Is there a hollow earth/subterranean worlds story that doesn’t feature some sort of natural light source to stave off the dark?
Morgo the Mighty takes place in a series of massive caverns located beneath the Himalayas. Each cavern is lit by a different degree and spectrum of light. The deeper one goes into the caves the brighter the light becomes. The explanation of where the light comes from is a bit ridiculous but probably no more so than the idea of a series of massive caves, teeming with life, located beneath the Himalayas.
If I ever do manage to do a rewritten and illustrated version of the story I plan to have the light originate from a different source than in the original novel. That source will probably be no less ridiculous than the source in the original.
Morgo the Mighty takes place in Surrilana, a vast cavern – series of caverns actually – beneath the Himalayas. Our protagonist, Jerry McRory, is hired to fly a plane through the mouth of a cave in the side of one of the mountains. While McRory believes that his employers claims of a great treasure are nonsense he never stops to ask what seems like a more obvious question – “Where I going to land this plane in a cave?”
What’s a pulp novel without a villain?
Zorimi, the archfiend of Morgo the Mighty, works hard to earn his keep.
He wears a cowl to hide his identity. The fact that he’s in a cavern, far away from any of the civilized folk who might recognize him, is of no consequence.
He has an army of scaled men at his command. That’s scaled, as in “scaly” like a lizard or snake. In the novel they are referred to as Silurians but it’s unclear if they are actually reptiles or if they are a species of humans with reptilian features.
He has a thing in a pit to which he sacrifices victims.
He keeps a collection of severed heads.
He has a nubile young virgin locked away in his fortress.
He’s tailor made to act as the villain in a movie serial. Given that the author, “Sean O’Larkin” had a play made into a film, perhaps Zorimi was auditioning for such a role.
In Morgo the Mighty, the Surrilana caverns get brighter the deeper the one goes. In the brightest cavern the light is bright white and the flora and the fauna is white as well. Hopefully I managed to depict that.
Back in 2012 I serialized Morgo the Mighty, a pulp adventure set in an vast cavern system beneath the Himalayas. Someday I’d like to adapt the story into an illustrated novel. In the meantime, here’s Jerry McRory, our hero and narrator, attempting to avoid being eaten by one of the fauna of Surrilana.