Illustrating a New Hypothesis of Terrestrial Organization, with an Appendix Setting Forth an Original Theory of Gravitation (Oakland, OR: Milton H. Tower, 1885).

Verne, Jules. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (New York: Scribner, Welford and Co, 1872).

Waldrop, Howard and Steven Utley. ‘Black as the Pit, From Pole to Pole’, New Dimensions 7, ed. Robert Silverberg (London: Gollancz, 1977), pp. 39-81.

Welcome, S. Byron. From Earth’s Center; A Polar Gateway Message (Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Co., 1895).

Williams, Rosalind. Notes on the Underground: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008).

Winthrop, Park. ‘The Land of the Central Sun’, Argosy All-Story Weekly (July 1902 – January 1903), n.p.

Wood, Mrs. J. Pantaletta: A Roman of Sheheland (New York: The American News Company, 1882).

Zirkle, Conway. ‘The Theory of Concentric Spheres: Edmund Halley, Cotton Mather, John Cleves Symmes.’ Isis (Vol. 37, No. 3/4, July 1947), pp. 155-9.


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